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.

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

 

 

Things to Avoid When Traveling on the Road with Your Rabbit

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Travel season is quickly approaching and if you plan on traveling on the road with your pet rabbit this summer, there are some things to avoid when traveling to help ensure your rabbit’s health and safety.  Making sure that your rabbit is safe and happy when traveling is one of the most important things to remember when traveling this summer.  To make your trip more enjoyable for both you and your rabbit, here are some dangerous things to avoid when traveling:

  • Whether you are traveling in a car, truck, SUV, or another type of vehicle, it is important to make sure that your rabbit is not left alone in a hot car.  During the summer, the temperature can quickly rise and can make your car feel like a hot oven.  Even a few minutes alone in a hot car can cause your rabbit to overheat and become sick and can even cause death.  For this reason, it is important to always take precautions not to leave your rabbit alone in the car when you make a stop.  If you have to make a stop and need to leave your vehicle, a soft rabbit carrier is ideal for carrying your rabbit around when you make a stop.   The Tote Around Town Pet Carrier Bag is a soft rabbit carrier that looks like an ordinary tote bag and is perfect for carrying your rabbit around when making a stop.
  • Regardless if you plan a short or long road trip with your rabbit, a small plastic carrier, such as Marchioro Skipper Pet Carrier, will help to keep your safe and comfortable in the vehicle.  It is not a good idea to use a cardboard box because it doesn’t provide good ventilation if the top is not open and can become soggy and messy from urine.   In addition, a travel bag is not a good idea for keeping your rabbit safe and comfortable in the vehicle.

Grooming Tools that Every Rabbit Owner Needs

Grooming your rabbit on a regular basis is important for maintaining your rabbit’s health and insuring that your rabbit is always in the best possible shape.  In order to accomplish this, it is important to keep a number of essential tools on hand to make your grooming experience quicker, convenient, and more enjoyable.  It is a good idea to groom your rabbit about once week or more if needed.  The main tools that you will need are brushes, combs, nail clippers, styptic powder, a small flashlight, and cotton swabs.

  • Rabbit Brushes:  for proper of brushing your rabbit, choose a pin brush and a slicker brush, to help make your rabbit’s coat stand out and remove loose hair.  A pin brush is great for detangling your rabbit’s long hair and a slicker brush, such as the Tender Touch Slicker Wire Rabbit Brush, is great for short hair or finishing up your rabbit’s coat.
  • Rabbit Combs:  a comb is ideal for helping to remove the dangles in your rabbit’s hair and helps to reduce matting.  Use a comb like the Adjustable 2 In 1 Pet Comb, after using a brush to help remove the remaining tangles for a smooth, finished look.  In addition to a regular comb, a flea comb is a great investment for your rabbit’s grooming kit.  A flea comb will help to trap the
  • Rabbit Nail Clippers:  every rabbit owner needs a great pair of nail clippers to keep your rabbit’s nails trim and neat. Choose a pair of clippers, like the Cat Guillotine Nail Trimmer, Styptic & File, to easily clip your rabbit’s nails.  This clipper works quickly to smoothly remove your rabbit’s nails and includes styptic powder and small nail file to smooth out any rough edges.
  • Small Flashlight:  a flashlight is great for making it easier to see where the quick is in your rabbit’s nails.  It helps to take the guesswork out of where to clip the nail.
  • Styptic Powder:  This powder is a necessity for any rabbit owner.  Apply it to your rabbit’s nail if you cut the quick and the nail starts bleeding.
  • Cotton Swabs:  a cotton swab has a variety of uses that will greatly benefit your rabbit.  Use a cotton swab to gently clean out your rabbit’s ears or use the swab to apply styptic powder if necessary.
  • Wood or Mineral Chew:  You may want to give your rabbit a wood or minearal chew during your rabbit’s grooming ritual to help keep your rabbit entertained and content while grooming.