The rabbit’s digestive system is considered to be very well-organized when it comes to the processing of the rabbit’s natural diet. However, their digestive system can also become very sensitive and can easily become distressed due to the wrong category or amount of the food that they eat.
The best way to monitor how better your pet rabbit’s digestive system can function well is about their droppings. You may also see such droppings if your pet’s diet is successful or not by just monitoring their poops. An alter into the rabbit’s droppings is commonly the first sign that your pet has a digestive disruption.
Healthy Rabbits Two Kinds of Feces
1. Fecal Pellets
The first one is the hard round pellets in the intestinal origin that look like small pellets that are rich in hay and other debris-like parts. It is commonly seen in the litter box in the area around it. These droppings are also known as fecal pellets. The normal fecal pellets look like round balls that have a dark to light brown or beige in color and have a fair size. They are quite moist when they first come out but can easily become dry. When you try to carefully examine them closer or if you may break them, they can easily crumble, and you can see a small rectangle of those undigested plants that they may develop.
2. Soft Cecal Pellets
The smelly droppings that look like a grape Cecotropes are also known as the soft cecal pellets. These poops, even though it has a dark-color dropping, is considered as a completely normal poop in rabbits. The cecotropes are layered with a thin coat of mucus that developed from the cecum. These droppings are rich in vitamins, proteins, minerals, and bacteria. The rabbits re-ingest them in order to get the right amount of protein and B vitamins that they need for their diet. They ingest such droppings without even chewing to prevent breaking the layer of the grains. By doing so, this helps to continue the fermentation as well as the survival of the bacteria that are inside the grains while passing through the acid surroundings of the rabbit’s stomach.
The droppings that have a small size and very dark color or uneven shape are common signs that your pet rabbit is not processing the fiber in its digestive tract. This can be due to its diet that contains low in fiber or because of a different problem that makes the travel of the food slow down into the rabbit’s digestive system. When your pet rabbit stops producing such droppings, you may immediately seek advice from your vet because this can be a serious sign that your pet has totally stopped processing the food they eat, and this is considered as a potentially life-threatening in rabbits.
Any interference regarding the intestinal system of the rabbit can become a result of other different feces shapes and forms.
Small and Round Shape Droppings
The droppings of the rabbit may become small in size because of a few numbers of reasons such as stress. Stress is considered as one of the most usual reasons for small and round shape droppings. For instance, a strange noise or even when your pet experiences a stressful feeling, this may cause your pet rabbit to drop a small size of poop temporarily. However, in a normal condition, they can go back to their usual size after a few hours. Otherwise, small size droppings of a rabbit can be a sign of chronic pain, or there is a temporary blockage inside the intestine. You may visit a vet to seek advice about these matters.
Large and Egg-like Shaped Droppings
You should not worry about if your pet is double or larger size droppings compared to the usual size of the normal droppings of the rabbit. Large and egg-like shape droppings are a result of megacolon; this is unusual in rabbits that usually get from their genotypes or sometimes caused by trauma. Though this case is unusual, and you feel that your pet has it, then you may take your pet into the vet to provide long term care in case of any problem.
Doubles and Single Droppings
A double or single formation of the droppings in the rabbit can be caused due to having stress or sometimes advancing their age. So when your pet rabbit is beginning to drop more doubles and singles each day, then you may ask the assistance of your vet to ask for a reviver in order to get back your rabbits’ normal droppings.
Droppings that Look like Link by Hair
This kind of droppings that like linking together with hair is not considered as a problem. Space indicates that your pet rabbit stomach is working normally, and the hair that apparently comes from other fiber that your pet may eat. Your vet may suggest offering more fresh greens to maintain your pet from being hydrated. You may also brush your pet routinely, other than that your pet is definitely healthy.
Mucus that Covered the Droppings
A mucus that covers the droppings of your pet is usually shown after your pet undergoes antibiotics. Otherwise, this can also cause irritation in your pet’s intestinal lining. With this condition, the rabbit eats a piece of parsley and directly gets through its topic without being chewed. It is like other big irritating things that may become a result of the droppings that are covered by mucus.
These droppings are not totally formed and become soggy. These droppings are quite smelly. This kind of droppings can also be due to stress, signs of illness, and a diet that is rich in starch, sugar, and fats. This condition may not worry with usual cecotropes that have been able to mess apart in layers. But if it looks totally formless at all, this can be considered as cecal dysbiosis. You can wait for the next droppings of your pet, and you should observe other rabbits that show signs of illness after pooping with dysbiosis. An elder rabbit may have dysbiosis that acquires from painful joints and digestive tracts that age. You may visit your vet to seek advice, eliminating stress and treats may not lessen such cecal dysbiosis.
Diarrhea in rabbits is considered to be very uncommon and can cause an alarming situation. A reason can be your pet was infected by a deadly parasite or had the possibility that it was exposed to poisonous food. Sometimes a very young kit has a watery runny stool that they get after weaned until they are ready. Not consider the age of the rabbit that is suspected of having diarrhea may take into the vet as soon as possible. As mentioned, this can be a very alarming situation in rabbits.
Having a Parasites
Droppings that are infested by parasites such as worms, tapeworms, and nematodes in the gastrointestinal tract of the rabbit is considered having a presence of threads of mucus in the feces of your pet and becomes rare diarrhea. The existence of a live tapeworm can monitor with freshly secreted hard droppings, especially when the infestation is very serious. This can be followed with a cecal impaction, severe pain, and other stasis. Depending on the stage of the parasite, a fecal flotation test can sometimes fail to show the presence of gastrointestinal parasites.
Small Unformed Droppings
This can be the reason that your pet is not eating enough. This may happen after your pet undergoes a surgery, when your pet rabbit’s teeth are hurt, or can be another reason that your pet may not want to eat. Having a post-surgery is considered a good sign that your rabbit’s digestive tract is working properly; otherwise, this can be a sign that tells you to go and see a vet for your rabbit.
Mucus in Droppings
A light brown or beige colored poop means a normal fecal matter for rabbits. So how do you know what their poop is not normal? A mucus that mixed with the rabbit’s droppings can be a sign of having a parasite or other serious problems such as fecal impaction. If you observe thick and stringy mucus in the droppings of your pet, especially when you see that the mucus is constant, you may consult a vet for a piece of advice regarding such a problem.