Ruminants and Monogastrics

Ruminants are those animals that have a multiple-chambered stomach designed to digest herbaceous matter such as grass by the process of fermentation. Monogastrics are those animals that have a single-stomach that is designed for digestion of animal protein and highly-digestible phyto-nutrients such as fruits and grains. Questions about ruminants and monogastrics, including those about psuedo-ruminants (animals that have a single stomach like a monogastric but have their main fermentation vat in the cecum), can be asked and answered here.

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Ruminants and Monogastrics

Are all foregut fermenters ruminants?

Yes. Hind-gut fermentors are psuedo-ruminants.

Cows and Cattle
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If an animal chews 'cud' what is it doing?

Resting and chewing partially digested plant matter it ate when grazing or eating hay or grain.

Ruminants and Monogastrics

Examples of non-ruminant animals?

Examples of non-ruminant animals include the following:

  • Pigs
  • Humans
  • Horses
  • Rabbits
  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Wolves
  • Bears
  • Lions
  • Tigers
  • Cougars
  • Leopards
  • Rhinoceros
  • Hippopotamus
  • Elephants
  • Giraffes
  • Lemurs
  • Monkeys
  • Orangutangs
  • Chimpanzees
  • Mice
  • Rats
  • Hares
  • Squirrels
  • All bird species
  • All reptile species
  • All amphibian species
  • All insects and other bugs and arachnids
  • Lynx
  • Bobcats
  • Coyotes

The list pretty much encompasses all animals that are carnivores or omnivores and some herbivores such as those already listed.

Ruminants and Monogastrics

What is the difference between non-ruminant animals and ruminant animals?

Non-ruminants are considered monogastrics because they have a simple stomach. They cannot regurgitate partly-digested matter and rechew it because it is not necessary; they do not have a large rumen nor are many such animals herbivorous (except hippos, rhinos, rabbits/hares and equines, for example). Almost all non-ruminant animals are omnivorous or carnivorous. Animals that are herbivorous and are non-ruminants have a functional cecum that is used to ferment the food that they have eaten once it passes through the stomach and small intestine. Such animals are called "hind-gut fermentors," and yet are still considered non-ruminants. Non-ruminants that are not hind-gut fermentors include all primates, canines, felines, bears, weasels, skunks, pigs, and a number of rodents.

Ruminants are animals which have a four-chambered stomach specially designed for digesting plant matter. No ruminant animals are carnivorous or omnivorous by nature because their stomachs are designed to digest coarse hard-to-break-down material being plants like grass, not protein, (which makes up meat) which is much easier to digest for the average animal, ruminant and non-ruminant alike. The names of the four chambers of a ruminant are called the Rumen, Reticulum, Omasum and Abomasum, each with a different "job," if you will, that is responsible for the complete digestion of coarse plant material. They regurgitate food--called "chewing the cud" The rumen acts tile a huge fermentation vat where additional essential amino acids and proteins are made by the bacteria in the rumen from the basic forages the animal has consumed. Ruminant animals are much more efficient in turning plant matter in to high-quality meat. Animals which are ruminants include all bovines, cervids (deer, moose, elk, etc,) goats, sheep, antelope, wildebeest and giraffes.

Camelids (camels, llamas and alpacas) do not fall into either categories because they do not have a four-chambered stomach, but are still fore-gut fermentors. They are not non-ruminants either because they are still capable of "chewing the cud" just like true ruminants are. These animals are called Pseudo-ruminants because they are, essentially "false ruminants" due to the fact that they lack the rumen, only having the reticulum, omasum and abomasum.
Ruminants have 4 stomachs - rumen, reticulum, omasum and abomasum. Non-ruminants just have 1. The main difference is that the 4 stomachs allow the organism to digest cellulose (grass).

correction- ruminants only have one stomach but they have 4 compartments....

Goats and Sheep
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Sentence for ruminate?

Cattle, sheep, goats, and deer are animals that ruminate in order to fully digest feedstuffs.

Cows and Cattle
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Ruminants and Monogastrics

What animal chew the cud?

Cud is regurgitated food mostly in cattle that chew it up again and again to break down hay, grain, etc. Animals that chew their cud include cattle, goats, sheep, giraffes, bison, yaks, water buffalo, deer, camels, alpacas, llamas, wildebeest, antelope, pronghorn, and nilgai.

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How are ruminants' digestive system are adapted to ensure survival?

