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Did You Know Bunnies Eat Their Droppings? It’s Actually an Important Part of Their Diet!

March 17, 2021


Turns out rabbits eating their poop is normal and completely healthy behavior. Well, at least for them. To confirm the theories I found via my own research, I spoke with Anthony Hall, DVM, MPH, expert veterinarian at Airvet, and Joel Beth Navratik, DVM, CEO of MRVL Pet Pharmaceuticals.

Rabbits produce two types of droppings: fecal pellets and cecotropes, also known as cecal pellets; the latter are normal waste products that can be consumed after elimination. “Fecal pellets are normally dry and round pellets that are friable and full of undigested fiber while cecotropes have a more moistened appearance and may be clustered together, resembling a bunch of grapes or blackberry,” Dr. Hall explained.

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