Mini Lop Rabbit - Agouti

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Eat Your Greens
We all like to have a big drink on a hot day; your rabbit is the same. Your rabbit needs access to fresh water at all time, ideally from a drip feed bottle, these are available from pet shops. They should be provided once a day with a small cup of rabbit pellets, and given plenty of fresh clean hay. Fresh dark greens, such as spinach, carrot tops, broccoli leaves, parsley and mint are very healthy additions in your rabbits diet. Also as a treat pieces of apple, pair and melon make a healthy treat. Note that rabbits under 5 months of age should be limited to a small amount of fresh vegetables and fruit as it may cause diarrhoea. At the end of the day throw any food out that hasn't been eaten. If your rabbit has lots of food left over at the end of the day you are probably feeding him to much, and an overweight rabbit will not live as long. Do not feed your rabbit any of the following, as they are poisonous, potatoes, rhubarb, lettuce, leftover salads with dressing, cakes, onions, dairy, pickled foods or chocolate. Many garden plants are also toxic. Do not be disturbed when you see your rabbit eating their own droppings, this is very important. Rabbits have a great ability to digest fibre that many animals cannot. To do this they digest their foods twice by eating their droppings. Your rabbits front teeth also grow continually, so to prevent a trip to the dentist, give your rabbit a piece of bark covered wood or any of the rabbit chew treats sold at pet shops. Your rabbit will gnaw on the wood, thus keeping their teeth trim and healthy. If the teeth become overgrown the rabbit will need veterinary treatment, without it the rabbit will have trouble eating and will die

Skip Run Jump
If your hutch has adequate room your rabbit will exercise themselves naturally, to encourage this behaviour place some rocks, or a hollow log in the cage, provided it is big enough. Alternatively purchase a rabbit lead sold at any good pet shop. This will enable the rabbit to go for a walk and nibble on the grass with you. Be on alert at all times for any predators such as dogs or cats, and be prepared to snatch your rabbit up at any time. You can also house-train you rabbit and let it exercise safely in your home. Never leave your rabbit alone inside as its natural instinct is to chew. Make sure you keep all electrical wires out of harms way. Many a rabbit have chewed through electrical cords to their own dismay

Looking Good
Daily grooming is essential for long-haired breeds, for short haired varieties once a week is enough. Use a wire brush known as a ‘slicker brush’ for this task. Grooming time is a very important time to socialise with your rabbit. Grooming each other is a very important part of rabbit society; so don’t be surprised if you find your rabbit licking you back in return. While brushing, look for any parasites of dirt, especially under the tail, if left here it can lead to fly-strike. Check the length of your rabbit’s nails regularly; if they get too long have them clipped by your veterinarian or an adult who knows how to clip a rabbit’s nail. It is important not to cut the quick inside the nail as it will bleed excessively. Toilet training a rabbit is fairly easy as their natural habits lend themselves to it. Fill a litter tray with wood shavings or cat litter safe for rabbits. (Breeders Choice Cat Litter is a safe brand available at most supermarkets.) Add a few droppings to the litter tray and place it in the rabbits favourite toilet spot. The rabbit will very soon get the idea. Its is also a good idea to place several litter trays around when the rabbit is young as their bladders are week and they often don't make it back to the litter tray if they stray to far.

Nail trimming diagram
Figure 1. Where to trim a rabbits nail.

 

General Advice Only
Information provided on this page is provided as general advice only. If you are worried about the health of your pet you should seek the advice of a trained veterinarian immediately.

Hug Me
Rabbits love to be handled and given affection. They need to be treated gently though as they have very fragile bones. Don’t play any rough games with your rabbit and never pull your rabbits from its ears. Pulling a rabbit from its ears is cruel and can damage the muscles and membranes in the ears. To pick up your rabbit approach from the front, gently hold the rabbit by the scruff of the neck, and place your other arm around the rabbit’s hindquarters, taking the weight. Lift up the rabbit towards you; let it rest against your body with the rabbit’s head towards your shoulder. Hold the rabbit firmly but gently against your chest, gently stroke your rabbit, speaking to it in a soft tone. Rabbits also love to have behind their ears gently scratched. 



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