Safely Changing Your Rabbit's Diet
After becoming better informed about the
proper rabbit diet, many
people realize that their rabbit's diet needs to be modified.
Make any dietary changes gradually. For example, only introduce one new
type of vegetable at a time. If you are switching they type or brand of
pellets in your rabbit's diet, use a 25% new to 75% old mixture for the
first week, a 50/50 mix the second week, and a 75/25 mix the third week.
These more gradual changes will help to minimize any disturbances to
the delicate rabbit GI tract.
Getting Thumper To Take His Pills
Having trouble getting Thumper to take his medication? One trick
that works quite well is to place the whole tablet in a small, bite-sized piece of his favorite treat. A chunk of banana,
apple, or even a single raisin are some of the most popular vehicles
to disguise a pill. Our
Medicating FAQ has many more tips for administering even the most
Protecting Exposed Electrical Cords
Sometimes it's just not possible to keep cords hidden. In these cases,
Radio Shack sells something called "spiral
cable wrap". It costs about $1.50 for 3 feet and works like a
charm. You wrap the electrical and phone cords in this spiral
plastic sheath and the rabbits don't seem to want to chew them
any more - perhaps because the wrap has the effect of thickening
the cords so they no longer are bite-sized. This stuff is very
flexible so the cords are still manageable after wrapping. It
works well with cords that you might have in the middle of the
room or might move quite often, such as vacuum cleaner, phone,
lamp and other cords . Our
Rabbitproofing FAQ has many more tips for bunnyproofing your home.
Has your rabbit suddenly begun leaving territory dropings?
Droppings that are not in a pile, but are scattered, are signs
that this territory belongs to the rabbit. This will often occur
upon entering a new environment, or if a new rabbit, person, or
other pet is added to the household. Making sure that bunny has
some amount of space that is his alone can help to reduce the problem.
Our Introductions FAQ
has much more info on sucessfuly introducing
a new animal to your rabbit's territory.
Flea Control Tips
Cat flea products are generally safe for rabbits with fleas. Revolution and Advantage are both safe for most rabbits. One must be hesitant to treat
rabbits' fleas aggressively, because the cure can be more stressful than the
infestation, so flea baths and dips are not recommended.
A flea comb is a non-toxic device, which takes more patience, but is both
physically and psychologically rewarding. Most rabbits learn to love the
attention of being flea combed, and it can be used as a supplement to or as
your main flea-control program. If you want to control fleas in the environment
with sprays or a flea bomb, do only one room at a time and keep your rabbits
out of that room for at least 24 hours. For more info on grooming, our
grooming FAQ is ia great place to
-- June 17, 1998
Tip of the Week: Treat Foods
That cute little whiskered face is so hard to ignore, especially
when your bun sits up and looks so deserving of that special treat.
Most so-called rabbit treats are the equivalent of taking your rabbit
to McDonald's, providing non-nutritious junk that can harm.
The best advice is to save your money and show your love
with healthy treats like vegetables, hay and untreated wood for chewing. And give
plenty of pets, which are of course free. For more info, our
treat food FAQ
has the complete scoop.
-- June 12, 1998
Tip of the Week: "Hypnotizing" Your Rabbit
Often a bunny can be "hypnotized" by cradling him on his back in
your arms or across your lap, tipping the head backwards and repeatedly
stroking from the bridge of his nose to his ears until
he's "out." It's helpful to do this when cleaning bunny's sensitive areas,
like the face. feet, or under the tail. If the hind feet seem to be
vibrating, touching them will stop it.
More handling tips... -- June 5, 1998
Tip of the Week: Moulting
Is your rabbit molting (shedding) now? If so, you're not alone. While your
rabbit is shedding, you'll need to take extra
care to groom her at least once a day, and make sure she has plenty
of fresh hay and water. Hay helps ingested hair move through the GI tract (unlike
cats, rabbits are unable to vomit, so a blockage can occur). Water is very
important to keep your rabbit hydrated during this period.
For more information about molting, check out
-- May 28, 1998
Tip of the Week: How not to explode a bale of hay
First, turn the bale so that one end is toward you and the three
bands of wire, or twine, are parallel to the ground. Next, at the
end facing you, clip the bottom wire and the second
wire but not the top. Finally, bring your bunnies' haybox right
up to the cut end and pull
hay out from the underside of the bale into the haybox. The top wire
stays on to hold everything in place. As the hay
gets used, you can tighten up the top so that it continues to
hold the diminishing bale. Find out why
hay is critical to every rabbit's diet.
-- April 22, 1998
Tip of the Week: Sock Toy
Take an all-cotton thick athletic sock and split the top in half
with two vertical cuts through the ribbing. Put about 3 Tbs. of
hay in the toe, followed by 1 Tbs. of oat groats, followed by 1/3
cup pellets, followed by 1/2 to 3/4 cup hay (depending on sock
size). Then squeeze the fat part through the top of the cage
and tie the sock top around the wire in a double knot so just
the fat part is hanging in Bunny's cage. For more info on fun
rabbit toys, check out our Toy FAQ.
-- April 2, 1998