Rabbit Pellet Poop

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Dear Poonurse,

How come my poop comes out in small balls like a rabbit's, and not like normal log turds?

-- Greg

Dear Greg,

Thanks for the question!

Apparently poo shaped like rabbit pellets is an extremely common affliction. So I have undertaken an exhaustive survey of the literature in search of the answer: rabbit poop, when not produced by actual rabbits, is a sign of constipation.

What causes constipation?

The most common cause is a lack of exercise, too much stress, and inadequate amounts of water and fiber in the diet. The longer the stool sits in the large intestine waiting to be passed, the harder it becomes, growing less easy to pass. Then it might get tired of being a log, and can sometimes just fall apart from all the stress of sitting around in the large intestine, thus forming the aforementioned rabbit-like poo. It must be VERY boring in the large intestine. I would fall apart, too, because I like to watch TV a lot.

There are many other reasons that you may find yourself constipated. Common causes of constipation include:

  • A change in schedule, such as traveling or anything that changes your daily routine
  • Repressing the urge to have a bowel movement
  • An increase in your stress levels
  • A lack of exercise and poor dietary habits
  • Loss of activity as a result of injury or aging
  • Pregnancy (I think we can rule this one out for you, Greg)
  • Medication use (especially Percocets. I can vouch for that one!)
  • Eating an entire pizza in one sitting WITHOUT chasing it with a six-pack of beer

Constipation may also be a result of another health problem, such as irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes or other illnesses.

A more uncommon type of constipation results from an actual obstruction in the large intestine. This can be caused by blockage, such as a tumor or a gallstone wedged in the intestine. Or a forgotten gerbil lodged up in there could presumably build a nest and thus cause an obstruction in this manner.

The bowel may also be obstructed if the large intestine has twisted on itself. Sometimes, after any type of abdominal surgery, scar tissue grows internally and pinches off or restricts a section of your bowel.

Yet another possible cause of bowel obstruction is from connective tissue diseases, such as lupus or scleroderma. Man, Greg, that would suck.

If you're experiencing symptoms of constipation for more than two weeks, it's a good idea to seek the advice of your doctor. He will put fingers and a variety of painfully large instruments in your butt to try to determine what is wrong. If he can't find anything, you will be charged at least $1000 and told it is all due to anxiety. Hope you have insurance!

In the meantime, increase your intake of water and fiber. (Although... rabbits eat TONS of fiber, and still are troubled by pellet-like poo.) Make sure you pay attention to your bowel habits and keep foreign objects out of there, unless inserted by highly trained medical personnel.

Be nice to your colon, and it will be nice to you!

Good luck, and thanks for asking Poonurse.

Poonurse is an RN with 25 years experience in labor and delivery. Her qualifications include seeing a lot of poop, and owning a computer. Also, she works in Michigan, which she calls the asshole of the universe, so that's another bit of credibility. Poonurse would like to remind you that she is a poo nurse, not a poo doctor. Her advice should be taken with moderate skepticism, and you should consult a REAL, sober medical professional if you have a serious medical condition.

Got a question for her?

40 Comments on "Rabbit Pellet Poop"

Joe's picture
m 1+ points - Newb

I got a bottle of this stuff, and believe me when you're done with it, you won't be constipated anymore! When I get some time, I'll write an accurate account of my experinces while on it. Things I haven't seen in years! That piece of gum I swallowed in 7th grade....yeah that's gone now!

daphne's picture
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My daughter has trouble with it from time to time from a distended colon as a result of holding it in as a toddler. She became infected with Salmonella and the damage the diarrhea did to her little bum bum caused her to be a fearful pooper for over eighteen months.
Finally, last year, we had this two week fiber and colonic kind of treatment done for her and the ribbons of stuff that came out were so cool she called them toilet eels. It was poop that was all the way up into her small intestine.
She is fine now.
I always suggest tons and tons of water, mucho fruits and vegetables, and definitely exercise, too.
But, the best advice is to listen to the Poonurse.
Poonurse for president.

