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Forum DIET & CARE no hay for me

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    • Pepper & Pantoffel
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      Hi Friends

      My Pepper does not eat hay – he hates the stuff.

      How can I get him to eat it?

      thank you for sunny South Africa


    • Cinnimon&Ollie
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      I would try different types maybe even mixing the types or/and add herbal blends into it.


    • DanaNM
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      Is this a sudden change? How many pellets does he get per day?

      Sometimes not eating hay can indicate a dental problem, so it would be good to rule that out. Feeding too many pellets can also lead them to not eat hay.

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    • Wick & Fable
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      In addition to the previous questions, how much hay are you giving your rabbit? Is it a small handful that you’re waiting to be eaten, a lot, a little…?

      The answers provided in this discussion are for general guideline purposes only. The information is not intended to diagnose or treat your pet. Seek the advice of your veterinarian or a qualified behaviorist.


      • MMmm
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        I sometimes try to do this because I want them to be less wasteful and hence would like to add more when they finish the last handful.


      • Wick & Fable
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        Rabbits are selective eaters, so they will never finish all their hay — that is a reality. A few rabbits are very hay-crazy and do eat most of their hay, but the majority of rabbits will always leave some behind.  While it can be sometimes good to keep old hay out to “force” them to eat it, at a certain point you need to give them a lot more because rabbits will simply not eat some hay because they have perceived it as “not good to eat”.

        It is a guideline that you should refresh their hay at least 1-2 times a day.

        The answers provided in this discussion are for general guideline purposes only. The information is not intended to diagnose or treat your pet. Seek the advice of your veterinarian or a qualified behaviorist.


    • Pepper & Pantoffel
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      Hi everyone,

      Thank you very much!! I gather from all your great advice that I over feed him – will try to give him less at a time and try a different type maybe.

      Will keep you updated.

       

       

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