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Oliver_Rabbit

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Hello! I have an almost 5.5 year old male rabbit, who about a month ago has had a bout of GI stasis. I took him to the vet and after having been prescribed medication, he’s since been fine. I used to feed him, in addition to unlimited Western Timothy Hay, about a 1/2-3/4 cup of Oxbow Adult Rabbit Pellets daily. I was told by my vet to cut down to 1/3 of a cup a day. However, he eats it in such a hurry and acts like he’s starving despite dividing the 1/4 cup throughout the day. Will he get used to his new diet? I know it sounds silly but I feel like he thinks I’m starving him, even though he has unlimited hay.
 
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Hello! I have an almost 5.5 year old male rabbit, who about a month ago has had a bout of GI stasis. I took him to the vet and after having been prescribed medication, he’s since been fine. I used to feed him, in addition to unlimited Western Timothy Hay, about a 1/2-3/4 cup of Oxbow Adult Rabbit Pellets daily. I was told by my vet to cut down to 1/3 of a cup a day. However, he eats it in such a hurry and acts like he’s starving despite dividing the 1/4 cup throughout the day. Will he get used to his new diet? I know it sounds silly but I feel like he thinks I’m starving him, even though he has unlimited hay.
Hi! My rabbits always finish their pellets within minutes, however I'm sure they would over eat if allowed...I'd stick to your guns, he's not going to starve on a diet of good quality hay (even if he thinks he is!)
 

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why did the vet want you to cut down the pellets? How big a rabbit is it?
He’s 6.6 lbs. The vet said because of his age reducing his pellet intake would be more beneficial for his digestive tract and reduce his chances of getting GI stasis again.
 

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Hello! I have an almost 5.5 year old male rabbit, who about a month ago has had a bout of GI stasis. I took him to the vet and after having been prescribed medication, he’s since been fine. I used to feed him, in addition to unlimited Western Timothy Hay, about a 1/2-3/4 cup of Oxbow Adult Rabbit Pellets daily. I was told by my vet to cut down to 1/3 of a cup a day. However, he eats it in such a hurry and acts like he’s starving despite dividing the 1/4 cup throughout the day. Will he get used to his new diet? I know it sounds silly but I feel like he thinks I’m starving him, even though he has unlimited hay.
I have a champagne D'argent buck with the same attitude, and he does overeat (started cutting back on his food intake now lol) if he is feeling ok weight wise and seems healthy, then I would stick to the diet, especially if he has unlimited hay, he won't starve hehe, I do know its hard not to feed them more when they act like that though hahaha! I wish you luck with his diet
 

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Hmmm.
Your vet probably told you to decrease his pellets because there have been studies that decreased protein in the hind gut can prevent stasis in a stasis prone rabbit. Oxbow Adult rabbit is 14% protein if I remember correctly. Since he’s a pet house bun, I’d honestly switch him over to a specific senior rabbit food so he could eat a full pellet ration. I like Science Selective 4+ senior diet for my stasis prone buns. Lower protein (12% if you’re buying it in the US) means less stasis risk and less stress on the kidneys. On the plus side, science selective pellets are extruded so they seem to be fun for buns to eat! They look like mini green cheese puffs.
 

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