how to take care of a rabbit?

Philippines
May 19, 2007 9:03pm CST
we've just got out first rabbit yeaterday. i bought it for my kid so that he has something to take care.it's part of my training to him. now, i wish to have hints from you guys on how to take care of our pet without depriving its freedom.please help
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@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
20 May 07
How very sweet! I always wanted a bunny but my parents said 'no.' I had a friend who had a bunny. She litter trained hers with cat litter. It ran around the house just like a cat or dog! She had a HUGE cage in her back yard too, filled with things that the bunny liked so that it could also experience the outdoors too. I remember when we would sit in her room listening to music it would sit in her lap! Good luck with your bunny!
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@Pigglies (9336)
• United States
21 May 07
Actually, you never want to use actual cat litter (not the typical kitty litter gravelly stuff, and not the clay clumping stuff). Cat litter can easily cause impactions in rabbits because they end up eating it as they eat hay in the litterbox. A better bedding choice would be something like Yesterday's News (if you must use a cat litter, that one is okay because it's recycled paper which is digestable if necessary, but isn't easily eaten either), aspen shavings, or something else more bunny appropriate.
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• United States
20 May 07
The simplest way to take care of him is to get him a cat box. Yes, a cat box. Fill it with kitty litter, and train him to go poo in there. If you need to teach him, simply carry him to the box, put his front paw in the litter, and make scraping movements like you're digging a hole. The rabbit will understand. Next: Buy Hon Rabbit Kibble, and put out a bowl of it and a bowl of water on a food mat in the kitchen. Show him the food. If he won't eat, then put some dandelion greens and romaine lettuce on top of it. A carrot every now and then is fine, too. Rabbits also eat apples, especially tart ones. Cut everything into smaller pieces, or you'll see him hopping thru the house leaving little pieces of lettuce all over. Finally, guard your furniture. Put tin foil around the legs of your sofa, china cabinet, and coffee table. Otherwise, little rabbit will have a go at them. Provide empty toilet paper and paper towel tubes for him to munch on, and get him a little cage that can be his sleeping quarters at night. Fill it with wood shavings and an occasional wood block for him to chew on. (Rabbits need to chew constantly to prevent their front teeth from overgrowing. Trim his nails like you would a dogs, and handle him often. Don't be alarmed if he gets nervous or shakes a little. Just put him down and try again later. The more you handle him and love him, the more apt he will be to sit with you and allow you to pet him. Fur care: buy a brush with nubby ended bristles, and brush him out at least once a week. Use DRY shampoo only when cleaning him. It comes in a powder, just shake on and brush out. For the first week you may wish to keep your little guy in one area of the house, such as a tiled place that you can block off. This is just in case he does not catch on with the cat box the first time. After you see him regularly using the box, he can roam the house freely.
@Pigglies (9336)
• United States
21 May 07
No NO NOOO!!! Do NOT use kitty litter! Rabbits will ingest it and they have no gag reflex. If it gets stuck in their delicate GI tract, it will require expensive surgery to get it out. Instead, you put something like aspen shavings, kiln dried pine, or recycled paper bedding in the litterbox. Cover with hay. They'll eat and poop at the same time and your rabbit should be litter trained quickly (once spayed/neutered). I've never heard of "Hon Rabbit Kibble", but the most important part of a rabbit's diet, is HAY. Not pellets. Feed limited pellets, but unlimited hay. Pellets should be alfalfa for a rabbit under a year, or timothy pellets for a rabbit over one year. You can order some really high quality pellets at www.oxbowhay.com Be careful not to overfeed carrots and fruits. Too sugary. For some good veggie options, see www.guinealynx.info (even though their list is for guinea pigs, the veggies are also okay for rabbits). I wouldn't trust tinfoil to protect my furniture. Block off anything you really care about if you're giving them free run of the house. Also, rabbits have molars (not just front teeth). Not all rabbits like chew blocks (if they do, that's great). Whether they'll use chew blocks or not, you must feed hay to wear down the teeth and also for the digestive process. You shouldn't have to clean your rabbit at all, I'd skip the dry shampoo. They'll lick off the residue. Rabbits are naturally clean like cats, they typically do not need baths.
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@RenaeT (688)
• United States
20 May 07
I bought a rabbit once, boy was I ever sorry!! That thing got so mean. He bit me all the time if I tried to hold him. One time, he bit me through my jeans! He was litter box trained to pee, but he pooped ALL OVER the house all the time! Consequently, we named him Pooper. I got so tired of little turds being all over the apartment. I had a large cage for him to sleep in at night, but I felt sorry for it in the day, so I let it have free reign of the apartment. Then, one time, the last time, he ate an area of carpet under my bed that was about 7 inches around. I gave him away that day. I couldn't deal with him any more!!! Bye bye Bunny. Are you keeping yours in the house?? I hope not.
@Pigglies (9336)
• United States
21 May 07
Was your rabbit neutered? Was it a dwarf? You can keep them in the house in a puppy pen over linoleum. It's easy to sweep up hay and poops that way. Plus, that way you get to enjoy their company.
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22 May 07
here are sose terrific sites links it has almost everything ypu will need to know and more 1. faq about every major house rabbit topic http://www.rabbit.org/faq/index.html 2everything you ever wanted to know about pet and wild rabbits http://www.petcaretips.net/rabbit_care.html 3rabbit reference care feeding and other http://homepage.mac.com/mattocks/morfz/rabcare.html 4rabbit care articles http://www.adoptarabbit.com/articles.html 5the information you need to raise and care for your rabbit http://www.rabbitweb.net/ 6help my rabbit is sick and i cant reach my vet http://www.rabbitcare.org/help.htmand general care 7background rabbits and children some words of caution, cost,diet,handling and general care,health and veterinary care http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=pets_rabbitcare we are not associated with any of these sites just passing on info i thought you would like and use good luck also if your child is old enough they might like 4h
@Pigglies (9336)
• United States
21 May 07
I know it's too late now... but what kind of a lesson is that? Buy your kid something you have no clue how to care for. On top of that, you choose a 10+ year commitment. Hopefully you'll be there for this rabbit, because I seriously doubt any child will care for a pet for 10+ years. Check out www.bunnybunch.org for some great care info. I'd also recommend buying the House Rabbit Handbook. Best of luck to your rabbit! And my most important advice incase you don't go look up the links... - HAY HAY HAY!!! Hay is the most important part of a rabbit's diet, don't neglect to feed good grass hay. - Spay/neuter! So helpful for preventing behaviorial and health problems - SPACE! Rabbits need space, 8 square feet is enough, but 16 square feet or more is better.
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