RabbitMart – 5 Delicious Valentine Treats for your Rabbit

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Willow Wood Chews for Rabbits 2 oz

Natural untreated wood. Highly digestible and 100 percent edible. These wonderful rabbit chews will be a big hit with all your little bunnies.

Rabbit & Guinea Pig Chew Biscuits – 4.5 oz.

The Forti-Diet Pro Health Rabbit & Guinea Pig Chew Biscuits are a nutritious treat.  Rabbits will love the change from normal timothy hay and dig into these.  Remember to use these as treats and only treats, they
should not be part of his or her normal feeding.

Peters Rabbit Chew Toy with Apple

Marshall Pet Peter’s Chew Toy with Apple features a natural hardwood dumbbell.  Dang cute looking rabbit toy that will be a hit in the hutch this Valentine’s Day.

Carousel Chew Toy for Rabbits – Large

Fun carousel chew toy for rabbits, guinea pigs and other small animals.  Gotta love a little action and this chew will do just that.  Watch your rabbit go after it.

Mineral Candy Chews for Rabbits – 4 piece

Keep your bunny busy with this assortment of mineral candy chews that contain lots of good stuff. Disguised as treat, these chews are actually good for your rabbit!

Rabbit Ball Toys are Very Entertaining for Rabbits

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RABBIT BALL TOYS
Rabbits need and enjoy exercise just like other animals need and enjoy exercise.  Using a ball during playtime can be a fun and rewarding experience for both you and your rabbit.  Exercising your rabbit with a ball is great for not only their physical health, but also their mental well-being.  When choosing a ball for your rabbit, look for one that is made for rabbits or cats.  In general, cat balls are also great toys for rabbits because of their size, but it is a good idea to look for balls that are chew resistant.

  • Natural Fiber Ball Toys.  Because rabbits love to chew, natural fiber balls make great ball toys for rabbits. The Rabbit Woven Grass Play Ball is a great toy for any rabbit owner.  This toy is made of natural grass and is fun for your rabbit to roll around.  Because this ball is made of untreated grass, it is safe for your rabbit to chew on.  Another fun natural ball for your rabbit is the Nature Ball by Ware.  This ball is made of sisal rope and is also great for your rabbit to chew.
  • Rubber Ball Toys. Another type of ball that is a lot of fun to play with your rabbit is the Hol-ee Roller by JW Pet.  This rubber ball is filled with holes that make it lightweight and easy for your rabbit to kick around and chase.  The rubber material is soft and easy on your rabbit’s feet.  When playing with this ball toy, be sure to supervise your rabbit at all times because this ball is not intended for chewing on. 
  • Alternative Ball Toys.  For a different type of ball fun with your rabbit, the Run About Ball is a lot of fun for you and your rabbit.  Place your rabbit inside of the ball and watch him hop around inside.  This ball has a diameter of 7 inches and is made especially for small animals.  If your rabbit is too large for the ball toy, then it is a good idea to let your rabbit just push it around from the outside. Another round shaped toy that is fun for any sized rabbit is the Roll N Chew Toy.  Although this toy is not technically a ball, it is fun for your rabbit roll around and safe for your rabbit to chew.

Make Your Rabbit Happy with a Wood or Mineral Chew

RABBIT WOOD CHEWS
Your pet rabbit has a the urge to chew throughout the day and keeping that urge in control is important for the welfare of your furniture and your rabbit. A great way to control your rabbit’s urge is to offer your rabbit a wood or mineral chews. Not only do wood and mineral chews satisfy your rabbit’s urge to chew, but they help to keep your rabbit’s teeth clean and trim.

