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WillowAndBiscuit
12-04-2016, 12:32 PM
I just want to start by saying: A post that is not about Storm for once, hooray!

One of my other bunnies (Biscuit and Willow) are being naughty buns and aren't eating their caecals. I just went out to them to give them some forage and found two quite large caecals that have not been eaten and have been squashed into the ground. I have noticed one or two on and off over the past couple of weeks but can't work out why or who it is. They only get one egg cup of pellets a day and about one-two cups of veg between them each day so o can't see that being an issue. They are fine in themselves and are only a year old so arthritis isn't an issue, but I don't know what is.

Anyone have any ideas about what could be causing it? (I'm going to give them half of the amount of veg that I normally do tonight to see if that helps at all)

Bunny Magoo
12-04-2016, 12:57 PM
Hi. One of my buns has recently been doing the same although she has also been off her pellets. Went to the vets yesterday and they think her teeth might be causing a bit of pain but don't want to do a dental yet. We've been told to encourage lots if hay eating. Are yours both eating lots of hay and producing lots of poop?

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WillowAndBiscuit
12-04-2016, 01:15 PM
Hi. One of my buns has recently been doing the same although she has also been off her pellets. Went to the vets yesterday and they think her teeth might be causing a bit of pain but don't want to do a dental yet. We've been told to encourage lots if hay eating. Are yours both eating lots of hay and producing lots of poop?

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Oh no, I'm sorry that your little lady may be having some pain with her teeth. :(

They are both excellent hay eaters, they actually get excited when I put new hay down bless them haha. They are also doing lots and lots of poos and they are all lovely and golden.

treacletrim
12-04-2016, 01:28 PM
Hiya, I had this with my old lad (turned out to be mainly arthritis but.....) but before I resolved it I was told that some foods can affect the taste of the caecals making them less appetising. I kept a bunny food diary for a few weeks to see if anything particularly affected it. Strangely a certain brand of dried plantain seemed to make it worse (I had always fed home picked / dried but had run out) so I avoid it now (even though it turned out to be more of a mobility issue). Might be worth keeping a diary?

WillowAndBiscuit
12-04-2016, 02:02 PM
Hiya, I had this with my old lad (turned out to be mainly arthritis but.....) but before I resolved it I was told that some foods can affect the taste of the caecals making them less appetising. I kept a bunny food diary for a few weeks to see if anything particularly affected it. Strangely a certain brand of dried plantain seemed to make it worse (I had always fed home picked / dried but had run out) so I avoid it now (even though it turned out to be more of a mobility issue). Might be worth keeping a diary?
Good idea, I'll try that. I didn't give them anything out of the ordinary yesterday so I didn't think it would be veg related but it could be. The only things I gave them yesterday (besides their usual hay) were pellets, readigrass, broccoli and tender heart cabbage. Do you think one of these could have done it? None of them were newly introduced to the diet by the way.

WillowAndBiscuit
10-05-2016, 09:35 AM
I woke up this morning to find several uneaten caecels, I counted 4 fresh ones altogether. This has gradually been increasing over the past few days, despite reducing the pellets to about half an egg cup a day, and reducing the veg by half too. There is no pattern in regards to when they aren't eaten either, it is just getting worse as time goes on. Does it warrant a vet visit? Or should I just cut veg out completely for a little while and see if that helps?

I should also mention that I now know who it is and I saw one left behind in the exact spot that Biscuit was sitting. He is well and healthy and as mentioned above he is very young still, making arthritis highly unlikely.

Thanks in advance!

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Bunny Magoo
10-05-2016, 05:04 PM
I woke up this morning to find several uneaten caecels, I counted 4 fresh ones altogether. This has gradually been increasing over the past few days, despite reducing the pellets to about half an egg cup a day, and reducing the veg by half too. There is no pattern in regards to when they aren't eaten either, it is just getting worse as time goes on. Does it warrant a vet visit? Or should I just cut veg out completely for a little while and see if that helps?

I should also mention that I now know who it is and I saw one left behind in the exact spot that Biscuit was sitting. He is well and healthy and as mentioned above he is very young still, making arthritis highly unlikely.

Thanks in advance!

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Hi. I would recommend a trip to the vets. We had the same problem with Daisy recently, it turned out she needed a dental. She had no other signs or symptoms of needing one and we hadn't noticed a decline in her hay intake or poop output (volume or size )

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WillowAndBiscuit
10-05-2016, 05:38 PM
Hi. I would recommend a trip to the vets. We had the same problem with Daisy recently, it turned out she needed a dental. She had no other signs or symptoms of needing one and we hadn't noticed a decline in her hay intake or poop output (volume or size )

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They are due a check-up at the end of this month anyway, so I'll just bring that forward to next week (I can't do it this week as Storm has to go back to the specialist vet tomorrow and I think he's going to have to stay overnight for X-rays the following day). They only had their last one at the end of February, but I know how quickly their teeth can grow!

Tamsin
10-05-2016, 08:05 PM
If they are otherwise healthy and tucking into food then you could swap to hay only for a week.

WillowAndBiscuit
10-05-2016, 08:14 PM
If they are otherwise healthy and tucking into food then you could swap to hay only for a week.
Oh gosh, they are going to hate me [emoji23] What about forage and things like that? I know that rabbits like routine so won't not feeding them anything at the normal feeding times (pellets at 8am and 5pm and veg at 8pm) upset their behaviour?

Tamsin
11-05-2016, 03:36 PM
They'll be miffed but it won't do them any harm. Forage is better than human veggies as it's higher in fibre and lower in sugars so you could still feed that to :) You could try distracting them at pellet times with same extra tasty hay, forage or hay cubes.

WillowAndBiscuit
11-05-2016, 06:26 PM
I may actually have found what is was causing issues, right in the corner of the run there was bindweed growing that he had been munching on without me knowing!

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