.....hugging bunnies since 1969

Commode-O Dragon's picture
l 100+ points

Oxypowder? lol, that sounds like crushed oxycotin tablets, or what I like to call them now, "Limbaugh Lozenges". Nice article poonurse. I wish I had that advice before I dealt with Frankenstool..:( I think exercise is probably the most over looked cure for constipation out there. Just about everytime I lift weights or go for a run, I have a significant bowel movement shortly afterwards. I'm not sure if that is due to the intestines enlarging during vigorous activity, or if the poo is just jiggled downwards through the pipes till it reaches its ultimate destination.

The Shit Volcano's picture
Comment Quality Moderatorh 3000+ points

I nearly laughed a piece of lasagne out my nose when I read the gerbil comment! Never loose your humor, poonurse!

I found Jesus! He was behind the sofa the whole time!

Crapola's picture
Comment Quality Moderatorl 100+ points

As the proud owner (and litterbox janitor) of a 10 lb housebroken bunny rabbit, I've gotta let y'all know that healthy bunny poops are solid. dry, odorless "round raisins".

They are the only poops in nature that can be applied to plants as fertilizer "straight from the source" - bunny bum. With no odor, no burning of tender palnt roots, no chemical fertilizers...it's the *best*, especially for roses and tomatoes.

Wanna buy some bunny poop? E-mail me.

Piece Out!

The Shit Volcano's picture
Comment Quality Moderatorh 3000+ points

You can box train a bunny? That's so cool!!

I found Jesus! He was behind the sofa the whole time!

stinkyfingerpuppet's picture

Better take the poonurses advice... little round shitlets sound scary to me. I am a plumber, but I'm glad I have good logging skills!

The Shit Volcano's picture
Comment Quality Moderatorh 3000+ points

Ha ha!!! I almost choked when I heard that one, sfp! "Good logging skills!"

I found Jesus! He was behind the sofa the whole time!

pooQueen's picture

Yes, I will vouch for the fact that bunny doo has no stink but their urine...good lord!!! Almost as bad as cat piss.

Scatilla the Hun's picture

Rabbit poop (the real kind) is an excellent fertilizer- so mild you can actually plant right in it. Much of the reason for this is that their digestive system is inefficient, leaving their food undigested to a large degree. Since they primarily eat grass, the end result is very benign. In fact, to keep a balanced diet, most rabbits eat their poop. So Crapola, make sure you don't ampty that box too often, or your bunny won't be getting a balanced diet. (I have outdoor rabbits, poultry and waterfowl- I admire your ability to box-train. I doubt my cats want to share). One possible use for the ball-bearing like poo-pellets (the human kind) would be buck (or should I say butt)shot! Imagine getting a load of poojectiles launched out of an incendiary device- would work great to keep trespassers away! I swear I've made some butterfinger BB's of my own that would pierce a elephant's hide! Now all of you who have made actual potato guns may want to use bigger ammo. Maybe Commode-O can conjure up another Frankenturd!

PoohKing's picture

Rabbits actually produce two types of stool. One that they eat and reprocess, the other is the end product of double digestion.

squatshitter's picture

Try the squatting method-everything falls straight down!

Win's picture

oh, bunny pee isn't nearly as bad as cat pee!

Doo Doo Brown's picture
m 1+ points - Newb

Try a tablespoon of olive oil everyday to ease your constipation. It acts as alubricant for your "inner flume".

Anonymous Coward's picture

the poonurse is hilarious!

Dr. P. Oop's picture

When you have anorexia, and eat very little, you tend to have rabbit poop, too.

healthy 1's picture
j 1000+ points

I love your sense of humor ML.

