Cute Baby Bunnies Eating Glass
By - KorneliusChicago
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1. They’re very high commitment.
2. They are very clever, have excellent memories and will remember things for a very long time.
3. You cannot punish them like a cat/dog or it will harm your bond.
4. If well taken care of, rabbits can happily live 10 years or older.
5. Rabbits love to chew and dig and will chew and dig just about anything.
6. They need to chew to prevent their teeth from becoming a health hazard.
7. They will need their claws trimmed regularly to prevent health hazards.
8. Rabbits are *not* a pet for a child and demand a large amount of attention & responsibility.
1. They love to run around, hop and thrive outside of cages, using them at night is fine but just make sure they get a _minimum_ of 3 hours to run and stretch per day.
2. An exercise pen setup is cheaper than a cage and gives more room to run around when you can’t let them out. You can buy one for $59, a litterbox for $6 and a waterbowl for $5 on Walmart.com which is less than $80 for a decent bunny setup.
3. While we are not against outdoor rabbits here, it is highly recommended you keep your rabbit indoors with you, this prevents predators from being able to get to them as well as gives you much better opportunity to bond with your rabbit.
4. If you find it necessary to use a cage because of escaping or other needs I would suggest building your own cage as most of the prefab ones are just crappy design and won’t last the lifetime of the rabbit.
5. A coated metal grate is NOT a wire cage and shouldn’t cause any issues to their feet, you should still provide all rabbits with their own litterbox and other areas to sit/lie down off of the grate.
6. I personally use straw for litter for my litter-boxes and put their hay on top of that, you can use whatever type of litter just avoid using rock/sand based litter as it’s bad for their feet.
1. They eat 95%+ hay such as Timothy/orchard/meadow hay (/alfalfa if they’re young or elderly) and only 5% or less treats like carrots, apples and bananas.
2. I suggest Oxbow which can be bought at most places or if you have a proper storage method you can get it for much cheaper by the bale at Tractor Supply Co.
3. I suggest to give pellets daily, 1/4-1/2 cup per 6 pounds of rabbit (so about 1/4 cup daily for a single dwarf rabbit or about 1 cup for a single average sized rabbit).
4. I recommend high quality food such as Oxbow Essentials or Sherwood brand.
###OK food/treats & foods to avoid
1. Once they’re over the age of 4-6 months they can also have unlimited lettuce and greens, but *never* give iceberg lettuce as it gives really bad gas that can become fatal. ^*^greens ^should ^not ^be ^the ^primary ^diet.
2. Avoid excessive spinach and kale as they can give gas, but are perfectly fine in moderation.
3. The best greens are bibb/green/dark leafed lettuce or locally sourced romaine, also herbs like dill, basil, mint, oregano, rosemary, sage, cilantro and parsley are typical favorites.
4. I wouldn’t give cabbage because it can cause gas similarly to iceberg lettuce.
5. Never give human foods like bread, diary, cheese, meat or sweets, they will make them very fat and don’t need it and could cause severe GI issues.
6. They should have unlimited hay at all time, they graze pretty much 24/7. ^*^Hay ^should ^be ^their ^primary ^diet.
7. Avoid giving treats with yogurt in them as these will make your rabbit very fat and rabbits are not intended to consume dairy past weaning.
8. Seeds are ***not*** toxic or *generally* dangerous to rabbits, I would not recommend giving treat sticks with seeds because they’re very high in added sugar and cause indigestion or extreme gas which can become a serious issue.
9. Seeds like black oil sunflower seeds are safe and actually beneficial to coat health.
10. Do not give nuts to rabbits because they do not need the excessive nutrients and can cause pasty or foul poops. Additionally raw nuts are typically poisonous, like almonds, which contain cyanide if not cooked properly.
11. I recommend treats such as: no sugar added dried apple/banana/carrot and occasionally a Cheerio is also acceptable. Just be mindful of the amount of sugar you are giving them, even with no sugar added fruits.
