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Last Post by bunfoolop at 10/29/2012 8:17 AM (38 Replies)
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User is Offline Murasaki
Kanagawa, Japan
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10/08/2012 2:46 PM

OK I have come in to a problem ... My little girl will not eat the pellets unless they look like this.

This is the pellets put in the blender and then water added to make this ... Now when she eats this she then stops drinking water and when she goes pee is it dark yellow and like syrup ... I just freaked out ... 

I have gone out and brought her hay last night and it is the Timothy Hay and she refused to eat it, pulling it out of the box and throwing a tantrum over it.... any idea please....


User is Offline bullrider76543
Joplin MO
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10/08/2012 2:49 PM
hmm I would call your vet... and keep trying on the hay
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User is Offline Roberta
Wanneroo, Western Australia
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10/08/2012 3:10 PM
Can you try some different kinds of hay, mine love the yellow oaten hay.... When I first started bying meadow hay Nermal was the only one that would eat it and then the others decided they rather liked the sweet smell and insisted on having it too. So now they have both and like them at different times of the day.
I also agree with Bullrider on a trip to the vet... It certainly won't do any harm and might pick up any dental problems early.
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User is Offline Murasaki
Kanagawa, Japan
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10/08/2012 3:25 PM
She has just gone pee again and it is OK now... I have decided to trick her .. She is only 257g so pellets she needs is only 14g so I have given her 7g of pellets and 7g of the blended pellets ... I have rolled up the blended pellet mix in to the same size as the dried pellets and mixed them all together, so will see if she eats them that way (on knees praying).. I am watching her like a hawk at the moment and she had gone stupid sprinting about the house and doing binkies everywhere ... she has taken a good drink of water about 5 minutes ago... I will look at getting other hay tonight when the girlfriend comes over ..

Sorry I am new to rabbits and everything I am reading I am walking on egg shells for my little girl .. Keeping Cats were easy .. Rabbits OMG!

User is Offline Murasaki
Kanagawa, Japan
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10/08/2012 3:25 PM

Thanks Everyone .. 


User is Offline Memarie
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10/08/2012 4:04 PM
Sounds like you have a little Diva =) My first bunny was like that, haha. The only thing I can think of is to try different hay. Luna goes crazy for alfalfa, is alright with timothy, but turns her nose up at orchard grass. As for water, I'm not sure how long you have had Yuki chan now but when I first brought Luna home she barely touched her water for the first 2-3 days. I was worried sick! But once she settled in she was fine.
Also, like everyone else has already said, a vet visit is a good idea. Good luck! =)

User is Offline Murasaki
Kanagawa, Japan
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10/08/2012 4:13 PM

This is a good read for rabbit pee ... 

Rabbit Urinalysis


User is Offline bmt87
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10/08/2012 5:15 PM
Posted By Murasaki on 10/08/2012 06:25 PM
She has just gone pee again and it is OK now... I have decided to trick her .. She is only 257g so pellets she needs is only 14g so I have given her 7g of pellets and 7g of the blended pellets ... I have rolled up the blended pellet mix in to the same size as the dried pellets and mixed them all together, so will see if she eats them that way (on knees praying).. I am watching her like a hawk at the moment and she had gone stupid sprinting about the house and doing binkies everywhere ... she has taken a good drink of water about 5 minutes ago... I will look at getting other hay tonight when the girlfriend comes over ..

Sorry I am new to rabbits and everything I am reading I am walking on egg shells for my little girl .. Keeping Cats were easy .. Rabbits OMG!

I'm sure one of the forum leaders will chime in on this - but it might be best to give her unlimited access to the pellets.  I know I read in one of your previous threads that you are unsure of her age but I think it might be in her/your best interest to give it a try.  Here's a link to the recommended dietary needs from HRS.

If you try sprinkling the pellets about at night in her cage - you could even go as far as count them....in fact, I would...try like 100 pellets and make it easy - I bet she eats them.  Even if you wake up and there are still 90 pellets it proves that she can eat them and might just be choosing the mushy stuff because it's 'easier' and she's getting spoiled (for lack of a better word because we all spoil our buns ).

Not all rabbits are this difficult - this one just seems EXTREMELY young.

http://www.rabbit.org/faq/sections/diet.html#babies

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User is Offline Murasaki
Kanagawa, Japan
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10/08/2012 6:31 PM

OK alfalfa .... As is sprouts, fully grown or dried ??


