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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > DIET & CARE > Malocclusion due to rattling the cage bars
Last Post by bam at 4/24/2018 7:02 AM (3 Replies)
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User is Offline Harley&Thumper
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4/24/2018 3:13 AM

Storm has recently decided that she wants to demand to be let out of the cage as I'm leaving for work and will proceed to rattle the cage bars with her teeth. I know that this can lead to malocclusion if she does it too much but how much rattling is too much? 

Most weeknights she gets about 4 hours of free roam and other times she gets to free roam the entire night. Also, does anyone have a recommendation on how to check the teeth on a holland lop?


User is Offline Wick
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4/24/2018 5:49 AM
I actually never heard of getting malocclusion from pulling x pen bars, but I imagine it'd have to be a heck of a lot to actually realign the teeth and jaw. I don't think anyone can provide a quantity or measurement for how much is too much, but if you see it happening a lot with a lot of force, it's definitely best to minimize it. Would zip tying pieces of cardboard on the inside help?

To check the front teeth (not plausible for owners to check back teeth), it's pretty much just parting the lips and looking to see that the front four teeth match up and are straight.

User is Offline Harley&Thumper
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4/24/2018 6:04 AM
A breeder I had talked to told me that holland lop babies can give themselves malocclusion by rattling their cage bars. I can certainly see it happening with a baby. It's just the sliding door to her cage that she rattles, hopefully I can get some cardboard that she won't rip off attached to it.

User is Offline bam
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4/24/2018 7:02 AM
I think the malocclusion occurs secondary to damage to the front teeth (incisors). If the incisors break or become uneven, the inner teeth cant fit against each other like they should. So if you make a hibit of checking her incisors regularly, you can react swiftly to any damage to the front teeth and take her in for a grind/ clipping (don't try to clip rabbit teeth yourself, it can result in worse damage.)

Strips of cardboard "woven" through the grids or attached with zip ties would help. She'd still rip it of course, but plain cardboard is not harmful for bunny teeth.
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