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Unsure of how to proceed

I haven't posted on this community in a long time and I apologize, but I need to ask for help with this one rabbit.

I have a holland lop of around 3 or so years old, neutered male, who refuses to eat his cecal pellets. Took him to the vet several times over this, and the vet determined that it was "behavioral" since no other cause could be determined. (No infections, no spurring of the teeth, diet is fine, etc)
I'm out of ideas.
Things I have considered:
Maybe he is depressed? But I am not sure a friend would guarantee him to start eating them. I considered a companion might make him start consuming his night feces but he might not.

Maybe his diet is too rich? But...
His diet is Oxbow for the pellets and hay, and he is not too good of a pellet eater but a great hay and veggie eater, however veggies seem even in tiny amounts to upset his tummy, so his diet is mostly hay. I have been watching his weight very carefully since the vet was worried about him due to not eating his cecals becoming malnourished. There may be tummy issues that we haven't explored here but I am unsure as to which direction to proceed in and hope someone else has dealt with another situation similar. Oxbow has never gone wrong with any other rabbit I have ever heard of so I am not sure what to do.

His cecals look normal, and smell terrible (as they should). He was tested for e. cunni and came up negative.


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Dec. 13th, 2013 05:07 am (UTC)
How do you know he's not eating them? I'm curious because I don't see my three buns eat them. I'm sure they do and they disguise it so it goes unnoticed.

As long as your bun is at a good weight, I don't think it'll be a problem.

If he's leaving cecals, it's not that he's not eating them. It could be that his diet is too rich and he produces more cecals than he is able to eat.
Dec. 13th, 2013 05:21 am (UTC)
He doesn't eat them because they hang out in his cage until I clean them up. They stink to high heck and rabbits pass quite a few. I've tried leaving them to see if he needs time, eventually after a week, I give up. If I leave them he usually just ends up tracking them around his cage at this rate.
This has been going on for almost a year now.
I also have never observed him eating them either, no bending around to get them and no 'cud chewing.'
Dec. 13th, 2013 05:40 am (UTC)
It's possible he's just making too much and can't eat them all. Cecals are made at night and most people are asleep at night time.

I hope someone here has better advice. As long as he is at a good weight and eats hay and such, he is probably ok.
Dec. 14th, 2013 08:11 pm (UTC)
Mine hasn't had cecals since she's gotten sick. Well, okay, she makes them, and I try to give them to her (she can't groom herself nor stand up right now), but she has no interest in eating them.

The vet is not worried because her appetite is just fine. As long as your fella's eating his food like normal, I wouldn't be too worried. You could try Oxbow Critical Care if you're quite worried, although I don't know of many bunnies who will willingly eat it (mine among them).

Mostly hay--it's timothy hay, right? If so, meh, he's an adult, timothy hay is the best thing for him to eat anyway, let him have all he wants.
Dec. 15th, 2013 12:11 am (UTC)
Yeah, he's the best timothy eater I have ever owned. He goes nuts when the bag comes out. I'm just trying to make sure I'm not missing something important.
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