Micah Feeding

Vet Speak

In this section, Dr. Micah Kohles, Oxbow’s Director of Veterinary Science and Outreach, answers all of your animal health related questions.  If you have a question for Micah regarding the health or behavior of your small animal, send it to web@oxbowanimalhealth.com.

How do I get my 3 year old Angora to eat hay (he eats pellets)? He was never given hay as a young rabbit (I was told this after adopting him). I have tried for over a year to get him to eat hay and he just won't!

To start, I would want to make sure he has healthy dentition. Have a qualified rabbit veterinarian give him a complete physical and dental examination.  If this is normal, start with trying multiple types of hay and even cut the hay into smaller pieces or just offer the leaf component, which is softer and often more palatable.  If you are not currently feeding any fresh greens I would introduce small amounts of them as well.  Greens can me mixed in with the cut/loose hay, which sometimes increase consumption.

Sincerely,

Dr. Micah Kohles, DVM
Director of Veterinary Science and Outreach
Oxbow Animal Health