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Home Forum DIET & CARE Orange/Red-ish urine??

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    • GracieGirl2018
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      So I Woke up this morning and went to check on Gracie and refill her hay and I noticed that there was a little spot of what I’m pretty sure was urine. It was dried and orange-red. I’ve never seen it that color before. She’s about 5 and a half months and not yet spayed. She did have some Kaytee Timothy hay “with carrots” last night for the first time. We are switching back to Oxbow anyway because she didn’t particulatly care for the Kaytee brand but she did eat it. Could this be a cause? She also had some cabbage, green lettuce, and a little bit of parsley yesterday in combination with her young rabbit Oxbow pellets. Any ideas and should I be concerned? I will definitely be monitoring her for the next few days.

      Side note – 2 days ago she had a very thick, pasty like urine. She only did it once (on my rug, of course) and then it was back to normal. I think maybe she wasn’t drinking enough? I put a bowl out rather than just the bottle and she’s seemed okay until this morning. I’ve also since decreased the amount of pellets shes gotten, as I read up on it and the younger bunny food seems to have more calcium than food for mature rabbits. Maybe it’s time to switch her over to adult pellets?

      Thanks!!!


    • Three Little Bunnies
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      My mini lop who is 11 months old and my 3 year old Dutch had orange-ish urine for a while, and it did seem to be rather thick. I did not really worry about it because after looking it up I found this:

      “For obscure reasons (my rabbits all eat the same food, drink the same water and get the same treats) some get red urine, some don’t. Red urine (due to excessive urinary pigments) may occur due to any of the following:

      While on antibiotics
      At the first cold snap in the fall
      After eating fir leaves
      After eating carrots, spinach or other veggies containing beta carotene”

      At the following website:
      https://rabbit.org/journal/3-1/red-urine.html

      Hopefully this helps!


    • Three Little Bunnies
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      Also, she should start getting adult rabbit pellets when she is about 6 months old (depending on the breed) although I started my first bunny, Shadoe, on them earlier.


    • GracieGirl2018
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      Thank you!! This made me feel a lot better. Just wanted to be sure I wasn’t doing something wrong or missing something.
      Thanks again!

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