Keep Your Rabbit Happy with a Safe, Quiet Environment

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Keeping your rabbit happy is very important for developing a great relationship with your rabbit.  In order to keep your rabbit happy, she needs to be in a safe, secure place to feel comfortable and form a good relationship with their owners. By providing an environment that is enclosed, quiet, and in an area that is not hectic, your rabbit will be happy, healthy, and able to have a great relationship with you.

Rabbits need to feel safe and secure and by having an enclosed area for your rabbit to escape to is very important, whether your rabbit is an outdoor or indoor rabbit.  To begin with, have a secure and durable home for your rabbit to stay in, such as the Premium + Double Decker Hutch.  This hutch has a private, enclosed area for your rabbit to hop into for safety if needed and is perfect for an outdoor area.  For wire cages that are inside your home, it is a good idea to offer your rabbit a hut, such as the Woodland Get-A-Way Pet Playhouse, to hop into for comfort and a quiet place to get away.

Rabbits also need a place that is quiet and away from loud to feel comfortable for bonding with you.  It is a good idea to keep your rabbit and her home away from loud areas and people that are loud.  If you have children, help them to bond with your rabbit by teaching them to speak softly and be gentle with your rabbit.  Never scream or yell around your rabbit.  This will only scare your rabbit and make it hard on your relationship.

Keep your rabbit’s cage or hutch in an area that is not hectic.  An enclosed area outside that will have some visitors, but not a lot of traffic is ideal.  If your rabbit is an indoor rabbit, put the cage in a quiet corner of your living room or another room that will have some visitors, but not a lot of chaos.

By providing your rabbit a secure and quiet living space, you rabbit will be happy and be able to easily bond with you.

Prevent Your Rabbit’s Feet from Becoming Inflamed

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While most rabbit cages are designed with a wire floor for easy cleaning, the wire floor in the cage can be hard on your rabbit’s feet.  Keeping your rabbit’s feet healthy and in good condition is important to the overall health and well-being of your rabbit.  To prevent your rabbit’s feet from being inflamed, here are some simple solutions:

  1. Provide your rabbit with a large space to easily move around.  If your rabbit is stuck in a tight, cramped space, it will be hard for your rabbit to move around and get the blood flowing to the feet.
  2. Spend some time with your rabbit outside of the cage.  Rabbits need to spend some time, whether it is in your home or yard, hopping around and touching a solid surface with their feet.  Time spent outside of the cage is also great for getting in some great exercise.
  3. Offer your rabbit a solid surface to rest on while inside the cage.  A mat is great for offering your rabbit a nice foot resting spot.  Use a mat like the Small Animal Multi-Mat for a comfortable place to stand or sit.  Another great option for a resting place is to place a soft bed or hammock for your rabbit to rest in.  The Fuzz-E-Bed for Small Animals is easy for your pet to rest in and comes in three sizes to fit your cage and rabbit.
  4. It is also important to keep the flooring clean and free of waste.   Waste can cause bacterial infections in your rabbit’s feet when not properly cleaned.  Use a litter box to help keep the cage free of your rabbit’s waste.  A great litter box to have is the Enclosed Hi-Corner Litter Pan, which is made especially for use by rabbits.  The cover also helps to keep the cage cleaner by helping to prevent the litter from being scattered around.
  5. Lastly, is important to monitor your rabbit’s diet to keep the weight in check.  Offer your rabbit low calorie, high fiber foods, such as timothy hay and low calorie treats. Give your rabbit treats sparingly.  Obese rabbits tend to have more foot problems due to the excess weight on the feet.

A primer on Pet Rabbits (Rabbits for DoughDoughs)

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Everything you wanted to know about Rabbits and didn’t want to ask
 Or…. Rabbits for DoughDoughs

Rabbits are NOT boring.
 
Placing a rabbit in an outdoor hutch with minimal interaction from you and your family does result in a boring (and bored) pet. However, if housed indoors with regular interaction from you and your family, a pet rabbit suddenly becomes a social, fun-loving addition to a family and a household. 

Rabbits are NOT low maintenance pets.

Rabbits have needs similar to those of other household pets. Rabbits have specific dietary needs just like most pets. Cages and litter boxes need frequent cleaning. A properly cared for rabbit can live 8 to 10 years, sometimes even longer. This is quite a long-term commitment for a rabbit owner.

Rabbits are BAD starter pets for children.

Parents and children should take care of the rabbit together until the child is old enough to care for the rabbit by themselves. This way the bunny rabbit can be enjoyed by the whole family. (you’d be surprised, Dad and Mom – Rabbits are cool). Kid’s may hate to clean the rabbit’s cage. Rabbits often bought for children may become neglected as the child gets older and participates in activities outside the home. The once “new toy” may become “boring” and the child may lose interest in the animal. Parents should be willing to take over the responsibility of the pet rabbit should their child lose interest.

Rabbits are NOT mean but they may bite.

Rabbits are delicate, ground loving creatures. Rabbits are very social animals that enjoy the company of humans and other animals. Some rabbits love to snuggle alot, while other pet rabbits would prefer being petted on the ground. Some rabbits that prefer to stay on the ground may try and escape if they are being held, and may do this by biting or scratching. Spend time on the floor with your rabbit and see the world through your rabbit’s eyes.

