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Home Forums BEHAVIOR Bunny choosing not to eat? RE: Bunny choosing not to eat?

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Chelirah
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We have had him (Merry) and his brother (Pippin) for about 14 months now. They came to us from the animal shelter when they were five months old and we had them neutered soon after. He has been doing this for a few months but I can’t think of any change that has happened. We don’t have any other animals in the house, and my husband and I are out all day at work, so I am not sure what would be scaring him in to not coming out. When we are out they have the run of the dining room (they have a large double decker hutch in there, but we are struggling to find a litter tray solution that works with it so they just have the whole room with their litter tray in the corner). When we are home they have access to all areas, though his brother refuses to leave the dining room.
We feed them science selecive pellets and lots of hay with ocasional small amounts of fresh veg. He is a little overweight, though he is also a huge bunny (!) and we are working on that after advice from our vet, cutting down their fresh veg and pellets a lot. His poop size and rate seems normal. When he isnt hidden away he goes regularly as far as we can tell, but he doesn’t go at all when upstairs. Ocasionally we are finding skid marks, though this has reduced with the altered diet. We spend time with them in the evenings, and Merry is actually the friendlier of the two, he will accept a bit of love, Pippin freaks out at any and all human contact, though will eat food from your hand.
I am worried about Pippin too, as he tends to avoid eating whilst Merry is upstairs. He will happily fight over a brussel sprout when they are together but ignores them when he is on his own!They were both vhecked out by the vet recently who had no concerns, but psychologically I don’t think they are quite right. They had a rough start being abandoned with their whole family in the woods, so we have been gentle and patient with them, but I am now at a loss!