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- Feeding - A good measure for feeding your new bunny is 1/4 to 1/2 cup of dry pellets per day for an "adult" bunny. If your bunny is an 8 week old bunny, you can cut that measure in 1/2 and gradually add food as he/she grows older. If your bunny stays outside in the winter with no heat, please be sure to "up" their feed accordingly , because they will need more "fuel" to keep them warmer.
- EXTREMELY IMPORTANT!!! Always have your bunny some sort of food AVAILABLE ... especially Hay which should be up to 80% of their diet. Never let your bunny run out of it. If a bunny's digestive system "rests" or has nothing to do for long periods of time it WILL SHUT DOWN ! In essence your bunny will starve to DEATH if not given hay or some sort of food to digest and eat. This is called GI Stasis... which is a potentially fatal illness in which the contents of the gut stops moving along the digestive tract. The initial symptoms are loss of appetite and reduction in the size and quantity of droppings, as it progresses dropping production completely halts. Without prompt treatment a rabbit will deteriorate rapidly!!! See a vet immediately!!!
- NO VEGGIES for bunnies under 12 weeks old!!! At 12 weeks of age you may begin to add 1 type of vegetable at a time from the Safe Things for Bunnies to Eat Page. Try different veggies different weeks and not too much variety at 1 time, to make sure you know what your individual bunny can eat and have no problem with devouring. Bunnies can become very picky. What 1 bunny eats, the one beside of it won't touch. So don't be surprised if your bunny turns his/her nose up at a particular vegetable. Try serving it several times, so they will possibly try it.
- Hay should make up to 80% of their food intake. Bunnies can eat several types of dried hay. Alfalfa and Timothy Hay are the most popular. I feed Alfalfa hay to my bunnies until they are 1 year old. After that only the pregnant or lactating mothers get Alfalfa. It is a hay that is the most nutritious. The Timothy hay is a wonderful feed for an adult that is not pregnant or lactating. You can even cut and dry your own grass as long as it has not had any insecticides or chemicals such as fertilizer put on it. Each spring I make my bunnies their own garden full of fresh alfalfa grass. Next year I plan on adding to that and making a small field of clover for them.
- Bedding- Bedding can come in many forms.I use pine shavings because my bunnies are outside and have plenty of ventilation. Many folks do not like either pine nor cedar because of the stronger aroma which can in very enclosed spaces cause respiratory issues in the bunnies. I also use aspen shavings which are much better but a bit more pricey. Some stores sell a type of bedding that is very soft and scent free usually found where small animal items are sold. It is very nice too, but again not found in "bulk" can become pricey.
- Chewing - Give your bunny plenty of items to chew on. They sell lots of things for this in the pet stores. Although you should be able to find many safe items for them around the house or in any nearby woods. Be sure that you pick wood from only the "safe" list item. Such as wood or limbs from apple trees, etc. Bunnies also love to chew on tissue rolls, paper towel rolls, or any box that you are getting rid of makes a fine fun hiding place until it is chewed up. You can even stuff the rolls with hay to surprise them with a treat once opened.
- Calming - To "calm" your bunny. Turn him/her upside down on their back. You can lay them in your lap and rub their head and ears and it seems to quickly calm and excited bunny down and relax them. Be sure to gently raise them back up and NOT do it quickly , because this sudden change can startle them.
- Cutting Toenails- To cut your bunny's toenails you should first have all the tools ready and nearby to be able to reach them once you have sat down with your bunny. The tools you will need are special bunny toenail clippers ( you can find them at pet stores) , a special stick that stops bleeding ( just in case you would cut too deep you should be prepared) , a nice bright light to see the area you are working on and a comfortable place to sit. Now you are ready to begin. Acquire your bunny and calm him/her. Sit down with your knees bent so when you place the bunny on its back you will have easy access to each of the feet. Once sitting place the bunny in the "calming" position as explained directly above this entry. Now you can take your clippers in one hand and begin to part each toe in preparation for the trim. Sometimes this is not easy due to all the hair they have on their feet. Some people even decide to clip that. Once you have the toenail, you need to clip it at an angle and only clip the most tip end off. Check to be sure it is not too sharp, you may have to clip twice. Once in a while the act of clipping will startle the bunny and you will have to stop to calmly pet them and start again. I have found this to happen only with the 1st one or two nails then they realize you are not hurting them. OK, only 19 more nails to go !!! Happy clipping.
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