When your rabbit sits like a hen laying on her eggs, it means they are not comfortable with its stomach. For rabbits, you must take action. Most of the time if they stop eating or poop for 24 hours, you better take them to the Vet as soon as possible. My rabbits give us stress a few times. First, we do is massage.
We have so much experience, with rabbit massage. Most suggestions from Vet or online all that massage rabbit belly. Because:
Our second rabbit Cooper has a bad ear infection, which causes head tilt, then we found that when his digestion is well, he can stand much better. So for two years, my wife massages his belly and stretches his neck for releasing the gas almost every day for one or two hours at least.
She found that belly massage does not work well, and also makes it worse, Some people report the same as well, that massaging the belly too often may make rabbit intestines weaker.
MASSAGE BACK NOT BELLY
The best way is to massage the erector muscles close to their spine and use your fingers to find the knots in their erector muscles.
Gently slowly press and knead, or just press on it, and wait, until you feel the knot soft or disappear. Don’t push too quickly or too hard, or the rabbit will be sore the next day, and they will don’t like you touching them.
If their stomach is not happy, the knots will be on their mid-back, if the poops are small, the knots will be on their lower back area. Like small bubbles.
My wife put it on Chinese social media like Facebook, and just for a month, 20-30 bunny owners told her, that very helpful. Before they all tried belly massage but not effective as a massage on spine muscles.
Right now I spend 5-10min massaging my rabbit’s back, then the next day he poops or eats better.
Probiotic is very helpful, some good brand works fast, and some will need feed for one or two weeks.
the Timothy Pellet is very helpful if you have a digestion problem rabbit.
Most pellets have grain or starch and sugar, which will damage rabbit digestion in the end.
So pellets are better made with grass only. It is pricy, but it is very good for rabbit health.
This is Jerried from JCJ Massage Therapy. If you have a lot of questions and concerns, you can bring your rabbit, and book a short session with me, I can teach the techniques to you in my clinic.