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Rabbit question

happycats
March 4th, 2005, 06:33 PM
We have quite a few cotton tail rabbits that visit our back yard nightly.
Does anyone know why there pee is blue?? !! :eek:

Every morning I see piles rabbit of droppings and blue (it's bright) pee in the snow .

raingirl
March 4th, 2005, 06:55 PM
I checked a few websites and aparently it is common...never seen it myself though....

happycats
March 4th, 2005, 06:58 PM
Thanks raingirl.
It is a very strange sight to see, I thought someone was pouring windshield fluid all over my yard, :confused: but upon closer inspection, I only saw rabbit tracks, so knew that it had to have come from them !!!

CyberKitten
March 5th, 2005, 10:42 AM
I had a Dwarf Netherland bunny and his pee is the same colour as say a cat or a dog. But much stronger - anyway, I'll spare you the specifics, lol But blue??? That seems unlikely - I wonder if these rabbits are eating something that is causing this and whether it is good for them?

CyberKitten
March 5th, 2005, 10:47 AM
I found this on a site about cotton tails and this is what it says about their urine: The normal urine pH is 8.2. The urine of young rabbits is free of precipitate but albuminuria is normal; the urine of mature rabbits is cloudy due to the presence of ammonium magnesium phosphate and calcium carbonate crystals. The color may vary from tan to reddish-orange, the latter color being due to the presence of porphyrin and bilirubin derivatives.

Now I wonder why it is blue. Is there anything you can do to help them?

happycats
March 5th, 2005, 11:12 AM
they all look relly good, good coats, hop really fast, they seem to be really healthy and happy!!! I have a regular who comes every night, I call him and he will actually move a little closer and stand on his hind legs, and I feed him carrots or other produce, they really love banana's!
But don't know why they pee bright blue?? and they all do (as I never see yellow spots in the snow) it's always blue :eek:

Grissom's Mom
March 7th, 2005, 12:00 PM
I have a netherlands dwarf as well and her poop will turn whatever color her food has been (ie, carrots=ornage, broccoli=green). So whatever thay've been eating has been blue. I don't know what is available in blue unless they for into a florist's garbage that was full of blue plants?

raingirl
March 7th, 2005, 12:27 PM
Sorry, I probably should have included a link.

http://www.ont-woodlot-assoc.org/sw_nonfibre_redskies.html

Aparently the pee isn't blue, it is normal colour, but turns blue when exposed to sunlight! It's because of a certain kind of plant the rabbit eats (buckthorn I think it said).

So..it's normal.

CyberKitten
March 7th, 2005, 01:35 PM
Now that makes sense. Thanks for tracing that down! Very interesting!!