Hippity Hop Grooming Guide for Rabbits

Rabbits need grooming just as much as pets like dogs or cats. Because of their constant shedding, rabbits need to be brushed at least weekly to remove hair. Fine-toothed flea combs made for cats work very well to comb out loose rabbit hair. Super Pet makes a grooming brush specifically for Rabbits called the Pro Slicker Rabbit Brush.

Rabbits have sensitive skin, so use gentle strokes when grooming your pet rabbit. Angora and other long-haired rabbits require much more attention than short-haired rabbits. They must be groomed daily to prevent matting of the fur and hairballs. Some rabbits love to be brushed and others despise grooming.

While you are grooming your rabbit, you will want to use the opportunity to quickly ensure everything is okay. Check her teeth for misalignment, eyes and nose for any discharge, and the condition of his fur and skin. Check also for mats and fecal matter stuck to his bottom.

Nails. A rabbit’s nails can grow to be very long and sharp, and can be uncomfortable for both you and the rabbit. You can clip the nails with a guillotine-type nail clipper, the type made for cats and birds, available from any pet supply store. Wrapping the bunny in a towel may help to calm her and prevent injury from kicking.

People are often afraid to clip the nails for fear that they will cut the quick and draw blood. If bleeding occurs, it can be stopped by Gimborn Kwik Stop Gel Formula or Excel Pet Styptic Pads. Never declaw a rabbit – it is not recommended for rabbits and is also unsafe and inhumane.

Bald spots on rabbits can occur when they are shedding, but they could also be an indication of mites. Try to take note if your pet rabbit picks at the bald spots or you see dandruff-like flakes when the hair is pulled out. If you are unsure of whether your rabbit has mites – please check with your veterinarian.

Bathing. Rabbits are naturally very clean and do not need baths unless they are incontinent or prone to fecal matter stuck on their bottom. If you do need to bathe your bunny, use water only or a gentle rabbit or kitten shampoo like Bunny Bath Shampoo 6oz. Don’t immerse your rabbit completely in water – bathe only the soiled area. Towel-dry your rabbit.

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Help RabbitMart.com Support Hurricane Sandy Animal Victims

Hurricane Sandy has be devastating.  Insurance payout estimates are now estimated to be greater than 10 billion – which is more than what was paid out in Hurricane Irene.

There are thousands of animals that were stranded and need medical help, a warm shelter or need to be returned to loving families.

You can help support RabbitMart.com’s efforts to help animal victims of Sandy by purchasing what you would normally need during the dates of Oct. 31st and Nov. 10th, 2012.  GregRobert Enterprises – parent company of RabbitMart.com is donating 10% of all profits to Hurricane Sandy victims.  In addition, use coupon: sandy when checking out to save yourself $3 on orders > $39.

Please share this and spread the word to all animal lovers.

How do rabbits stay warm?

The rabbits’ fur coat is very good at insulating the rabbits skin.

Once the rabbits’ body temperature heats up the coat, the coat will stay warm like a blanket that just came out of the dryer. The fur is the main way they stay warm.

The other way is snuggling next to each other for warmth. All the heat is shared between the rabbits. They feel warm, happy, and cozy!

The perfect temperature range for a rabbit is 40 degrees to 75 degrees. They can survive in higher and they can survive in lower with proper housing and protection from the elements.  It’s best to bring them indoors for the winter, but if you do have them outside – make sure they are protected from the elements.

A wood rabbit hutch is a necessity if you keep them outdoors in the winter.

 

Tropical Fiddle Sticks – a Bun Must

Tropical Fiddle Sticks by Super Pet are designed to encourage playtime for your small pet.

These fun sticks can be twisted and bent into a wide range of shapes that make a unique hide-out. Rainbow colored wood sticks are hold together with wire.

Available in small (8″L x 4″W), medium (12″L x 7″W), and large (18″L x 10″W).

  • Small is ideal for Hamsters, Mice, and Gerbils.
  • Medium is ideal for Chinchillas, Guinea Pigs, and Pet Rats.
  • Large is ideal for Chinchillas, Ferrets, Guinea Pigs, and Rabbits.

You’ll have fun creating a log cave, tree stump or a stick stairway for your pet. These colorful logs also provide your pet with a safe source for their instinctive chewing behaviors.

 

The DOG .. we mean RABBIT DAYS of Summer at RabbitMart.com

Everyone talks about that funny Sirius Dog and how July 3rd starts the “Dog Days of Summer” – but here at RabbitMart.com, we like to hop about the “Rabbit Days of Summer Sale”.  Rabbits need a bit more water in the hot sun, a few more treats and some extra attention.

