Getting Cookie to eat more hay

My rabbit, Cookie, hiding under the bench in my entryway

Cookie hasn’t been entirely happy with me lately. Did you know that a rabbit’s diet is supposed to be made up mostly of hay? She and I both do, but she doesn’t like the fact. She prefers eating her pellets and greens. And her treats, of course.

Over the past couple of years, I’ve slowly gotten into the bad habit of letting her have more pellets, which means she eats less of the hay I put out for her. Sometime in the past couple of months, I noticed she was eating very little hay at all. That’s one of those “very bad things” for rabbits: from what I understand, the pellets don’t grind down their teeth as well, aren’t as good for their digestive systems, and are inferior in several other ways. Something had to be done.

So I cut back her pellets. At first, all this accomplished was a lot of lunging and grunting anytime I went near her food bowl; she wanted more pellets. She’s getting better now, though. Cookie’s eating more hay again, to the point where I finally need to refill her hay baskets each day again.

Despite her protests, my little rabbit is eating more of what she should be. That’s really all I can ask for.

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