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HI, our year old rabbit,Gremlin, is now recovering from Gut stasis. The vet didn't seem sure what had started it as she has high fibre pellets & hay with greens or a slice of pepper one a day. In the end she decided it was probably a hairball problem. Gremlin is a lion-lopX so obviously has some long fur. I've heard that you can give rabbits the cat malt hairball remedy and it works better than the ones that are more of a treat made for small animals. Is it ok to use the cat one for our bunny? What would you recommend.
Thanks Susan.

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Hi Susan
I wouldn't use the cat remedy personally, a bunny's gut is so very fragile! Just regular grooming, lots of hay, and occasional papaya pieces or pineapple juice can help.

With your bun when he's moulting you should be trying to groom daily. It's tough keeping up, such small creatures produce so much fluff!

Good luck!
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I can answer questions around the welfare of pet rabbits, basic health queries including gut stasis, diet worries and the proper welfare standards around housing rabbits (i.e. no wire floors, no small cages and they should be kept in properly bonded de-sexed pairs in very large enclosures). I cannot answer showing questions nor complex breeding issues as I do not agree with either, seeing the other end of the story in the world of rabbit rescue. If your rabbit is in distress, has any blood, isn't moving, has breathing issues or isn't eating, my answer will be, go to the vet!

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I have two 10 year old rescue rabbits and have volunteered in rabbit rescue.

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I belong to the RWAF (Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund) and have volunteered for a rabbit rescue.

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I have no formal education on this subject, however read everything I can to keep up to date with current welfare standards and health problems. Both my rabbits have sensitive guts and constantly keep me on my toes.

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