Why Does My Bunny Poop so Much?

Hope Alexander is a rabbit enthusiast and enjoys researching bunny care.

Is Your Bunny Pooping a Lot?

If you have a new rabbit, you might be surprised by how much poop it makes. 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!

Rewa salik on July 23, 2020:

You shouldn’t give you a rabbit a large amount of pellets you should be giving them hay but giving them too much pellets is not a good thing

Poop on July 05, 2020:

It never stop Pooop ing I can't stop this

anonymous on October 16, 2019:

This is extremely incorrect. Rabbits should never have large amounts of pellets. And veggies should take up a large majority of your rabbit's diet. The reasoning behind this is that if your bunny eats a large majority of pellets they can very easily become extremely overweight and sick/unhealthy. Veggies are the most natural source of food you can give them. if you'd like to give them pellets 1/4 a cup of hay base pellets is fine. and no lettuce will not give your rabbit diarrhea. Although I wouldn't recommend ice burg lettuce because it has fewer nutrients.

Arthur on August 23, 2019:

can't find hay for my rabbit pls help me i live in brussels . FIND nearest pet store !

Carla on July 22, 2019:

Rabbits can have certain lettuce but never iceberg lettuce.

Rabbits do not like being bathed, this should only happen if they are extremely mucky and as a last resort.

Deepika Gupta on April 05, 2019:

After bathing my rabbits start pooping like liquid.please help me what i shouf do

wawawa on April 15, 2018:

Rabbits MAY eat lettuce

Don’t read this! on October 23, 2017:

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

Tinsley Williams on September 10, 2017:

Why do bunnies poop so much??

Noneya on June 18, 2017:

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.

Kayla Kelley on May 15, 2017:

My rabbit pee on me one time

Shelshight on February 24, 2017:

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.

Serina on October 31, 2016:

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.

Justine on January 16, 2016:

Why does my bunny barely go on the wood and likes going behind closets and stuff and going between the couch.

marc on January 14, 2016:

Jus wondering coz my rabbit's poop is string like. It's a bit wet but well formed but it always sticks in its fur. This is always my problem. I have to constantly clean it. I shop gave us a mixture of seeds and pellet. 2months old

casarina on June 05, 2015:

I got a rabbit months ago and she was pooping a lot you couldn't even leave her for one second because if I did there would be about 20 or more on the ground PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Casarina on June 05, 2015:

I got a rabbit months ago and she was pooping a lot you couldn't even leave her for one second because if I did there would be about 20 or more on the ground PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Diana on June 27, 2010:

Thank you so much for the info!!!

Hope Alexander (author) on June 26, 2010:

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.

Elestren on June 26, 2010:

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....

Helena on March 18, 2010:

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.

Causes of abnormal poops

There are many possible causes of abnormal poop in rabbits. Some are less dangerous than others, but it’s all worth going to your rabbit-savvy veterinarian with a sample to get it tested. Your rabbit may have developed a serious illness that needs to be addressed.

The most common causes of abnormal poops include:

  • Unhealthy diet. A diet too high in sugar content (including sugary fruits and vegetables, and colorful pellet mixes) can cause a number of gastrointestinal difficulties. Rabbits may also suffer from a gastrointestinal illness if they don’t get enough fiber in their diets. For this reason, rabbits should always have unlimited access to grass-based hay.
  • Obesity. This is a dangerous condition for rabbits. The excess weight often causes a reluctance to move around and exercise. This often causes a slow-down of the gut, resulting in small or deformed poops. It also often causes mushy cecotropes that have a tendency to stick to the rabbit’s bottom.
  • Diseases. Because of rabbits’ sensitive digestive system, even illness that don’t seem to be related to digestion can affect the intestinal tract. Pain and even stress can cause a rabbit to have small or abnormal poops.
  • Parasites. Parasites, such as tapeworms or pinworms, are likely to cause abnormal and runny poops.

