How To Tell If A Rabbit Is Blind

How To Tell If A Rabbit Is Blind


Rabbits are wonderful creatures that can be a great addition to almost any household. They have different personalities, just like humans—some are more energetic and fun, while others tend to be calmer and better suited for quiet environments. It’s important for prospective rabbit owners to keep in mind that rabbits, like most mammals, can be born with certain medical conditions that may impact their quality of life. One such condition is blindness.

Look for a lack of response to stimuli

If you notice that your rabbit is not responding to stimuli, it may be blind. The lack of response can be subtle or obvious depending on the situation, but in general, a blind rabbit will not react to things around it as readily as a sighted one would. For example, if you move around in front of your rabbit and wave a hand over its head or under its nose (without touching), it should react by moving away from or toward you—but if this does not happen, then there’s a good chance that the rabbit has lost some or all of its vision.

Check to see if the rabbit has any vision

In order to tell if your rabbit is blind, you will want to check for a few things.

  • Does your rabbit respond to sudden movements? If it doesn’t, this could be an indication that the rabbit is blind. When rabbits see something or someone move quickly in front of them, they usually blink or look away from it. However, if your rabbit doesn’t react at all when you move in front of them suddenly then there’s a chance that they don’t have much vision left at all.”
  • Does your rabbit blink when approached? This is another sign that indicates blindness in rabbits because normally rabbits will blink when confronted with something new or strange within their environment. Blinking acts as an instinctual defense mechanism against predators who may attack during times where a blink would go unnoticed by others outside the species (for example predators). So if you notice that whenever someone comes close enough for a handshake/handshake-like greeting gesture (i don’t know how else u would describe this) then she doesn’t seem bothered by it at all then there’s probably still hope!”

Look for any other physical symptoms

The following are some other symptoms of blindness:

  • Not moving around much. If the rabbit is not moving around much, it can be a sign that they have lost their sight.
  • Not eating or drinking enough water. It’s normal for rabbits to drink up to 10 ounces of water per day, so if your rabbit isn’t drinking enough or at all it may be because they have gone blind and don’t realize how thirsty they are!
  • Sleeping too much. A healthy adult rabbit should sleep between 12-14 hours a day; however, if you notice that your pet is sleeping more than usual this could mean something is wrong with them physically or mentally (such as being blind).

Look for behavioral problems with your rabbit

You can tell if your rabbit is blind by the way he or she behaves. If you notice any of the following problems, it’s time to get your rabbit checked out by a vet:

  • The rabbit doesn’t move around much. A normal rabbit will be constantly running around and exploring its surroundings. If your bunny is spending most of its time sitting still, this could be a sign that something isn’t right.
  • Your rabbit doesn’t respond when you touch him/her or speak to him/her (or even call his/her name!). Normal rabbits are very responsive, especially when they’re being petted or spoken to in a loving tone of voice! If yours seems unresponsive now, there could be an underlying problem such as deafness or blindness that needs medical attention ASAP!
  • Your bunny seems uninterested in eating any food at all—even fresh hay which should always be readily available for them! This could mean malnutrition due to an inability to see / smell / taste things properly but also might indicate another issue like head trauma from fighting with other bunnies over territory etc., so please talk with us before taking drastic measures like putting them down ourselves.”

Rabbits can be blind temporarily or permanently, but this does not lessen their enjoyment of life.

A rabbit with blindness may be unable to see at all, or it may only be able to see shadows or vague shapes. This does not mean that the rabbit cannot function normally. A blind rabbit should lead a happy and healthy life, as long as it receives lots of love, attention and care from its human family members.

There are many causes of blindness in rabbits: congenital eye problems such as cataracts; vitamin A deficiency (which can cause night blindness); injury to the head or eye area; tumors on the eyelids; corneal dystrophy (an inherited condition).


While many of the signs we’ve discussed can point to a lack of vision, it’s important to remember that cats, dogs, and other animals behave similarly if they have lost their hearing. Remember that just because your rabbit is exhibiting some of these behaviors does not necessarily mean he or she is blind. But if you’re worried about your pet’s vision, you should definitely schedule an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as possible.

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