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    I have noticed recently that Mischief is leaving poop stains around everywhere a lot. Is this normal?

    We have recently changed him over to Excel. Could this be the problem? He also leaves a stain where he has been sitting sometimes? I'm worried his bowels are ok.

    He is pooping normally and not leaving wet cecals about or anything. Just wondered if Excel is causing this perhaps?

    On the note of Excel we have seen the new 'house rabbit' Excel...is that just added dandelion or are there other benefits at all please?

    He is a bit overweight again. Just a bit of a tummy. We have stopped feeding him alfafa and Readigrass hay and cut down his pellets but he is constantly hungry!! He is demanding food constantly and nipping my jumper for attention.

    Is there other foods/hay types we could feed him to help with his constant piggy behaviour! Struggling to find the balance between feeding him enough and helping him lose this tummy fat.

    He is eating hay well and has a cage and litter box full of hay plus his cardboard box he loves to sit in has plenty of hay in aswell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twistedtiggerz69 View Post
    I have noticed recently that Mischief is leaving poop stains around everywhere a lot. Is this normal?

    We have recently changed him over to Excel. Could this be the problem? He also leaves a stain where he has been sitting sometimes? I'm worried his bowels are ok.

    He is pooping normally and not leaving wet cecals about or anything. Just wondered if Excel is causing this perhaps?

    On the note of Excel we have seen the new 'house rabbit' Excel...is that just added dandelion or are there other benefits at all please?

    He is a bit overweight again. Just a bit of a tummy. We have stopped feeding him alfafa and Readigrass hay and cut down his pellets but he is constantly hungry!! He is demanding food constantly and nipping my jumper for attention.

    Is there other foods/hay types we could feed him to help with his constant piggy behaviour! Struggling to find the balance between feeding him enough and helping him lose this tummy fat.

    He is eating hay well and has a cage and litter box full of hay plus his cardboard box he loves to sit in has plenty of hay in aswell.

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    It could be the Excel that is causing this. Some people have previously reported that Excel has resulted in a mucky bum for their bunny.

    Compare the nutritional information for the new House rabbit Excel with their normal one. I think sometimes pellets marketed for indoor bunnies have added Vit D.

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    I second the opinion that it’s the Excel Pellets . The House Rabbit one is just a marketing ploy. If he is a good hay eater then you could transition him to a pellet free diet. None of my Rabbits have a pellet feed


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    I think its easier to end up with chubby house rabbits because we believe them when they pronounce they are starving (like a hundred times a day) Don't believe them. I think thats hurdle one. I think Excel upset Mouseys tum as she's got more sensitive in her older age. She also eats a far higher proportion of pellets on vets advice as she is skinny.
    Nowadays we're on Science Selective. Their house rabbit version contains timothy hay rather than alfalfa but I don't know about Excel

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    Yes I was wondering if it was the Excel as he has been changed to it more recently. I was considering Science Selective as seems like a good alternative for him.

    When I say he eats hay he tends to look for veggies and then pellets first. I wonder if he would just constantly hound us if he was on no pellet diet? As we are in same room as him we can't escape and it gets frantic sometimes

    I think I need to look at better diet generally with more choice and foraging to prevent boredom now warmer weather is here. Perhaps gradually phase out pellets or maybe an alternative is the answer then.

    Thank you everyone this has helped loads

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    Just wanted to echo what others have said. Our rabbits used to be on Excel, and we had the same problem- lots of cecotropes and dark poo stains on our rug. We’ve switched to grain free science selective which has sorted things out

    I’ve started getting my forage from nature’s grub, it’s great!

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    We have a huge sack of alfafa here which we bought when he was losing weight from local pet shop in a hurry as smallest size available.

    Would it be an alternative to feeding him pellets? Could I give him a small handful of it mixed in with hay? Or is it too fattening if he needs to lose weight?

    I'm just wondering as it will go stale eventually even though we seal bag shut. I just hate waste especially as we are on a budget!

    I saw a book on foraging that was recommended on a thread recently. It only cost a fiver which I thought was great value! Thought we could start learning what to pick as spring now plus get me outside more for some fresh air regularly. We have a woods near us

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    Quote Originally Posted by InspectorMorse View Post
    I second the opinion that it’s the Excel Pellets . The House Rabbit one is just a marketing ploy. If he is a good hay eater then you could transition him to a pellet free diet. None of my Rabbits have a pellet feed


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    The link is a great list thank you!

    Would I just give him dried stuff mixed with hay as much as he wants to eat? And then fresh herbs/plants as part of his daily veggies?

    Just wanted to check quantities if he is not having pellets. He is such a big eater that don't want to over feed him! Should he have a little extra fresh food if not having any pellets?

    Also other than probiotics would he need any other supplements to make sure he has all his nutrients?

    Thanks Jane x

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    Quote Originally Posted by twistedtiggerz69 View Post
    The link is a great list thank you!

    Would I just give him dried stuff mixed with hay as much as he wants to eat? And then fresh herbs/plants as part of his daily veggies?

    Just wanted to check quantities if he is not having pellets. He is such a big eater that don't want to over feed him! Should he have a little extra fresh food if not having any pellets?

    Also other than probiotics would he need any other supplements to make sure he has all his nutrients?

    Thanks Jane x

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    I judge quantities on the individual Rabbit’s nutritional requirements. I don’t feed extra fresh veg, just a variety. I am less able to access fresh herbs in the quantities I need now I am housebound. I buy so many varieties of fresh forages, dried herbs and dried veg from here now

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    I'd keep him off the alfalfa whilst you are trying to keep his weight down. When I feed dried forage I think of it as concentrated nutrition as my experience of drying fresh is it reduces to at least a fifth of the size. You can mix in hay, feed on the side or offer morsels as treats.

    I've got that RWAF foraging book, the cover looks quite grubby but I don't use it anymore so if you've not ordered & can make use of mine PM me your address
    Foraging is such good fun, I'm pleased your going to give it a go. We have our longstanding My Foraging Diary thread which is a fab place to ask questions & IME show off
    We work Omi hard

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