Hey guys! So, I just adopted a lil bunny.
Everything was fine til yesterday, whe I started to notice that his poop started to look "fresh" (He used to shit "dry", you know what I'm sayin?) and some of them have a weird kind of mucosity.
I read that it may be caused by his diet, but I'm really worried about him having some kind of parasite or illness.
Pic related, it's him.
Rabbits have these special turds. They're soft and look like little turd blackberries. Perfectly normal. The dry ones are like cocoa puffs.
Sorry if you can't eat either one of those foods anymore.
Please get to a vet and learn more about rabbit care! Cause >>2050487 is right.
No, It's not the kind of shit they eat, I googled it.
The shit in the pic is kind of dry, but you can see the mucosity in the paper.
Now for the pertinent explanation:
Rabbits are unique among the grazing mammals in that they're what's known as "hindgut fermenters."
When they eat, their food doesn't have all of its nutrients extracted on the first go-round. Instead, the hindgut flora break down the cellulose into sugar and the bolus is evacuated as a loose, mushy stool.
Then the rabbit eats its own shit, extracts the nutrients, and poops out the little dry cocoa-puffs we're all familiar with.
tl;dr, your bun's fine and now you know that it's been eating its own shit this entire time.
My rabbit pooed like that sometimes iirc. He might have gotten a bit too much sugar. Go for hay and greens and pellets for a bit instead. If he starts acting strangely, panting, or is unable to hold up his head, etc, get to the vet. But I wouldn't worry just yet.
Fruit and carrots are too sugary for them to have too much. If you can't afford a vet visit right now, the library probably has some books with better advice.
Also not to badger but I hope that box is a temporary enclosure and that he gets some room to run. (Outside is dangerous for multiple reasons though. Inside hops are nice.)
Always happy to help another bun owner.
I used to have four angoras hopping around this place (they died of old age), so I'd be happy to help you out with any other rabbit questions.
Look! This is fresh! Sorry I ask so much, but this is my first bunny ):
I love him (: He's a lovely little guy! Thanks for all the help!
Do they ever learn to pee and poo in just one place? He's been peeing in a litter box, but still poops everywhere, any way I can solve that?
Rabbits don't have the world's strongest latrining instincts, but they can definitely be litter-trained. Just give it time.
As an aside, make sure to hold off on the handling. It might seem tempting to cuddle the shit out of that adorable little floof, but rabbits don't take to it naturally.
What's most important is that he gets acclimated to his new home. Give it a week or two before easing into the cuddles.