Rabbits only eat carrots – HAHA — Rabbits do eat them but …

Rabbits do eat carrots, but these should be given only as a treat as they are high in sugar. A rabbit’s diet should include unlimited hay and this should be available to them at all times. Pellets should be offered in limited quantities to rabbits over seven months old. Do not feed pellets with nuts, seeds, dried vegetables or other “treats” in them to your pet rabbit!  These pellets are low in quality and very high in fat. 

Vegetables such as dark leafy greens should also make up a large portion of your rabbit’s diet. Iceberg lettuce (normal head lettuce) should not be given to rabbits as this type of lettuce causes diarrhea because of its high water content.

Travel with Your Rabbit in Comfort

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RABBIT CARRIER

When traveling with your pet rabbit, it is a good idea to prepare ahead of time to make sure that your rabbit is comfortable during the trip. If you plan on staying at a hotel, check to see if you are allowed to keep your rabbit in the room. Rabbits should never be left in the car, especially during the summer, overnight.

Mode of transportation. Whether you are in the car or traveling by plane, choose a carrier that will be comfortable for the trip. A hard plastic carrier, such as the Marchioro Skipper Pet Carrier, is great for either type of transportation.

  • If you are traveling by plane, check with the airline first to find out their requirements for rabbits. It is best to take your bunny with you in the plane�s cabin, so check with the airline first to find out if they allow rabbits in the cabin and what their size requirements are for the carrier.
  • If you decide to travel by car, pick a carrier that is large enough to comfortably hold all of your rabbit�s essentials. A large carrier also allows your pet more space to relax in.

Think about the weather. Hot weather is hard for your rabbit to tolerate, so make sure that you provide your rabbit with plenty of ventilation if traveling by car. It is a good idea to provide your rabbit with plenty of cool water for the ride. A great no-mess waterer for rabbits is the Tirso Water Bottle by Marchioro. This water works great in a carrier and won’t make a mess. If you are traveling by plane and your rabbit has to travel in the cargo hold, try to schedule your travel in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler.

Always makes sure your rabbit is properly identified. Write your phone number and other information on a sticker and place it on your rabbit�s cage. If there is a possibility that your rabbit could be separated from you, write your phone number with temporary, non-toxic ink on the inside of the rabbit’s ear. In addition, you can add an ID tag to your rabbit’s walking vest to help identify your rabbit.

Don�t forget to pack your rabbit�s essentials, such as food, bottled water, treats, toys, hay, wood or mineral chews, harness with a leash, and more. Make a checklist of all of the items that your rabbit will need for traveling and be sure to bring them with you. Bringing all of your rabbit�s creature comforts will help to keep your happy and healthy during your trip.

Creating a First-Aid Kit for Your Rabbit

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It can be very scary for a rabbit owner when your rabbit gets sick or injured and must be treated right away. For treating an urgent medical condition, it is a good idea to put together a first-aid kit to help with your rabbit�s minor injuries. Most minor injuries can be treated with the tools in this kit, however, you should always call your vet if you have questions or your rabbit�s condition gets worse.

Here are some essential tools to have in your rabbit�s first-aid kit:
1. Antibiotic lotion, such as Biocaine Antiseptic First Aid Lotion, is great for treating small wounds and cuts. Apply the lotion to the injured area to help prevent the cut from becoming infected.
2. Hydrogen peroxide or a wound cleaner to help flush out dirt and bacteria.
3. Cotton balls or cotton swabs for applying medication and cleaning the injured area.
4. Bandages, such as gauze wraps or pads, and bandage tape.
5. A rectal thermometer for animals and a lubricant, such as Vasoline. The normal temperature for a rabbit is between 103 and 106.
6. Tweezers for removing a foreign object stuck in the skin.
7. Scissors for cutting bandage wraps and tapes.
8. Styptic powder for nails that bleed when cut.
9. A soft towel for wrapping up an injured rabbit.
10. A medication dispenser, such as the Quick & Easy Pill Dispenser for Pets, for quickly administering medication.
It is also a good idea to have your vet�s phone number in the kit in case your rabbit has a serious injury. Having an emergency kit conveniently available during an emergency helps to give you a piece of mind when you are worried about your rabbit.

