Rabbits can be stubborn when it comes to their food. Here are some tips to try to get your rabbit to eat more hay.
- Decrease pellets, grains and treats. Diets high in in these items are often the most desired so if too many of these are offered then rabbits will often selective only eat these items.
- Offer hay in large amounts. A happy healthy hay eating rabbit should eat about a cat litter tray of hay every day!
- Offer hay in all locations. As bedding, in the litter tray, all over the hutch!
- Restrict access to non hay areas. This may mean restricting your rabbit to the hutch until they begin to eat hay.
- Offer hay in a hay rack, or a toilet roll tied to the side of the cage.
- Fill boxes or a big wadding pool with hay, so your rabbit can play and burrow in it.
- Hide a small amount of pellets or treats in a box of hay, so you rabbit can burrow and forage in the hay.
- Offer all salad greens mixed up with hay in a box.
- Grate carrot or apple (treats!) and mix up with small amount of hay as a tossed salad! ◙ Lightly spray hay with fruit juice (as an introduction, not long term)
- Try a more palatable hay such as Timothy Hay.
As hay is the primary source of fiber in a rabbits diet, always have plenty of fresh, good quality hay available for your bunny at all times!
Straw hay has very limited nutritional value at all, however can be used for bedding.