First pet rabbit/bunny?
Topic: First pet rabbit/bunny?
April 24, 2019 / By Ashling Question:
so my sister is taking my dog to california with her in march because she is moving there. the only reason he is going with her is because my mom doesnt want him anymore and i would rather him go with her than have him with someone i dont trust. so my mom said when he is gone i can have one small pet. i wanted a bunny but she said that her friends rabbit goes to the vet often and it costs about $200 a trip. but on the other hand, my friend has one of those bunnies where the ears are always down, and she has never had any problems with the rabbit. i think they are so cute and i would love to have one. do they really need to go to the vet often because her rabbit had like stomach issues or something. like is that in all rabbits and bunnies or just hers?
im probably going to feed him/her regular rabbit food and also probably clean vegetables like celery and carrots, and fruits such as apples. and there is only going to be one rabbit. my mom wont let me get anymore than one.
and its not that im not willing to pay for the vet, its that we dont have a lot of money. because my moms friends rabbit goes for health problems about once every 2 months and we cant afford 1200 a year in vet bills
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Zibeon | 4 days ago
Simply there's no predicting how often you'll need to go to the vet. You may get a bun that needs bare minimum vet treatment for 3-4 years, then as it starts to age, something goes wrong and you've got to shell out. Other buns will live their entire 8-10 years with only minimal vet trips (such as to help clip nails) and no major problems.
In the US you are lucky in that you don't need to worry about Myxomatosis and VHD vaccinations. I'm in the UK and for the two buns that's £90 a year for both of them just on vaccinations!
Things you need to be wary of are dental issues, proneness to abscesses (the rabbit I had as a kid was put down age 2-3 due to chronic abscesses) and the gut issue you just can't predict.
I would do lots of research on diet as it is actually quite complex for buns, avoid muesli and fruit/carrots are a rare treat. Celery shouldn't be regular and it has to be chopped into small pieces so the fibres of it don't cause problems!
You cannot do too much research on these little creatures. They are complicated little creatures, a lot more complicated than they may first seem! Like curious, mischievous, vegetarian cats.
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Originally Answered: My bunny rabbit won't eat her food?
First this could happen to anyone, but you should do research about pet you get or want just so you have an idea. Second its okay to give them some treat like 2 a day. I have a rabbit and I give her yogert treats she loves them, and they aren't unhealthy for her as long as they aren't her meal. Which could be an idea for you maybe get some treats and put them on your rabbit pellels. The best i think is Timothy pellels with hay in it which you still need to give them a little pile of hay. I hope that helps:)
The most important component of your rabbit’s diet is grass hay, such as timothy or brome. This is crucial for keeping his intestinal tract healthy. Unlimited hay should be available at all times.
You’ll also need to feed your bunny good-quality rabbit pellets. Opt for a formula with at least 15 to 19 percent protein and 18 percent fiber. Until your pet is fully grown (around six months), he can have all the pellets he wants. After that, pellets should be limited to 1/8 to 1/4 cup per day per five pounds of bunny body weight. Pellets should be fresh and plain, without seeds, nuts or colored tidbits.
Fresh leafy greens make up a third component of your pet’s diet. He’ll enjoy dark leaf lettuces, collard greens, turnip greens and carrot tops. We recommend a minimum of two cups per six pounds of rabbit.
Clean, fresh water, dispensed in a bottle or sturdy bowl, should be available at all times.
Health issues can happen in any breed of any and any rabbit can have issues. Rabbit vets also tend to be more expensive than a dog vet, so $200 for a visit is not abnormal. A spay can be around $200-400 when you include everything and a neuter is usually around $50-75 less.
Rabbits do tend to be more sensitive when it comes do diet and their digestive system. This means you do need to monitor the diet and keep a good eye on the output. Since rabbits can go down hill quickly, it is important to know what is normal and what is not.
If you are not willing to pay the vet bills, you should not have a pet.
Make sure you do more research on diet. Carrots, apples and other fruits are not good for rabbits to have on a daily basis. Leafy green vegetables are better. Rabbits also need hay and lots of it. Pellets should be limited for adults it around 1/4 cup per 5 pounds of body weight.
