How to Clean Rabbit Poop

Do you have a pet rabbit? No matter how you ended up with your bunny buddy, you probably want to know how to clean rabbit poop up from a variety of places. Never fear; cleaning up rabbit poop is much easier than cleaning other poops due to their herbivore diets.

How to Clean Rabbit Poop

Keeping an Eye on Rabbit Poop

Did you know that your pet rabbit’s poop tells a story about what’s going on inside your rabbit? Instead of just rushing to clean up the rabbit poop, check it out a bit. In a lot of cases, you’ll see that there are two different kinds of poops. There are fecal pellets, which are small, round balls. These balls are the easier of the two to clean up if your bunny leaves you a present while he’s out hopping around. All you have to do is sweep them up and throw them away. Check to make sure they’re not too hard though, that can indicate that your bunny isn’t getting enough fiber.

Cecotrophes are the messy, gross looking, squishy poops that kind of look like grapes. These are very moist and full of nutrients; bunnies actually end up eating these in order to get the nutrients that they missed on the first go-around. They do smell awfully bad. If your bunny is producing too many cecotrophes, he or she probably needs more hay. Add some hay to their diet and you’ll start seeing more pellets than cecotrophes.

Just because you have to check your rabbit’s poop does not mean that you do not have to clean it up, however. Rabbit fecal matter can stink if you leave it to sit, and if you step in it, can leave some pretty gross stains that no one really wants to deal with.

Cleaning up Rabbit Poop

Rabbit poop is one of the easier types of fecal matter to clean up when it comes to pets. Due to the consistency and the size of the poops, it rarely stains unless you step in it or it gets ground into the carpet or other surface.

What you will need:

  • Plastic spray bottle
  • Vinegar solution – 1 part warm water to 1 part vinegar
  • Rubber gloves
  • Cloth
  1. Any of the solid poop that is still there needs to be disposed of, either by sweeping it up (pellets) or using a plastic bag as a glove and picking it up (similar to how you’d clean up dog poop). Dispose of the poop appropriately.
  2. Check to make sure that the area you are cleaning will not get discolored due to the vinegar solution by doing a spot test in an inconspicuous area. Saturate the area with vinegar and wait a few minutes. If nothing really happens to the color or material, then go ahead with the cleaning process.
  3. If there is no stain, take the vinegar solution and spray around the area. There’s no need to saturate it at this point; you’re merely disinfecting and deodorizing the affected area.
  4. Spray the vinegar solution onto the stain, saturating the area with the solution. Allow it to sit for several minutes.
  5. Take the cloth and blot the area gently. Don’t rub – this can cause the stain to become more deeply set and can make it more difficult to remove.
  6. Repeat the process until the stain appears to be gone. Allow the area to air dry, and you’re done.

Cleaning up rabbit poop is just as simple as going through any other sort of carpet or floor cleaning procedure; even more so because it is rare that rabbit poop even stains due to its consistency.