Hello.. I have had a bunny that recently gave birth to 5 bunnies.. one unfortunately died, it wasn't staying warm...This is the second litter that she had since I got her from a friend. The first litter didn't make it past day 2. I have a feeling that the mother isn't feeding them. I have gotten the cat's milk and bottle and tried to get them to eat earlier, but they wouldn't. I am unsure what to do and I do not want to lose another litter. They say that the first two days are the criticalist and I want the newborns to survive. Help, I need all the info I can get.
How long have you had the rabbit? It could be she is not comfortable with you touching the bunnies and is ignoring them because of your scent on them. Unless this rabbit is your soul mate, I would advise not poking around in the nest too much. Keep your hands out and let the mother settle into taking care of them.
Rabbits nurse their kits several times a day, for a few minutes at a time. Just because you don't catch her hovering over them constantly, does not mean that she is not taking care of them.
Sometimes the best intentions can lead to disaster. It may be hard, but keep your hands out of her nesting box, keep it closed and in a quiet area, away from other pets and prying fingers.
If she fails to raise this litter also, she may not be mother material. How long between litters did you wait before you rebred her? Did you give her time to recover from the birthing and loss of her first litter? Just because rabbits can breed shortly after they have delivered, does not mean that they should.
Tell us more about your rabbits. What breeds do you have? Do you show? How many do you have? Are they indoors or outside? Any pictures?
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