When choosing a wood chew, look for a chew that is made of untreated wood. Wood chews that are colored with food coloring make great chews too and come in a variety of fun shapes. The Veggie Bites Pre-Drilled Wood Chews are fun and colorful wood chews that may be hung on the Treat Ka-Bob in your rabbit’s cage for her to chew. Pre-drilled wood chews are ideal for use in the rabbit cage because they are kept off of the floor and away from your rabbit’s waste. By hanging the wood chews up in your rabbit’s cage, it also keeps the cage neater. Loose wood chews are great for times when your rabbit is on the loose. Keep some wood chews around the house or in a playpen to entertain your rabbit and keep her away from the furniture.
Another type of chew is a mineral chew. Mineral chews are great for rabbits because they supply your rabbit with essential minerals and keep their teeth trim and clean. There are lots of fun mineral chews in various shapes and colors available for your rabbit to enjoy, like the Mineral Candy Sweet Hearts, which comes in a fun heart shape and pastel colors. Mineral chews are also available with pre-drilled holes for hanging on a treat ka-bob.
When starting off, give your rabbit a variety of wood and mineral chews to determine which shape and size your rabbit prefers. If your rabbit is happy chewing on the wood and mineral chews, she will be less likely to chew on items and furniture around your house. For a great selection of chews for rabbits, check out RabbitMart.

How to Choose a Home for Your Rabbit

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RABBIT HOMES
Choosing a home for your rabbit is the most important purchase that you will make for your rabbit. Comfort is the most important feature to consider before you make your purchase.

Rabbits need some room in the home to comfortably move around, especially if your rabbit will be spending a lot of time in the home. Choosing a larger home is usually a good rule to follow. Here are some things to consider when choosing a home for your rabbit:

1. What is the adult size of your rabbit? If you have a baby rabbit, it is a good idea for you to consider what size he or she will be as an adult. You may want to buy a home that your rabbit can grow into to avoid purchasing a larger cage in the future.

2. How many rabbits do you plan on keeping in the home? Normally, not more than one or two rabbits are kept in home at one time. Rabbits need to bond to with one another, so it is important not to have more than one rabbit in the home at one time unless they have been bonded.

3. Should you purchase a cage or hutch? A wire cage is great for indoor use and allows your rabbit to have a great view. A hutch, such as the Super Pet Premium Rabbit Hutch 36 in., is great for outdoor use and is made to help protect your rabbit from predators or the elements.

4. Where should you place the home, indoors or outdoors? If you plan on keeping your rabbit indoors, place their cage in an area that won�t be affected by the sun, heat, or air conditioning. If you plan on using a hutch outdoors, place it in a covered area away from the elements. It is a good idea to place a wooden box inside the hutch to keep your rabbit covered on really cold days if your hutch is not covered on the sides.

5. Wire floor or smooth floor? A smooth floor is more comfortable on your rabbits feet, but a wire floor is easier to keep clean. Typically, rabbit�s feet are fine walking on a wire floor. In addition, many cages with wire floors have a slide-out pan to make cleaning much easier. You can also place a grass mat on the wire floor to make it more comfortable and your rabbit will also enjoy chewing on it.

Whatever home you choose for your rabbit, make sure that you spend some time everyday with your rabbit and keep their home clean. Check out the great selection of rabbit cages and hutches at RabbitMart.

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How to Groom Your Rabbit

RABBIT GROOMING TOOLS

Grooming your pet rabbit is a great way to bond with him or her. Before you begin grooming, it is a good idea to have all of your grooming tools ready to go. Since rabbits are clean animals and do not get very dirty, you will spend most of your grooming time brushing his or her fur. You may want to keep your rabbit occupied during the grooming session with a little hay or alfalfa or have another person assist you.

Brush your rabbit�s fur on a regular basis to help with shedding and choose a soft brush for grooming fur. If your rabbit spends more time outdoors than in the house, you will probably need to brush your rabbit once a day. If your rabbit is not shedding much, once a week will be ok. Always be sure to use a brush designed for small animals with sensitive skin. A good brush to use is a soft slicker brush. The Tender Touch Slicker Wire Rabbit Brush is designed especially for use on rabbits and is ideal for removing loose fur and getting out any tangles.

Baths are not recommended for rabbits because it frightens them very easily. If you have to wash your rabbit because he or she is dirty, spot cleaning works best. Use a shampoo that is sensitive on the skin and designed for use on rabbits. The Squeaky Clean Critter Shampoo is very gentle on rabbit skin. Use a little shampoo on the dirty spot and gently rinse the shampoo out. To rinse out the shampoo, use a little cup of warm water. Never place your rabbit in a tub of water or pour a lot of water on your rabbit!

