The  normal  color  of  rabbits  urine  is  a  pale  to  dark  yellow.  Often  the  rabbits  urine  can  change  to  become  orange,  pink,  red,  or  brown.
There  is no  reason  to  panic  when  you  first  see  a  change  in  the color  of  your  rabbit’s  urine. A red urine color may cause you to panic!
This  condition  is  called  red  urine. This  change  in  color  can  happen  in  healthy  rabbits  as  well  as  those who are sick.
This  change  of  color  in  the  rabbits  urine  can  be  due  to  organic  compounds  and  plant  pigments  in  the  rabbits  food  source. This can happen more often in rabbits being fed a natural food source diet.
Stress  or  even  the  change  of  season  can  cause  discoloration  of  the  urine.  Especially  the  first  cold  snap  of  the  winter  or   during  the  summer  were  heat  stress  to  the  rabbit   can  result  in  red  urine.
Dehydration  will  concentrate  the  urine,  causing  it  to  become  darker  in color  and  intensifying  any  pigmentation  that  is  present.
If  the  rabbit  is  on  any  antibiotics  this  will  also  increase  the  levels  of  pigments  in  the  urine.
Most  often  the  time  the  change  in  urine  color  is  not  a  medical  issue. If  a  rabbit  has  certain  health  issues  related  to  the  kidney,  liver,  or  bladder  this  will  also  cause  the  same  color  change  in  the  rabbits  urine.  If  the  rabbit  has  been  straining  to  urinate,  attempting  to  pee  more  often,  or  urinating   in  smaller  quantities  such  as  only  a  few drops  at  a  time  a   bladder  problem  is  likely.
When  naturally  feeding  rabbits  with  a  large  amounts  of  plants  in  their  diet,  these  natural compound’s  and  pigments  high  in  beta – carotene,  such  as  sweet potato,  squash,  carrots,  melons,  spinach  and lots  of  other  dark  leafy  greens   can  cause  this change in urine color.  Ingestion  of  pine  or  fur  needles  can  also  have  the  same  results. 
This  change  of  urine  color  is  unpredictable  as  two  rabbits   on  the  same  diet  can  have different   results.  One  rabbit  may  have  yellow  urine  and  the  other  orange.  Most  of  the  times  when  this  color  change  is  from  the  diet  it  will  only  last  a  few  days  but   I  have   had   a  few  rabbits  take  up  to  a  month.

So do not panic and always pay attention to your rabbits behaviors, as spending time with your rabbits you will notice any issues and be able to take care of any issues soon than later.


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Posted on February 2, 2021, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. This is a very informative post. It’s been a while since your last post and I appreciate very much your coming back with more info about rabbits. THANK YOU from Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

  2. So glad I found your website! Planning to start raising meat rabbits this year and doing all the research I can into how to feed them without standard pellets. Thanks for so much info! Will be buying Beyond the Pellet soon 🙂

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