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Seems like everyone has done a pretty good job of warning you. Yes unlimited timothy or orchard grass, ALWAYS! If you feed celery, always chop them to small pieces so that the strings wont get caught in their system. Never feed more than one fruit a week. they are full of sugars and can cause many problems. BTW, I would not buy a hutch. Wire bottoms cause lots of foot problems, and depending on where you live, the environments can pose a threat to your bunny. Not only that, but there is no mental stimulation with a hutch. I recommend getting an exercise pen, filling it when a bunch of toys, a litter box, a large cage for her to sleep in with the door always open, a few cat beds, and more toys. That way, your rabbit is never bored and never develops any bad habits. Hutches are designed more for breeders.
Depends on the breed and how the person takes care of it. If you follow basic rabbit care, your rabbit should be fine, but, they are very fragile animals. Breeds do play a major roll. In fact, those lop eared rabbits have very sensitive digestive tracts. A very hardy breed is the New Zealand, but that is a larger rabbit, weighing in around 9 pounds on average. Females can get bigger. Yes, the rabbits are extremely cute! Its what got me interested in them, but they are WORK! They need LOTS of attention, more than a dog. So do lots and lots of research before you start looking to buy a rabbit, that way, you know what you are prepared for.
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Rabbits do have a VERY sensitive digestive system so you need to be careful on what you feed them. I have an Epileptic rabbit called Bigwig and to be honest the only time I have to take him to the vet is to have his vaccinations.
To avoid stomach problems they need about 90% of their diet to be hay and only 10% nuggets. Giving them nuggets avoids what's called selective eating where the rabbit eats only the bits they like and leave the bits that are actually good for them. I recommend Burgess Excel Rabbit nuggets they contain a pro-biotic which is good for the rabbits digestive system. Oh and NEVER feed them human food like chocolate or cake even if they beg, it can really screw up their insides. I've seen people who do it and then wonder why their bunny isn't healthy. If you really wanna give them a treat give them healthy things like tiny bits of fruit, carrots, pak choy or celery (Bigwig's favorites).
I hope I've helped you and if you need anymore advice on rabbits just let me know.
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That is uncommon and I would go for a mini-lop or a standard lop as they are more calm and tend to have good attitudes in most situations.
A yearly checkup should be 30-40 depending where you live.
I would feed Nutrena pellets,$15 for 25 lbs here from a feed store, half cup per 4lbs and celery,and carrots and apples should still be measured daily.Too much carrot is bad because they are high in sugar same as apples.
hutch should be at least 2 feet tall 51 long and 20 wide.
You MUST provide unlimited timothy hay daily and fresh water and you should be set.
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Originally Answered: Got any tips on owning a bunny rabbit?
You will have the most success with an adult rabbit. I know it seems cuter to get a baby but they dont want to be held and are generally harder to take care of. If possible try to adopt one. they will come nuetured and will be a breeze to love and hold because they wont be trying to spray on everything and if your training a house rabbit then will be easier to litter train. Please consider letting your bunny live in your house. All they need is a "bunny room" or a nice sized crate. You put a litter box down with a lot of hay on top and they pretty much train thrmselves because bunnies like to munch and poo. Dont try to make the cat and the rabbit use the same box. They need the green pellets. you can find them at walmart or any pet store. I get rabbit diet, natures elegence. Whatver you get make sure it says COMPLETE not complimentary or it will not be all the nutrients she needs. She alo needs to have a lot of hay. bunnies also love cat balls! they roll them around and toss them its so cute. She will need to chew chew chew! If your short on money try an old phone book. Works like a charm. unless you have a fenced yard or a bunny leash (walmart) I dont reccomend it. If you do make sure it isnt where other animals "do their bussiness" If the bunny eats the grass she can get sick from that. Rabbits have been known to make great pets and get along great with dogs and cats the same, as long as they are introduced properly . when you bring it home be sure to put her in her area and leave her alone for at least 24 hrs. This will give her anough time to get used to her new surroundings. I named mine butters because he was white and had brown on his face and it looked like he got in a tub of peanut butter! You can try freckles, domino, miley, hops, binky etc. what ever her name will be you will love her no matter what!
PS: Limit her intake on fruit. Despite how good she is at begging (they are pros) Dont give in. Apples etc has too much sugar in it and it is not good for her teeth. Ocassionally its ok but not all the time. she would be happy with carrotts or nice lettuce, also avoid ice burg lettuce