Next, use an ear cleaner on your rabbits ear if they appear to be dirty on the external part of the ear. The Clean Ear Cleanser is great for small animals and easy to use. Squirt the ear cleaner on a soft cotton ball and rub the cleaner on the external part of the ear. Do not put the ear cleaner inside the ear with the cotton ball or squirt it directly in the ear.

Lastly, trim your rabbit�s nails as needed. It is a good idea to check the nail length regularly and trim your rabbits nails when necessary. Use a trimmer designed especially for clipping rabbit nails to avoid injury. The Clip & Trim Bunny Nail Trimmers are great for clipping your rabbits nails and attach to your rabbits cage with a magnet for convenience.

Cleaning your Rabbit’s Ears

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RABBIT EAR CLEANER

Cleaning your rabbit’s ears is an especially delicate operation because you need to earn the rabbit’s trust first.
This is no small task for rabbits that frighten easy. Before tackling the ear cleaning job, spend a few weeks cuddling and stroking your rabbit, so that he or she trusts you and doesn’t mind being handled.
You will need to regularly check inside your rabbit’s ears to make sure there isn’t any build up of ear wax.
The golden rule is: don’t stick anything in your rabbit’s ear that could hurt them, poke or go into the ear canal. It may have taken along time to earn your rabbit’s trust, so be gentle in the actual cleaning of the ear! Try using a gentle ear-wash like Four Paws Anti-itch ear cleaner. Four Paws Ear Wash Anti-Itch Cleaner is used by veterinarians and groomers to remove odor causing ear wax. Formulated with only the highest quality ingredients for maximum effectiveness. Soothes and cools will not sting.
Rabbit ears should be cleaned every two weeks, but you should run an ear check daily for wax build up. Any black discharge or soreness in the ear could indicate mites of other infections that require the attention of a veterinarian or rabbit ear mite medication.
Use a soft cotton ball or cotton-tipped swab and clean areas that are visible. You don’t need to go into the ear canal or anywhere that you cannot clearly see. Leave the ear canal to the veterinarian if a condition develops.
Gently rub the cotton ball or swab, remove any wax or grime that has collected in the ear and you are finished. Tell your rabbit what a good boy or girl they are and gently release them.
Cleaning your rabbit’s ears should be a welcome process and not cause them any anxiety or stress. Gentle, Consistent and trust development are the keys.

How to Litter Train Your Pet Rabbit

RABBIT LITTER
Rabbits are intelligent, little furry animals that like to be clean and are capable of being trained to use a litter box. Training your pet rabbit to use a litter box may be easier than you think. Follow these simple steps and your rabbit will be litter trained:

1. Litter training works best with rabbits that are older. The older your rabbit is, the more likely your rabbit will use a litter box.

2. Rabbits that are spayed or neutered are also more likely to use a litter box.
3. Get a litter box designed especially for rabbits. A high-backed litter box is great for preventing litter from being sprayed all over the cage. One of my favorite boxes is the Enclosed Hi-Corner Litter Pan for Small Animals. This litter box takes up minimal space in your rabbitits cage and helps to keep litter contained.
4. Choose litter that is made for rabbits or small animals such as Super Pet Critter Litter. Rabbits have been known to ingest litter and using cat litter can be very harmful to your rabbit if ingested. Critter Litter is especially made for small animals and is non-toxic.
5. Once you have chosen a suitable litter box and litter. The next step is to determine where your rabbit likes to go in the cage. If your rabbit prefers a certain area, place the litter box in that area. This will help encourage your rabbit to use the box.
6. If your rabbit does not like to poop in the box, place their poop in the box until he gets the idea.
7. You may also want to place a hay or alfalfa near the box to encourage your rabbit to sit in the box.
8. If your rabbit is using the litter box in the cage and is ready to roam free in the house, designate a small area in the house with a litter box for your rabbit to use as a potty. If your rabbit has an accident outside of the litter box, place him in the litter box right away.
9. Never force your rabbit to use the box and always praise your rabbit after he uses the box.
10. Lastly, change the litter box frequently and keep the box clean by washing it with warm, soapy water.

