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Rabbits/24hr old kit has red/blood urine


I have a litter of Champagne rabbits, or kits, just a little over 24 hours old. The mother and two kits died during the birthing process. I have been feeding these babies kitten formula. There were 4 that survived. One of them has urinated blood the last two times I have stimulated him. I have done some online research and saw where bilirubin can cause red urine. I remembered with 3 of my children they had high bilirubin when born and I was instructed to give them sugar water in between feedings. I also read that possible it was a sign of
dehydration. Anyway, I just gave the kit about 1/2cc water. I would like to confirm
1) that they are to be fed every 12 hours and no more than that.
2) what should I do for the baby with the red urine? I'm just throwing this out there, I do have cranberry/apple juice in the house as well. As you may can tell, I've never done this before and I surely do not want to cause any harm to these babies.

Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.


This is serious... this is potentially a sign of liver disease or a blood disorder. A vet is required immediately. Too much sugar is not good for any bun, much less such a young one. I'd recommend seeking immediate professional assistance.

I'm sorry I can't help you further, but this is outside of any home remedy available to even the most savvy bunny owner. Best of luck.



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Christine Whetstone


I am not an expert on wild rabbits, only domesticated rabbits. I can answer questions regarding habitats, behavior, diet, health, pairing/bonding - pretty much anything having to do with owning a rabbit.


I've owned indoor rabbits for the last 10 years. During that time I've gained experience in areas like bonding exercises, understanding behavior, warning signs of sick bunnies, how to handle more serious illnesses (GI stasis, abscesses, eye problems, etc.) and more. It's rare that I come across an inquiry that I do not already know the answer to.

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