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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > HOUSE RABBIT Q & A > Does anyone else's rabbit smell like a skunk?
Last Post by Scarlet_Rose at 7/25/2007 2:02 PM (29 Replies)
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User is Offline poopy
Orange County, CA
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7/02/2007 7:01 PM

I swear Medusa smells like a (softly) skunk and I clean her scent glands once a month. STINKY!!!

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User is Offline (dig)x(me)x(now)
San Diego, Calif.
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7/02/2007 7:13 PM

Frankie had that problem for a while, but it went away.


Rachel & Frankie

User is Offline Gravehearted
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7/02/2007 9:44 PM
when bunnies spray it's kinda skunky smelling I've noticed. if you're cleaning her scent glands monthly, then spraying would be my guess. generally spraying cuts down once a bunny has been spayed or neutered, but Hareiette still sprays sometimes.
~ bunny mom to to HRH Hareiette, Viktor the crazy Krum and Pandora, prima binky ballerina ~ Save a life, Adopt!

User is Offline poopy
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7/02/2007 9:46 PM
How can you tell when they spray? She never sprays pee. Are you saying they can spray scent? Does it make a noise?
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User is Offline BB
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7/03/2007 9:15 PM
Bailey is really territorial, and she will leave that smelly skunky scent on some of her territorial poops. So if Medusa gets busy marking her poos with that stinky scent, then maybe it leaves a bit a residual smell around her. Bailey will also spray sometimes, but it's not like a full blown spray, more a like a piddle squirt.

Also, ust to clarify, if you smell her head and her body, is her fur and body actually smelly, or just basically the air around her.

User is Offline Gravehearted
Campbell, CA
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7/04/2007 12:48 AM
I never knew about stinky poops! I've always thought it was stinky wee or spraying!
~ bunny mom to to HRH Hareiette, Viktor the crazy Krum and Pandora, prima binky ballerina ~ Save a life, Adopt!

User is Offline Spacehopper
Buckinhamshire - UK
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7/04/2007 12:57 AM
Poopy!! I've just sprayed snackajacks all over my computer with giggling!!!
Never regret anything that once made you smile! :-)

User is Offline poopy
Orange County, CA
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7/04/2007 8:06 AM
BB, her fur doesn't smell I just checked it. How would I know if she is spraying or not? I don't believe I have ever seen her do it. What does it look like?

She hasn't been marking her poops either, but IT STINKS!
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User is Offline bobbles
hoffman estates, il
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7/05/2007 4:27 AM
Bobbles gets very excited sometimes, and while she's dashing around the house she gives off that skunky smell. When she sprays you know that she sprays. At first I thought that that skunky smell was her just sweating, but later was told she was marking.
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User is Offline BB
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7/05/2007 4:01 PM

Gravehearted:  Yeah, on some of the poos that bunnies want to put an extra" little message" on, they add a little smelly scent (from their anal glands).  It's not that easy to spot unless you are looking for it but what sets it apart from a regular old random dry poop, is that is looks exactly the same except for if you look closely,there will be a very very light wetish coating.  The poop itself is still very dry, it would be equivalent to just barely dotting it with a light oil.  

But itt dries rather quickly once it's out, so it will soon look just like all the others, and the smell dissipates, but the territorial "message" will still be incoded enough for other bunnies to  smell.  However if a bunny is really territorial, they may add it to more poops, and if you are in the area, it can seem make it seem like the bunny is smelly. (which in a way s/he could be if he was just done adding it to his poops)

So Poopy, that's what I think is going on (without really seeing) because if she was spraying, you should be able to see it.  It's just urine being shot or sprayed out on furniture and flooring.  It's not easily missed. (it's not like some fine mist or anything - it's messy!) 

 


User is Offline MooBunnay
Dallas, Texas (Allen)
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7/05/2007 4:27 PM
My bun Raymond is the territorial poop KING (a title which he carries proudly ) and when he makes the stinky poops it is usually any time that he runs around the house because he likes to refresh his territorial markings daily (lest someone forget that Raymond is around). The territorial poops he makes definitely have a coating that is very shiny and sticky looking.

User is Offline osprey
Los Altos, California
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7/06/2007 1:13 PM

I think my boy DJ and Raymond would have a drop dead, all out no holds barred poop war if they ever met each other.  DJ is like a machine, leaving his little gifts behind as he patrols his area.  Much worse now that we have fosters in the house.


User is Offline poopy
Orange County, CA
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7/06/2007 1:17 PM
Thank god she is not spraying. I don't think I could deal with that. GROSS! I can barely deal with poops that get kicked out of the litterbox making it out of the catdoor (since it is covered).
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User is Offline poopy
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7/08/2007 7:27 PM
Dude....are you guys sure they can't just spray the odor??? It smells like skunk in my room!!!!! Really strong....
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User is Offline Scarlet_Rose
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7/10/2007 5:35 PM

I have had the same incidence happen with my two and I directly realated it to the vegetables that they were being given by keeping a "smell" calendar and a list of veggies they were given each day and eliminated them one by one.  They do not get the same veggies every day so by process of elimination, I knew which ones to stop feeding them. It turns out that their GI-tracts were sensitive and had a hard time dealing with veggies like cilantro, bok choy and kale...off the top of my head those were the worst offenders. Maybe this could also be a contributer to the "smell?"

Also, what kind of litter do you use and how often do you change it? Do you place a nice bunch of hay on top? I am also wondering if your bunnies' fur isn't getting urine soaked from laying in the litter box (that will cause a stink)?  Anyway, these are just some ideas.


User is Offline poopy
Orange County, CA
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7/10/2007 5:38 PM
That is very interesting about the cilantro. I actually have not fed her cilantro since we moved back to Orange County (1 week ago). Her litterbox is very clean, I use Carefresh and its loaded with oat hay. She doesn't get any pee on her fur.

Maybe the basil that I am giving her is aggravating it.
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User is Offline Scarlet_Rose
Colorado
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7/10/2007 6:02 PM

Basil would definately do it. I found that the more "aromatic" or strong smelling herbs and veggies are the culprits. Something with the natural oils in the plant and the enzymes in the GI tract cause the "skunk."

Care Fresh is a really good brand of litter so I think that is definately not it.  Give it a try without the basil for a few days and see. It make take a little while for it to clear out of the buns' system.


User is Offline poopy
Orange County, CA
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7/10/2007 6:03 PM
Thank you so much! That most likely is the culprit then....because a few weeks ago I got a basil plant and have been including it in her daily veggies (along with romaine) ever since!!
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User is Offline Scarlet_Rose
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7/10/2007 6:09 PM

No problem and you are very welcome! I just happened accross this thread and thought, hey, I've had the same thing happen!  FYI - Parsely is a good alternative and it is supposed to be good for digestion too and it's easy to grow in a pot on the porch.


User is Offline poopy
Orange County, CA
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7/10/2007 6:18 PM
I just planted some parsely....waiting for it to grow!
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