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Yilina
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Hi Amber!

Welcome to BB!! It is really sweet to read the love you have for your new bunny and how much you are researching to give her the best possible life . As for her not drinking water, it can be the new environment, bunnies are very affected by changes. For example, my bunny was drinking very little for the first month with us and, all of sudden, he started drinking double. However, the fact that she is not drinking at all is worrisome. Did you take her for a vet check when you got her? They can detect if there is something going on with her and/or she is indeed dehydrated.

As for pellets and hay, the advice I have read the most in BB is trying to reduce her pellets consumption. How much does she weight? A 6 pound rabbit should get between 1/4 and 1/2 cup of pellets and 2 cups of chopped veggies a day, not more. Fruit must be given only as a treat.

As to increase hay consumption, you can try different kinds of hay -if they are available in your area. I have read that some owners crumble a few pellets on the hay to make it smell more appealing. Also, you can put hay inside a toilet roll (they tend to love chewing on that) so that she eats the hay inside “by mistake” and realises it is edible. The fact that she was seldom given hay will make things a bit harder, but with patience I am sure she will learn to love it.