Rabbits as Pets | 12 Pros and Cons of Having Bunnies

A pet in your house is never disappointing. Whatever you live alone or in a family, if you have a pet of your own it is amazing. But almost all of us start thinking some questions before having a pet.

How long it will live? Will it be too noisy? Will it become poisonous? What if I can’t make a good bonding with it? And etc…

This article is for them who are thinking about Rabbits as pets’ pros and cons. When you decide to have bunnies as pets then you must know the pros and cons of a pet bunny.

Because, when they are in wild their living depends on them, but when you pet a bunny then it is your duty to give them a beautiful and healthy life.

Bunnies as pets pros and cons

Rabbits are so cute at all ages. They are cute and quiet at the same time. They are intelligent. They can use the litterbox and can be trained to pee and poop at any definite place. They don’t need much space and their foods are also not hard to find.

However, they love to scratch and tear off things they find in their sight. They are sensitive animals who are good at hiding sickness. They need special care than other animals in general.

Let’s check out the advantages of having a bunny as a pet while keep looking at the disadvantages of it.

What if Your Bunny Still Poops Outside the Box Sometimes?

This isn’t what most people want to hear, but finding rabbit poop everywhere can sometimes be a normal part of being a rabbit owner. It can be impossible to prevent every single instance of your rabbit pooping outside of its’ litter-box. And despite best efforts, realize that rabbits are different pets than cats or dogs. Rabbits typically poop hundreds of times in a single day, and it can sometimes be impossible to confine all of these to their designated litter-box.

Whenever possible, make sure to clean up after your rabbit if they pee or poop outside of the litter-box. Eliminating the smell will help discourage them from going in that same place again. This is very important since rabbits usually decide where to potty based on smell. White vinegar usually helps get rid of the smell of rabbit urine and poop.

Today, we have talked about ways you can stop your pet rabbit from pooping everywhere, as well as some ways to get them to stop doing it. Methods include spaying or neutering your rabbit, getting the proper litter-box, and re-training them to use it if necessary. If you have any other tips or experience with stopping your rabbit from pooping everywhere, please make sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Related Questions

Should I let my rabbit run loose in my home? If you have other large pets in your home like dogs or cats, you may want to keep them separate for the sake of your rabbit’s safety. But if you do not have other pets or things that may harm your rabbit, you might considering allowing them to run loose throughout your entire home.

Can you keep a pet rabbit indoors? Preferably, your pet rabbit will want to live inside with you as a member of the family. Many people successfully keep their rabbits indoors. Rabbits live a safer and more secure life when they are inside and protected from bad weather, predators, and other dangers that outdoor rabbits face.

How easy can you litter-box train a rabbit? Remember that litter-box training will take both time and patience. Observe the area of your rabbit’s cage that they prefer soiling, and then place their litter-box in that area. You should also pick up their poop and put it into the litter-box so that they recognize the litter-box is where poop belongs. Try to keep hay in your rabbit’s litter-box at all times. This is easier with some rabbits than with others. Spaying and neutering may help the process along faster.

Rabbits eliminate waste material on a regular basis just like other animals and humans. Fecal matter typically exits a rabbit as a round pellet but will change shape if adequate fiber and water amounts are not ingested. Fecal matter is produced throughout the day as a rabbit is hopping around or visiting the litter box, but these constantly produced fecal pellets are not what a rabbit consumes.

In addition to the regular fecal pellets that rabbits produce during the day, a special type of poop is also excreted in the night.   Cecotropes, also referred to as night feces, are a specific kind of poop that is different than regular rabbit stools. Cecotropes are softer, stickier, and are usually not even seen by a rabbit owner because a rabbit often consumes them almost as they are exiting the body. The cecotropes are produced in the cecum, a part of the intestinal tract of a rabbit, by fermentation of the food a rabbit eats. They are also only produced at night, so a rabbit will be seen eating them late at night or early in the morning.   Usually the only time you will see cecotropes in your rabbit's cage or on its fur is if your rabbit is not feeling well and therefore not eating its cecotropes.

Watch the video: What Rabbit Poop Tells You About Their Health (June 2021).