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Mucus-y caecotrophs (be warned: gross photos)

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Casper has been having these since Sunday, about one a day:

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I didn't know whose they were, but I just saw Casper leave this, so I assume the others were his as well. I'm contacting the vets tomorrow, but I just wondered if anyone's seen these before? I can't really find anything online about mucus-y cecos. Someone (Casper, I assume) had one a few weeks ago, too, and I sent a photo to my vets, and they weren't worried since Sophie and Casper were acting just fine, but I think they look rather worrying.
 
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Hm. I don't think I've ever seen cecos like that before but either way I do think a vet visit is in order just to be safe. Probably some inflammation of the cecum that needs addressing.

I hope Casper will do well and a cause can be isolated. Sending vibes. xxxxx
 
Better out than in. It does not look too bad to me, yet I would still get him checked by a vet to see if his gi system, including his cecum is moving normally.
 
Casper has been having these since Sunday, about one a day:

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I didn't know whose they were, but I just saw Casper leave this, so I assume the others were his as well. I'm contacting the vets tomorrow, but I just wondered if anyone's seen these before? I can't really find anything online about mucus-y cecos. Someone (Casper, I assume) had one a few weeks ago, too, and I sent a photo to my vets, and they weren't worried since Sophie and Casper were acting just fine, but I think they look rather worrying.
Atticus used to do these, but his gut was obviously a total disaster so I was never too worried what came out, as long as it came out and he felt okay 😂 not very helpful for you tho 😂
 
We had a vet appointment this morning and the vet thinks Casper's insides are upset because I started giving them grass last week, a little at first and slowly increasing it every day. He checked the cecos I'd brought for parasites, too, and called me later to say that he hadn't found any, so it does seem like his sensitive tummy isn't dealing with the diet change well. So, no more grass for Casper, and hopefully that'll help.

Hm. I don't think I've ever seen cecos like that before but either way I do think a vet visit is in order just to be safe. Probably some inflammation of the cecum that needs addressing.

I hope Casper will do well and a cause can be isolated. Sending vibes. xxxxx
It does seem like his cecum is not doing too well, doesn't it? Thank you for the vibes and hopes for little Casper.

Better out than in. It does not look too bad to me, yet I would still get him checked by a vet to see if his gi system, including his cecum is moving normally.
That's true! I'm glad they don't look too bad to you. Everything was moving normally when the vet checked his belly, thankfully.

adding my best wishes for little Casper
Thank you, j&b.

Atticus used to do these, but his gut was obviously a total disaster so I was never too worried what came out, as long as it came out and he felt okay 😂 not very helpful for you tho 😂
That makes sense. 😁 It's interesting, really. Ever since a stasis episode some years ago most of his poops have been what the internet tells me are typical megacolon poops, even though he doesn't have megacolon, so I don't know what's behind that. Both his normal poops and cecos tend to be pretty bad, but the vets have never been able to tell me a cause.
 
That sounds manageable at least, cutting out his grass, plus it should be easy to confirm that is the issue, as without grass it should resolve. Will Sophie continue to get some? Lots of vibes for Caspers sensitive little tum. Whatever his issues with poop over the years he is clearly thriving & a happy boy (I was going to say old man but it just doesn't suit him) ❤️
 
That sounds manageable at least, cutting out his grass, plus it should be easy to confirm that is the issue, as without grass it should resolve. Will Sophie continue to get some? Lots of vibes for Caspers sensitive little tum. Whatever his issues with poop over the years he is clearly thriving & a happy boy (I was going to say old man but it just doesn't suit him) ❤️
Yes, exactly. I'm not sure if I'll continue giving Sophie some. I'd like to, for her teeth, but I'd also worry Casper will eat some. Thank you for the vibes and the kind words about my sweet boy. ❤️ (I agree that old man doesn't suit him)

Oh new growth grass is sugary I think? It can upset rabbits guts my vet said
Yes, that's what the vet said today as well. They've had trouble with spring grass in the past, but I thought it was late enough in the year now that it wouldn't cause trouble if I introduced it slowly. But it seems best to just not give him any grass at all anymore.
 
