Are you contemplating adopting a bunny?
Here are some facts you should know about their poop.
Rabbits poop a lot and they must have their hutch cleaned daily. Before adopting a bunny you should read this article and decide if you are ready for this long term responsibility.
Rabbits are herbivores that must munch on hay all day long. Before we intervened on their life style rabbits in the wild would graze all day in grasses, twigs, pine cones, leaves, flowers and berries. After we humans became interested in rabbits to serve as our food and our pets ,we started to feed them pellets as a convenient way for us to care for them. The proper diet for rabbits consist in high fiber content extracted from grass hay like Timothy hay, often sold in pet stores and even grocery stores.
Rabbits need to have a constant movement of their gut in order to continue to be healthy, because of all that fiber, rabbits poop a lot!!!
Rabbits have two types of poop: one is the well known round and dry pellet made out of hard waste from the intestines. The other type is known as Cecotrophes and is part of a content from the cecum. It was meant to be re-digested by rabbits and has a soft consistency. Cecotrophes can smell and smudge around the cage.
Fortunately for us most of their poop are dry and hardly smell. Their urine on the other hand is very smelly specially if your rabbit is eating a grain based diet which is the formula chosen by economical feed companies. Their urine stain and stink and that is why we choose Sherwood Natural rabbit food in our rabbitry, it is a diet formulated for optimal health of our rabbits, hay based and high in fiber! We also potty train our babies from early age so we do not have to clean urine from our hutch floors. We do not use wire cages!
Back to the main point of this article, rabbit poops a lot. If you are considering adopting a bunny as a indoor pet, you must know that you will see about 200-300 "dry pellets" per day from your rabbit. You may or may not ever see Cecotrophes from your rabbit.
The good news is that rabbit manure is a great compost item and can be added to your garden without needing to wait. It will not burn your plants.
The bad news is that if you didn't buy a potty trained bunny, you will spend most of your free time cleaning after your bunny. Most rabbits will only be 100% potty trained after being spayed and neutered if they started their training early in life.
If you are adopting a bunny that never been exposed to a litter box, you will have your hands full!
Please research and make sure that you are ok with that task before you adopt a bunny.
Rabbits that are introduced to a litter box from early age will deposit 80-90 % of its "pellets" inside their litter box making cleaning a lot easier than the rabbit who watched his mom pooping wherever she pleased.
To read more about Bunny poop please go to http://rabbit.org/the-scoop-on-poop/
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