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Last Post by bunnyfriend at 1/30/2012 4:33 PM (3 Replies)
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User is Offline bunnyfriend
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1/29/2012 1:29 PM

I clipped the rabbits' nails today and I noticed both are a little pudgy. They look bigger due to winter fluffyness but I felt both of their sides and I think they gained a little weight. Totoro is 9 months and Wilbur is 8 months, they both have not been exercising much at all lately. Aren't they a little too young to be slowing down like this yet?  I'm thinking I'll reduce their pellet intake, but what is a safe amount? Wilbur currently gets 4 tablespoons and Totoro gets 6. I was thinking reducing both either 1 or 2 tablespoons. 

I have the sneaking suspicion that my mom may be giving them extra craisins, so I will be hiding the bag 

Edit: Wilbur got 2 tablespoons for breakfast and Totoro got 3, so I was thinking I'd start reducing with dinner tonight.

RIP Tigger          RIP Wilbur           RIP Totoro

User is Offline kralspace
West, Texas
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1/30/2012 6:52 AM
I had quite the chunky monkey in my little rex Lola a few years ago. I cut her back to a dozen pellets or so each meal but it made her really cranky and got me bit a lot ;-)

Fortunately, for all her weight she was very active. I made sure (or rather, she made sure) I let her out of her condo as soon as I walked in the door at night and she would run and follow me around the house till bedtime. She loved to climb and jump up on furniture and bed, so I used pillows and blankets to create a slope for her. She'd spend all night going up and down, sometimes just to run up and bite me for something I did she didn't like.

She finally slimmed down from nearly 8lbs to 4.5 and looked like a totally different bunny. She passed away last year and I really miss her keeping me on my toes.
My Bunny Burrow is full! Pringles & Toby, Daisy & Lola, and my senior citizens Hershey & Simba.
The piggies are back, add Brownie and Sweetpea to the mix.

User is Offline RabbitPam
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1/30/2012 8:18 AM
1/8 - 1/4 cup pellets a day, per bunny, is the max. If they aren't eating much hay, you need to increase that and decrease treats.
Train your mom to give only bunny treats - and handing them a pellet is actually a good treat - not craisins. They should be cut in half and never more than one or two a day, but still that's a lot since they are sugary.

Usually they reach full adult growth after a year, so may still have a growth burst and get longer and leaner.
SPIKE, my snuggle bunny (aka Spikey Marbles)

User is Offline bunnyfriend
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1/30/2012 4:33 PM

Alright thank you both!

My vet recommended 3/8 of a cup for Totoro given his size and everything, he eats hay like crazy but I agree that it's too much pellets. Wilbur gets more than normal of pellets for a 3 pound bunny because she doesn't like eating veggies much. I'll explain to my mom to only feed pellets.

RIP Tigger          RIP Wilbur           RIP Totoro
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