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Keeping a rabbit, any tips?

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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
As above really, yes I will go and ask in a pet shop, but you always forget to ask bits don't you?

It's about time for a household pet, and we have been told before this may be a good idea for our eldest to help form a bond or attatchment to something, he is autistic.

A rabbit seems a winner as they can be quite tame and friends around the house, is this right? Dogs and cats are out full stop as he is petrified of them, but has really warmed to the idea of a rabbit through his school having them.

We were thinking of 2, just standard size, not the big ones you get.

Going to get them in a 2-3 weeks if we decide it's a go-er, so costs, vet needs, size of hutch, food, any tips so we can consider it more, rep for help please :)
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1 Like #1
be warned, they chew things, and they have strung teeth so can do a lot of damage if not properly trained
#2
Ropster
be warned, they chew things, and they have strung teeth so can do a lot of damage if not properly trained


We talking rabbits here or pitbulls?:?
#3
Get the same sex rabbits, you know the saying......:thumbsup:
banned#4
no more than 6 months in the freezer or it loses texture and taste
1 Like #5
guinea pigs are another good one as well as rabbits, we had guinea pigs and rabbits together as they get on quite well and the piggys didnt bite half as much as the rabbits used to,

or you could always go for a go go hamster LOL we have had 2 since christmas and they havent eaten any of the furniture yet:-D
[helper] 1 Like #8
We had a rabbit and a guinea pig. They got on very well with each other and were very tame.
1 Like #9
You have to make sure all wires are hidden as they tend to bite through these. They can be very good pets though once house trained. I'd get a run outside for it as well as they need sunshine for vitamin D. We got ours an hutch with a run underneath because she loves being outside especially in the summer.
[mod]#10
Keeping a rabbit, any tips?



Lock the hutch door. :thumbsup: :-D



Rabbits are great but start handling them straight away and often else they can be very unsocial and like the taste of your flesh. :)
1 Like #11
my best tip is to handle it from the start plenty of TLC and they can be very tame and loving, OR THEY CAN TURN A BIT NASTY AND BITE AND SCRATCH ,another tip put its run on hard ground or concrete every now and again it helps keep the nailS short , our used to like toast as well if all that fails they do say they make good gloves LOL :whistling:
1 Like #13
Carrots and potato's accompany rabbit excellently, be sure not to overcook though as they lose text and texture very easily
banned#14
I would get a rabbit from a local animal sanctuary because lots are treated badly because of lazy people.
[mod]#15
DLM;7871246
I would get a rabbit from a local animal sanctuary because lots are treated badly because of lazy people.


I wouldn't do this as they are for kids and often these rabbits are aggressive and don't like being handled.
banned#16
Syzable
I wouldn't do this as they are for kids and often these rabbits are aggressive and don't like being handled.


I am sure there are also plenty of rabbits that have been given up because the owners just can not afford them because of the recession.
banned 1 Like #17
Syzable
I wouldn't do this as they are for kids and often these rabbits are aggressive and don't like being handled.


^^^^^^ This

Make sure you handle the rabbits from a early age..... My littluns rabbit (died 2 weeks ago!) didnt like being picked up at all.... so we didnt! And he did go to bite at times, though only if you attempted to pick him up. He was quite friendly generally.


http://img230.imageshack.us/img230/9687/bunny4.jpg
#18
Keep it simple. Garlic. Pan fried. :thumbsup:
#19
transit
Get the same sex rabbits, you know the saying......:thumbsup:


you encouraging homosexual bunny activties?
#20
transit
Get the same sex rabbits, you know the saying......:thumbsup:


we had 2 male rabbits, one kept trying it with the other and they used to fight a lot too, one died as a result, so be carefull. They are demons with their teeth and incredibly quick, never had any issues with the leather sofa but the amount of wires they chewed through, telephone cable router cable etc.
[mod]#21
tinkerbell28;7871397


Anything we should do with the vets, nails, neuterd is it?


