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Deekotah

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Hi I got my first rabbit yesterday, he's 7 weeks old and I feed him a mix of alfalfa and timothy hay, pellets and this mixed fruit food from the petshop. I come home from work this morning and I think he has diarehha? Here's a photo of one of his poops should I he concerned and take him to the emergency vet? He's still running around and adventuring through the house, I'm just freaking out about his go's damaged poops :( he was doing normal pellet looming things then out of nowhere turned into these big blobs. Any help will be verymuch apprecaited 16649003270235933847550419799118.jpg 16649003652347697038470124180298.jpg
 

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No fruit of any kind at this age. He's too young for that. Do you know if the pellets you are feeding are the same type he had been eating before? Changes in pellet type or brand should be done gradually by mixing the "old" type with the new.

Those are misshapen poos but not diarrhea. No need for a vet. Trips to a vet can be very stressful. Your new bunny is already under stress from being moved to a new home. Stress can affect their GI system.

Since you just got him, he should not be wandering around the house. This is also highly stressful for a rabbit. The first 2-3 days, he should be confined to a cage. This is for his benefit. It is the fastest way for him to acclimate to his new surroundings with the least amount of stress. Please check out the following:

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Hi thank you so much for getting back to me quickly! I'll have to message the people I had gotten him off to double check but I'll remove the pellets until I find out and remove the fruit treat mix!

Thank you for the feedback on the cage refining, I wanst aware of this! I now have questions about this as I thought he was happy but now im worried i misread his behaviour :( I have him in a pen in my lounge room that is blocked off to the rest of the house, I open the cage and sit in here with him and let him decide if he wants to roam. He's been pretty active and showing behaviours that i believed told me he's happy, I'll post a video I just took before. I'll start leaving him in his pen to adapt a bit longer if I was mistaken, I just wanted the best for my Lil bean and to spoil him:(. Excuse his little home, the pet shop was sold out of a rabbit bed and didn't have a hay feeder, litter tray so I'm waiting on my online order to come to upgrade his den, hes running around with his zoomies and doing little kicks more and more as i write this, should I be worried?
 

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Zoomies are great. However you'll want him litter trained at the very least-- especially for free roaming and that means confining him in a space with a litter box until his litter habits are fully established.

With rabbits, it is much easier to train them right from the start rather than to try to un-teach a bad habit. If they are allowed to piddle somewhere, they tend to return to the same spot to piddle again and again. Much easier to get them trained from the start than to try to stop a repeated behavior.

While litter training, he probably will do best to not have a bed or any soft surface that would tempt him to piddle there. Those items can be added in after he's trained. A plastic storage tub can serve as a litter box (cheaper, larger). Hay can be put directly on top of the litter.
 

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If you remove the pellets, you have to be absolutely certain he's eating his hay really well, or he could starve himself(does happen with rabbits).

When a rabbit isn't producing any semi normal fecal balls, but all poop is coming out pasty/pudding like, that is true diarrhea and is an emergency, which you would need to get the rabbit to a knowledgeable rabbit vet immediately. When there is just some mushy poop and also normal fecal balls being produced, that is usually mushy cecals and not generally an emergency but a dietary issue that needs sorting out before it worsens into an emergency situation. And any time a rabbit stops eating and is acting lethargic for more than 12-24 hours, has bloat, or other serious signs of illness, that is also an emergency, even if there are still normal fecal balls.



The rabbit digestive system




Baby rabbits have very delicate digestive systems that aren't fully formed yet, so any changes or disruptions to it can result in very serious digestive illness developing, particularly if too many carbs/sugars are given. It's absolutely essential to be careful with their diet and limit stress to them, when bringing them into a new home. But it does sound like your little guy is pretty happy and adjusting well, aside from the mushy poop and diet issue.



 

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Thank you both for the knowledge! I think this Lil bean of mine is a bit moody with me since reorganising his pen to litter train him and not letting him out since coming back from work. His poops are alot more normal and can definitely see that they cecotopes not just big blobs 😂 Hoping he becomes potty trained sooner than later so he can let go of this grudge he's holding against me!
 
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