Don’t let your friendly fur balls get uncomfortable – or worse yet injured from the sweltering sun and heat during these “dog” uh … we mean Rabbit Days of Summer.

Some of our favorite items on sale are the water bottles – stock up on these and make sure you mount more than one to your rabbits cage if you are going to be gone for any extended period of time!

Change your rabbit’s bedding more ofter during the hot days of July and stock up with Rabbit Days great prices.  To top it all, use coupon: dogday to save 4 bucks on any order until July 31st.  (cart total $39).

Keep cool and order with RabbitMart.com

 

The HRS Emergency Grant Program

Off the normal topic of rabbit care, we’d like to bring to your attention a great fund that we ran across in our internet browsing:  The HRS Emergency Grant Program.

To make a donation to this fund, be sure to include “Emergency Rescue Fund” in the description field of the online donation form (donations via snail mail are also gratefully accepted).

Every year the House Rabbit Society hears about a number of emergency rabbit rescue situations around the country that involve anywhere from 50 to 1500 rabbits. In order to help, in 2007, we started the Emergency Rescue Fund.

All donations coming to HRS that specify “Emergency Rescue Fund” will go towards these grants. We are using those funds to make targeted grants (usually ranging from $250 to $750) to animal rescue organizations who are involved in a large rescue of many rabbits.

Funds can be used to purchase cages, litterboxes, food, hay or toys, or can be used to fund spay/neuters and other veterinary care.

To apply for these funds, rescue groups and shelters please Click Here.

The Basic Essentials of Rabbit Diet

So what makes a good, healthy rabbit diet? Most rabbit owners are familiar with this. Here are some details for reference and a primer for new owners.

A good diet is made up of fresh hay, pellets, vegetables and water. How much is dependant on the rabbits age.

Hay: Hay is important for roughage.  It helps prevent hairballs, promotes normal digestion, prevents diarrhea and helps with mitigating teeth growth. Hay needs to be fresh so don’t keep extra over long periods. Also, store in an open (not air tight) container and check for mold. Some of the popular hays include timothy hay, grass hay and alfalfa. They should be provided at all times and not limited in quantity. However, alfalfa is rich and should be given to rabbits  younger than 7 months or underweight rabbits if calcium levels are normal.

Pellets: Pellets can be given in unlimited quantities to young rabbits under 7 months. For 7 months to a year about 1/2 cup for 6 pounds of body weight is recommended. Above one year reduce to 1/8 – 1/4 cup per 6 pounds of body weight. You will need to adjust depending on metabolism and comparative amount of vegetable feed. Like hay, pellets need to be fresh. Don’t store pellets for more than 6 weeks. Look for pellets about 3% or less fat, 14 – 16% protein to control weight, and 18% or so fiber. This is a rough guideline so don’t stress if your rabbits diet is not exactly this. It should be close to this range, though.

Vegetables: About one cup of veggies a day is recommended. Introduce different types slowly (as with any diet change) to prevent diarrhea. Under 7 months but above 12 weeks no more than 1/2 oz to introduce these foods. 7 months to 1 year  slowly increase the amount so that greater than 1 year this is at least 1.5 cups per 6 pounds of body weight. A partial list of rabbit friendly vegetables are:

Alfalfa, radish & clover sprouts
Basil
Beet greens (tops)
Bok choy
Broccoli (mostly leaves/stems; limit, can cause gas)
Brussels sprouts
Carrot & carrot tops
Celery
Cilantro
Clover
Collard greens
Dandelion greens and flowers (no pesticides)
Endive
Escarole
Green peppers
Kale (limit)
Marigold
Mint
Mustard greens
Parsley
Pea pods (the flat edible kind)
Peppermint leaves
Radicchio
Radish tops
Raspberry leaves
Red Leaf lettuce
Romaine lettuce (no iceberg or light colored leaf)
Spinach
Watercress
Wheat grass

Treats: Treats should be given small quantities to prevent obesity. Fruits in small amounts are acceptable (1 tbsp per 6 pounds of body weight). Sugary fruits should be given only sparingly as rabbits have a sweet tooth and may exclude more healthy food choices if allowed. A list of possible snacks are:

Apple
Blueberries
Melon
Orange (remove the peel)
Papaya
Peach
Pear
Pineapple
Plums
Raspberries
Strawberries