Easter is 3 weeks away, is there a Bunny Rabbit coming?

 

RABBITS AS EASTER GIFTS

Easter is just around the corner, many of us may think about buying a pet rabbit. It’s tempting to purchase a bunny if you have small children that get wrapped up in the Easter Bunny.  While rabbits do make wonderful pets who can be litter-trained, just like cats, remember to take the time to learn about what it means to be a rabbit owner.

Cost:  A bunny isn’t horribly expensive to have as a pet, but there are still the mainstay items needed – bowls, food, rabbit housing, vet costs, adoption fees — that play into the cost.  It can cost around $1000 per year to care for your bunny first-class.

Remember that rabbits are intelligent and energetic pets. Just like dogs, they want social interaction, plenty of exercise, and activities every day. Also like puppies, they chew alot.  They can easily damage household items, so make sure you rabbit-proof your home.  Purchasing some baby gates can be useful to keep certain areas of your home off-limits.  And remind your kids, to keep their homework out of bunnies way.  (Teachers don’t like “My bunny ate my homework” as an excuse!)

Rabbits’ main source of sustenance is hay.  Many people think that bunnies eat mostly pellets, but that is not the case.  Rabbit hay needs to be available to pet rabbits at all times and is important for great dental and digestive health. Bunnies are not a great pet if there are any individuals with hay allergies in the house. Rabbits also need to have their fair share of vegetables daily. Lacking a garden, you will need to purchase produce like lettuce, dandelion greens, and similar food items.

A bunny can be a joy, as with any pet purchase – make sure you are prepared.

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!

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.

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

 

 

Slimming Down Your Overweight Rabbit

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FOR FAT RABBITS

If you ever wonder what food you shouldn�t give to your overweight rabbit, then you are not alone. Rabbits will munch on any type of food that you give them, but foods that seem ok for your rabbit may be increasing his weight. The biggest challenge for obese rabbit owners is checking the ingredients to make sure that the food does not contain ingredients that will increase your rabbit�s weight.

Avoid giving your rabbit foods that contain high amounts of carbohydrates and starch because they can make your rabbit sick, obese, or cause death. Food that contains refined sugar, chocolate, or is high in starch or carbohydrates are foods to avoid giving to your rabbit. Treat feeding should be done sparingly even if your rabbit is the correct weight to avoid making your rabbit obese. Closely monitor your rabbit�s intake to help keep your rabbits in check and especially when dieting.

If you like to feed your rabbit pellets everyday, choose a pellet formula that is high in fiber-rich timothy hay. Natures Promise Premium Rabbit Food is high in fiber and has fresh ground vegetables that are great for your rabbit�s health. This premium food is made with Timothy Hay that is the ideal fiber source for rabbits. Another great pellet food for rabbits is the LM Timothy Diet Rabbit Food. This food is high in fiber because it contains Timothy Hay and is easy for your rabbit to digest.

When trying to slim down your rabbit, choose a food that is high in fiber and low in protein. Look for a daily diet that is high in Timothy hay. Avoid giving your rabbit treats and look out for foods that are high in carbohydrates and starch.

RabbitMart.com Celebrates Pet Dental Month

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Rabbits were born to chew!
In nature, their teeth wear down with use. Because their teeth continuously gro
w, they need constant gnawing to wear them down. To help ensure your pet’s dental health, you need to provide chewing material.  When people think of Pet Dental Month, they always think about dogs and cats, but rabbits need attention paid to their oral health also.
Forti-Diet Crunch with Dental Bites is a complete bunny food that also promotes dental health. The grinding action of chewing Dental Bites helps control tooth growth and aids in the prevention of tartar buildup. Additionally the specifically formulated, fortified diet provides essential nutrients including Vitamin C for healthful nutrition.
Forti-Diet Crunch for Rabbits contains wholesome ingredients that provide essential nutrients to ensure proper growth and appearance while enhancing the health of pets. Starting with a blend of fresh palatable seeds, grains, and pellets, Forti-Diet is fortified with the essential nutrients.
Think “Dental Health Month” and then think “RabbitMart.com”

Petal and Pumpkin Patch for your Pet Rabbits

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Don’t forget to share a little pumpkin with your rabbits this fall!

Natures Benefits Petal and Pumpkin treat is the perfect holiday fun for your rabbits.

Who knew that Rabbits could enjoy pumpkin this time of the year as much as we enjoy our pumpkin pie.

All natural blend of hay, pumpkin seeds, green tea leaves, rose petals, and lavender buds. All natural ingredients contain no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.  And your rabbits will love the tasty crunch and aromatic ingredients.

For rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, mice, rats and chinchillas.

Does Your Rabbit Know His Name?

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One thing that many people think separates dogs and cats from rabbits is rabbits’ inability to come when called.  However, this is a complete myth!  It just takes a little more effort to train your rabbit to come when you call his or her name, as opposed to dogs and cats who catch on fairly quickly.

Training your rabbit to recognize his name has many benefits.  Not only could this help you find your rabbit when he or she is hiding, but it can also strengthen the bond between you and your rabbit.

The key to training a rabbit is simple: reward your rabbit with a treat they love, and they will do what you ask!  So you will first need need to find a treat they love.  Rabbits may differ on their personal preference for their favorite treats.  A system of trial and error should work well in finding out which treats your rabbit loves the most!

Among the variety of rabbit treats, certain treats reign supreme.  A hot-seller are the Honey Sticks For Rabbits.  Not only is it sweet tasting, but it contains healthy vitamins and minerals!  The treats that I use for training are the Yogurt Drops For Small Animals, shown above.   These treats are the perfect size to use for training treats!  They also contain beneficial Vitamin C.

Here are the steps to take to train your rabbit to come when called:

1.  Kneel on the floor close to your bunny

2.  Show your rabbit the treat

3.  Say your rabbit’s name clearly, followed by the word “Come.” Your bunny will come to you naturally to get the treat, and you should give it to him.  After practicing this for a while, your rabbit will form an association between hearing his name and recieving the treat.

4. After a few days (or weeks, if your rabbit has a harder time catching on) of your bunny coming to you at a close distance, you can create a greater gap and continue Step 3.

As your bunny gets used to greater and greater distances, you should ultimately be able to get your bunny to come to you from another room!