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What foods stop your rabbit from eating more hay?

What foods stop your rabbit from eating more hay?

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The more of these foods that you feed your rabbit, the less hay they will eat.


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Meet Slush, he likes to play in hay but would never eat any of it.

Needless to say he had poop problems... until his diet was changed. We stopped feeding him salads and he magically started eating more hay and his poop got better! No more uneaten ceacotropes or poop on a string (early warning signs of stasis).


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You may be worried that your rabbit will not get enough water and nutrients in their diet if they aren't eating their salads and veggies...


Do you have a hard time getting your rabbit to drink enough water?


Click here to learn how to help your rabbit drink more water.




Does Grass Hay Provide Enough Nutrition to Keep Your Rabbit Healthy?

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Grass hay is a great source of fiber but you need to fill the holes/deficiencies by supplementing their diet with additional protein, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients.


Example of a healthy well balanced diet.

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Farm raised salads, veggies and hay leave nutritional gaps in your rabbits diet. Feeding Sherwood pellets is the best way to provide the needed protein, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. As a result of eating hay and Sherwood pellets you'll see your rabbit transform into a Healthier and Hoppier member of your family.


Summary

To encourage your rabbit to eat more hay just cut back on veggies, greens and treats. You'll then see them eat tons more hay and drink more water than ever before. It will flush their urinary tract. Then introduce Sherwood's hay-based pellets to provide them with balanced nutrition and watch them transform into a Healthier and Hoppier rabbit!

ps. If you have cut back feeding greens and treats and your rabbit now eats more hay, has better poop, and drinks more water please share their story below!

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54 Comments

  • amy754 wrote

    Total opposite of what I been told (feed only hay and plenty of greens and only a tiny amount of pellets as a treat) and read and our poor little gal has dealt with weight gains and repeated bouts of stasis for several years. As well as me always concerned she was not getting all nutrients she requires. Definitely happy to have found Sherwood and their wonderful products and now this information. Very happy and excited to cut back greens and increase pellets to suggested amount - I have a feeling this is the answer we been looking for for so long.

  • SHayman wrote

    So much to learn....my bun eats a huge salad each day. He is a very good hay eater and drinks a ton of water each day.

  • Bitkkot wrote

    We're feeding them fresh hay and fresh water.

  • marcheline wrote

    I have now cut out all veggies from my rabbits diet. I didn't realize I was doing them harm. I was "spoiling" them with tons of dandelion greens and other herbs and bell peppers mixed in. Looked good enough for a human to eat. I gave them "nutritious biscuits" as well! I was cleaning one of their bums daily and the other one often, lots of dirty bedding and floors to clean up too. Now they munch on hay furiously and their poops are much larger and dry and best of all, they have clean bottoms now. My clean up duty is much easier this days. Plus, I am saving money on veggies. I regret not knowing about this earlier.

  • brattybun1 wrote

    We rescued our bunny from what was evidently a "breeder dump" situation in our neighborhood, and worse yet, second generation. So while she was weaned on peoples' lawns, she had no appreciation of hay or pellets. She has deemed 3rd cut timothy somewhat tolerable and alfalfa the bunny version of cherry cheesecake! I am guilty of giving her salads with a little fruit cocktail on the side- this will be a lot of retraining on both our parts to adjust how we address her eating habits!

  • LNeilB2 wrote

    We noted the same issue with a recent Flemish Giant adoption. He had been fed numerous sugary treats by his prior owner. We brought him home, simplified his diet (Timothy hay, pellets and Critical Care) and saw hay consumption improve dramatically.

  • Sara_Hettle_CVT wrote

    @ABJ great question! So the short answer is, that a diet of just grass hay and the adult pellets is all they need. That said, anything extra can potentially lead to issues, but the bunny mom answer is that a daily treat (unless they are having issues at that time) is just fine. Fresh grass is starchy and can be too much of a good thing (excess protein waste) but sometimes it takes experimenting to see what the right balance is for your bunnies and it may be different for each (tolerance level). I cut down dramatically when I switched to Sherwood, but still do offer treats both because we enjoy that time together and because I use it as an indicator each morning- if they take do not take their treat or stick to our routine, something may be off. I transitioned all my rabbits and piggies while still offering treats, but have since cut down even further, and I do believe it would be even better for them if they did not have the greens each morning. I say this because I have one bunny who is not as fond of greens, and hes had the best poop in the house because it is filled with hay. Cutting down on treats definitely tends to increase their hay and water intake. To clarify, if you want to give a treat, the trick is to keep it small with "treat" being the key. I went from giving large leaves of lettuce to now giving each about 1/6th of a piece or even less. Now when I offer banana, its only 1/4 slice and so forth. I hope this helps, but I've confused you even further please let me know. :)