Summer Fun for Your Rabbit

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Rabbits love to hop free in the warm sunshine, but can get into trouble if their time outside isn�t rabbit proofed. If you plan on letting your rabbit have some outdoor fun, it is important to make sure that your rabbit is safe and well contained. To keep your rabbit safe while outdoors, follow these simple steps:

– Make sure the area your rabbit plays in is secure. Rabbits can jump a fence that is lower than 5 feet. Make sure that your fence is 5 feet high or taller. If you don�t have a tall fence, consider using a small animal playpen, such as the Clean Living Playpen for a Small Dog or Animal, to keep your pet contained. This pen can be used outdoors as a safe play area or indoors with the mat to give your rabbit a safe indoor play area.
– Because rabbits like to dig, it is important that the fence be placed at least 12 inches into the ground.
– Inspect your fence for gaps or holes to prevent your rabbit from escaping. Repair any holes and cover gaps to keep your rabbit safely contained.
– Remove any debris, toxic materials, or objects that may harm your rabbit.
– Make sure that your yard has rabbit friendly plantings. Safe plants for rabbits to nibble on are: apples, basil, blackberries, chickweed, wild chicory, red clover, white clover, dandelions, grapes, lemon balm, silver maple, sugar maple, mint, pear, raspberries, sunflowers, and willow.
– Scatter some toys around the yard for your rabbit to play with. By keeping your rabbit entertained, you will have to keep your rabbit out of trouble.
– Keep some water on hand to keep your rabbit hydrated while playing. Provide your rabbit with a shady spot. Make sure that your rabbit has some shade to take a break from the sun.
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Playtime for Your Pet Rabbit

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a href=”http://www.rabbitmart.com/blog/uploaded_images/bunny-toy-726184.jpg”>Rabbits love to have interaction with their human care-givers and providing them with stimulation is very important to their mental well-being. To help encourage interaction with your pet rabbit, it is important to offer fun toys, chews, and a play area that is made especially for rabbits.

Rabbit toys are ideal for interacting with your pet rabbit. Keep a variety of toys on hand and designate time every day for playing with your rabbit. The Bun-E-Fun Roller Toy for Small Animals allows you to play and interact with your rabbit and when your rabbit is alone, it may be nibbled on for entertained.

Another great way to help keep your rabbit entertained is to offer wood and mineral chews for them to nibble on and enjoy. There are several styles of chews to choose from and it is a good idea to offer a variety to your rabbit to help keep his or her interest.

A fun hideaway is perfect for adding a special, secret rest and play area to your rabbit�s cage or hutch. Some of the hideaways, such as the Nature Hut Small Animal Home, are made of natural materials that can be chewed on and are perfect for helping to keep teeth trim and neat.

By providing your rabbit with extra stimulation, whether it�s playtime with you or some fun toys, it will improve the mental health of your rabbit. These items and more are available at Rabbit Mart.

How to Set-up a Comfortable Home for Your Rabbit

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Before adopting a pet rabbit, make sure that you have the following items to set-up the perfect home for your rabbit. Rabbits are fun-loving creatures that love to be around people, but need to have a safe, indoor or outdoor caged environment in order to thrive. If you cage your rabbit indoors or outdoors, allow your rabbit to spend some time running free indoors while being supervised.

1. Rabbit Cages and Hutches: The best place for your rabbit to stay is in a rabbit cage or hutch when not under supervision.

Rabbit cages make wonderful homes for rabbits and can be placed anywhere inside your home. Cages are available in a variety of sizes and styles. The most important feature of the cage is the size. The size of the cage is important because rabbits need a lot of space in order to be comfortable. The cage should be at least five times the size of the rabbit, so your rabbit can stand up and stretch out.
Rabbit hutches also make great homes for rabbits. Hutches are typically made of exterior grade ply-wood for placement outdoors. If you decide to purchase a rabbit hutch and want to place the hutch outdoors, choose a covered location that will protect the hutch from the elements and from other predatory animals. It�s hard for rabbits to endure temperatures extremes and they can be frighten to death by the sight of other animals. You may also want to move your rabbit indoors when the weather gets too hot because it is especially hard for a rabbit to tolerate very hot temperatures.

2. Flooring and Bedding Accessories: Both cages and hutches have wire floors to help keep the home cleaner. Wire floors can be very hard on your rabbit�s feet, so it important to have a mat or disposable flooring for your rabbit to sit and walk on. Grass mats are great because they are soft on rabbit feet and can even be nibbled on. You may also want to put down hay, grass or litter for rabbit bedding. A soft cozy bed also makes a great place for your pet to rest and sleep.

3. Water and Feeding Supplies: Make sure that your rabbit has access to clean water at all times. A water bottle for rabbits is ideal for storing water and keeping it clean. In addition, keep rabbit food in a crock or bowl made for rabbits and hay in a hay rack. Keeping food off of the floor is best because it prevents contamination and disease.

4. Rabbit Chews: It is an excellent idea to keep rabbit chews handy in the cage for your rabbit to chew on. Rabbits love to chew and this healthy habit keeps their teeth trim and neat. Wood or mineral toys made especially for rabbits are ideal because they are designed to be safely chewed by your rabbit. Chewing is also a great way for your rabbit to be entertained.

5. Rabbit Toys: Rabbits enjoy playing with little toys made for their enjoyment. Soft toys are great for flipping and tossing and interactive play. Your rabbit might also like to play with balls made of wood or grass. Keeping toys in the cage or hutch is important for the mental health of your rabbit. Toys provide rabbits with extra stimulation and provide entertainment.

Setting up your rabbit�s cage and hutch to be comfortable for your rabbit is very important for their mental and physical health. Choose items that are made especially for the health and well-being of your rabbit and you should have a happy, healthy rabbit. You can find everything that your rabbit needs at Rabbit Mart.