Altered rabbits won’t contribute to the problem of overpopulation of rabbits. Over 7 million adorable dogs, cats, and rabbits are killed in animal shelters in this country every year. Rabbits that are altered are healthier and live longer than unaltered rabbits. There is a high risk of reproductive cancers in both female and male rabbits, that are virtually eliminated by being fixed. Not only are you improving their health, but they will make a better companion to you and other pets because their hormonal aggression and destructiveness will generally fade after being fixed. Spaying and neutering for rabbits has become a safe procedure when performed by experienced rabbit vets. Share this along, and together we can try to help improve the lives of rabbits!
For those that ask about pumpkin, this is what I give Spooky and Scully. Plain canned pumpkin with benebac, which helps with their digestion. You can find benebac on amazon. I usually mix the pumpkin with a little water too. If your bunny doesn’t want to try it at first, try adding a tiny bit of banana to it. Pumpkin is good for bunnies because it has lots of fiber. You can give it to your bunny when he or she is shedding to help with pushing their fur out of their digestive tract.
Most rabbits are pretty independent animals. They don’t really like to be picked up or cuddled, though some of them will as they learn to trust you. Spooky and Scully are both very different when it comes to personality. Scully is pretty stand off-ish, and doesn’t like to be picked up at all. She will be upset with me for a while if I have to pick her up for any reason. She also doesn’t like to be pet unless it is on her own terms, SHE chooses when she wants to be pet. If you try to pet her when she doesn’t feel like it, she will run away. Spooky, on the other hand, loves to be pet, as long as it isn’t by a child. Every rabbit has a different personality. The most important thing to note about behavior is that rabbits will show affection very differently than cats or dogs, but this doesn’t mean that they don’t show it at all. You can learn a lot from your rabbit just by paying attention to him or her. Here is a GREAT website that also helped me learn a lot about why rabbits do some of the things they do.
First of all, congratulations on adopting a house rabbit! Rabbits are intelligent, social animals who need affection, and they can become wonderful companion animals if given a chance to interact with their human families. Here is some advice and tips to living with a house rabbit.
SPAY AND NEUTER!
Although most rabbits will use a litter-box, hormones may cause unneutered males and unspayed females to “mark territory.” Spaying or neutering your rabbit improves litter-box habits, lessens chewing behavior, decreases territorial aggression, and gives your rabbit a happier, longer life.
FIND A RABBIT SAVVY VET
Not all vets are knowledgeable with rabbits, unfortunately. There are many things that are important to know when working with rabbits, that a normal vet usually isn’t aware of. Make sure you find a vet that is experienced with working on rabbits. This link will help you find a vet in your area that is recommended about the House Rabbit Society.
BUNNY PROOF YOUR HOUSE
Bunny-proofing your home is part of living with a house rabbit. It is natural for rabbits to chew on furniture, rugs, drapes, and, most deadly of all, electrical cords. Cords must be concealed so that the rabbit cannot reach them. Exposed cords can be encased in vinyl tubing (found at hardware stores), which is what we use around here. Give your rabbit enough attention, safe chewables, and toys, so that he or she is distracted from chewing furniture and rugs. Young rabbits (under a year) are more inclined to mischief and require more confinement and/or bunny-proofing than mature rabbits. I will post later with more in depth tips on bunny proofing, and show you how my house is bunny proofed.
DIET IS IMPORTANT
- Limited pellets daily
- Fresh water
- Hay /straw (for digestive fiber and chewing recreation)
- Fresh salad veggies/fruit (add gradually) Here is a link to a rabbit-safe list of fruits and veggies.
KNOW THESE DANGER SIGNS
Rabbits are very fragile and can die in just 48 hours if left untreated. If your rabbit stops eating or pooping, it is an emergency. If your rabbits starts to show any of the following, call your vet immediately.
- Diarrhea with listlessness
- Sudden loss of appetite with bloat and abdominal gurgling
- Loss of appetite with labored breathing
- Loss of appetite with runny nose
- Head tilt
- Incontinence (urine-soaked rear legs)
- Abscesses, lumps or swellings anywhere
- Any sudden behavior change
Hello world! I’m happy to say that we finally decided to get a website to store the public service announcements I’ve been making, as well as posting lots of helpful information. I will be posting about health, housing, behavior, rescues and anything else rabbit education related. Right now I have just set up the basics. You can find the PSA’s on the page called “PSA’s” from the menu bar up on the top of the page. I also have an about page with a short bio and a contact form if you have any questions for me! I can’t wait to share things with you all and help change things for our bunny friends. Make sure you check out the pages I mentioned while you’re here, also check out our Facebook page and Instagram. Thanks for visiting and please come back soon for new information!