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Pet tips
July 21, 2014, 05:00 AM By Scott Delucchi

Here’s a fun fact: rabbits eat their own poop. Hope you aren’t reading this over your morning bowl of Cheerios! Some rabbit owners aren’t even aware of this. Cecotropes are the technical name for the ingested poop. They are a product of the digestive system of bunnies. These cecotropes, which are different from regular rabbit poop, look like a shiny, dark bunch of tiny grapes when passed. This often happens at night; owners don’t see them because their rabbits quickly reingest them to obtain more nutrients. It’s perfectly normal and beneficial, though not exactly the clip you want to post on Facebook. It’s similar to cows chewing their cuds. Here’s another fun fact with less of a gross-out factor: rabbits can be trained to use a litter box just like cats. And they live much longer than most small domestic animals: 10-12 years if cared for properly. They are somewhat fragile pets and would generally prefer to hop into your lap than to be picked up. Rabbits are happiest when they can explore and scoot around your house or yard, though these spaces do require rabbit-proofing for these nibblers. A hutch is good as home base and as sleeping quarters, but is not meant to be a 24/7 enclosure for any rabbit. Owners also have to be mindful of rabbits left in hutches overnight in places where wildlife can harass them. A raccoon banging on a hutch can be a harrowing, possibly deadly experience for a bunny. People who’ve done even a bit of homework find rabbits to be fascinating, wonderful pets. Because of this and because we are bursting at the seams with rabbits purchased by people who didn’t do their homework and likely fell for an Easter-season impulse buys, we’ve waived the adoption fee for all our rabbits. Hop up to our second floor rabbit suite and prepare to fall for one of our eligible bachelors or bachelorettes.

Scott oversees PHS/SPCA’s Adoption, Behavior and Training, Education, Outreach, Field Services, Cruelty Investigation, Volunteer and Media/PR program areas and staff from the new Tom and Annette Lantos Center for Compassion.



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