A Must Have Rabbit Cage Accessory: Hay Racks

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RABBIT HAY
It is very important that your rabbit always has plenty of fresh hay at his disposal.  Hay is the healthiest food your rabbit could possibly eat.  Hay has tons of fiber which is great for your rabbit’s gastrointestinal track.    It also is packed with tons of essential nutrients.  Every type of grass hay is great for your rabbit (like Timothy, oat, and Bermuda).  However, Alfalfa hay is not as healthy for your rabbit.  This dark hay has too much calories and protein.  Just remember that the lighter the hay, the healthier it will be for your bunny.

Loose hay is more natural and therefore healthier for rabbits compared to compressed cubes of hay.  The only problem with loose hay is that it can cause a mess in your rabbit’s cage.  You can easily give your rabbit hay without the mess if you have hay racks.  Since hay is such an important aspect of your rabbit’s diet, it is VERY important that you have these hay racks.  Hay racks keep loose hay contained.  Another benefit to hay racks is that they keep hay clean because it prevents hay from being contaminated by waste that may be on your rabbit’s cage floor.

If you are looking for a classic metal hay rack, check out the Hay Manger with Salt Hanger for Small Animals.  It is designed to hook onto the side of your rabbit’s cage, which ensures the hay will always stay clean.  Also, the Hay Manger with Salt Hanger for Small Animals will keep the hay together and prevent it from making your rabbit’s cage messy.  If your rabbit likes salt, this hay rack has a hook for salt.

A cute hay dispenser that my rabbit loves is the Rollin the Hay Dispenser for Small Animals, pictured above.  The ball is 5.5 inches in diameter.  It spins as your rabbit eats the hay, making hay eating a fun treat!  You can use this hay rack for more than just rabbits.  If you have chinchillas or guinea pigs, the Rollin the Hay Dispenser for Small Animals would be perfect for them.

What to Feed Your Pet Rabbit

AWESOME RABBIT FOOD AND TREATS

Carrots Alone Just Won’t Do the Trick

Contrary to the popular folklore, feeding your rabbit carrots for breakfast, lunch and dinner is just plain unhealthy. Just like people, rabbits enjoy a good well-rounded meal. A nice mix of hay, pellets and fresh vegetables as well as fresh water will make your rabbit healthy and hippitedy hop happy. An occasional rabbit treat can be given to your rabbit, but only give in small quantities.

Rabbit Pellets
Rabbit pellets should be purchased so that they are fresh, as most rabbits will not eat stale rabbit food pellets. Look for rabbit pellets that are higher in fiber and lower in protein. You will need to limit your rabbit’s pellet intake as it gets older. Commercial rabbit pellets that are high in protein can lead to rabbit obesity and other health issues in rabbits.

Rabbit Hay
Many house rabbits like timothy hay, but there are other types available. Alfalfa and rabbit oat hay are other options. Alfalfa hay should be given less to adult rabbits, because of the higher protein and sugar content. Hay needs to be available for your rabbits at all times. Hay is truly a staple of your rabbit’s life.

Hay is a great way for your rabbit to add fiber to his diet and ensure better overall health. Hay provides something healthy to help your rabbit’s urge to chew. Placing hay at one end of a rabbit’s litter box will encourage the use of the litter box.

Store your rabbit’s hay in a dry place in a container that allows air flow to keep it from getting moldy. Vittles Vaults work well.

Vegetables
AAn assortment of vegetables should be a part of your rabbit’s daily diet. Make sure that the veggies are free of pesticides and always wash the vegetables before feeding them to your rabbit. Feed new varieties of vegetables in small quantities to your rabbit until determine how your individual rabbit will react to them.

Do not feed rabbits the leaves from houseplants as many are poisonous to rabbits.

The Basic Essentials of Rabbit Diet

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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