Baby English Spot
European Rabbits live underground in burrows. A group of burrows is a warren
Rabbits reproduce very quickly
Rabbits that live inside are referred to as ( House rabbits )
Female Rabbit is a Doe
Male Rabbit is a Buck
The American Breeders Association recognises 45 unique domestic rabbit breeds.
Cleaning your Rabbit's Hutch/Cage
It is essential to keep Bunnies Hutch or Cage clean. Providing Bunny with a clean enviroment helps keep your Bunny free from disease and helps he/she have a long healthy life, like you.
A good idea is to let your child know what they must do each week if they want to have a pet, otherwise it will be another job for Mum!
Urine and faeces needs to be cleaned when need be, so that poor bunny does not have to deal with the strong smell that can be overwhelming for these beautiful little cuddleballs as well as overwhelming you at the same time.
Also snacks of fruit and vegetables need to be thrown away before they rot or go moldy and becomes a health hazard for your little Bunny.
Every week the hutch/cage can be cleaned. This can be made a lot easier by first using vinegar to clean with instead of using harsh chemicals or bleach that can make your Bunny sick. Vinegar is a natural disinfectant.
A galvanised wire cage with a wire floor is easy to keep clean, simply have a trench or drop tray underneath to catch the droppings.
One tip is to grow fishworms in the trenches and droptrays, these in turn change the droppings into fertilizer which would help the Families vegetable or flower garden grow.
When using the drop tray/trench system it can be emptied once/twice a week and can be filled with odor absorbing bedding, food and water utensils can also be cleaned thoroughly at the same time each week and use a stiff brush to clean hair and dried food and droppings from the wire floor and such.
You can also if you wish place the cage/hutch outside in the sun for 15 to 30 minutes,
the sun is also one of the best disinfectants you can use for your Bunnies home.
One more thing is to preferable do not have your Bunny's hutch/cage standing directly on a slab of wood, it is better to position the cage slightly higher so that the droppings and urine will not drop on to the wood and be soaked into the wood. If you have a wooden cage/hutch you can use metal L-brackets to keep the cage slightly higher than the wooden base beneath.
There is a more expensive kind of hutch, one that will almost clean itself. When the droppings have dropped into the drop trays droppings are automatically removed
by having slanted trays and pipes which can be hosed down quickly.
If money is tight, plastic sheeting and some clever thinking could also achieve the above without the expense. Might not look as snazzy as the bought one, but it gets a similar result and you can be proud of yourself for improvising and achieving what you wanted to achieve.
And don't forget, a lonely Rabbit is not a happy Rabbit!
Baby Cottontail Rabbits
DO NOT FEED YOU RABBIT/S ANY FOOD COMING FROM THE ONION FAMILY, SUCH AS ONIONS THEMSELVES! CHIVES, LEEKS CHECK GARLIC?
These vegetables can cause abnormalities in the blood and should be avoided completely.
YES CAN FEED YOU RABBIT/S,
A healthy rabbit diet would consist of green leafy vegetables , about
3/4 of his food consumption.
ANY GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLES THAT A HUMAN CAN EAT A RABBIT CAN EAT TOO which comes in very handy because single households and family households always seem to have some amount of leafy greens left over, at various stages.
GRASS HAY should comprise the bulk of his diet and should be available to your rabbit 24 hours per day.
Grass hay is very healthy for your rabbit, containing Vitamin A , vitamin D and as well as protein and calcium provides other nutrients as well.
You can mix the different types of grass hay, which might include oat hay, brome hay and orchard or timothy hay.
Not a good idea to use Alfalfa though because it is too rich in its protein and calorie department.
Then there are pellets and as a real treat fresh fruit.
Fresh fruit contains a lot of natural sugar so do not overdo it on the fresh fruit.
Serve the fruit without the seeds and give them a choice of apples and pineapple and bananas.
Always wash their vegetables and fruit if you haven't already done so or it is organic because pesticides from the fruit and vegetables can build up in their little system and can cause problems. so much better to make everything free of pesticides
Hay is good for your rabbits teeth to keep them healthy and is also good for digestion.
Fruit is ideal for your pets training such as toilet litter training if you want your pet to live inside and any other training that you might need or want to do, by hand feeding your Pet, a higher level of trust is obtained which is nice for both of you. Animals are a lot more intelligent than
the majority of people think, but we are finding out more as we go along.
