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Last Post by nitetygress at 2/11/2007 7:40 PM (3 Replies)
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User is Offline nitetygress
Berkeley
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2/08/2007 5:22 PM
How do you know if your bunny is overweight if you dont have a scale?

When do bunnies stop growing?

They say to give unlimited pellets until they are older than Cassy's 5 months but I'm worried she might be gaining fat rather than getting bigger in general.  I dont have a scale, but are there any physical ways to know if your bunny is over weight?

Does anyone have a picture of a 4-4.5lb rabbit with something standard next to it so I can have an idea about how big she is supposed to get?
Proud mommy of Cassandra Bella aka "Cassy" the mini rex and her Husbunny Alexander the Netherland Dwarf/Hotot Mix

User is Offline BB
San Francisco Area
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2/08/2007 10:24 PM

My understanding is that it takes a full year for the bone structure to stop growing and changing.  Doesn't necessarily mean they will get larger during the whole year, but the structure can change - for example, facial structure will continue to change.

Regarding how to tell if your bunny is fit:  This is from a great article I copied and pasted.

"How do you know if your bunny is fat? Many house rabbits are, and they are not at all embarrassed by it! Rabbits store fat inside their abdomen, which makes just eyeballing them for love handles ineffective. Run your hands along your rabbit's side, feeling the rib cage. When you reach the end of the ribs, your should be able to feel a slight inward slope, the waist. Fat bunnies will balloon out instead. Remember that the ribs are palpable in even quite obese rabbits, so don't let your bunny fool you into more snacks!"

SOURCE: http://www.rabbitnetwork.org/articl...bese.shtml


User is Offline Gravehearted
Campbell, CA
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2/11/2007 10:50 AM
binkybunny gave the same advice I would have - the one thing I've noticed is that female bunnies tend to be more dense then boy bunnies of the same size. i think they're more muscular. go girl power!

the biggest culpret in house rabbit obesity is pellets. As a baby, Cassy should should be getting unlimited alfalfa pellets. Once she reaches 7 months you'll want to start limit her pellets to 1/4 cup per 5 pounds of bunny. The other important thing is that you'll slowly transition her from alfalfa pellets / hay to timothy pellets & grass hays. As long as she's getting run time, limited treats - plus the right diet (limited timmy pellets, lots of hay, green veggies) she should be just fine weight wise.
~ bunny mom to to HRH Hareiette, Viktor the crazy Krum and Pandora, prima binky ballerina ~ Save a life, Adopt!

User is Offline nitetygress
Berkeley
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2/11/2007 7:40 PM
thank you!
Proud mommy of Cassandra Bella aka "Cassy" the mini rex and her Husbunny Alexander the Netherland Dwarf/Hotot Mix
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