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My rabbit who I’ve had for about 4 years has made a new habit of getting poop stuck to the same back left foot. It’s leading to a bit of a sore foot that has been seen by a vet, but I cannot figure out this behavior. He is healthy, eating and acting normal besides this weird habit. Poop even looks normal. Please help ! He lives in an open, clean environment and has a sibling who never gets poop on her feet. Again, it’s getting stuck to the same foot every time so as I gently remove it with warm water it’s irritating his foot and removing hair.
 

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How is the litter box set up?
Large plastic “tub” with bedding on bottom and hay on top. I’m considering it’s happening while he is in there as well but am not sure why he’s never done it before for three years. Why all of a sudden ?
 

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Are his poos mushy or wetter than normal?
Normal ! Normal eating too. I think the poop is sticking because he is missing some fur pad on the bottom of his foot due to me having to get the poop off initially (warm water and scissors) I am considering wrapping his foot to 1.keep poop off 2. Allow the hair to grow back. Thoughts ?
 

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If he is having cecals sticking to his fur, then the problem is that for some reason he is not reingesting them as he should be. Are you seeing any bits or clumps of cecotropes being left uneaten in his litter box or area?
 

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Actually today I noticed some stuck to his bum. He is a long haired rabbit so they may be getting stuck on his bum then getting on his foot
 

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Even a long-haired rabbit should not be getting poo stuck anywhere. It sounds like he either isn't getting his cecals or his poos are getting mushy. Either case may require tweaking his diet.
 

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Interesting. Also-I appreciate your input thank you. Anyway you recommend tweaking his diet ? Currently he eats Timothy hay, adult pellets and vegetables at night
 

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I think I saw on another thread that you are still struggling with this? If so, can you describe what kind and how many veggies he gets. Also brand and amount of pellets.
 
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