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Rabbit Health

What does your Rabbits urine tell you?

If your rabbit is acting abnormally and you have concerns please take them to a vet immediately.

When you think about your rabbit, what is the first thing that comes to mind? For many people, the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about their bunny is their adorable little face.

However, for those of us who have rabbits as pets, we know that there is so much more to them than just their cute faces. In fact, rabbits are very unique animals with some interesting behaviors and characteristics.

One such characteristic is that they use urine to mark their territory. If you are a rabbit owner, it is important to understand everything there is to know about rabbit urine so you can properly take care of your pet.

In this guide, we will cover everything you need to know about rabbit urine including its composition, getting rid of urine stains, and why it’s important that rabbit pee meets certain standards.

What does the color of rabbit urine mean?

Not sure what color your rabbit’s urine should be? You’re not alone, rabbit urine comes in an array of colors, all with different explanations. In this section, we will explore what the different colors of rabbit urine mean. Rabbits can pee up to 10 times a day on average and the color of healthy urine can change from a golden yellow to a darker yellow or brown.

Typically speaking if your rabbit is dehydrated their urine will be slightly darker than normal, rabbit urine much like rabbit poop can change based on your rabbit’s diet or surroundings and is an indicator of how healthy your rabbit is.

Their urine will typically be slightly foggy or murky, this is completely fine and is a good indicator that nutrients are leaving their body as expected.

Rabbit Urine Chart

Signs of bladder stones or bladder sludge

Catching bladder sludge early on is a great indicator of what needs to change in your rabbit’s environment. But how can you tell if your rabbit is suffering?

  • Urine Scalding – This is a very visible sign that your rabbit is having issues with their urine. It occurs when urine makes contact with the skin over an extended period of time, leading to urine scald a skin rash on a rabbit’s skin which can cause infections.
  • Urinating outside their litter tray – If your rabbit is completely litter trained and is suddenly urinating outside their litter box, this can be a sign of a UTI or inability to wait for the toilet. This should not be mistaken for an unspayed or unneutered rabbit who is spraying areas.
  • Frequent urination increase – As rabbit owners, once you’ve had your rabbit for a while, it becomes fairly normal to know how often they urinate, when they poo, when they sleep, etc. If you see an increase in your rabbit’s urination rate you should check their urine.
  • A lack of peeing or no pee at all – If you see your rabbit lifting its tail to pee but nothing or very little pee comes out, it’s time to inspect why. These are both signs of Bladder stones which can be extremely painful. If your rabbit isn’t peeing at all, you should take them to a veterinarian immediately.
  • Leaky accidents – If you find your rabbit is losing control of its bladder as they move around, this can be a sign of bladder stones or Urinary cancer.

Urine Scalding

Urine scalding (Also known as Wet Tail) is a sign that your rabbit’s fur & skin are regularly wet around their bottom area due to excessive urine contact. Urine Scalding is a clear sign that your rabbit is unable to groom themselves or that their environment is dirty.

In most cases, urine scalding can be resolved fairly easily with time and improvement. However, there are some factors that can be unavoided such as bladder infections, bladder cancers, Arthritis, Neurological issues, or Uterine Disease.

In some cases, having Bladder stones or excessive calcium in your rabbit’s diet can also lead to Urine Scalding as their urine sticks to their fur.

Conclusion

So what does all this mean for you and your bunny? If your bunny is having accidents in the house, take a closer look at the color of their urine. If it’s dark or cloudy, they may have bladder stones or sludge and will need to see a vet. Urine can be tricky to clean up, but don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Have any other questions about rabbit pee? Let us know!


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Link is an incredibly spoilt rabbit who lives completely free roam. When he's not jumping on his owners heads at 5am or digging at carpet he can often be seen loafed or eating copious amounts of hay.