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I've got a female rabbit who gave birth 2 weeks back.  She's recently developed diarrhea that's very on and off a day. Like she gets them, then it's normal little gooey stool then back to  diarrhea, she eats a lot. Now while she was eating I could hear her stomach gurgling superloud. Today she ate few carrots, leaves, little rice. What's the cause and what g can I do? I've put hay now.

Hi Nikita

She needs to see a vet. True watery poo can be fatal for rabbits. Gooey malformed poo indicates gut problems too. A nosy gut is normal.

She shouldn't be eating rice at all. 80% of her diet should be hay. What are the leaves she ate? Some plants are toxic or have bad qualities for rabbits. Carrots are a high sugar treat only. If she's not eating grass or hay, her gut won't be able to function properly and she will develop bad teeth.

Definitely needs a check at the vet.

Good luck!


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I can answer questions around the welfare of pet rabbits, basic health queries including gut stasis, diet worries, bonding questions and the proper welfare standards around housing rabbits (i.e. no wire floors, no small cages and they should be kept in properly bonded de-sexed pairs in very large enclosures). I cannot answer showing questions nor complex breeding issues as I do not agree with either, seeing the other end of the story in the world of rabbit rescue.


I have two 7 year old rescue rabbits and volunteer for a well established rabbit rescue here in the UK, both physically doing cleaning out etc and I am also their events and awareness co-oordinator, helping educate the general public on proper rabbit keeping, this means I have to ensure all information I give is correct and matches current welfare standards.

I belong to the RWAF (Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund) and volunteer for a major rabbit rescue.

I have no formal education on this subject, however read everything I can to keep up to date with current welfare standards and health problems. Both my rabbits have sensitive guts and constantly keep me on my toes.

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