I just got a baby rabbit, they said he is 4 weeks but i think he is a bit older then that. We named him LuckyFoot! He is adorable and really friendly, he sat on my boyfriends lap the whole way home with the dogs in the back and he didnt care, what a good bunny...lol....anyways I have lots of questions and Im hoping someone here knows a little something about bunnies, especially baby bunnies.
1.I have a wire cage with a pan that pulls out for cleaning, I was going to do this instead of litterbox training, but now im trying to figure out which is best the pan or litterbox? I also put a slab of wood down for him with a rug on it and a small washcloth so he will be comfortable.
2.Also he has shavings in the pan, not where he lays or stands. Would he like it if I were to put a bunch of shavings in the cage for him to lay on, or should i just leave them in the pan?
3.He gets a lot of hay, and he has a bowl of pellets. I heard since he is so young he shouldnt have veggies for another month.Is there anything extra i can give a baby like him? Can he have rabbit treats in moderation?
4.Will he be ok as the only rabbit? We will play with him everyday and once he is big enough he will be able to roam free in certain bunny proofed rooms.
5.Im going back to the pet store today to get him some more toys and treats, is there anything that bunnies absolutly love, any certain kind of toy that seems to be their favoirte?
6.I also have dogs and cats, the dogs are being great with him, just sniffing the air around his cage. The cats are being good too except they are jumping up on the desk the cage is on and stand right next to the cage. LuckyFoot doesnt seem to mind, if he is eating or something when they do this he just keeps on eating. Should I discourage the cats from doing this or would this be a good way to get LuckyFoot use to the cats and vice versa?
7.Do they make a frontline or something similar for rabbits. I heard they get fleas so i wanna get something that is safe for the little guy, any suggestions? Thank you for any help/advice you can give, this is my first bunny. Ive been doing research but some things are just so vauge. Thanks!
Well, he's really really cute!! I love bunnies! I used to raise them for 4-H when I was little, but it was a bit different. They weren't really pets so they were outside. Dad had taken an old dog house and cut out the sides to make hinged doors on each side of the cage. That way we could open or close depending on the weather. Then we set the cage inside the old dog house. It set on stilts so that when they pooped it fell through to the ground and all I had to do was rake it and shovel it up. Rabbits can be heavy chewers. I'm afraid he might chew the towels and things you're using for bedding. We just used hay for bedding. They would snuggle into it or chew on it and it sort of served two purposes. They really seemed to like it too. I only used a box when she was getting ready to have babies. Then when it was getting close, she would nest and each day I'd check and pretty soon their would be little pink hairless babies! The were SO cute! As far as whether to litter box train or not, my thinking is that if you're going to have him loose in the house at times it might be a good idea to litterbox train. I guess it all depends on what you're willing to deal with and clean up. They poop ALOT! Do watch out for electrical chords that might be near the cage or within his grasp. At the clinic I worked for we had one chew a chord through the cage. We never gave ours veggies, just the rabbit pellets, but then again they weren't pets so we didn't spoil them or anything as I know you're going to want to spoil LuckyFoot. So, I'm not really sure when he would be old enough to eat them. Anyhow, that's about all the information I can give you. Except to tell you to try the rabbit hypnosis! Take the bunny and carefully lay him on his back while stroking his head between his ears. Mine would close their eyes and lay back sound asleep within minutes! Keep stroking and they will sleep away. Sometimes they will get so relaxed that they will actually just lay their asleep on their backs. Really fun and really cute!
Hi, I seen you were looking for info. My mother was a 4-H leader and all us kids were in it as well. She had over 60 rabbits. If you would like to email me I could give you her email address and she would love to tell you anything you would like to know. Litter training if kept in the house is better if outside tray or just something to catch the droppings so you could discard of them afterwards. They absolutely love baby rattles. You can get them cheap at a dollar store or even a pop bottle love as well. As far as feeding your rabbit anything other than pellets they can have veggies atleast once a day. One thing you DO NOT want to give them say if you are picking grass watch out for a certain kind of clover. My mom could give you the exact name and what to look for. It almost paralizes them and eventually they don't have any strength and it will kill them. I wuldn't give them blankets just a nice box with a cover and lots of hay as they like that and it is safer as well. if you want my mom's address you can email me at email@example.com and i can give it to you. Thanks and good luck with your new family member. They are great companions