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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > DIET & CARE > How do I know if Mr. Hopper is getting too fat?
Last Post by jerseygirl at 10/26/2011 8:10 PM (21 Replies)
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User is Offline bullrider76543
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10/24/2011 6:06 AM

I konw that bunnies carry thier fat in thier neck but how do I tell if Mr. Hopper is just bulked a little up for winter or getting too fat? he has small rolls under his chin. it was hard to get a pic of it so here's a shot of what I got.

I know I sould rely on a vets oppinion, but I also respect all of yalls knowledge.

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User is Offline LBJ10
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10/24/2011 6:43 AM
It can be really hard to tell with rabbits. He could just be really compact. I suppose warning signs would be stuff like not being able to reach his own rear. Otherwise, I'm sure a vet would have a better idea.

User is Offline bullrider76543
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10/24/2011 6:46 AM
ty, he is still pretty active and runs around the house a bunch. he has just always been thick lol, but he can reach his bottom fine cause he is constantly cleaning himself lol( one of the most cleanest bunnies I have ever seen LMAO)
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User is Offline Sarita
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10/24/2011 6:52 AM

Here's a good article with some photos and descriptions:

www.therabbithouse.com/diet/rabbit-weight.asp

Mr. Hopper is adorable.


User is Offline Sam and Lady's Human
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10/24/2011 7:48 AM
How old is Mr hopper and is he fixed?

User is Offline bullrider76543
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10/24/2011 8:46 AM
He is about 2 1/2 and I got him fixed when he was given to us.
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User is Offline Sam and Lady's Human
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10/24/2011 8:48 AM
Ah ok I know girl bunnies get those double chins which is why I asked. I think Samson might be overweight but its really hard to tell with all that fur!

User is Offline bullrider76543
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10/24/2011 8:55 AM
I understand, Mr. Hoppers fur is short but soooo thick. I am just watching what he eats right now so he doesnt over eat.
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User is Offline Sam and Lady's Human
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10/24/2011 9:08 AM
I actually just bought him a slimcats treat ball (http://www.amazon.com/PetSafe-SlimC...0018CG40O) and I put his 1/4 cup of pellets in that. Its been a week but it seems to help, at least he takes a little more time to eat the pellets rather than just chowing down on them all at once.

User is Offline bwild
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10/24/2011 9:25 AM
My male rabbit, Thumper, is starting to get a HUGE double chin and my vet tells me he could still stand to gain a tad bit more weight, but I guess it really just depends on the rabbit. He's handsome though!

User is Offline TriBun
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10/25/2011 11:54 AM
That was an awesome article Sarita, thank you!

Mr. Hopper DOES look a little plump. Lol

User is Offline bullrider76543
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10/25/2011 12:34 PM
My vet said Mr. Hopper is a little heavy and to watch his intake for his health. I am giving about 6 oz of food a day for both Mr. Hopper and Nibblette and whatever hay they want. Plus I give them a little bit of cilantro, few leaves of romaine and collard greens. I am guessing I need to cut back a little on the pellets and give more greens?
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User is Offline jerseygirl
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10/25/2011 2:10 PM

I think he looks pretty good. He might burn a bit more energy in the winter keeping warm but that depends on how warm you keep it in the house also.
Bullrider, is the feed you give timothy hay based? Pellets that are alfalfa based can be richer and more fattening. You mentioned one of your bunnies is a bit sensitive to greens? That might be a problem if increasing greens so if you're unable to do that successfully, they'll fill up on hay. Other fresh or dried plant material could be used too, like rose or apple or raspberry leaves. Another thing to do is separate the boys at pellet time so you know one is not eating more then the other.

 

 

That was an awesome article Sarita, thank you!

It was a goody! Just want to point out that Scamp, the bunny in the pictures used, is a wild rabbit, so he is leaner then most. Tribun, your Rosy  is a bit of a look-a-like.

Whoever says "It's only a rabbit" has obviously never loved a rabbit.

User is Offline bullrider76543
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10/25/2011 3:01 PM
I am not sure if its timothy hay based its what my vet recomended it is purina complete rabbit feed.
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User is Offline bullrider76543
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10/25/2011 3:03 PM
We keep him indoors all the time but his last owners put him outside a lot
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User is Offline jerseygirl
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10/25/2011 3:37 PM

 

We keep him indoors all the time but his last owners put him outside a lot


Oh I know! I was meaning the cooler temps in winter in general though we do keep interior temps cosy so the chilly temps probably makes little difference to the house rabbit.

 

Is this the one?

This one is alfafa based but actually, it's not bad in terms of protein and fat content. Fibre content at 17% is on the low side though.

What do you guesstimate 6oz is in cup measures? I'm so used to thinking of amounts in that way.

Whoever says "It's only a rabbit" has obviously never loved a rabbit.

User is Offline zpipes
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10/26/2011 7:00 AM
Isnt the rule of thumb, if you run your hand down their back and cannot clearly feel the spine, they are overweight?

User is Offline bullrider76543
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10/26/2011 10:36 AM
You can easily feek his backbone and ribs without pushing he just has a big double chin.
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User is Offline bullrider76543
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10/26/2011 10:38 AM
6 oz is 3/4 cup.
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User is Offline AbbyGirl
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10/26/2011 11:16 AM
6oz is 3/4 of a cup when measuring liquids but this would not apply to veggies or pellets. You would have to use a scale to know how many ounces you were actually giving them.
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