Elizabeth Reiter's Bunny Info
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Introduction: Elizabeth Reiter, a member of the House Rabbit Society, sent this additional information about how she and other HRS members keep their bunnies and rabbits. Iíll let her tell you in her own words because sheís a pretty good writer. Iíll throw in some pictures to add a little color. LA
First of all, bunnies do actually need more in their diets than just pellets. They require fresh vegetables and unlimited access to hay. The vegetables are an excellent source of nutrition for the bunns and hay helps keep their teeth at the right length and promotes excellent digestive health. Bunnies are very prone to gut statis and the long fibers help push hair and other blockages out of their system. Also, bunnies have terrible sweet tooths and will eat anything sugary, but too much carbohydrates in their diet promotes obesity (a growing problem in house rabbits) and gut statis.
Rachel Warren, May 27, 2011
not to critized but as a former rabbit show person, 4-H on your bunnies photo it said Dutch Bunny over wire photo, that a checkered giant, not dutch rabbit not sure I fyou notice, but it just a minor oop that all PS if children, rabbits are not good mix, does that mean 4-H should be banned, no kids can joined in 4-H the youngest you can join is 3rd grade
A: The photo caption was a mea culpa on my part. The non-kid comment was made by the guest author of that particular page. LA
Second, bunnies actually donít do so well with wire bottom cages unless there is a significant padded space, such as a carpet sample. Their nails can get caught in the wire and the rough wire can cause sore hocks and promote infection in bunnyís sensitive skin. Also, cedar chips have aromatic oils that can irritate bunnies respiratory system, causing infection.
On the topic of bunny skin, baths usually arenít recommended unless bunny is elderly or disabled and tends to defecate on himself. Their skin is incredibly stretchy and sensitive and can easily dry out and have other issues when a bath is given. Many stores sell lanolin bunny wipes to wipe pee stains off of feet and bunnies do pretty well washing themselves. Heck thatís what they spend 25% of their time doing!
Also, I think itís important to mention that bunnies donít have to use their whole cage as a littler pan. They are easily litter trained. My bunn and all the HRS bunns use litter boxes in their cage.
Bunnies donít really like to be cuddled, no matter how domesticated they are. They are unlike cats and dogs in that they are a prey species rather than predator and as such they view the world very differently. Trust often has to be built and they relate well to humans on their level, that being the ground level. Hands might frighten bunnies at first so meeting them nose to nose and allowing them to explore without touching helps build trust. Eventually your bunny will love cuddling next to you, though he or she may never like being picked up. Itís scary up there for a little guy used to being on the ground and this is often when bunnies bite, and oh yes, domestic bunnies will bite. They also will bite to say ďhey, move overĒ because this is how they communicate with each other in the wild.
Lastly, bunnies do like to live with other bunnies. Bunnies wonít instantly like every bunny they are matched with. Like any animal, they have personalities and just like you and I donít instantly want a relationship with everyone we meet. Bunnies want to get to know each other first. Male/female pairs tend to do best, while male/male relationships are the hardest to bond. At HRS, bunnies can go on ďdateĒ where they meet other bunns and decide if they like each other. My rabbit went on a ďdateĒ but he and the female didnít get along, and since we were moving we decided to wait. But maybe in the future we will find him a pal.
Oh, and one more thing. Bunnies and children, not always a good mix. Children tend to maul and frighten bunnies, which can turn them into frightened biters. So the parents decide the bunny has to go, and the bunny ends up in a shelter, or worse left to fend for itself outside, simply because the parents didnít do the research on all the work that truly goes into taking care of bunnies! Whoever said bunnies are easy to take care of probably never owned one!
I truly hope you found this informative rather than offensive because from what Iíve seen on your site you have an excellent store and a wealth of pet knowledge. I am very eager to visit your store and see what you have to offer! Iíll provide some links below if youíd like to learn more about the House Rabbit Society and other bunny sites. I am hoping to become a volunteer for the bunny department at the Animal Rescue League and to be more involved in the pet community here. Thank you for your time.
www.rabbit.org National HRS Website
www.wisconsinhrs.org Wisconsin HRS Website
www.busybunny.com An excellent website for bunny toys and information
www.bunniwerks.org/behave.htm A cute and fun website about what bunny body language says about your bunn!
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