Rabbits do eat little twigs and tree bark and sprouts as well.
Most important is the fresh clean water that is fresh everyday.
Happy Boy with his Pet Rabbits
Dutch Mini-Lop Rabbit
An inside Bunny needs to be litter trained obviously, which is quite easy to do.
Bunnies like to chew things which include your electrical wires. which means you need to do the 'bunny proofing' thing and either keep electrical wires and any other wires of any kind right away from your new pets or you can purchase some inside flex tubing and keep any wires safe from little munching mouths.
Rabbits munch to keep their teeth filed down.
Rabbit cages or hutches are built for use outside and are built to allow Rabbit waste to fall through the bottom of the cage, so that bunny is not sitting in his own waste,
Provide fresh water everyday and plenty of it and also keep in mind the weather conditions. Severe heat and cold, they do get cold and over heated in severe conditions as well as us.
Ideally it would be big and with a big comfortable bed for your rabbits and a yard where They can play and exercise and have an amount of space to feel 'freedom'. Under these circumstances a thoughtful assessment of what, if anything could harm your rabbit is needed, in other words make sure your beautiful bunny cannot be 'got at' by other animals day or night, or cannot be frightened by anything at all. It is essential your rabbits feel safe and are safe.
Provide toys to play with and exercise equipment and a 'munching block' to keep their teeth trimmed down. A block is a block of wood or a chewing block, they will not tend to want to chew their cages then.
One more thing is to keep your hands clean., whether visiting your rabbits or leaving. Rabbits can pick 'things' up from humans and humans can pick things up from their rabbits, so if hygiene is addressed all round everyone is happy, most of all parents!
Something to Think About.
Serious consideration needs to be given whether your Bunny is going to be a House Rabbit or an Outside Rabbit.
If it is going to live inside and be toilet trained and become part of the Family with cuddles every day from members of your Family and have company. it will have a very different life to an outside Rabbit.
If you would prefer to have your Rabbit outside have a think about a few things such as, no matter how much you want to spend time with your rabbit outside, life can get in the way.
Consider 2 Rabbits, 2 males or 2 females unless you want to breed. 2 Rabbits can keep each other company and play and interact, a Rabbit alone can get terribly lonely and stressed ( which makes for a shorter lifespan ) and also can make your Rabbit sick. Being stuck in a soul destroying cage 24/7 if you can imagine, can be unbearable and lead to unwanted behaviours.
Companionship is a vital ingredient to a well adjusted and happy Rabbit.
Much has been discovered about pet Rabbits, the 3rd largest pet after cats and dogs, and it has been found that a rabbit whether inside or outside if it has an enclosed safe yard to be free in ( check to see if ground or grass is safe for your rabbit/s such as lawns and garden and some plants need to be pesticide free because it can potentially kill bunny. Bugs and mosquitos and insects flying or not can pass on disease Any predators which can frighten bunnies to death or physically harm them, heat and heat stroke, they are better away from drafts and heat. remembering rabbits cannot tell whether what they eat is good for them or
not ) as well as his cage for sleeping, the more freedom he has inside and out, the more his rabbit personality develops and how wonderful and funny and amazing these little bunnies can be, and be good for you at the same time, (Just like Therapy Rabbits! )
If you get your Bunny from a rescue home, a lot of the time bunnies can come in pairs. The reason being is that they could have possibly bonded with another rabbit whilst they are at the rescue home, simply because they are alone and nervous and they keep each other company. I fyoy are lucky enough for this to happen, it will save completely the next step which is the bonding of your 2 rabbits which is in the form of a process.
If they are kept confined and lonely and bored and alone, these beautiful bunnies just withdraw and slowly wither away, just like any breathing animal or human!.
Just a note, if your bunny is only picked up and hugged periodically it can nip or bite or try to get away because it is frightened because it is not something your bunny is used to, affection!.
Having pet Bunnies is a great way to show your children how to look after and feed and clean real living things.
A dog might be too big or not suitable for the area, inside and out, a dog can come later.
Here are a few few ideas on how to make adults and especially your children enjoy and love and have fun with your new Bunnies.