Do Rabbits Smell Bad?

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Last Updated on September 9, 2021 by Rei

Rabbits don’t have any foul odors because they are meticulous groomers. Even their poop is not smelly, unlike other pets. The only way rabbits would smell bad is likely due to their urine or if they’re having digestive problems.

You can lessen the odor of their urine by providing a proper litter box and cleaning it regularly. You should also watch out for any digestive problems like soft uneaten cecotropes and diarrhea.

If your rabbits are suffering from any digestive problems, immediately bring them to a veterinarian.

Now that I’ve given you the gist of the article, read on as I explain in more detail why rabbits smell bad:

Reasons why rabbits smell bad.

Dirty rabbit.

In order to properly formulate a plan to lessen or remove the smell from your rabbits, it’s important to first identify what might be causing it.

Here are the reasons why your rabbits might be smelly:

Your not cleaning their urnine/litter box.

As discussed earlier, rabbits’ urine is one of the major causes why a rabbit would smell bad. You need to regularly clean their litter box and provide your rabbits the proper litter that is absorbant to combat any foul odors.

While their poop is not that smelly, leaving it for too long would make it smell. Rabbit poop would eventually form molds that can cause foul smells.

You need to clean your rabbit’s litter box every other day at the minimum because rabbits produce up to 200-300 poop pellets per day and could urinate up to 120-130 ml/kg/day.

I would personally recommend cleaning your rabbit’s litter box every day if you’re sensitive to their urine/poop smell.

Your rabbit is not neutered/spayed.

Another possible reason why your rabbit smell bad is due to hormones. Unneutered rabbits excrete a stronger urine smell due to ammonia.

Unneutered rabbits would also spray urine everywhere to “mark” their territory. Hormonal-related instincts like spraying urine everywhere could be solved by having your rabbits neutered/spayed in as early as four and six months.

Your rabbits are having digestive problems.

Rabbits that are having digestive problems would also produce foul smells. As an example, rabbits that are suffering from uneaten cecotropes would smell bad because cecotropes are smellier than poop and would often stick to their fur when not eaten.

If you notice any changes in your rabbit’s digestive habits like the size, smell, and amount of their poop, it’s best to bring them to a veterinarian for a proper diagnosis.

Your rabbit’s diet is causing strong odors.

Your rabbit’s diet could also lead to smellier urine. Certain pellets that contain too much protein could make their urine smell much worst than it normally would.

Make sure that your rabbit’s pellets are hay-based and check if the formula is right for your rabbit.

Here are the recommended nutritional facts for rabbit pellets according to the American Rabbit Breeders Association.

•12% to
•Not less
than 18%
•3% or less•Less than

How to stop your rabbit from smelling bad?

The only thing you can do to stop your rabbits from smelling bad is to regularly clean their litter box and check their diet. Rabbits normally doesn’t smell bad because they’re excellet groomers.

What to do if your rabbit smell bad?

If your rabbits still smell bad after cleaning their litter box regularly and checking their diet, it’s time to bring your rabbit to a veterinarian.

It’s not normal for a rabbit to smell bad. A veterinarian is much more equipped to diagnose the situation.

WARNING: Never wash your rabbit if they smell bad. Rabbits don’t need baths because they are exceptional groomers.


Rabbits would only smell bad if their fed low quality pellets, suffering from digestive problems, and if their owners neglect cleaning their litter box regularly. Rabbit’s urine would also smell stronger if they’re unneutered.

Other than that, rabbits doesn’t smell bad because they are excellent groomers and would often spend hours grooming themselves and each other.

So if your rabbits smell bad, its best to bring them to a veterinarian because it could be a sign that somethings wrong with your rabbit.

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