  • ABJ wrote

    I have three bunnies, one who has issues with mushy poops and uneaten cecotropes and one who was diagnosed with GI motility disorder (slow moving intestines) five months ago, possibly because she doesn’t eat enough hay or it might be genetic. Anyway she’ll have to have medicine three times a day for the rest of her life as it is now. Of course I have tried everything to help them both, now it’s time to try Sherwood. My third bunny is perfectly healthy but for the sake of the two others I’m transitioning to Sherwood pellets. However I do have a couple of questions. Do you recommend never feeding veggies/herbs again (or fruit and treats)? So a diet of solely grass hay and Sherwood pellets for the rest of their lives? And last, what about fresh grass, which all my bunnies have access to every day. Do I keep them from eating grass during the transition or should they never have access to fresh grass ever again?

  • cnorlund wrote

    Most of my bunnies are decent hay-eaters and water-drinkers. They only get greens or treats after they have been given their hay, and eaten a portion of it.

  • cnorlund wrote

    I give my rabbits hay first, then hours later they get their food. This way they only have hay most of the day. They get their pellets in the evening, shortly after having their hay refilled again. The ones that are robust hay-eaters tend to always drink more water.

  • bunnymama25 wrote

    My rabbit has been having multiple gas problems where I’ve had to bring her to the vet for motility meds twice now! I’ve cut back on veggies a lot and they are starting to eat more hay I’m going to slowly switch my two over to sherwood and hopefully things work out for her soon!

  • Sara_Hettle_CVT wrote

    We would love to hear how it goes for you and Aboo in the future! We think hes going to do amazingly well and will get to have his gorgeous mane soon! We are rooting for you! It ended butt baths for my two who had that issue, so I am very excited for you to see the end of that as well as all the other positive changes.

  • JenK wrote

    My rabbit Aboo hates to eat grass hay but will eat small amounts of alfalfa hay. I think it's because he has chronic snuffles (for the past 6 of his 10 years) so he can't smell the hay and thus isn't interested in it (including Oxbow's Botanical Hay). Before I was giving him a bowl of Oxbow Critical Care mush to free-feed off of to make sure he was getting nutrients along with unlimited alfalfa hay, and 2 cups of greens/herbs/veggies, a tablespoon of oats, an almond, and a pinch of sunflower and pumpkin seeds per day. A couple of days ago I discovered Sherwood and got the Sherwood Adult pellets and started freely giving him the pellets and stopped the Critical Care. He eats the pellets slowly throughout the day and has increased his alfalfa hay consumption and stopped having daily poopy butt, so that's a major improvement! He's never been able to eat other brands pellets because they would always give him diarrhea, so the fact that he can eat Sherwood pellets is a miracle! I just got the Sherwood Digestive Support tablets and am going to start giving him those while also cutting his greens and oats way back and eliminating his daily almond and seeds and offering grass hay again to see if he'll eat any. If I can get his poopy butt issues solved and get him to put some weight on (he's 3.7 lbs and the vet says he should be minimum 4 lbs) then I'm hoping that it will help improve his other health issues (arthritis, teeth issues, respiratory, grooming). He is a beautiful Lionhead but with his poopy butt, Oxbow Critical Care mush-face, and snotty nose combination I've been cutting all of his hair short because he's a mess otherwise and he can't keep himself clean. I was giving him Oxbow Digestive tablets everyday but they didn't help. In the past when I've tried just timothy/alfalfa hay with only a tiny amount of greens he lost too much weight, but this time I think the Sherwood pellets will help prevent weight loss.

  • Whispercalm wrote

    I’m going to start cutting back on Buddy’s salads tomorrow. He’s prone to GI Stasis and we almost lost him 9 months ago. He’s now having issues with smaller poops again. He does eat hay.

  • amyinmn wrote

    Cutting back on greens and I definitely notice their poop looks better (lighter colored, not as dark)

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