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    My neutered male rabbit is overweight, how do I get his weight down. He is a house rabbit that goes in the garden and is never in a cage and has the run of the the house when we go to bed at night. We have five cats that he chases off and he sometimes steals their biscuits.

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    Hey - welcome to RU

    Does he get fed pellets? How much? Reducing his pellets if he's overfed is good, or scattering them around so he gets more exercise is also good! Just encouraging him to get more exercise would make a big difference - does he have plenty of stimulation inside? Tunnels, different levels etc?

    Also if you can prevent him from getting the cats' biscuits, that'd definitely help.
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    Its good he has lots of exercise space. Keep him away from the cat biscuits , they are totally inappropriate for a bunny to eat asides from their calorie content. feed diet of just good quality hay & greens (forage & herbs). That should do it
    A neutered girlfriend correctly bonded (you will get loads of info on here) might keep him more active & the majority of buns are much happier when they have the company of their own kind
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    We were hoping he would bond with one of the kittens, they are ten weeks old, the other three were already adult when we got him two years ago. We did have a female rabbit as well but she died two months ago and was quite vicious as she would bite the cats. She was only about 22 months old.

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    You say he is overweight - what do you give him to eat?

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    Pellets, hay, carrot tops,all kinds of greens, red, green, orange and yellow peppars, different herbs out of the garden and many other things that he likes. He is never caged up so has exercise but my wife thinks that when we gave him mussili that he put on weight but I don,t know. I give him greens off the allotment when their is some and get him clovers and dandelions so he has everything he should have except cat biscuits,I am stopping him getting them.

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    Lovely variety of veg! What quantity of pellets? Does he eat plenty of hay?

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    Sounds like he might be eating a little too much. A dessertspoon full of Muesli, lots of hay and a small amount of veg is usually a good diet for most rabbits. Of course they would eat more but peppers may be a bit sweet. Try not to let him get any more overweight as he will have start to have problems.

    Female rabbits are quite territorial maybe why she used to attack the cats.

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    Our vet advised us the other week that they should have an egg cup of pellets, lots and lots of hay and greens/veg for a treat.

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