The vet may not mind having his nails done but i'm sure he'll be ****** if you neuter him :lol:
#22
Our rabbit stayed outside in a hutch with a run (on grass).
He burrowed out of the run and we managed to recapture him, much to this dismay of the neighbouring cats, and his run was moved to concrete base.
He didnt like being lifted much but was quite happy to be stroked etc.
He was originally thought to be female ,Misty then when we took him to the vet with a "lump" we were told me had testicular cancer so was then lovingly called "Mystery"
Sadly no longer with us but lived around 8 yrs :)
#23
Jed Maxwell
you encouraging homosexual bunny activties?


That would be bugsery :thumbsup:
#24
harlzter;7871223
Carrots and potato's accompany rabbit excellently, be sure not to overcook though as they lose text and texture very easily


Tinkerbell ya numpty, cant believe you repped this one!!!!



Is it strictly an indoor pet you want? We have chickens which are very tame and friendly animals, they love being handled and fussed, are dead easy to look after and can be left to free roam in the garden with the benefit of supplying you with eggs and are just really entertaining to watch.
1 Like #25
We've had our rabbit for nearly 3 years, he lived in a hutch outside, but after he got neutered we were told he needed to be kept warm so bought him an indoor hutch and placed in the kitchen. He also has his litter tray which he always uses which is also in the kitchen in the cupboard behind the back door. He was handled from a very early age and is only comfortable for my family to pick him up and handle him because i spent alot of time with him. If anybody else he doesn't know tries to stroke him he'll pounce at them. But dcx_badass is right, put a magazine infront of them, they'll shread it and it is funny. Rabbits are brilliant pets but i have known that the novelty of a rabbit little children has worn ot and the parents are left cleaning it up so i would say only get one if he can handle the responsibility.

We have a dog now and he;s not very happy with it as he gets less attention.

Here he is: http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii58/thebororno1/f57c7ec1.jpg

Cage is abit of a mess there like :w00t:
1 Like #26
if u are going to ask ur kids to clean them out be prepared for them coming in wearing half the hutch my daughter would clean them but afterwards would look like she had climbed into the hutch and been rolling around the hutch with the rabbits
1 Like #27
juiceblaster
we had 2 male rabbits, one kept trying it with the other and they used to fight a lot too, one died as a result, so be carefull. They are demons with their teeth and incredibly quick, never had any issues with the leather sofa but the amount of wires they chewed through, telephone cable router cable etc.


I bought the missus a new rabbit for valentines day (a furry one before you ask) and thought it would settle well with our tame gentle rabbit we already have (both males)
The old rabbit tried to hump it for 3 days, when it couldnt, it bit a hole in the new rabbits ear.
Be prepered to buy 2 cages and 2 lots of accesories., Which I did last nite. instead of costing me £10 it knocked me back £50.:thumbsup:
banned#28
I know the amount of crap ours produced......and the water works were like an open tap too!

Not sure I'd want a rabbit loose on my carpet indoors!

They must do about 200 poo's a day!
#29
rockerfella20
I bought the missus a new rabbit for valentines day (a furry one before you ask) and thought it would settle well with our tame gentle rabbit we already have (both males)
The old rabbit tried to hump it for 3 days, when it couldnt, it bit a hole in the new rabbits ear.
Be prepered to buy 2 cages and 2 lots of accesories., Which I did last nite. instead of costing me £10 it knocked me back £50.:thumbsup:


LOL that's really sweet though, do you reckon it'd me ok if hte 2 were togther living in bliss in the petshop?

guv
I know the amount of crap ours produced......and the water works were like an open tap too!

Not sure I'd want a rabbit loose on my carpet indoors!

They must do about 200 poo's a day!