Just a question, but I was wondering if if his cecum is upset it would be painful/uncomfortable to poop? Because he seems uncomfortable when he's in his litter tray, when he's doing fecal poops as well, not just his cecos. I mentioned this to the vet on Wednesday, but we got sidetracked and didn't end up talking about it. He also sits in the litter tray for a long time, looking as if he's doing his business, but when he leaves there's only one or two poops, while at other times he's just lying down or running around and they come out seemingly without him noticing. I'll ask the vets about it on Monday, but I was just wondering if someone here had any idea? He does have his daily Metacam, so I would hope that would cover any discomfort or pain.
 
Some of his regular poops are rather soft today as well and there's a bit of mucus on the one in the right, too:

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I'm not sure if I should give his guts more time to recover or if this is a sign he's getting worse?
 
Your second post at least answers some questions from your first. I'd been thinking if a food upset the cecum there must be potential for it to have an impact on other areas of the digestive tract; it looks like that's the case. I guess thats why he looked uncomfy (not) pooping in the tray. How is his behaviour & appetite?
 
Your second post at least answers some questions from your first. I'd been thinking if a food upset the cecum there must be potential for it to have an impact on other areas of the digestive tract; it looks like that's the case. I guess thats why he looked uncomfy (not) pooping in the tray. How is his behaviour & appetite?
Yes, it seems like the rest of his tummy is affected as well. :( His behaviour and appetite are normal, thankfully. He's active and has been running around and cuddling with Sophie. And he's been eating a lot of hay and leafy greens and herbs, as well as pear leaves/sticks and bramble leaves, and he came outside with me to have some leafy stuff from our balcony as well. I wouldn't think there was anything wrong with him except that his poops look bad. Maybe I should call the vets on Monday and see if they can look into it more? Or maybe he just needs some time? I don't know...
 
Yes, it seems like the rest of his tummy is affected as well. :( His behaviour and appetite are normal, thankfully. He's active and has been running around and cuddling with Sophie. And he's been eating a lot of hay and leafy greens and herbs, as well as pear leaves/sticks and bramble leaves, and he came outside with me to have some leafy stuff from our balcony as well. I wouldn't think there was anything wrong with him except that his poops look bad. Maybe I should call the vets on Monday and see if they can look into it more? Or maybe he just needs some time? I don't know...
given what you've said I'd review it Monday when the good vets are open. Hopefully more time is all he needs. Sending him lots of well wishes
 
given what you've said I'd review it Monday when the good vets are open. Hopefully more time is all he needs. Sending him lots of well wishes
Aw, thank you for the well wishes. That makes sense. I'll see how he is on Monday, then. I found more regular poops with mucus this morning, so I do feel like he's getting worse instead of better.
 
Sending vibes his output looks better tomorrow. You mentioned he is eating things from the balcony. Are they things he has been getting regularly? As long as he is eating his hay and his regular greens, it may be best not to add more variety until his tummy settles. I suggest you monitor him for a bloated, or gas filled tummy.
 
Sending vibes his output looks better tomorrow. You mentioned he is eating things from the balcony. Are they things he has been getting regularly? As long as he is eating his hay and his regular greens, it may be best not to add more variety until his tummy settles. I suggest you monitor him for a bloated, or gas filled tummy.
Thank you for the vibes, bunny momma. The things from the balcony are all things he gets almost every day, so he's used to them and has always tolerated them well. I think the plantain etc. are good for his tummy. But aside from that I'm not giving him anything he's not very used to, as I agree it's best not to add more variety right now. I'm definitely keeping a close eye on him and his tummy, yes.
 
I have always found brambles to be excellent for tummy pressing so they may help him? I know its not quite the same thing.

Hope he gets better very soon.
 
I have always found brambles to be excellent for tummy pressing so they may help him? I know its not quite the same thing.

Hope he gets better very soon.
Yeah, I think they do help him? He often doesn't like brambles that much, but now he's eating them quite eagerly, so I think he knows they're helpful.

Thank you for hoping he gets better very soon.
 
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