Ruminants digestive systems are adapted to ensure survival as it allows them to consume a wide variety of vegetation. More robust plant material has plenty of time to break down so that the nutrients can be fully absorbed by the body.

Zoology or Animal Biology
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How can bacteriophage contribute to the host genome?

Scientists had already reached the milestone of fully sequencing their first genome that of the FX174 bacteriophage, whose 5,375 nucleotides had been determined in 1977 (Sanger et al., [ 1977b) but this endeavor proved much easier than sequencing the genomes of more complex life forms. Indeed, the prospect of sequencing the 1 million base pairs of the E. coli genome or the 3 billion nucleotides of the human genome seemed close to impossible. ..............

Rabbits and Hares
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Is the hare cud chewing?

No. Hares and other rabbits are not ruminant animals. They are pseudo-ruminants like horses and zebras are, which means all fermentation occurs behind the stomach, not in front like with cows, sheep and goats. Fermentation occurs in the cecum for pseudo-ruminants, whereas with cows and sheep, fermentation occurs in primarily the rumen as well as the cecum.

Ruminants and Monogastrics

What is reticulum or hardware stomach?

Reticulum is the second chamber of the digestive tract, used for sorting out fine plant particles for further fermentation.

Ruminants and Monogastrics

The carpet weavers written by carol rumens?

the children are at the loom of another world Their braids are oiled and black, their dresses bright Their assorted heights would make a melodious chime They watch their flickering knots like television as the garden of Islam grows, the bench will be raised Then they will lace the dark-rose veins of the tree-tops The carpet will travel in the merchant's truck It will be spread bye the servants of the mosque Deep and soft, it will give when heaped with prayer. The children are hard at work in the school of days From their fingers the colours of all-that-will-be fly and freeze into the frame of all-that-was.

Goats and Sheep
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Why are sheep called ruminants?

They are called ruminants because they have a four chambered stomach (Rumen, Abomasum, reticulum, omasum), food will enter the rumen and then the animal will then (during its resting period) regurgitate the food re chewing it and then swallowing it where it then enters the remaining three stomachs (this process is called chewing cud and is repeated until all food is digested).

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Farm Animals
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What is rumination?

(1) The act of pondering

(2) The act of chewing cud, a physical digestion involved in foregut fermentation

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Why is abomasum called a true stomach?

Because it functions like a true stomach, secreting hydrochloric acid and peptidases to digest proteins and break down digesta that the rumen couldn't break down. The abomasum is actually the stomach that newborn calves have better developed than the other three chambers of a bovines' stomach, enabling easier passage to digest milk from its mother.

Ruminants and Monogastrics

What are some ruminant animals?

Cattle, sheep, goats, deer, buffalo, giraffe, oxen, and yak are all examples of animals that are ruminants.

Donkeys and Mules
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Are Mules ruminant or non ruminant?

Non-ruminants. They have a simple stomach, do not chew cud but are hind-gut fermentors.

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4 different chambers of the ruminant stomach?

Reticulum, Rumen, Omasum, Abomasum

Cattle Diets and Nutrition
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Why are cows called ruminants?

It is because of the presence of the largest second chamber, called the rumen, out of a total of four chambers in the stomach of an animal labeled as such. All cows, regardless if they are dairy or beef, are ruminant animals.

They "ruminate" or chew cud of the partly digested/fermented (some like to call it "decomposed") plant material that has been regurgitated from the reticulo-rumen, then reswallow it to allow it to ferment and break down some more, before continuing on through the rest of the animal's digestive system.

Ruminants and Monogastrics

List 5 examples of autotrophs?


autotrophic bacteria









Basically any type of plant that produces its own food.

Mycology or Fungi
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What is a gene pair that consists of a dominant allele and a recessive allele?


Ruminants and Monogastrics

What is a cud of an animal?

Cud is partly digested forage that is regurgitated back up from the reticulo-rumen to be rechewed again to enable further digestion of starches. Animals like cattle chew cud when they are resting. When they are done chewing cud, they swallow it back down again.

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Are horses ruminants?

No. Horses are hind-gut fermentors. They have a monogastric (single-chambered stomach), but a very large cecum where the small intestine joins onto the large intestine. This is where most of the fermentation takes place.

Ruminants and Monogastrics

What is a Peruvian ruminant?

A llama is a Peruvian ruminant.

Botany or Plant Biology
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