Why Does My Bunny Poop so Much?
Is Your Bunny Pooping a Lot?
If you have a new rabbit, you might be surprised by how much poop it makes. You might even think that it is sick. However, keep in mind that rabbits do poop a lot. In fact, what might seem like up to a hundred or more little hard round pellets a day is very common and normal.
Rabbits also have softer feces, which they eat. This is also normal and healthy and part of their digestive process. Unless you notice a lot a lot of soft and runny material, it is healthy.
In this article, learn about how to keep your rabbit's digestion healthy so that it continues to poop normally (which, as you now know, can be a lot!).
When to See a Vet
If your bunny stops pooping, that is very bad sign—and you'll need to take him or her to the vet right away! Their tummies need to be working constantly in order to stay healthy, and a bunny that stops pooping for more than a day could easily die.
Bunnies naturally poop a lot, and if yours does, that is a good sign.
No Poop Is a Bad Sign
Take your bunny to a vet immediately if he or she stops pooping.
What to Feed Your Rabbit
- Hay and water. In order to keep your rabbit healthy and its poop healthy, feed it a lot of hay and water. More than anything, rabbits need a great deal of field hay.
- No lettuce. You can feed other foods, like pellets and little pieces of apple and carrot, but never lettuce. Lettuce can give rabbits very bad diarrhea—so bad that it kills them. Even feeding them grass and apple and other foods that are safe can change a bunny's feces, and baby rabbits should only be fed good pellets, a lot of hay, and a lot of clean water. Anything more will upset their delicate little stomachs.
Some people think that they are being cruel by not giving their rabbit a lot of different foods to eat, but rabbits are not humans. They are designed to mostly eat grass and roots and vegetation. In the wild, that is really all they would eat. They would not be treated to fruits or vegetables very often, if ever, in their lives. Hay and water will keep your rabbit healthy enough, and occasionally feeding a good quality pellet food will provide them with any additional vitamins and minerals they might be lacking.
Remember, your bunny is not a person, and it does not need the same things that you do.
Using a Litter Tray
If you keep your pet inside, it is possible to train them to use a litter tray. Rabbits always return to the same spot to toilet, so if you put out litter trays in every corner of the room, you will find that it will pick one of them. You can then take the others away, and hey presto! You have a litter-trained rabbit.
- Smelly urine. Be aware that their urine is very smelly, so you will have to change the litter tray once a day, or more than that.
- Pellets to mark territory. Also be aware that they sometimes use the dry round pellets as a way of marking their territory, so you may find a few of them on the floor even if your rabbit is toilet-trained.
Do not be concerned if your rabbit poops a lot. As long as the dry round pellets are solid and as long as the poop is well-formed and not runny or sticking to the fur, your bunny will be okay. The best way to control this is through its diet.
As I have said several times now, your bunny should always have access to hay and occasionally have some pellets, too. A bunny fed this way will be very healthy, with healthy poop!
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.