While it’s not entirely clear if bunnies can die from depression, it’s definitely something to keep an eye on if your bunny seems particularly down. If your bunny is lethargic, refusing to eat or drink, or has other physical symptoms, take him to the vet right away. Untreated depression in bunnies can lead to other serious health problems.
Symptoms of Depression in Rabbits
Your bunny will do whatever he can to get your attention and let you know that something isn’t right.
While this may seem amusing at first it’s time for a serious talk with someone who can help if things don’t improve. Keep in mind that rabbits are prey animals so they groom themselves constantly to signal dominance over predators by getting rid of loose fur. If their grooming becomes compulsive it could be due to stress.
If there is a change in behavior or appetite, then it is time to seek out a qualified rabbit vet immediately.
If your bunny doesn’t seem too interested in anything, you can help boost his mood by placing some of his favorite treats around the house where he will stumble upon them. You could also give him a new toy or something else that catches his attention for a while.
Why Rabbits get Depressed
Rabbits can become depressed, but it’s usually due to housing, diet, or health issues. While they are not as physically forward as dogs or cats, rabbits are social animals that crave the attention of their owners. Make sure you spend some time stroking him and petting him every day to show your affection. It is also important to keep him entertained and provide opportunities for stimulation through play every day.
Once your bunny gets used to regular attention it will be easier to spot whenever they are feeling down, so that you can help them before the problem becomes serious.