What you feed your baby rabbits as a pet owner can determine how often your rabbits urinate and poop, especially the little ones. It is worth noting that a lot of factors also affect a rabbit’s ability to poop and urinate.
So how can you stimulate a baby rabbit to urinate? After each feeding, in order to stimulate the bunny to urinate or poop, employ the use of a soft napkin or a cotton ball that has been soaked with warm water, and gently use the napkin or cotton ball to stroke the genital area of the bunny until the bunny starts to stool and urinate.
On a typical average day, a baby rabbit can be fed cat milk, Kitten Milk Replacer (KMR) or goat milk, which is very affordable online or can be found in your local pet stores or even in a local vets office.
Generally speaking, most baby rabbits – irrespective of breed – should urinate between 2 and 8 times every day.
As rabbit milk is usually the most calorific of all animal milk options, one tablespoon of 100% whipped cream should ideally be added to the KMR diet.
Sometimes, most baby rabbits may not feed on baby animal bottles, so what you do is, you buy a sterile oral syringe from most retail pharmaceutical stores and use it for the feeding process. If you can lay your hands on some artificial baby bunny feeding nipples, they will also a better alternative to syringes.
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Feeding your Baby Rabbits
When feeding your baby rabbits, it is best to feed them no more than two times per day. Sometimes, you will need to do more than two feedings to get an optimum amount of nutritional content needed into their diet, especially if it’s your first time feeding them.
Knowing how much to feed your baby rabbits will also hugely depend on what breed of rabbits you are attempting to feed.
Although there is a basic guideline that allows rabbit pet owners, effectively feed their baby rabbits without any stress on a daily basis. You can then decide to increase the diets for your larger breeds of rabbits at your own discretion.
Here is a little tip;
If you want your baby bunnies to maintain a healthy system, locate your nearest local health food store and get a bottle of ‘Acidophilus’. It is a bacterial culture food supplement that aids your rabbit’s digestion. Where possible ask for the capsules that have the ‘grainy stuff‘ inside (these ones are easier to mix than the ‘powdered alternative’). You then only need to add little amounts to the feeding formula in your bunny’s diet and feed them.
The following guidelines should be divided into two feedings per day;
Newborn – 1 week old – 4-5 cc formula
1-2 weeks old – 10-15 cc formula
2-3 weeks old – 15-30 cc formula
3-6 weeks old, until weaned – 30 cc formula
How to Feed the Baby Bunnies
Baby bunnies usually feed on nursing mothers while lying down on their backs. As a pet owner, loosely wrap the baby rabbit in a soft face cloth or hand towel and then place it on your thigh very gently, or in the bend of your arm. It is very possible that the bunny will still not eat this way, but it is better to give it your best efforts.
Also, don’t rush the feeding process, wait for the bunny to eat at its own pace, especially if it is not feeding on a syringe willingly. Rushing the baby bunny to eat may cause asphyxiation.
Now here comes the hard part: Until their eyes are opened (10 days after birth): After feeding the baby bunnies, it is imperative that you make the bunny urinate and poop to maintain the health of the intestinal tract and urinary system of the rabbit.
After each feeding, in order to stimulate the bunny to urinate or poop, employ the use of a soft napkin or a cotton ball that has been soaked with warm water, and gently use the napkin or cotton ball to stroke the genital area of the bunny until the bunny starts to stool and urinate.
Continue the stroking process until the bunny stops urinating. By doing so, you are mimicking the behaviour of a mother rabbit who would normally lick her babies to help them feel the urge to use the bathroom. The stool produced will be soft and may have different shades of green and yellow.
If you notice the colour of urine to be brown and gritty, then the bunnies are not properly hydrated and you should take them to see a rabbit vet. After feeding, always make sure to dry the baby’s mouth with a moistened cloth or paper towel, to avoid milk residue staining the rabbit’s hair or fur.
What If your Baby Rabbit still won’t Pee?
Generally speaking, most rabbits irrespective of breed, should urinate between 2 and 8 times every day. This amount will differ for different rabbits depending on how much liquid the rabbit drinks per day and whether or not they are neutered. However, there are several reasons why baby bunnies don’t pee.
It could be that these bunnies have just been rehomed, and they are not peeing or pooping because they don’t feel safe yet. If it hasn’t been that long you acquired this rabbits, then be patient, they will eventually pee. If not, then go to a vet for help.
Another reason could be illness or stress. When your baby bunnies are sick or stressed, they may stop urinating. So, keep a constant watch on your rabbits and note if it has urinated each day.
When attempting to monitor your rabbit’s urination, the simplest way to do this is to surround the litter box with old newspaper and place small amounts of hay on top. This is preferable because it is easy to monitor urine stains on newspapers, so you can easily detect if anything is wrong.
How To Tell If A Mother Rabbit Is Feeding Her Babies
Here are a few notes that will help guide you to know if a mother rabbit is feeding her babies;
Unless you have confirmed the death of the mother rabbit, then there is every likelihood that the mother rabbit is feeding her babies, even if it appears as if she is ignoring them. Naturally, a mother rabbit does not constantly care for her babies the way mother carnivores do. Mother rabbits only feed their baby bunnies twice per day and then vanishes from their midst.
This is totally normal and natural: because in the wild, a rabbit mama that is not in the process of feeding her babies stays as far away from them as possible so she does not attract predators to the nest and endanger her babies.
Secondly, if the mother rabbit appears to be ignoring her litter, assess their condition before you intervene. If the stomach of the babies are round and plethora-looking (you may notice a whitish patch where the milk-filled stomach appears via the thin skin of the belly), if the babies are warm, if the skin looks healthy, with little or no wrinkles, then their mother is definitely feeding them. The same applies if you also notice the baby rabbits are sleeping calmly in their hutch.
However, when the physical appearance of these baby bunnies is reversed and they have pale or bluish skin or you can see them roaming around looking for the mother rabbit when they are supposed to be sleeping in their nest as a belly filled baby rabbit would, then there is a good chance that their mother is not feeding them.
How To Make A Baby Rabbit Poop
The same techniques will apply when attempting to make your baby bunnies poop. Use a soft napkin or a cotton ball that has been soaked with warm water, and gently use the napkin or cotton ball to stroke the genital area of the bunny until the bunny starts to stool and urinate.
- Continue the stroking process until the bunny stops pooing.
- Note the colour and texture of the poo.
- It should be soft and may have different shades of green and yellow.