Why Does My Bunny Poop So Much?

Updated on January 24, 2016

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.

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.

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        wawawa 

        8 months ago

        Rabbits MAY eat lettuce

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        Don’t read this! 

        13 months ago

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

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        Tinsley Williams 

        15 months ago

        Why do bunnies poop so much??

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        Noneya 

        18 months ago

        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.

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        Kayla Kelley 

        19 months ago

        My rabbit pee on me one time

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        Shelshight 

        21 months ago

        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.

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        Serina 

        2 years ago

        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.

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        Diana 

        8 years ago

        Thank you so much for the info!!!

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        Hope Alexander 

        8 years ago

        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.

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        Elestren 

        8 years ago

        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....

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        Helena 

        8 years ago

        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.

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