"The longer the stool sits in the large intestine waiting to be passed, the harder it becomes, growing less easy to pass. Then it might get tired of being a log, and can sometimes just fall apart from all the stress of sitting around in the large intestine, thus forming the aforementioned rabbit-like poo. It must be VERY boring in the large intestine. I would fall apart, too, because I like to watch TV a lot". I cracked up when I read that. Somebody has to make a comic out of that line.

I get these rabbit poo's alot when my IBS acts up. And yes, stess can do a job on the bowels.
Born to clog your bog, with a giant log.

"Two percent of the population think; three percent of the population think they think, and 95 percent of the population would rather die than think."

Anonymous Coward's picture

Dear Poo Nurse,
I just about came back from the washroom which is visited almost 3 a day by me, usually after any meal or each time I'm at Chapters (the book store), trouble is it's rabbit poo pellets ALL THE TIME!!! It began ever since I became 31,I always had large turds before, it's been 7 years of pellets now!! I have tried eating weatabix and cereal apples and fibre with lots of water but still no luck! maybe cuz I'm a couch potato? ..maybe I should move my b__- and excerise? I love to laze around and not inspired to any excerise ,
I've noticed that days when I eat barley and lentils I poop a little bigger pelletes and pinky finger long french fries so that's an improvement for a day only! is there anything I can do?

Toots N. McCrack's picture
l 100+ points

Ah, rabbit-turds (as my sis and I called them when we were kids)-- I just wanted to add that if you are taking an iron or calcium supplement, that could do it too.

'Hey that sounds pretty nasty, how about a courtesy flush over there?' (AP1)

'Hey that sounds pretty nasty, how about a courtesy flush over there?' (AP1)

HerShe Highway's picture

A minor correction: rabbits are not "troubled" by their pellet poops. If they were troubled it would be diarrhea (which is a big deal to a rabbit and it should go to the vet if it lasts more than a day). My little (rabbit) guy happily drops his pellets hither and fro. More interestingly my pitbull happily gobbles them up as a tasty treat. Hey, I thought it was gross too until I figured out they are just fiber and perhaps a good dose of chlorophyl for her. Talk abou synergy and the cycle of life (and less clean up for me)!

meowpoo's picture
m 1+ points - Newb

just constipation.all you need is water exersice and fiber. or are you allergic to knowlegde,mr.?-- what smells? shit!

-- what smells? shit!

sittingpretty's picture
Comment Quality Moderatori 2000+ points

mewpoo, you don't even know how to capitalize or punctuate, so who are you to comment to someone else about knowledge. I'm growing tired of your cockiness. And constipation is just as important as diarrhea. And in my case it is not "just" constipation.
...And their flesh like dung. Zeph. 1:17

...And their flesh like dung. Zeph. 1:17

queen pooper's picture

would calcium d glucarate cause these damn things?

ChiliKahKah's picture
j 1000+ points

Whew, I thought it was from eating too many carrots.

ChiliKahKah's picture
j 1000+ points

This type of poop happens every time I fly in coach and cannot stand up for the entire three hour nonstop flight.

LanaNoPoop's picture

i was born constipated :-(
i wasnt much of an eater as a baby, but as i got older, and was introduced to junk food, i inhaled the stuff, so as a teenager, i pooped a lot more. seems like the more junk food i ate, the better the poop quality (and quantity), and then at 25, i was diagnosed with diabetes, so i cut out the junk food and hit the fiber (wheat bread, salads, whole grains in general and lots of water). guess what? the better my diet got, the worse my poop got. my question is, am i backwards? rather, i saw somewhere recently that people w/ celiac disease are not just prone to diarrhea, but to constipation, as well *shocker*! plus, the ones prone to constipation are diabetic! so, i was wondering, what are the chances this could apply to me? i'm 1) diabetic, 2) constipated and 3) have nerve damage (something else the article mentioned). have you heard about this? is this fairly common? 'cause i drink enough water and walk every day, and eat more fiber than anyone i know, but poop these annoying rabbit pellets for YEARS now. also, i have a hiatal hernia and have trouble farting. could the hiatal hernia be causing this inability to pass gas? (i know it's the cause of my acid reflux, and acid reflux cough consequently for the past 5 yrs.) since gas gets pushed down toward the anus, and since my hiatal hernia is causing everything i eat to back up on me as opposed to move on down toward the anus, could this also be the cause of my inability to fart and poop? b/c i AM gassy, i blew up like a balloon, my gut's so huge these days, but it just bubbles and festers, it won't come out! any advice would be greatly appreciated. (i asked my doctor, he just told me to take a laxative. that's the type of advice you get when you go to the free clinic, sigh.) thanks in advance.

