About Us!

Welcome to our page! We do our best to provide to-be and current bunny owners up-to-date info on the best care for their house rabbits. When we adopted our first bunny in 2005, there was almost nothing on the internet to tell us how to care for him. Just in the past few years, information has exploded online, and now it can be confusing! We try to simplify it by posting weekly articles on current issues, daily care, concerns, proper feeding, and other info so you can enjoy your house-bun! If you are just finding us, feel free to look through the older posts also. Please email us if you have any questions! Happy bunnies make happy hearts!
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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Think, Learn, Prepare, THEN Adopt!

Many adopters love the IDEA of having a rabbit for a pet, but in the long-term caring of the bunny, loose interest in the daily interaction the bunny needs. This causes the bunny to find ways to keep itself from being bored by becoming destructive. This is like any other puppy, dog, or pet that is active and needs to feel like they are a part of the family everyday. Study what having a rabbit is about before taking one home. They don't want to be rejected and unloved any more than another part of your family would. 

Life expectancy: varies with breed, anywhere from 5 to 15 years.

Why Rabbits Can Make Good Pets
  • Rabbits are social and with gentle handling are generally quite tame.
  • They are playful and entertaining to watch.
  • Rabbits often form very close bonds with their owners.
  • They can be litter trained. They also respond well to gentle training (try a clicker) and can be trained to do special behaviors and tricks.
What You Need to Know Before Deciding on a Rabbit
  • Being social, rabbits need a great deal of interaction with their owners and/or other rabbits to be happy. Daily playtime and exercise outside of their case are a necessity.
  • Rabbits are not low maintenance - it takes a good deal of work to properly care for a rabbit.
  • Rabbit pellets alone are not a sufficient diet -- they need lots of roughage in the form of good quality hay and a variety of fresh vegetables.
  • They do need to chew, so lots of safe chew toys should be provided, and any spaces where the rabbit is allowed to run must be carefully rabbit-proofed.
  • They need a relatively large cage. They are also better off indoors, where they can be more social with their family and also are also safe from predators (even in the city) and extreme weather.
  • While they are generally quiet pets, rabbits are not a good match for active young children who may not be careful enough when picking them up or playing around them.
  • Rabbits like to be near their people, but they often would rather not be held.
  • They will likely require some veterinary care, which can be expensive. They should be spayed or neutered (by a vet experienced with surgery on rabbits).
  • Rabbit urine can have a strong odor so expect to change their litter box frequently (spaying and neutering can help reduce the odor. In addition their urine is high in calcium so can leave a chalky residue when it dries that can be hard to clean up (vinegar is pretty effective for this).
More on very important aspects of rabbit care can be found in the Rabbit Care Guide Consider Adopting a Shelter Rabbit
Please consider adopting an rabbit from a shelter or rescue if you have one nearby. There are many perfectly good pet rabbits who need a second chance at finding a forever home. Don't worry about getting an older rabbit--you can get a good sense of their personality and they will bond with new owners just fine.

 If you are considering a pet bunny, but live in apartment, make sure you know what you're getting yourself into and do plenty of research.

A Place of Bunny's Own

You can't expect to bring your new bunny home and let her loose to live in your apartment as she pleases. She needs a place to call her very own. Of course you will probably bring her home in a little cage that is her's, but she needs somewhere she can be alone that will fit at least 5x her. So, a 15" x 25" cage won't cut it.
Ideally, bunny's should get their own room. A BUNNY PROOF room (read about bunny-proofing below). This way she can have her own space and run around while not disturbing your space. Of course you can let her out to run around, but she must always be supervised while not in her space. Otherwise she may poop, pee, and chew her way to your insanity.
Of course if you live in an apartment, you probably can't give your bunny a whole room. That's why you build a bunny condo! These are like super nice cages for your hoppy friend to lay out, poop, eat, climb and play without ruining your life. A bunny condo won't cost you more than $70 to make, but if you're lazy you can buy a nice one for under $200.

Bunny Proofing

Bunny Proofing is VERY important. Do not convince yourself that your bunny won't chew your stereo wires, or won't pee on your $500 couch. Bunnies love to help you redecorate, by stripping that ugly wallpaper, pulling up your old carpet, and forcing you to buy new electronics. Your bunny must be kept where no wires are exposed, no peeling wallpaper, preferably no wood paneling, and if you can help it, no carpet. If you are stuck with carpet, you can put down straw mats that your bunny can chew on instead of the carpet, but you'll need to replace them and of course constantly keep an eye out.
It may be impossible to bunny proof the entire apartment, but if your room has a lot of wires or your bathroom has lots of chewables, close those doors while the bunny is out and you may need to do some reorganization to keep bunny out of places she shouldn't be! Remember: Bunnies are GREAT jumpers!

Potty Training your Bunny

Yes! Bunnies can be trained for litter boxes! But they aren't quite as easy as cats. Bunnies like to poop and pee in corners, so when you first get your new friend, keep a look out for these spots. The easiest way to train your bunny is to put several boxes out where she will most likely to potty. You might need 4 or 5 boxes. In her cage put one where she likes to potty the most (you'll figure it out pretty quick). When you catch her using a litter box, give her a treat and pet her so she knows how well she did. Pretty soon, you can start removing a box at a time, and as long as she has one box per room, she should pretty much always use them.
Litter boxes can be like the ones for cats or you can just get a cardboard box, big enough for your bunny to jump in. Don't use cat litter. Use wood shavings and hay, and try to clean them out as often as possible.Bunny pee is pretty stinky. But as long as you are diligent about helping the bunny to use the litter box, it'll be smooth sailing.

All Other Rules Apply

You must keep everything else in mind when getting a pet bunny, whether it's an apartment or a house or living outside.
If you're in college: remember you may not be able to have animals in the apartment! Most apartments on my campus don't allow pets, so make sure to check before you get a pet!

Remember that bunnies need a lot of love and attention. Most bunnies don't like to be held, but once they learn who are you and get comfortable with you, they would love to hop in your lap and snuggle there. Bunnies will chase you and dance around your feet and jump up on everything to be close to you. The most important thing is that you must always keep an eye on your bunny while she out and also: they eat a lot more than carrots! A balanced diet is important with romaine lettuce, veggies, as much Timothy hay as they want, fruits, and dry Timothy pellets (but not usually more than 1/2 cup a day.)
Have fun with your new friend!


* http://exoticpets.about.com/od/rabbits/f/choosingrabbit.htm