12. Corn is not specifically bad or toxic but whole kernel corn can get caught in the GI tract and cause a blockage, further; corn will make them very fat quickly and I would suggest avoiding giving corn or treats with corn/corn meal/corn syrup. (Corn is sometimes evasively labeled as ‘maize’ on packaging).
1. Water bowls are easier on a rabbit but are not strictly required, I have both bowls and bottles and they use both.
2. You should clean your water bowl/bottles with either bleach or vinegar at least once a month.
#Necessity for another bunny/Bonding
1. They thrive in pairs and love companionship of another bunny, if you cannot provide constant attention it is highly suggested to have more than one rabbit. Think of them like little horses, horses need to have another horse around.
2. Do not allow non-bonded rabbits to be together unsupervised as they can fight and cause some very serious damage to each other.
3. Do not put more than one rabbit per cage, if they’re bonded and it’s an open enclosure then you can and they should be fine.
4. For more information about bonding rabbits, I would suggest checking out the excellent resources on rabbit.org [link](https://rabbit.org/faq-bonding-multiple-rabbits/)
1. Many people feel strongly about castration as it helps to calm their hormonal rages and also there are studies that say castrated rabbits live longer.
2. We are not against ***responsible*** *breeding* but it is a huge commitment and you must be willing to take that on and find all the babies forever homes that love them as much as you do - don’t let just anyone have them.
3. You can wait a while to castrate your rabbit if there are no behavior issues but it’s best to get it done before about 4 years old as that is when cancer risks become an issue and any older it could be too risky.
4. If you want a rabbit that is already castrated consider a rescue rabbit, there are thousands of rabbits in rescues in need of forever homes, most of which are already castrated and sometimes even in bonded pairs/groups.
5. If you are experiencing behavioral issues a castration will help immensely.
6. If you decide you want to try to responsibly breed you need to keep three main commitments in mind:
6A. Have them as a pet that is also allowed to have babies, they’re not baby factories.
6B. Make a commitment to keep all your rabbits out of shelters; allow no questions asked returns.
6C. Make sure they get a forever home with someone that loves them as much as you do; even if it takes more than one try.
1. I would recommend untreated wood chew balls or fruit flavored balsa blocks for enrichment.
2. If you can set up an outdoor pen for your rabbit they would love it and nothing is more satisfying than digging in real dirt, if your area has RHDV I wouldn’t allow them outside for now.
3. If letting them outside is not an option there are things called “dig mat, “dig meadow” or “nibble and dig” and they are literally a piece of dirt made for rabbits to satiate their desire to dig.
4. There are many options for rabbit enrichment and even something so trivial as a cardboard box may be plenty to keep your rabbit happy.
5. Avoid the “chew toys” that contain seeds and other treats as they are that - treats, despite being advertised as a toy, they are more of a treat.
#GI stasis and prevention
1. GI stasis is a very serious and commonly fatal condition for rabbits, but can be prevented and treated if caught early.
2. Watch your rabbit’s dropping at all times, if their poops do not look healthy, are odd shapes, pasty, extremely dark, have not pooped in the last 4 hours or are otherwise concerning it is recommended you take your rabbit to the vet as soon as possible, time is of the essence.
3. Dark colors in urine (including dark red) is normal for rabbits, watch for specks of blood and only be concerned if you see blood.
4. Watch your rabbit’s routine and body language, if they don’t eat their favorite food or their pellets you can surely know something is wrong.
5. If they are laying in an odd position like on their side or acting lethargic you should check them for gas by giving them a gentle belly message and if they do not return to normal soon, take to the vet.
6. Infant Gas Drops are available immediately in most pharmacies or online and are a safe way to relieve gas in your rabbit and cannot be overdosed on, if however, three doses does not return them to normal, take to the vet.
7. It is always good idea to have emergency food on hand in case of a GI stasis, there is Oxbow Critical Care and also Sherwood SARx.
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