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Forum HOUSE RABBIT Q & A My rabbit is eating more hay than he eats pellets

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    • kina
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      My rabbit’s 4 years old and I’ve started to notice something recently about his eating habits.

      He would usually munch on his pellets a lot than he would munch on his hay. However, nowadays he does not consume his pellets as much and prefers to eat his hay more.

      Is this something I should be concerned about? I’ve observed him for a few days to see if he is in any sort of pain or discomfort but he seems to be functioning as per normal. Still very active, runs around, does binkies.

      I can’t help but be concern as to the change I’ve noticed about him.


    • DanaNM
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      That is a bit unusual! Eating hay is healthy for him, so I think this is probably a positive change as long as he is eating plenty of hay and his poops look healthy and he does eventually eat both. How much pellets does he get per day?

      It could be that he’s just a bit tired of his pellets, or that the bag is a bit stale. Sometimes a change in food preferences can indicate a dental issue though (usually the reverse though). I also had a bun who would snub his pellets when he started to have some GI distress, but that usually went along with some other symptoms. Sometimes buns seem to know what will make them feel better (often hay).

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    • Wick & Fable
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      I wouldn’t be concerned about slower consumption/less enthusiasm around pellets for reasons Dana mentioned too. It is unlikely a teeth issue since hay is the most teeth-intensive/involved thing to eat, but I’m sure exceptions exist is dental discomfort presentations.

       

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