Jack Schitt's picture
Comment Quality Moderatorl 100+ points

This was very informative. I am the most regular person I know, however I have had these rabbit poos the last couple of days. I haven't been working much due to the weather, and the economy in general. I have been really stressing about money lately. Now I know the two go hand-in-hand. Thanks PN.

Anonymous Coward's picture

It pisses me off when people think "Oh you're just constipated. Drink more water, eat more fiber, exericise and that should fix it" This couldn't be further than the truth in my case. I have yet to figure out what's wronge with me, but I'm so incredibly healthy, and STILL I go, not rabbit pellets but mouse pellets...yes, mouse pellets! The toilet bowel will be full of about ten tiny raisins. I went mouse pellets once every two weeks for about six months. I was SOOO ill that I was vomiting a yellow bile every other night along with terrible cystic acne on my face due to the toxins in my body. Anyway, here is my daily routine. In the morning, I eat a 15 gram fiber cereal that has no sugar, which I drink aloe vera juice. I then take lactulose about three times a week. I'm also on domperidone (to prevent vomiting) which I take three times a day before meals. I also eat a ridiculous amount of both flax seeds and crushed flax seed that I mix with yogurt, cereal and tuna sandwiches. Altogether I probably eat six big spoonfuls of flax seed a day. I also take psyllium husks with water (about three capsules a day) I also drink two large glasses of prune juice a day. I jog about 5 kilometers three days a week, with a combination of pilates and yoga the rest of the days. I take a probiotic colon cleanse twice a day, as well as digestive enzymes with my meals. On top of that I take stool softeners, senna's and drink 2 liters of water a day, eat TONS of fruit, vegetables, (I'm a very healthy eater) and guess what, I still have tiny hard balls that I have to strain like crazy to get them out. As a result, I have hemorrhoids that bleed, and I find it very difficult to eat three meals a day since I rarely have an appetite due to not eliminating. I don't have a bowel obstruction since I had my intestines x-rayed. I'm thinking the muscle that pushes stool out of the intestines isn't working for me. I'm seeing a gastrointestinal specialist in about four months but this tiny pellet stool is driving me insane and if I have to hear people tell me to be more healthy or eat more fiber/water/exercise, I'm going to be even more pissed. I go above and beyond the average person but I'm still constipated!

ChiefThunderbutt's picture
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AC ... My goal is certainly not to piss you off but do you think there is a chance that you are causing some of your problem by trying too hard?
If a little of something is good for you does not mean that a lot of it will be even better. Do you really need a probiotic colon cleanse twice a day?

The gastrointerologist you are scheduled to see will, I'm sure, shed more light on the situation but I can't help but wonder if a normal healthy diet might help cure your problem.

In any event I wish you a total and speedy recovery.

Dirty old men need love too!!

If I had two faces do you think I'd be wearing this one?

Rabbit Poop's picture

I never had this problem before, but pooping like a rabbit is not as fun as it sounds.

Will have to possibly try the cheap returnable beer remedy (Red White and Blue works good).

Getting drunk and eating at Taco Johns afterwards, was always another great remedy for constipation.

