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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > BEHAVIOR > Any experience with food hogs?
Last Post by vanessa at 12/18/2015 2:58 PM (3 Replies)
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User is Offline vanessa
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12/14/2015 11:53 AM
I have a bonded pair, Guin and Lancelot, who are having some issues. After watching them, I think a lot of their problems arise from her (Guin) being a food hog. I used to free feed them. Now I feed them 3 times a day. At the moment they get 1/3 cup pellets between the 2 of them in the mornings, and at night. They get salad greens 3 times a day. She charges the litterbox where the "dinner table" is, with 2 food bowels. She nips him to keep him out of the litterbox while she is eating. So I feed him separately with a cat treat ball. I don't put the salad plate too close to the large litterbox with the 2 food bowels, because she has started nipping him there too. So I put it closer to his smaller litterbox, that I had to give him so he wouldn't pee on the floor. He peed on the floor once, because she was nipping him to chase him out of the litterbox. This morning, she was in his litterbox, where I feed him his salad. So he lay down by the bedroom door. The more she nips, the more time he chooses to spend in my bedroom, which gives her more alone time (with her stuffies). She loves her stuffies, but I suspect hat the more time he spends in my room, the more she thinks the "rabbit room" is hers. I'm debating whether I should split them up and bond her with my other pair, or work at her and Lancelot's relationship. If she is nipping him and being a food hog - maybe she will be the same with the other pair? Although she got a decent bite from the male during the last bonding session, after nipping him. Lancelot always backs down, never fights back, always gives in. Avalon and Morgana are the other pair. Neither are aggressive, but when Guin nipped Avalon, he bit her hard.  Anyone have a food hog who nips and causes problems? Any suggestions? (Aside from nipping over food, she nips over the litterbox, and the condo. He is relegated to the floor, outside the condo).

User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
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12/15/2015 5:00 PM
Can you separate them during meal times?
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User is Offline vanessa
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12/15/2015 6:26 PM
I did that this morning. Gave him his salad and pellets in my room. And his pellets last night in my room. I'll keep doing that and see how it goes. It is really the morning meal/greting that she is most fanatic about. So I am sure to pet her first too. This afternoon he was eating in "her" litterbox. So that's good. I'll keep feeding them apart and see how things improve.

User is Offline vanessa
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12/18/2015 2:58 PM
Feeding them breakfast separately has been great! They still eat dinner together, but breakfast is in 2 different bedrooms. They are getting along better now - her with her harem of 2 stufies and 1 bunny! Lancelot was exploring the condo today. First time he has approached it in a while. She was mildly interested, but I smooshed head to keep her calm. Up till now, she has banished him from the bunny condo, and not been very good about sharing the litter box, or the food bowl. So happy to see them working it out. I was afraid I was going to have to do a trio with Guin, Avalon and Morgana, and split up Guina nd Lancelot, and keep him on his own, because he was looking miserable with Guin's bossy behavior. But he has started buzzing at me again, and I'm so happy to see him approach the bunny condo. He used to have such a god time up on the thrd level, rolling a large cardboard box over and over. He's not quite made it into the condo yet - but he's sniffing at it and chining the ramp to the 3rd level :-)
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