User is Offline lindsay715
NJ, USA
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10/08/2012 6:36 PM
I think they meant alfalfa hay Alfalfa tends to be the hay of choice for younger rabbits

User is Offline lindsay715
NJ, USA
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10/08/2012 6:41 PM
also, rabbit urine can be creamy or syrupy - that isn't uncommon. their urine is more concentrated than some other domestic pets.

User is Offline Murasaki
Kanagawa, Japan
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10/08/2012 11:29 PM

Update : Yuki chan only ate the blended up pellets, she picked out the blended ones from the dry ones once the blended ones were all eaten she refused to eat the rest, she would just sniff and then look at me like saying "Oi Slave you know what I need!"

14g of dried pellets mixed with water to make the paste becomes 52g in total, 

I have stuck a few boxes together and cut holes out and made a maze for her, at the moment she is going crazy running in one side and out the other, then turning around and doing the same again, so far she has played over 1 hour, I have become tired just watching her, bunnies have a lot of energy I have come to notice.


User is Offline Monkeybun
Hillsboro, Oregon
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10/08/2012 11:36 PM
It may be because she is so young still, fully solid food isn't what she is wanting to eat. I'd stick with the blended pellets for now, if at all possible. keep trying loose pellets over time, maybe she will grow out of it soon.

User is Offline jerseygirl
Australia
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10/09/2012 12:44 AM
Yikes! She is training you. Be careful. Lol

I'd keep trying with the hay. Offer a big pile of it in a litterbox and maybe sprinkle some dry pellets through the hay. She may just play at first but get curious enough to nibble on it. Mine do a lot of their hay eating over night.

Alfalfa is called lucerne hay in Australia. Im not certain whether you can get it in Japan or what it is called there. It's probably labelled depending on what country it's coming from. I think in Asia there may be a brand available called Alfalfa King from the US. It does a variety of hays though.

That she's running around like a nutter and eating something is great though. Try relax. : )

User is Offline Murasaki
Kanagawa, Japan
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10/09/2012 12:57 AM

She will not touch the Timothy Hay, I have a pile of that in her litter box and also on a plate and she refused to touch it, I have found Alfalfa Hay and will be getting it on Thursday.  Dry pellets is a complete NO NO she made that clear!

As for training me, too late and she knows it. ... She has just taken a break from Binkies and doing the Bunny 500 to refuel on food and water, she will then clean herself, have a bit of a break and then drive me nutz for the rest of the night, time here is about 2000hrs so I expect she will wear out again about 2300hrs ..

Edited at 2246 : Reading the forum and Yuki chan is relaxing and watching me, she has been in this position for 45 minutes there about.


User is Offline Aylnine
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10/09/2012 8:20 AM
Hehe, your bun is adorable! Mine is a little blueblood menace as well -- friendly towards people but give him the wrong food and he'll destroy everything.

It's possible that your bun is just giving you a hard time because she knows if she holds out she'll get the pellet paste. If she's a little older (already spayed) it might be okay to try and force her to eat the hard pellets by not giving her the paste. Their digestive systems have to stay active, though, so I don't know of a safe period to "starve" her. I'd guess I would give her 12 hrs max, and if she still refuses then give her food.

It's also possible that she dislikes the hard stuff because of her teeth, but if you've already gone to a vet and checked her then she's probably just being very picky.

User is Offline Murasaki
Kanagawa, Japan
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10/09/2012 12:24 PM

Last night I left out 19g of Pellets and no paste, this morning the 19g of pellets were not touched, she did not eat during the night, not even 1 pellet, this morning she was scratching on my room shoji at 0610hrs, I placed her at the pellets and she took off, as soon as I put down the paste she dived in ... So she will not eat the pellets period, well not at the moment. ... 

I weighed her this morning and she is now 278g so she has gone up in weight in the past 24 hours. At the moment she is doing the bunny 500 and as I am laying on the floor she is using my laptop as a spring board for flight! 

The girlfriend is sick today so she will stay home and look after Yuki chan while I take a trip to the next city to get the Alfalfa Hay and talk to the local vet on feed.


User is Offline tanlover14
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10/10/2012 6:34 AM
Your little girl is a RIOT. Hahahahaha, she is so cute and SOOO demanding. Such a typical girl!
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User is Offline bullrider76543
Joplin MO
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10/10/2012 6:37 AM
boy she really is a diva huh?
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User is Offline Skipper's Mama
Florida
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10/10/2012 2:05 PM
Your little girl is so funny! And finally! Another bun that uses the laptop as a spring board! xDDD My Skipper loves to climb all over my laptop and spring off of it. >.<
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