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    Hi

    I'm just looking for advice on how much a mini lop 2 year old female should weigh (approx) as I got my buns from a breeder who had used her for showing and breeding but didn't want her anymore. She wasn't overly fat when we got her, but since being neutered (2 months ago)she has lost quite a bit of weight even though she is eating normally. She's not overly skinny but she is now quite a bit smaller than my other bunny (a dwarf lop - again I'm not sure which is the bigger breed but she was bigger when we got her) and her backbone is quite prominent.

    She also has a lot more active life since when she was a show rabbit so this may be a contributing factor to her weight loss but I just want to double check.

    Any comments would be greatly appreciated!!

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    Can you get any photos on so we could have a look, maybe your view of skinny and someone elses could be different.
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    A mini lop is smaller than a dwarf lop and should weight approx. 1.5kg. If her spine is prominant and she has lost weight then she sounds under weight. What are you feeding her?

    It would be a good idea to have her checked out by a vet for underlying problems that could cause her to loose condition such as teeth problems.

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    Thanks for the comments, they have a selection of food - Super Excel, Wagg Bunny Brunch and another one I get from the pet shop which I can't remember the name of. She also has plenty of greens, carrots and hay.

    I will try and work out how to put a photo up of her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amelia
    Thanks for the comments, they have a selection of food - Super Excel, Wagg Bunny Brunch and another one I get from the pet shop which I can't remember the name of. She also has plenty of greens, carrots and hay.

    I will try and work out how to put a photo up of her.
    If you email me the photo, I will put it up for you.
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    Thanks very much, I'll email you the photo tonight as am at work at the moment.

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    Hi there,

    I have also been worried about having a "slim" bunny, he used to be a bit of a lardy but he's on the thin side now. Last year, Charlie a dwarf lop weighed 2.5 kg and now he has gone down to 1.8 kg: I have been desperately trying to fatten him up but don't seem to be getting anywhere. My vet said not to worry to much as long as he doesn't lose any more, which he hasn't, and he is pooping OK. I separate him from the "wife" at meal times now cos I think she was a bit of a gannet but he seems to be quite a slow eater, bit of a grazer - has a bit then a rest and comes back for more but, of course, with her eating it up, he hadn't been able to do that. I also give him a few rolled oats to bolster him up which he snaffles like nobun's business.

    I also have a mini lop: he was weighed last month but I can't remember how much he was - I could ring the vet to find out if you like??

    Harriet , Charlie, Sebastian & Robbie at the Bridge but forever in my heart.

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    Hi

    Thanks for all the responses, I weighed Tigs (the "slim" bunny) last night and she is approx 1.3kg which I think is just under the recommended weight. She may just be a naturally "slim" buns as she is always on the move and has a much more active lifestyle than before when she was kept in a fairly small hutch without a run.

    I'll try her on a few rolled oats though as I think I would be happier if she was a bit heavier.

    I think I am just a bit of a worrier when it comes to the bunnies!

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    Oooooh! Join the club on the worrying stakes!!!! One slight change of habit and it's "oh my god, you're not well"!!!! Do try the oats though cos not only will they help to fatten her up but most buns really enjoy them too - Charlie doesn't even let me tip them into his bowl, he starts eating them out of the scoop!!!! :wink:

    Harriet , Charlie, Sebastian & Robbie at the Bridge but forever in my heart.

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    Glad to know I'm not the only worrier - all my other non-rabbit friends think I'm loopy

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