View Full Version : My new rabbit's arrived.......without teeth!!!!!!!!!

30-03-2006, 02:07 AM
I have taken on a 4 year old female rabbit from people who'd lost interest and I'm hoping to bond her with my neutered boy Rupert. :love:
As she was being dropped off, the previous owner mentioned she'd had her teeth removed (presumably just her incisors)
How does this effect what I can give her? The previous owner said she couldn't have greens, but I have just given her a dandelion leaf and she munched through it, happily. Can she cope with rabbit food?
She is a timid bun, but I am hoping to bring her out of her shell. She was previously called Sarah :shock: , but we have renamed her Ruby (my daughters choice!)
Thanks for replies to previous posts , esp Raven_guest.

30-03-2006, 02:11 AM
I've got three buns without incisors and they all enjoy fresh veg. It just has to be cut up for them as they can't bite into it like a normal bun would do. I try to leave leafy veg like kale, spring greens etc. in long strips so that they have to do more work chewing it with their molars, as buns with incisor problems can often have misaligned molars too.
Other than checkups every 3-6 months on their molars, chopping up their veg and giving them short chopped hay (in addition to 'normal' hay), they aren't treated any differently to my other buns.
Mine are fed on Excel Lite and Science Selective pellets and have no problems whatsoever, even with the longest of SS pellets (and my three are a mini lop, mini rex and Netherland dwarf, so little mouths!). They have kind of prehensile lips which they use to pick their food up.

30-03-2006, 02:21 AM
I have two rabbits with no incisors. Rosie trys to eat most things, but can't quite manage if the pieces are too big. Pellets are no problem to her, she scoffs them at remarkable speed. She also manages hay perfectly well.
Rowan on the other hand will only eat grated apple or pear and soaked pellets, but this is to do with the fact that he had a lot of pain from his front teeth before they were removed and because he wasn't even fed on rabbit food before he came to me, just sweet treats :x

30-03-2006, 02:31 AM
Squidgy has no incisors and manages fine! We cut veg into pieces for him, and he has Allen and Page pellets which are no problem. I do chop his hay up for him too.

30-03-2006, 04:00 AM
Apart from the additional food requirments noted above, some front toothless bunnies do require help with grooming. And wil require a gentle brush or small knots to be removed for them, sometimes a rabbit partner will do all of this for them.

30-03-2006, 04:01 PM
If she does have trouble with pellets, soften them up with a little water (don't make them wet)
I'm sure she'll be fine, their gums toughen up so the only real problems they have are things like carrots and tough veg.