Similar to humans, rabbits may be checked for any medical condition or rule out any illness by evaluating their poop. Vets often consider testing rabbit poop as a part of their medical checkup, and this is also the same with humans. Any medical issue, diet concerns, and even psychological problems may be diagnosed party by testing the rabbit’s poop. So what can a pile of poop mean?
Rabbits are great pretenders
Let’s face it; it’s hard to tell if your pet rabbit is sick, right? This is because rabbits have the unique ability to pretend that they are well, but they are not. However, no matter how much a rabbit hides its true feelings, it can never hide its poop.
A rabbit’s poop is important in identifying a rabbit’s diet. The color, consistency, and smell will tell you if your rabbit is eating a lot or maybe malnourished. It can tell if your rabbit is drinking enough water or is dehydrated or overhydrated. Also, rabbit poop can give vets an idea of how the rabbit eats and if there are some underlying illness that can affect a rabbit’s appetite. A rabbit’s poop and pee should be checked hand in hand to identify any problems in a patient.
The poop of a rabbit will also say something about its stress levels. Rabbits are also known as very sensitive animals in such a way that even the slightest noise or any new thing can send it to a stressful state. Usually, stressed rabbits can poop more and may have poop almost every area in your home. Also, stressed rabbits might develop soft and unformed poop due to stress. But if you are certain that our pet’s anxiety levels are tolerable and still it’s passing soft and unformed poop, take it to the vet for.
Rabbit’s unique habits when it comes to poop
You may have noticed that your rabbit is eating his poop. Rabbits create two kinds of poop: the dry and formed poop and the soft and still nutritious poop. Rabbits eat the soft and still nutritious poop because this has nutrients still. However, the dried poop is not eaten again because all the nutrients have been absorbed by the body.
It’s hard to spot the soft and sticky poop. Usually, the rabbit has already eaten it right after it has defecated. If you see your rabbit reaching down and licking or nibbling its anus, then it is reaching for the soft and still nutritious poop. Whereas, it will simply leave the dry poop alone.
It is common to see piles of dried poop accumulating in your pet’s cage or enclosure. It’s important to check for the consistency, color, and makeup of this poop before you clean them up. If there are piles of soft and still nutritious poop are scattered around and are all piled up near the litter box, then consider that there is something wrong with your rabbits.
Scattered or piled up poop may indicate that your pet is being overfed with many treats. And instead of eating these poops, your pet is fed up and not interested in eating too much.
More about rabbit poop
Let’s take a look again at the two types of poop that your pet rabbit has. The first type is called a cecotrope, and this is the type of poop that your pet will eat. Rabbits will nibble the cecotrope directly from its bottom, chew on the poop very slightly and swallow it. This may sound weird and yucky, but this is essential to the rabbit’s health.
Cecotropes look like very sticky pellets similar to blackberries. The pellets are usually gathered together like a grape. This poop is black, shiny, and possibly tasty as rabbits can’t get enough of them. Meanwhile, the second form of poop is the dried poop that you commonly see in hutches and enclosures. This type of poop is light brown and is smaller and drier compared to a cecotrope.
Do you know that rabbits make cecotropes at the same time each day? Also, this poop is called night droppings because these are commonly produced at night.
Look for poop
Rabbit pet owners should master the ability to look for their pet’s poop. This is important since checking out poop will help tell a lot about a rabbit’s health. Consider this activity daily, as this is the best way to identify early on any problems with your pet.
Check for cecotropes since seeing a lot of this type of poop means that there is something wrong about their diet, surroundings, or their mental health. Usually, you won’t be able to find cecotropes, but you can follow your pet around to look for these inside the enclosure.
Aside from the cecotropes, you must also check for the presence of the second type of poop because the absence of this kind can be a sign of a medical condition. Your pet’s digestive tract may have stopped working due to gastric stasis. You should take your pet to the vet if you suspect gastric stasis.
If they’re too much poop
If you notice more poop than usual, especially more cecotropes than usual, suspect that the rabbit is eating too many treats as well as concentrate food. It is not eating enough hay.
Hay is very important in a rabbit’s diet as it helps improve digestion and enhance the health of the gastrointestinal tract. Hay is also important to develop regular defecation habits and to gradually trim their teeth.
Rabbit’s teeth will grow longer and longer, and this is despite their age. Now, this is very painful to rabbits and may even come to the point that it’s too painful to eat or chew. Feeding your rabbits hay will help naturally trim their teeth and avoid these painful moments.
Too many cecotropes could mean that your rabbit is not feeling well or it’s feeling some kind of stress. Therefore if you have any doubts, consult your vet at once.
Helping your pet make more good poop
Making more good poop is important for rabbits. To do this, add more hay to its diet. When it comes to feeding your pet leafy greens, do so sparingly. Some leafy greens contain calcium, and thus, eating too much can lead to an increased amount of calcium in the blood.
Always leave a bowl of fresh and clean water inside your pet’s cage daily. The bowl must be changed at least every day to prevent the growth of bacteria in water. Increasing water intake can help your pet make more soft poop and will also help dilute your pet’s system.
Keeping your pet clean
The most common concern that rabbit pet owners have is how to keep a clean behind, especially when the rabbit is producing cecotropes. Usually, flies may reside on soft and sticky poop. Flies can lay eggs, and these will hatch to become maggots. In extreme cases, the maggots may even remain in your pet’s hair, and this can become a nuisance. You must wash your pet’s hair with warm water and wipe it down, so it’s dry and unpleasant for flies to remain on.
If your pet’s bottom is covered with poo, relax, and just take the situation as it is. Spot clean your pet as well as its cage interiors. Never let poop to remain inside the cage longer as it can attract insects and pets. Also, consider monitoring your pet’s poop at all times. Any changes must be reported to your vet at once.
There ‘s no right or wrong thing when it comes to taking care of rabbits with sticky poop and bathing. If your rabbits resist bathing, use a wet cloth or wipes to wipe away poop and other messes.