I Love my Bunny and Some Bunny Loves Me


 

 

 

albino angora rabbit

albino angora rabbit (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Bunny rabbits are sociable, inquisitive, and very lovable. They make great Christmas and Easter gifts for children who need to learn responsibility, but can’t have a dog or cat.  Bunnies only need a small space and can be either a house pet or can have an outside hutch and enclosure to keep it safe from predators. A home for your furry friend can be as simple as an old fish tank with litter in the bottom, or an elaborate hutch and cage. Rabbits love company and enjoy living in pairs or small groups, so you may want to choose two or more. A bonded pair will keep each other company when you’re away for a few hours.

 

Some basic supplies you will need for your new bunny are a small hutch for it to sleep in, an enclosure for it to play in, bedding and food. Most can be found at your local department or pet store. If your bunny will live outdoors, make sure the hutch is rain proof, with a wire enclosure to protect it from weather and predators. An inside hutch only needs a nest box that your bunny can hide in when it wants to. Rabbits are fairly easy to house-train with a litter box. To litter box train, show your pet rabbit where the box is and give it a treat whenever it is used. Be sure to keep the litter changed regularly. Waste can be recycled in the garden or flower beds.

 

 

 

English: Bunny the Rabbit

English: Bunny the Rabbit (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Pet rabbits reach maturity at about six months of age and can live to ten years or more if properly cared for. They can weigh from 2lbs to 15lbs and will range in length from 12” to 24”. Healthy rabbits will have bright eyes, a clean nose and mouth, clean ears, and bottom. The coat will be soft and smooth. They should like to be petted and picked up, though very young rabbits may not yet be socialized to humans and may be a little nervous and shy.

 

Be patient with your new friend and let it come to meet you on its own terms. You can tempt it out of hiding with a fresh carrot or other treat if it is very shy. If you sit or lay still for a while it will hop over and investigate you. Let it sniff you and then you can pet it gently between the ears until it feels safe enough. After a while you may try to pick it up carefully. Pick it up by placing one hand under its bottom and the other under its chest. Hold it firmly and gently, close to the body so it doesn’t struggle. If it resists, give it a little more time to get to know you. Be aware that rabbits have sharp claws and can scratch you if you’re not careful. You can train your rabbit to come when you call it if you give it a treat each time you call its name.

 

Your bunny’s diet should be as close to a wild rabbit’s diet as possible. Hay and grass should be the bulk of the diet, along with supplementary feed pellets, fresh vegetables, and treats on occasion. Hay is good for your rabbit’s digestion and teeth. Rabbits are nibblers and will graze their food all day long, so keep some fresh food and water available for your pet. Your rabbit will eat some of its own droppings to aid its digestion. A drip water bottle is best to keep a clean water supply. Some treats your bunny might enjoy are raisins, apple slices, blackberry stalks, dandelion leaves, young fruit tree branches, and clovers.

 

English: A woman and her rabbit Français : Une...

English: A woman and her rabbit Français : Une femme et son lapin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Rabbits are very clean and spend a lot of time grooming themselves, but they may get dirty if their hutch is not cleaned on a regular basis. Change any wet or dirty bedding daily and empty its litter tray regularly. An occasional grooming from you may be necessary when it is molting, as loose hair can cause blockage in the stomach. Long haired rabbits will need more regular grooming than short haired ones. An occasional bath may be in order as well if your bunny gets very soiled or if its bottom is dirty. Grooming is also a great way to bond with your new pet.

 

Rabbits should go outside on occasion to exercise and graze, while being supervised in a safe place. You should spend time with your bunny every day in order to get to know it better and to know when something is wrong. You can watch its body language to know how its feeling. A happy rabbit will be playful and inquisitive, often standing up on its hind legs and sniffing the air when it’s curious. When a rabbit is tired it will lay down with its legs lazily stretched out. Rabbits will sometimes thump their hind feet to warn others of danger. If your rabbit is sick or frightened, it will sit quietly hunched up in a corner.

 

English: domestic bunny

English: domestic bunny (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Your rabbit’s health will determine its longevity. Some signs of illness are a lack of appetite, loss of weight, runny nose, sneezing, runny eyes, scratching, head shaking, diarrhea, lack of droppings, lack of interest in activities, a hunched up position, scaly patches or sores. If you notice any of these signs, a vet check is probably needed. Rabbits can get sick very quickly so don’t wait too long. Keep your pet warm, clean, and calm if it becomes ill. Depending on exposure levels, you may want to get your rabbit vaccinated for certain diseases. Your vet will advise you on vaccinations and possible neutering, which may help it live longer. The vet can also determine if your bunny is male or female, if you’d like to know, and can answer any other questions you may have about your new pet.

 

If you liked this article read Kimberly Hartfield’s

 

The Pets We Love

 

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About mamaheartfilled

I am a mother of eight wonderful children and five grandkids, of whom I am very proud. I am also a bi-vocational ordained evangelical minister, and a Christian Counselor. I received my B.S. degree in 2004, studying primarily in the areas of Psychology, with minors in Religion and English. I received my Masters Degree in 2009 in Psychological Counseling with an emphasis in Christian Counseling. I have endeavored to paraphrase the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, for the last ten years or so and am working on a final edit, now. It is my hope that it will be of some use in the great commission of Christ. My ministry is primarily geared toward victims of sexual and domestic violence, including victims of childhood sexual abuse, whether currently or in the past. Since I have personally experienced the healing hand of God in overcoming many of the life issues that Christians may face, I feel qualified and compelled to discuss them in a truthful and open manner, as God’s word tells us that “We shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free.” God has brought me through such diverse tribulations as sexual, physical, and mental abuse, being a victim of a drunk driving accident, spousal pornography addiction, adultery, divorce, remarriage, a very brief, though unjust, incarceration, and having experienced multiple miscarriages and various other trials. I have been asked to leave two Southern Baptist Churches, due to my being a female, ordained as a minister, and fired from a SBC sponsored Christian School (mostly white) for speaking out against racial prejudice in the Family of God. Through God’s merciful forgiveness of my own sins and inadequacies and God’s grace given to me to forgive those who have been a stumbling block to me, I have overcome many of these adversities. God’s word tells us that “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to the purposes of God." Since I have this hope, I believe that God has blessed me with the ability to confront and relate these issues to the Christian community around the world. I hope to be able to use my personal experiences as a ministry of God’s grace and in the comforting of the people of God with the truth of God's mercy. I claim II Corinthians 1: 3 & 4 as my calling, which states: “Blessed be God, the Origin of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Origin of mercies, and the God of comfort; who comforts us in all our troubles, that we may be able to comfort those who are in trouble, by the comfort we ourselves have been given by God.” As I have received the gift of God’s healing, I hope to be able to bring the peace beyond understanding to others with the message of God’s mercy and grace. My love for the Sovereign Lord of my life, Jesus Christ, along with my passion for writing has drawn me to explore these commonly experienced crisis issues from the perspective of my own experience in the hope that I may bring an empathetic and compassionate insight to God’s people. I am now a published author and have several books in publication, including my autobiography, "A Little Redneck Theology." The views expressed in my writings are strictly my own insights, acquired from personal experience and diligent study of the related topics and God’s word concerning them. Though I am an ordained minister, my views should not be considered authoritative. I believe that the Christian community’s ultimate authority is the guidance of the human heart by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
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