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Question: Do pet rabbits need their nails trimmed?

Answer: Yes! Pet Rabbits need regular nail trimmings. You can use cat clippers and trim just above the quick. The quick is the blood vessel in the nail, which is the pink coloring you see. If nails get too long, the can rip and tear.


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Question: Do pet rabbits cry?
Answer: Pet Rabbits don't cry as humans can, but rabbits do create tears. A rabbit may occasionally have a wet, or teary eye, if something is bothering the eye, like fur. (Those tears would dry, making "eye crusties." ) A more serious reason for a rabbit to have a wet, teary eye is as a symptom of an infection in the body, or because a tear duct is blocked. If your rabbit has a persistent wet eye, then make a vet appointment to assess the cause.

Question: Do pet rabbits need shots?
Answer: In the United States, pet rabbits do not need to get any shots. This is not true in all countries, where you may want vaccinate them against RHD.

Question: What can you do with pet rabbit poop?
Answer: Pet Rabbit poop makes a wonderful fertilizer. Use it in your gardens or on your lawn. Watch the plants grow!

Question: Do pet rabbits like to be held?
Answer: No - most pet rabbits hate being held. Being animals of prey they feel better having both feet on the ground. You can still snuggle with them and most love attention!

Question: Should rabbits fast before surgery?
Answer: Absolutely not! Rabbits cannot vomit, so there isn't a choking hazard when they are under anesthesia. Fasting can harm your rabbit and cause them to go into G.I. stasis.

Question: What can you do with cardboard boxes?
Answer: Pet Rabbits love to go inside cardboard boxes. They use them as secluded rest areas and then customize them, digging and chewing. Some people add hay for them to dig in.

Question: How much hay should my pet rabbit eat?
Answer: Your pet rabbit should be given an unlimited supply of hay and encouraged to eat as much as possible. This helps keep their digestive tract healthy and prevent blockages.

Question: What are freeze bottles?
Answer: Many people take empty 2 liter soda bottles, clean them, fill them with water and freeze them. On hot days you can place them in your rabbit's cage to help keep him cool.

Question: When do you spray a pet rabbit's ears?
Answer: On hot days, take a spray mister and gently spray the back of your pet rabbit's ears. Since rabbits regulate their body temperature through their ears, this can help them cool off.

Question: Can pet rabbits eat dandelions?
Answer: Many pet rabbits love to eat dandelions from your lawn. The blooms can be a favorite and the leaves are quite tasty. Just make sure there isn't any pesticide on them!

Question: Are lops mellow and dwarfs hyper?
Answer: Most pet rabbits are bred strictly for looks. You can find all personality types across all breeds.

Question: Do pet rabbits need salt blocks?
Answer: No. The average pellet provides enough salt for your rabbit's needs. However using a salt lick will not harm your bunny rabbit.

Question: Do pet rabbits need their teeth trimmed?
Answer: The average pet rabbit does not need their teeth trimmed. In a small percentage of rabbits the teeth don't align properly and a veterinarian will need to trim them on a regular basis.

Question: Is bread a good treat for my pet rabbit?
Answer: No, the starch in bread could cause digestive problems.

Question: Do male pet rabbits spray?
Answer: Yes, unneutered male rabbits, like cats, may spray. This one of the benefits of getting your boy neutered.

Question: Are wild rabbits the same as pet rabbits?
Answer: No. Our domesticated pet rabbits are descendents of European rabbits and are a different species than the wild rabbits you see outside.

Question: At what age can baby bunnies leave their mother?
Answer: Baby bunnies should not leave their mother until they are eight weeks old. They typically stop nursing about 6-7 weeks of age.

Question: Should pet rabbits live alone?
Answer: Most pet rabbits are happier when they live with a mate. However, first you must spay/neuter the rabbits. Then they must be introduced gradually. This is generally referred to as "bonding" or "dating".

Question: Why would you use wood stove pellets?
Answer: Wood stove pellets make an excellent litter. They are reasonably priced and do a good job controlling odor. Plus they compost great!

Question: What type of hay should a pet rabbit eat?
Answer: Pet Rabbits should be fed timothy hay, or another grass hay such as orchard grass. Legume hays, which include alfalfa, are too rich in calcium and too high in fat.

Question: Can pet rabbits sweat?
Answer: No, pet rabbits can't sweat - they don't have any sweat glands. To regulate their body temperature, they use their ears. Rabbit ears contain major networks of blood vessels, which, since their ears are set apart from their bodies, serve to cool the blood. So when the weather is hot, it's a good idea to feel your rabbit's ears. If they seem hot, you can wipe them with a cool, damp towel, or spray them with a cool spray bottle.

Question: Do pet rabbits have pads on the bottoms of their paws, like dogs and cats?
Answer: No, pet rabbits do not have pads on their paws - only fur. Pet Rabbits should have a soft blanket or rug (sheepskin rugs are terrific) and should have their feet checked regularly for signs of sore hocks (bald, inflamed areas on the bottom of the feet).

Question: Why are pet rabbits also called bunnies?
Answer: The word "bunny" comes from a separate English term bun, which was used in place of the word "rabbit" in some areas in medieval England. A third word used by Norman French invaders of England was coney, from which we get Coney Island.

Question: What common kitchen item is great for cleaning litter boxes?
Answer: Vinegar is great for this task! Empty the litter box, rinse it and then place some vinegar on the bottom. Scrub. For particularly bad cases you may want to let the vinegar sit for a while. When done, rinse and re-use!

Question: Are pet rabbits nocturnal?
Answer: No, pet rabbits are crepuscular. This means that they are most active at dusk and dawn.

Question: Do pet rabbits like bananas?
Answer: Most pet rabbits love bananas. They are not a good staple food, but make a nice treat for your bunnies. Small quantities only- about a quarter inch per rabbit is plenty.




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