:w00t: Noooooo lol, really? The garage it will be then hahahahaha.
#30
tinkerbell28
LOL that's really sweet though, do you reckon it'd me ok if hte 2 were togther living in bliss in the petshop?


i bought 2 males and they shared a hutch they did try and hump all the time but didnt fight so seemed ok sharing
#31
Love rabbits,be sure to post up picture if you go ahead and get 1 or 2.
#32
did u see that rabbit on britans worst pet attacking that poor boxer dog all the time?
1 Like #33
Afew months back i was looking for a replacemnt hutch and was willing to pay around £150 - £200 as i wanted a large 2 floor type. When mentioning to a friend that i was going to pick one up, they told me that they had seen different sized hutches at home bargains.

So i popped in there for a look and ended up buying a large hutch (vry similar to the one i was originally planning to buy) for £70. Iv been told on a pet forum that they have been in numerous stores accorss the country. Although this was a few months back, you never know they may still have some in stock or getting more in.

Also check vet prices, as my local prices are very steep - but look around and youll find that certain areas prices are very competetive. Close to my home all vet prices are very steep, but when i looked a bit farther ou8t i was amazed at the price difference.
#34
Why not start with something smaller? Apparently there's a dark coloured gerbil 236,011 HUKD members are trying to get rid of!
1 Like #35
what breed you thinking of getting,when i had a few i knew the nasty breeds not to go for
ideally house rabbits need to be potty trained etc before they enter the property
thers some breeds that are better off with just the one and as i found out they can be all cute when there lil babies then when there bigger they fight and rip everything apart :thumbsup:
have to watch out for the killer bunnies :roll:

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_ybmrsSNl3PU/R80QsBgugSI/AAAAAAAAAGk/wARHIJMwpIo/s400/MontyPythonKillerRabbit1.jpg
#36
tinkerbell28
Yeah i definately will:thumbsup:



LOL, no?!?! No a cute ickle bunny rabbit :lol:


yep its here it was on britains worst pet
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F30h1VYwjRM

it was 2 dwarf rabbits that we kept,they were lovely :thumbsup:
#37
tinkerbell28
Erm I think, this is think dwarf, will double check the ones I saw today were white and white/black if that helps :lol:


:lol:

Yeah I think those are the ones, I was looking at.

if there dwarf lops you'll be fine,just dont get 2 boys:thumbsup:
1 Like #38
I have two rabbits (male and female both been neutured), i have been told same sex rabbits fight alot. I have a dwarf lopped eared one (Norman), ignore the title of dwarf it does not mean they are small he is the size of my cat. Also have a lionhead one (Blossom) she is gorgeous but needs lots of brushing. I did not get them the same timed (Blossom was my next door neighbours who didnt want it), they get on very well spend all day licking and cleaning each other).

Ps, its illegal to keep rabbits locked up in hutches/cages all day they are the most mistreated animals (so my vet said)
#39
Forget to say you can toilet train indoor rabbits (no idea how but i read its easy)
1 Like #40
From having 2 rabbits, I learned that it is important to buy the rabbits in pairs as they get lonely otherwise. The best combination to have is a neutered male and female as 2 of the same sex will fight.
If you are keeping them indoors then obviously protect the wires, but ours did nibble at our sofas too.
They do do millions of poos a day, but they are hard and easy to pick up. They can be litter trained or if they are in a hutch then the cage will need cleaning often, especially in Summer to prevent Flystrike.
They need 2 separate vaccinations - 1 is yearly and the other is every 6 months.
If you are letting them outside, they will dig. Ours kept escaping under our fence to our next door neighbours!
Don't give them lettuce as it can kill them.
Handle LOTS from young or they won't like it when they are older.
We bought our first one from a pet shop and she had terrible problems with her teeth. The vet told us it was caused by inbreeding. She had lots of operations but became very weak and died.
If I was buying another rabbit, then I would buy from Pets at Home, for the above reason.
Rather than buy the multi-coloured rabbit food, it is better to buy the premium version which is all brown pellets. This will prevent 'selective feeding'.
We used to bring our rabbits inside when it got freezing outside but if the hutch is insulated properly then this is not neccessary. The heat of Summer is worse for them.

Hope this info helps, was just what I could come up with on the top of my head.

BTW, we want pics if you go ahead :giggle:

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