My rabbit won't eat ANY hay .

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    Why won't my 4 year old rabbit eat any hay , i've tried giving her a variety of hay , but she still won't eat any .
    I'm really worried about her .
    She's eating her pellets and some of her veggies .
    Drinking plenty too .
     
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    Many rabbits don’t like Hay. 3 out of the 5 rabbits I’ve had over the past 17 years hated hay. Sometimes to the point where they would shove it to the bottom under the grate of their cadge to seem like they ate it and instantly repeat that if I gave them more hay. Maybe try giving them a sweet meadow hay with dried camomile and rose hips. The smell and taste is quite irresistible to bunnies. My current bunny is a hay eater but she goes wild for the sweet meadow hay. :D
     
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    I can't feed meadow hay as me and my sister are really allergic .
    But i'll try mixing in dried chamomile and rose hips
     
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    Oo wow! I didn’t realize you had and allergy to meadow hay :eek::(. That must be very difficult for you and your sister to experience. I think mixing in the dried chamomile and rose hips will be helpful. Even dried dandelion leaves are good too. I hope this is helpful and encourages your bunny to eat more hay. Stay safe and away from the meadow hay :(. Best wishes!
     
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    :D:p:oops:
     
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    Did your rabbit eat hay before and has now stopped eating hay. Or did she always refuse to eat hay and you are just now worrying about it? If this is something new, it might be a good idea to take her to a vet and have her teeth checked.
     
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    I check her teeth weekly to monthly and today when i checked they were fine .
    She used to eat hay , but since i moved her cage ( i moved it on friday ) she hasn't eaten any hay .
    I'm changing her hidey house , and she also has a tunnel to hide in , so i don't think it's cause she's scared but i don't know .
    I can't buy the dried chamomile and rose hips , till Saturday , but i don't think she can last without hay for that long .
     

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    I mean i put her in a new cage , not i moved the cage .
     
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    Do you have any Critical Care? If so, use some of that until you can get your bun looked at.
    Teeth...
    I had emergency issues with my buns last year ($1700 later) I learned there is no way to properly check their teeth unless they are put under light anesthesia. Bunnies have 28 teeth. Think of how many you can actually see on your own. Their mouths are so small!!!! It’s crazy!
    Two of mine dropped weight super fast and with them being Angoras, I did not notice right away. I have an OCD groomer and she grooms herself and her brother! Turns out she had some wool block in her tummy and fortunately they were able to dissolve with medications. After a dozen sets of xrays, antibiotics, 3 medications and IV fluids, over a 10 day span in-patient, I also learned she had overgrown teeth in the back! Her brother was there with her too the whole time and he had stopped eating bc she had stopped eating! His teeth were overgrown in the back too. He ended up getting fluids and meds too.
    I asked how often their teeth should be properly checked and was told every 2-3 years at the most. My bunnies were a little over 2 years old.
    I’m telling ya.....I was freaked out when I realized just how much weight she dropped so quickly! Drove her over 3 hours away to a bunny specialist.
    Depending on your buns age, they may need to be properly checked out on their toofies !
    Keep us posted!
     
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    No , i don't have any .
     
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    I've tried mixing in rose hips and chamomile and she still doesn't eat it .
    I've tried different types of hay , meadow , orchard , timothy and oat but she won't eat any of it .
    I'm kind of allergic to meadow too .
     
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    And she's not eating properly now .
    I can't get her to the vet till friday .
     
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    The amount of food she's eating is getting smaller , and she's 4 by the way .
     
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    Can you call the vet's office and see if they will give you some Critical Care to get you through until Friday? Otherwise, you can get an oral syringe from your local drug store and try giving her some canned pumpkin. If you have a small screen, you can collect some of the dust from the pellets and add it to the pumpkin, but the particles have to be like dust. The dust alone with water added are not slippery enough to go through a syringe. Critical Care is the best option.
     
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    Okay .
    Also , she is pregnant .
     
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    Oh wow.....please get her to a vet.
     
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    I took her to the vet and she's doing okay now .
    :)
    Thank you!
     
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    Thank heavens! I know you must be thrilled!
    What did the vet say they think was going on? Pregnancy going okay?
     
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    She's started eating hay again now , and the pregnancy is going okay :) .
    Thank you again for your help , it was due to stress of moving .
     
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    well, the good news is that the problem is solved! But just in case: I would have put her back in her old cage to see if not eating hay and eating less was emotional. Some animals (humans included) get attached to their living places. So moving them to a new place or even changing their water bowl can stressed them!
    Something I use for such situations is Rescue Remedy. The Bach Flower that would help her to adapt to her new place and situation is Walnut.

    Because somebody mentioned Critical Care, I would like to share with you all a product I found. I do not use Critical Care anymore because it has soy, which is not good for buns. I found and use Sherwood SARx. It not only has better ingredients but is taster (from a buns perspective). It's more expensive but it's very good.
    My bun was sick for a long time so I needed to use this for a long time. By mistake I bought the high calories one and I realized that my bun was gaining weight. I learned that they have another one to maintain weight and quickly changed it. It's a wonderful product.

    I hope she has a good and safe pregnancy. And that you find good, loving and smart homes for all the babies!
     
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