Senna tea will almost certainly help you to poop like a goose too.

rabbit pooper's picture

I'm glad I stumbled upon this page! I was very constipated following spine surgery, which I hear is common, but even throughout the last month of recovery I've been popping pellets that seem to be getting smaller and smaller. I'm severly restricted as far as movement through my recovery, only allowed two short walks each day, so clearly this is the source of my rabbit poo since I'm drinking plenty of water and eating enough fiber. I guess I'll have these until I'm out of bed and back to my normal upright routine. I can't really wait! Lying around all day is so boring... And clearly unhealthy! (Unless you're recovering from back surgery, of course, lol.)

the thin brown line's picture
j 1000+ points

Our family had a few rabbits in suburbia. Trippit was adopted from my 5th/6th combonation classroom. I would hold Trippit up in a sitting position and watch as his little poos fell from his bunny butt. I called them bombers.
I'm sure you have all heard the joke of the kid who gives his teacher raisins every day. When, after two weeks of not recieving more raisans, she asked the student why no more raisins, in which the student replied "my rabbit died"
Not a remedy for constipation, but a cute jokey for laughs.

Somethin' mysterious made an exit from the gift shop.

Anonymous Coward's picture

I began the crazy regimen because a normal diet was not working. I was eating five servings of fruit and vegetables and three normal meals a day and I was still constipated. It was my doctor that recommended the stool softners, lactulose, and domperidone (to prevent vomiting) And with all that, still no luck.

the thin brown line's picture
j 1000+ points

To last AC...how about fasting for a day or so on a diet of prune, watermelon, tamarindo, or papaya fruits ( juices from these fruits are powerful movers), lettuce ruffage (darker green leafage & cabbage). I've also found large fava beans move my bowels..
Bathe in Epsom Salts.
If on an empty stomach, perhaps these ingrediants will help digest and move some stuff in your colon.
Then there's the Bukowski diet of cigarettes and cheap beer...he was known to blow out a few in his lifetime, and still find time to write.
Hope you have movement soon.

Somethin' mysterious made an exit from the gift shop.

Curious Crapper's picture

Lmao i love this page! XD
But on a more serious note... I have anorexia and only sometimes have rabbit shitlets, even though I follow my meal plan every day... why is it not a constant thing? (Not that I'm complaining)
Thanks :)

daphne's picture
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When you are anorexic, one of the things that happens to your body is that it eats itself. Women will go from 170 to 90 pounds in a year or so, and in that time it's only logical that muscle mass is lost.

What's happening to you is probably two fold:

1. You are only pooping every couple of days because you're eating so little.

2. You are only pooping every couple of days because it takes a few days for your body to process cellular waste and your own muscles.

Please stay in therapy. You could be doing irreversible damage to you joints and organs, especially your heart.

.....hugging bunnies since 1969

.....hugging bunnies since 1969

jay jay brown 's picture

Dont know if this is 100% right about rabbit pellet poo. My BM, went from nasty long, logs, to round hard "rabbit pellete" when I cut out all fried foods, all soda, (I only drink water, ice tea, milk, beer, fruit juices, fruit punch)
I only eat 2 to 4 "cheeseburgers a month now" I eat alot more salads, and chicken, and eggs, alot of fruit,vegetables, oatmeal, As far a stress levels, I, one of those people that just goes with the flow, whatever is going to happens happens, dotn care, (went from making 68K a year to 14K, dont care) I exercise 4 times aweek now. and they seem easier to pass then the logs per say.

MSG's picture
Comment Quality Moderatori 2000+ points

Gosh, JJ, many people would be happy with long logs! They are what poop should be! Nothing nasty about them (in their proper place). Either extreme away from there, liquipoop or pellets, is to be avoided.

Anonymous's picture

Did you ever get any relief (anonymous?) - I could have written the same story :(

Poops-in-it's picture
m 1+ points - Newb

Go to http://gutsense.org, and do exactly what the guy there says to do. You basically have to re-train your bowel, and eat the right stuff, and you'll be good to go.


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