BUNNY POOP 101 🐰💩
Our rabbits produce 2 types of feces:
(1) Hard, dry feces that are made in the intestines. They are shaped like pearls and should contain hay and other fibrous materials. They should be the majority, it not all, of what you see in the litterbox.
(2) Soft, wet feces that are made in the cecum. They have a shiny coating and pack a strong, punchy smell! They are extremely rich in minerals, vitamins, proteins, water, and good bacteria.
Producing the right quality and quantity of both feces is very important to ensure the balance of our rabbit’s digestive tract. The hard feces need to be consistent in shape, size and color to ensure they are eating and drinking sufficiently. Any change can signifies health issues which may require veterinary intervention.
As for the soft feces, they are even more important to look out for! Known as cecotropes, a healthy rabbit will ingest them directly from the anus to protect their nutritional value. If you find them around the house, it means they are either not eating or producing in excess! All these spells trouble and will require veterinary attention.
As prey animals, our rabbits are generally quiet and seldom express health discomfort like a dog or a cat. It’s extremely important for a rabbit owner to be vigilant in looking out for signs. One of the easiest way is through their stool production! While it sounds disgusting, knowing how much and how well your bunny poos can literally save their lives!
For more information, read here: http://www.medirabbit.com/EN/GI_diseases/drop/Drp_en.htm