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Hey I promised my niece a rabbit as a pet for her Birthday. But I don't know anything about them. Does any members actually have rabbits as pets? Any advice for someone who knows nothing whatsoev… Read More
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7y, 2m agoPosted 7 years, 2 months ago
Hey

I promised my niece a rabbit as a pet for her Birthday. But I don't know anything about them.
Does any members actually have rabbits as pets?
Any advice for someone who knows nothing whatsoever?

TIA AHA
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7y, 2m agoPosted 7 years, 2 months ago
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#1
Need food and water daily, cleaning once/ twice a week. Thinking the parents will have to take on responsibility for that so you'd best check!

Mine lived for 9 years and frequently got out/ ate through it's hutch and chased cats/ mated other bunnies :-S
#2
I have a girl rabbit and she's okay a good bit of cleaning thought
#3
we have 5 mini lop rabbits anything in particular you want to know? they are very smelly recommend keeping them outside and getting a nice run for them, they love it in the summer
banned#4
I have a rabbit as a pet and he is awesome :)

If it is going to be a house rabbit then they'll need to toilet train it so expect some marking of territory for a while but once you have them neutered that should stop. Also they'll eat through wires so they'd need protection although mine hasn't got his front 2 teeth so can't chew anything.

If it is going in a garden make sure the garden is safe so they can't escape and foxes can't get at them and make sure it has a big hutch and run. Its also better to get 2 so they have company. I had 2 but 1 had cancer and passed away :cry:

Also they'll lusually live for about 7 years so make sure that they can care for the rabbit for that long
#5
whatsThePoint
Are her parents ok about her having one


This ^^^
#6
whatsThePoint
Rabbits don't smell much but their poo does, the smell is natures way of telling you to clean the cage out more often, with 5 that could be as often as everyday


yep that would be about right usually every other day as we have them spread over 2 cages, not ideal for in the house though, they will smell at some point unless you clean everytime the pee/poo
#7
I have 1 dwarf lop, living indoors. Litter tray gets changed once every 6-8 days.
#8
rchan
I have 1 dwarf lop, living indoors. Litter tray gets changed once every 6-8 days.


now that is a good way of doing it wouldnt be so smelly then! although I have never tried litter training a rabbit before! we couldnt anyway as we have cats in the house thats the main reason they are kept in a hutch outside
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tracyhay
now that is a good way of doing it wouldnt be so smelly then! although I have never tried litter training a rabbit before! we couldnt anyway as we have cats in the house thats the main reason they are kept in a hutch outside


Litter trays are great I have one in the rabbits cage and another in the sitting room in case he needs to go and the doors closed and he has always used them since about 3 months old
#10
whatsThePoint
Rabbits don't smell much but their poo does, the smell is natures way of telling you to clean the cage out more often, with 5 that could be as often as everyday


lol, natures way of telling you the cage needs cleaning? really? so god was aware they were gonna be caged and programmed them accordingly? brilliant.
#11
whatsThePoint
Rabbits and cats can and do get on together, when i was at school my rabbit used to play with my ferret, well until the ferret realised he shouldn't play with his food :oops:


lol:w00t: poor rabbit, wouldnt trust the cats with them they are still kittens, and its just instinct to them. although I have seen the rabbits chasing them away from the run when the cats get to close, not sure whos more scared the cat or the rabbit
#12
she lives indoors in a cage similar to this but with a litter tray in the cornerhttp://www.petsathome.com/wcsstore/ConsumerDirectStorefrontAssetStore/images/products/extralarge/23370.jpg

we let her out to run around the house. (only when we are in though!!)
banned#13
Lol I have this for my rabbit
http://www.zooplus.nl/bilder/2/10552_2.jpg
#14
had a rabbit for 5 years, she has free reign of the garen as it's enclosed.. loves playing with footballs too.. tries to hump my lads findin nemo ball.. dunno what thats about !!

got "fly strike" a couple of years back from not having a clean bum.... my advice get them put down - cost me £150 vet bills to sort her out and a couple of months rubbing cream onto open wound ( skin )

but she has a lovely temprament - doesn't bite me - hates the kids.. lol :)

( netherland dwarf cross btw )
#15
Thanks all will rep everyone when I'm back on comp

I spoke to a mate who has one and a girl at the pet shop and have a better idea.

My niece is 6 so more than it'll be either me or her mum whose really gonna look after it.

As things stand more than likely, it'll be at my house cause I have a garden, where as my sis lives in a flat. She is ok with her daughter having one, but I think she has reservations about the cleaning. If she isn't comfortable with it. I'll get it at my place, they only live a couple of minutes away so it isn't a problem

As for the rabbit, I've heared the lops are more relaxed than the pointy ear varieties so I probably go for one of them. Also we want a pretty small one so my niece can play with it so probably a mini lop or a dwarf.

How big do dwarf lops get? (rchan?)

As for looking after it. I think I'll get one as young as possible and house train it. Or get a house trained one. My mates is house trained. It's basically allowed to roam anywhere in the house. It's trained to use a tray of cat litter and apparently jus took a couple weeks to train.

Okay more specific questions

I'm worried about the wire chewing. Got a house full of electricals. Any remedies for this?

Also someone else told me u need to file their teeth and claws. How's does this work? How often?

Also when actually buying the rabbit. What's generally the best place to get them? What should I look for and make sure of ( any questions I should ask)? And how much does one usually cost?

Thanks all again. I really appreciate the help.
:)
#16
Used to have a massive rabbit when i was younger (cant remember the kind of rabbit it was). It was lovely and could play fetch with it.

Mine lived outside as it just used to eat everything. My rabbit's hutch was a nightmare to clean due to the size of it.

Had 2 cats and a dog at the same i had my rabbit and they were fine, cats would sit outside and watch it, while the dog would just run away from it.
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Okay more specific questions

I'm worried about the wire chewing. Got a house full of electricals. Any remedies for this?

Also someone else told me u need to file their teeth and claws. How's does this work? How often?

Also when actually buying the rabbit. What's generally the best place to get them? What should I look for and make sure of ( any questions I should ask)? And how much does one usually cost?

Thanks all again. I really appreciate the help.
:)


For the wires you can pick up cable protecters from DIY shop or re-arrange some things so there aren't as many cables on the ground or accessable to a rabbit.

For their teeth there are plenty of chew toys/items you can get at the pet store and its possible to clip the nails yourself if the rabbit is quite friendly although mine doesn't like me doing his back nails so I get the vet to do those. Even eating normal food and stuff like carrots will also keep the teeth size down

I got my rabbit at pets @ home and they are about £39 each but if you can find a local breeder that is reputable that'd be a better option. If it is an older rabbit then find out about health problems, teeth problems and if its neutered. Even if you only get 1 rabbit its best to neuter them so they are calmer (and not humping everything in sight)
banned#18
dcx_badass
Oh yeah kiss all your wires good bye, ours only likes thin wires though.


My rabbit had teething problems and had to get his front teeth taken out so luckily he can't chew through anything so can leave him out all day
banned#19
Here's my rabbit couple of years ago http://www.petchamp.co.uk/show/the-wee-man/AD3DF268/:)
#20
you shouldn't need to file teeth - as long as they have a healthy diet the teeth will be fine - my rabbit loves to dig outside - actually dug a full warren in an unused veg patch until it rained got really wet and collapsed so the claws stay short - but otherwise just use nail clippers and do them or big scissors...
lots of room for them to run about if it is an outdoor rabbit... brought mine inside a few times but wasn't really bothered about it so she stays outside or in the shed when really cold

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