I've been wondering if my guy Tumnus is eating enough hay.. and honestly, I don't feel like he's a huge eater. Is that normal for some rabbits to be not-so-big eaters?
Tumnus is right about 3 1/2 lbs, and is almost 7 months old. When he was neutered about 2 weeks ago, and recovered from it FABULOUSLY, which I was ever-so thankful for! The vet that did his neuter said he was perfectly healthy and a strong little bun. I have just noticed since his neuter, he's less interested in his hay. I've increased his veggie intake since his neuter (after advice from my first post, I realized I probably was giving him about a 1/2 to 2/3 cup less than I was advised) and I put out 1/2 cup of pellets every day, plus his unlimited access to hay. He does not normally eat the entire 1/2 cup of pellets in one day - usually there's about a 1/4 cup or little bit less in the bottom of his bowl when I go to refill it.
As for his hay, I feed Tumnus the same hay I've bought and he loved before - mainly timothy with a couple very small handfuls of alfalfa mixed in and a couple "normal sized" handfuls botanical mix of herbs/grasses. I like mixing the three grasses together, and he seemed to enjoy all of it before his surgery.. but seems to have been less interested in eating any of the hay since his neuter.
Tumnus is still eating his veggies (and I make sure he gets his nutritional requirements each day, and he's not really picky when it comes to veggies), although he never seems to eat the full 2 cups a day as I'm always picking up something that he couldn't finish or didn't seem to want (and it's never the same thing, so I guessed it's not because he's being picky about a certain veggie).
As for his health wise, he's still very active, playful, pooping, eating, drinking.. everything completely normal. I just have noticed since his neuter, he doesn't seem to eat nearly as much as he did before (and he was a bit of a chow hound at times!). I spoke with my exotics vet and she doesn't seem very concerned as long as he's still eating, drinking, pooping, etc. Should I be worried, or am I just being a nervous bun mom? Are some buns not big eaters and don't over-indulge?