Hey, my mom just brought home an adorably fuzzy rabbit from Canada (our friends' rabbits had babies), and we cannot decide on a name. He's a Netherlands Dwarf and he's very much like the top left bunny in this picture: http://www.petwebsite.com/uploadpics/2641.jpg Except he has more black on his face. He's sweet, cuddly, and very curious about his new home.
I also need some advice as to what kinds of things we need to get him. I know we need a cage, a water bottle, and a food bowl. Any suggestions as to what food to get him for when we run out of what our friend gave us? Also, should we get some toys for him to play with? If so, what kind? And do rabbits need shavings on the floor of their cage or no?
We've decided on a name already, too. Jesse Basil, or just Jesse when my mom's not around (she doesn't like Basil for some reason). His other nickname is Fuzzy, although it's usually more like "Hey, fozzay bonnay!" =D
Sweet bunny. Rabbits are notorius chewers, so if you give him access of the house, be sure to have all electrical cords up and out of the way. Same for the cable for the tv and the wires for the computer and the phones. For some odd reason, rabbits are attracted to those things and will chew through a wire in nothing flat.
If you are keeping him as a house pet, you may want to consider getting him neutered. It is a good investment, especially in the case of a male bunny, since they can spray quite a distance when so inclined.jj
I fed my rabbits Purina rabbit chow, obtained in 25 pound bags at the feed store. They also had alfalfa hay, good quality, no mold or dust. If you do buy a bale of hay, keep it indoors, such as in the garage and just keep a flake of it indoor the house, in a big plastic garbage bag.
They love apples, carrots, fresh clover grass. I'd shy away from much lettuce, since it contains so many chemical spray / preservatives. No cabbage, since bunnies can't pass gas and cabbage causes them to bloat.
Always keep fresh water in the cage, this is very important. Be strict about washes the food and water dishes / bottles. Keep them clean.
Rabbits are a very nice pet, you will enjoy him for several years.
An intelligent deaf-mute is better than an ignorant person who can speak.
Fortunately, he was already neutered when we got him, so we don't have to go through all of that.
As for food, right now we are feeding him Hartz Nutrition Pure & Natural Alfafa (Compressed Mini-Bale). They're little pellets of food of which I give him one handful per day, since he's a small breed. We have bought a second kind of food already, and when this bag gets low we'll start mixing half and half. An abrupt change of diet is dangerous for them, right?
We have treats, but we pretty much only give those to him when we pick him up and let him run around our dining room (all electrical cords are out of the way/non-existant and he is watched carefully). That way he'll begin to associate being picked up with getting a tasty treat. =) He's already beginning to associate the crackle of the food bag with food, and he'll come over and sit at the door of the cage waiting for me to put the food in his bowl.
I was told by the breeder that we should keep the treats (carrots, grass, apples, etc.) to a very low minimum, as those things usually make the rabbit "go" more. Is that right?
OMG, I LOVE absolutely LOVE Netherland Dwarfs, definitely my favorite, besides the floppy-eared ones..:P He/she is very cute, and unless you are interested in a japanese or netherland name..I'm not going to put input for names..lol