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Date:11/23/2014 8:21:19 AM
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Hi Star
I relayed your message to my mom. She is very aware of this dilemma as Ringo was not a good hay eater either. First she may really want to consider going and having your teeth looked at by a vet. You are 3 now and have had plenty of time to develop spurs on your teeth which can make your mouth uncomfortable when you have to chew the hay. Pellets don't present as much of a problem so that is why rabbits eat those and not the hay.
Mom keeps our hay in a rack just above the litter box. That way we get in the litter box to eat hay and do our business at the same time so we can be out of the pen and mom doesn't have to worry about us making messes. I am a vigorous hay eater and pull it and tug it out of the rack but that is okay because you can still eat it from the litter box. If you would like mom to post a picture of our set up let me know and she can do it. Our pen is 6 feet by 6 feet so it works well, for smaller cages or pens you may have to make adjustments. Greens like the collard greens and beet tops are fibrous and tougher to chew which help teeth wear also. If you are a small bun 1/8 cup timothy pellets is all you should have in one day. That is how much Ringo ate, he was 4 pounds. We get 1/4 cup each but Poncho and I are a little bigger. We get our pellets in the morning and then greens in the evening and eat all the hay we want in between. Mom says try the lesser pellets for just a day and see what happens, gut stasis will not happen that quickly and if you are not eating she can feed you what you like in the evening. Starlight it is very important that you eat your hay. Mom had to really work to get Ringo to eat his hay. When his mouth started to feel better he had begun to eat much more. Mom wants to know what kind of hay your mom buys for you because that could also be why you do not eat enough.
Okay hope this helps, Poncho and I will be thinking about you. Let us know how it goes and have a good evening.
Your furiend,
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