cecotroph

cecotroph

soft fecal pellets, ingested by rabbits directly from the anus during the night and early morning.
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Phytate P is unavailable or poorly utilized by monogastric animals (except cecotrophs like the rabbit) due to insufficient quantities of endogenous phytase (Nelson, 1967), hydrolysis of IP6 in corn and soybean meal is only around 30%, but increased to 70% with the supplementation of a 600 U phytase/kg diet in broiler chicks (Leske and Coon, 1999).
Consumption of cecotrophs is essential to the rabbit's health as they contain quantities of vitamins B and K, beneficial bacteria and protein.
3) what are cecotrophs and why are they important to rabbit health?