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    Warren Scout
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    Default New rescue bunny

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    I have just got my female bunny a friend from a rescue centre. I think he has mainly been on a diet of pellets, as I can see he eats very little hay if at all. He will eat veg but not a lot. My other bun is a good hay eater and loves her veg too. I cant make him eat hay but its better for teeth etc so not sure what to do, it could be a problem. Any advice appreciated.

    Pandora

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    You could try different hays, some prefer different kinds, you could try readigrass, all my bunnies have loved that, if he likes it you can mix it with his hay to try to get him to eat it. You could sprinkle the pellets into the hay to try to trick him into eating it. Another trick is to spray the hay with a little apple juice.

    He really does need to be eating hay to avoid dental problems. I would get a rabbit savvy vet to check his teeth to see if he needs a dental. If he is eating too many pellets, he won't eat hay, a bit like children when they eat sweets they don't want to eat proper food afterwards!

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    Thanks Zoobec I do have readigrass which I sprinkle in the hay, but I could try the pellet trick in the hay as well. I will be taking him for a checkup to my own vets soon.

    Pandora

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    How is he with fresh grass? x

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    He has started eating a little hay. Not tried grass yet, will try today. Only had him 2 days so still settling in.

    thanks for replying.

    Pandora

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    Ralph wouldn't touch hay either (also a rescue bun presumably fed on pellets only as teeth were badly overgrown!) until I tried him on Ings hay from Hay for pets, its the only hay he will touch.

    I have also asked for a sample from timothyhay.co.uk too as everyone raves how good it is and obviously it will be better for Ralphs teeth with it being somewhat coarser (needs a dental every 6 weeks due to neglect now). If you go to timothyhay website of fb page and ask for a sample I think you get a jiffy bag of hay for free through the post (hopefully get mine tomorrow). Hay for pets you can get samples of all 3 of their hays but you have to pay 4.50 (inc.postage), hope this helps, as I was also at my wits end trying every single type of hay there was lol x

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    Thanks all for suggestions. He is eating a little hay and readigrass now and he loves grass, so good improvement.

    Pandora

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