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Why Does My Bunny Poop so Much?

Hope Alexander is a rabbit enthusiast and enjoys researching bunny care.

Bunnies poop a lot, but is there such a thing as too much poop? Find out what to watch out for in your bunny's toilet habits.

Bunnies poop a lot, but is there such a thing as too much poop? Find out what to watch out for in your bunny's toilet habits.

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!).

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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.

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.

Don't Worry!

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.

Comments

Rewa salik on July 23, 2020:

You shouldn’t give you a rabbit a large amount of pellets you should be giving them hay but giving them too much pellets is not a good thing

anonymous on October 16, 2019:

This is extremely incorrect. Rabbits should never have large amounts of pellets. And veggies should take up a large majority of your rabbit's diet. The reasoning behind this is that if your bunny eats a large majority of pellets they can very easily become extremely overweight and sick/unhealthy. Veggies are the most natural source of food you can give them. if you'd like to give them pellets 1/4 a cup of hay base pellets is fine. and no lettuce will not give your rabbit diarrhea. Although I wouldn't recommend ice burg lettuce because it has fewer nutrients.

Arthur on August 23, 2019:

can't find hay for my rabbit pls help me i live in brussels . FIND nearest pet store !

Carla on July 22, 2019:

Rabbits can have certain lettuce but never iceberg lettuce.

Rabbits do not like being bathed, this should only happen if they are extremely mucky and as a last resort.

Deepika Gupta on April 05, 2019:

After bathing my rabbits start pooping like liquid.please help me what i shouf do

wawawa on April 15, 2018:

Rabbits MAY eat lettuce

Don’t read this! on October 23, 2017:

Whoever wrote this is wrong! Certain lettuce is fine!!!

Tinsley Williams on September 10, 2017:

Why do bunnies poop so much??

Noneya on June 18, 2017:

Seriously? "No lettuce?" Carrots and apple instead? This is horrible advice, based on a TON of other reading I've done, AND what I've been told by my vet. Yes, you should introduce greens SLOWLY to young rabbits. But then leafy greens become an important part of the diet, in most healthy situations. Carrots and apple should be fed sparingly and in small amounts (as an occasional treat). I'll NEVER say I'm 100% right in ANY situation --there's always more to learn-- but this contradicts a LOT of what I've heard.

Kayla Kelley on May 15, 2017:

My rabbit pee on me one time

Shelshight on February 24, 2017:

I have six bunnies that all live in my backyard and its been a few days, well weeks, since I checked on them (I know Im a bad rabbit mom) and there are literal mountains of poop all over my yard and I really dont understand. I had some mountaineers knock on my door wanting to climb them, but Im wondering if they are stable enough for that? Would love to hear your thoughts on the matter! They've been camping out for three days now waiting for me to give them the go ahead. I just really don't want a lawsuit on my hands.

Serina on October 31, 2016:

Hi. My name is Serina. I have a pet rabbit too. I feed my rabbit a lot of food.But my rabbit eat lot of food there are o so not full at all.

Justine on January 16, 2016:

Why does my bunny barely go on the wood and likes going behind closets and stuff and going between the couch.

marc on January 14, 2016:

Jus wondering coz my rabbit's poop is string like. It's a bit wet but well formed but it always sticks in its fur. This is always my problem. I have to constantly clean it. I shop gave us a mixture of seeds and pellet. 2months old

casarina on June 05, 2015:

I got a rabbit months ago and she was pooping a lot you couldn't even leave her for one second because if I did there would be about 20 or more on the ground PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Casarina on June 05, 2015:

I got a rabbit months ago and she was pooping a lot you couldn't even leave her for one second because if I did there would be about 20 or more on the ground PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Diana on June 27, 2010:

Thank you so much for the info!!!

Hope Alexander (author) on June 26, 2010:

Either a) keep your bunny in the kitchen, or b) put another litter box in the living room and possibly also c) be more careful with how much you're handling your bunny. It's not normal for rabbits to defecate on their owners unless they're scared. Are you picking him up all the time and not putting him down? If so, stop that for a bit and let him be and see how he goes. Remember, you have to be gentle and careful with bunnies.

Elestren on June 26, 2010:

my rabbit keeps pooing and peeing on me, but only when in the living room, he has the kitchen as his cage with a litter tray which he uses. don't know why he is doing it or how to stop it? please help....

Helena on March 18, 2010:

Thank you very much because I got a 8 month rabbit and it was pooping hard pellets A LOT you could not leave it for 10 mins without there being 20 or more pellets. I feel much better thanks.