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One of my bunnies now has corneal abrasions on both eyes (abrasions on both eyes between center of eye and tear duct; seen after staining).  Vet thinks these were caused be burrowing his head in the hanging hay feeder.  I've removed the feeder and have put hay at one end of the litterbox, but he and his bonded mate are sitting, peeing, and pooping on the hay.  These two eat a ton of hay.  I know this is a long shot, but is there a way to train them to sit on the litter and eat the hay?  Is there another way to provide them enough hay that doesn't involve putting it *in* the litter box but that they can't burrow their faces into the hay?  I'm away for about 12 hours during the day (they have plenty of room -- 3 xpens attached together while I'm at work and they are 3 and 4 lb holland lops), and they each eat about two times their body size in hay a day.

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Cathie,

There's no way to train them to sit in the litter and eat the hay. It's actually quite natural for them to behave in such a way. Here are a few links to feeders you might try:

http://www.petguys.com/-045125619120.html?productid=-045125619120&channelid=FROO

http://www.petco.com/product/122329/Super-Pet-Hay-And-Food-Bin-Feeder.aspx?CoreC

http://www.petguys.com/-045125619160.html?productid=-045125619160&channelid=FROO


You can buy more than one to satisfy the required amount.

Best of luck and I hope your buns recover quickly!

Christine

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Christine Whetstone

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I am not an expert on wild rabbits, only domesticated rabbits. I can answer questions regarding habitats, behavior, diet, health, pairing/bonding - pretty much anything having to do with owning a rabbit.

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I've owned indoor rabbits for the last 10 years. During that time I've gained experience in areas like bonding exercises, understanding behavior, warning signs of sick bunnies, how to handle more serious illnesses (GI stasis, abscesses, eye problems, etc.) and more. It's rare that I come across an inquiry that I do not already know the answer to.

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House Rabbit Society, supporter of local rabbit rescues

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http://ilovemyhouserabbit.com/

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Personal experience beats the pants off of a degree, in my opinion.

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