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    Anyone else's rabbit refused these completely? I've just received them and Freja will take them but Odin (who is the one who needs them) is refusing completely. Initially he took it from me and spat it straight out, but after that he wouldn't even entertain taking it in his mouth - most unlike him as he will normally eat anything offered.
    He is still eating everything else, so it isn't an eating issue, I thought maybe they were too hard but he won't even take it let alone try and chew it so I think he just doesn't like them - but he needs them, so any bright ideas?! I've tried softening them with pear puree as an experiment but still won't go near them.
    Last resort is to grind them down and make my own biscuits with them - which would at least mean I could put a day's amount in one biscuit - but they are expensive enough as it is without then having to add a whole lot more work to it!

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    Nope. LOVES them. But then again he loves to eat anything. SO...Perhaps cutting down on pellets will help. Then the poor boy will be "starving" and these cookies will be yummy?.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnjaSanja View Post
    Nope. LOVES them. But then again he loves to eat anything. SO...Perhaps cutting down on pellets will help. Then the poor boy will be "starving" and these cookies will be yummy?.
    He doesn't have pellets.

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    I have these and the Oxbow multi vitamin, my young bunny loves the multi vitamins. My older pair actively push them away and they were the same with the joint support at first, it seemed the more I tried to get them to eat one the more disgusted they'd be at them!! I left it a week or so then randomly offered them again and they take them really keen now.

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    Mousey needs encouragement to take hers these days but J&B adore them. This was a common theme on reviews I read but it seemed to make reference to how hard they are & it seems Odin doesn't like the smell?

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    I found that Tethra wasn't always very enthusiastic about these, but would usually have them if softened in water. I also made sure they were not offered after having had other food ie the bunny should be hungry. Tui never refuses.

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    Luna peed on it so I think that says enough. never got her to take it and gave up trying eventually!

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    Quote Originally Posted by joey&boo View Post
    Mousey needs encouragement to take hers these days but J&B adore them. This was a common theme on reviews I read but it seemed to make reference to how hard they are & it seems Odin doesn't like the smell?
    Yeah, I've seen reviews criticisng the hardness and the size, and I can understand that, but he won't even attempt them. I've broken them up to try and make them more like his tiny treats, but nope, won't put his nose anywhere near it.
    I don't know what to do if I can't get him to eat them, after looking into equine versions the conclusion is that they'd require too much of them to be healthy - the concentration in Oxbow is tremendous in comparison.
    Can they take human tablets perhaps?

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    My vet says loads of bunnies refuse them, my super fussy bun kept refusing then I just kept offering once a day and she finally took it and then we never had a problem

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    Sounds like it smells bad but tastes OK? Wondering if there's a way to mask the smell...?
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