Post # 1
Sooo… I was in the pet store yesterday getting my Bella some doggy stuff while my FI was getting his Fish stuff and I went and held some bunnies, like I always do. This new they had was a white Holland Lop and I TOTALLY fell in love with him. He was so docile in my hands and his little redish pink eyes just melted my heart. I wanted to take him so bad….
Needless to say, we left and when we got home my FI could tell I was a little sad. So he said, ”Alright… lets go eat and get your lop bunny thing” LOL I was SOOOO excited hahah. So, almost $400 later, HERE HE IS! HAHAHA His name is Sebastian:D
Anyone else have a Rabbit? This is my first time having one! Any advice? Ive read over the Bunny manual from the pet store and had a good chat with the pet store people but, anything owners can tell me would be great!
Post # 3
gorgeous! only piece of advice, no lettuce!! gives them diahorrea.
Post # 4
He’s so cute! We don’t officially have a rabbit, although there seems to be one that is living somewhere in our backyard. 🙂 We see him hopping around in the snow all the time.
Post # 5
Aw! What a sweetheart! I love lops. I have a rabbit (lionhead) and my best advice would be, if you want to litter train him, make sure you have a huge litter pan. My bunny has a big plastic bucket that she loves. Also, it sounds kinda gross, but rabbits graze and poop fairly continuously, so if you put his hay on/in his litter pan he’ll be more likely to use it.
Post # 6
@bunnymama: Aww there was a lionhead rabbit there too and he was so cute! yeah, they told me if I put his hay in his box that he will learn to go there. I deff wanna litter train him. My friend (who has a bunny) made fun of me when they seen a picture of hay in his litter, saying they never heard of that before but I just went off what the pet store told me haha thanks!
@SweetChick: I heard that romain lettuce is better than iceburg. The darker the green the better apparently and nothing too watery.. lol this is fun though, learning about a totally new animal haha
Post # 7
Bunnies will eat cords because the plastic polymers are made of sugars and taste sweet.
If you have house plants make sure that they are at least 2 feet off the ground, it’s amazing how tall they can get when they stand on their back legs.
One bunny I had was totally ok with carrots my other bunny cannot have them at all there is too much starch and sugar; it gives her constant diarreah. So watch the litterbox and fine tune the diet
Bunnies eat their own poop and it’s healthy and normal.
My bunny is absolutely obsessed with bananas. We dry them down in a dehydrator for treats, we also do apples this way. A dehydrator is a great thing to have with a bunny.
My bunny loves to sit on and rip up old phonebooks. If she gets poop on them we just rip off a few pages and it’s clean again.
Get down on their level to play with them. My rabbit loves it when you just lay on the floor and she can poke you and climb on you.
Here’s my bunny Chloe
Post # 8
Almost forgot. Apparently tulips and a lot of other bulb plants are poisonous to rabbits, so if you take him out to the garden to play make sure he’s not going to eat anything that will make him sick.
I second bananas as a snack, although I give them fresh. Mine also likes raspberries and buterscotch pudding. Although that’s probably not super good for her. 😛
Post # 9
@Eckle: awww lol so cute, love the colors! Yeah I have dried bananas as a treat. I was told to limit treats to more of a bonding time and not just all the time? I cant wait till he starts getting to used to me.
@bunnymama: LOL pudding? thats funny.
Do you guys have a dog? I have a little dog, shes very whiney about him and likes to sniff and try to lick. Shes not mean but I am worried about Sebastian biting her… How long does it take for them to be okay around other animals?
Post # 10
@MissBling: One thing we noticed about the banana treats is that a lot of them have added sugar which Chloe just cannot handle which is why we make our own. She’s a pretty independent soul and doesn’t like cuddling at all (we use it for punishment), but she does like interacting on her own terms. One of her routines is running up to my mom when she gets home and crawling up her leg until she gets a banana or apple. She’s also learned the sound of the container and will come running if she hears anything like it. My dad actually managed to teach her to come when called using treats.
Post # 11
Bunnyies are great! They are more playful than you would imagine! My old bunny, Maeby, would hop slowly then SPEED AWAY! She would run laps in the house. She would pee on people she didn’t like but would hop back in her cage to use the bathroom when people she was comfortable with were around.
Post # 12
Awwwwwww such cute bunnies & I agree, too much of a certain veggie can cause diarrhea. I had a cute grey dwarf bunny & it happened to him (or her, not really sure what it was lol)
Post # 13
@MissBling: What a cute rabbit! He’ll make an awesome pet. I raised Holland Lops for 10 years and never ever give them lettuce or anything from that family. Hollands are inbred and their system is much more sensitive than some of the other breeds. Lettuce can kill them because it produces gas and they have no way to rid themselves of this. It’s crazy since everyone always thinks of rabbits eating lettuce but not for these guys. Willow tree branches or cherry or apple tree branches are awesome treats for them and help keep their system clean.
Post # 14
Awwww I miss my bunnies!
mine used to follow me around the house and lay on me when I watched TV. But they were little buggers and chewed everything. I had to give them away because I became SO allergic I couldn’t even clean their cage or anything.
Post # 16
He’s so cute! I love rabbits, I have 4 of my own 🙂 I’ll try not to write a book!
- Dark leafy lettuce is good for them, iceberg is NOT. It is too watery and will give them diarrhea.
- Parsley & cilantro is good for their digestion. I give mine a daily mix of parsley, cilantro and dark lettuce (usually romaine or bibb).
- Spinach has a lot of calcium which could cause a build-up, give sparingly, if at all. Broccoli can cause gas which can be deadly. That being said I know of some rabbit owners that give their buns broccoli with no issues so if you want to try it I would suggest starting with a very small amount.
- I keep papaya tablets on hand and give that to them when they are moulting. Rabbits clean themselves like cats but they cannot vomit. Papaya seems to help keep their gut moving and breaks down some of their fur. The tablets are sugary so I use them sparingly as well. I’ve heard from other rabbit owners that pineapple is really good for this too.
- Rabbits poop all the time, seriously :). If you notice that he’s not “outputting” as much as he usually does try giving him canned pumpkin. Make sure that it’s pure pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling. The fiber in the pumpkin gets things moving. I’ve had to do this a couple of times and it saved me a VERY expensive vet bill.
- I second another poster on the telephone books; mine love them too :). I have spent lots of money on toys for my rabbits and I’ve found that what they play with most are phone books, cardboard boxes with cutouts and toilet paper rolls stuffed with hay and raisins. Had I known that years ago I would have saved myself a LOT of money!
- Give him unlimited amounts of hay. He looks pretty young still so I would give him alfalfa hay until he’s around 8 months old. After that you can give him timothy hay. Coastal and orchard hay is OK too. Do not give him fescue hay, it’s not good for them.
- Keep an eye on him while he’s out playing, he will chew through your electrical cords and chew your baseboards. I created a “play area” using storage cubes that I zip-tied together to create a large enclosed area. That way they can play even if I can’t watch them since they can’t get to any cords or baseboards.
- Last one I promise! Young rabbits are very often mis-sexed so don’t be surprised if he turns into a she (one of mine was supposed to be a girl…nope!). Either way I would recommend that you get them fixed. If he is a male he will start to spray once he hits puberty. If he turns out to be female she will get super aggressive once she hits puberty. Your sweet baby will turn into a holy terror, lol! That being said it will pass :). If he turns out to be a she she will also run a very high risk of getting uterine cancer if she’s not fixed.
I’m just a touch passionate about rabbits, if you can’t tell, haha! I would be more than happy to answer any questions if you have any