It’s been a dry day here in Montrose so Pepper and Dylan got to spend their day in the overgrown garden.
According to an article published last year in The Guardian ‘Three-quarters of the rabbits seen by British vets are in poor health, suffering from obesity and rotting or overgrown teeth.’
This is such a sad statistic and hopefully websites like this one will inform people of the true commitment required when homing a rabbit.
You can read the article by following this link.
A Rabbit Owner’s Guide to Administering Medication
Administering medication to a rabbit for the first time can be a stressful task for both parties involved. Rabbits are often sensitive in nature and might not be receptive to simply swallowing a pill or not putting up a struggle against eye drops. To make the process as easy as possible for both you and your furry companion, keep these few helpful tips in mind:
•Ask the Expert:
Your best source for any information relating to your rabbit’s medication or health is always your pet’s veterinarian. When a pet medication of any kind is prescribed, pay careful attention to your vet’s directions. If your rabbit is prescribed ear or eye drops, your vet will likely demonstrate the correct way to administer these drops. So, make sure to pay attention and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
•Get Set Up for Success:
Some rabbits may be most comfortable on the floor, while others may need to be placed on a table or counter top to avoid them simply hopping away. Rabbits that are especially squirmy might need to be wrapped in a towel or blanket to keep them still and comfortable. Also make sure you have all of your supplies (medication, treats, syringes, etc.) set up beforehand so that you’re not scrambling to unscrew a cap or load a syringe while trying to hold a wiggling bunny.
•Disguise Oral Medications as a Tasty Treat:
First try simply offering the tablet to your rabbit in your hand, believe it or not, some rabbits will take it! If not, try putting the tablet in a yummy treat like a piece of banana. Some tablets can be crushed using a pill crusher and mixed in with your rabbit’s favourite foods like apple sauce. Just make sure he consumes the entirety of whatever foods you choose to mix the medication with!
Not unlike medication in tablet form, the first step in administering liquid oral medication is offering it straight to your furry companion in a small dish. If that doesn’t work, mix the liquid in with some of your rabbit’s favourite foods. If neither of these methods prove to be effective, you might try putting the medication in a syringe and slowly squirting the liquid into your rabbit’s mouth behind his front teeth.
•Stick to a Routine:
Lastly, if the medication is one your rabbit will be on for an extended period of time, routine is extremely important. Your rabbit will be less likely to get stressed out if he’s settled into a usual series of events when it comes to administering medication.
Have you heard about this great competition run by BUAV? They are a leading UK animal protection organisation working to create a world where nobody wants or believes we need to experiment on animals.
Today they are marking the first anniversary of their No Cruel Cosmetics campaign, to end the sale of new animal tested cosmetics and toiletries in the EU. Many people are unaware that despite UK and EU bans on animal testing for cosmetics, products can still be tested on animals outside Europe and then imported for sale. A
marketing ban which would end this cruelty is due to come into effect in 2013. However, it is now in danger of a delay, putting thousands more animals at risk.
To raise awareness they are launching a fantastic ‘Rabbits are Special’ competition to highlight their continued use in tests for cosmetics sold in the UK and EU. They are you to upload a picture of your rabbit to their flickr page with a description about why he or she is so special for a chance to win a No Cruel Cosmetics goody bag containing specially selected beauty products from BUAV certified companies.
So what are you waiting for, check out the competition details.
What a great little video from the RSPCA.
As you know, giving your rabbits lots of attention, toys, objects to play with and a suitable rabbit companion for company is good for their physical and emotional well being…and can be great fun for owners too!
The next Forum Meet Up will run on 25th of September from 6.30 pm until 9 pm. Please join us, it’s free to take part. Make sure you have registered on the forum with plenty of time to spare, any new accounts will need to be activated by the forum administrator. www.britishbunnies.co.uk/forum
The following competitions will be run:
Sponsored by Shelfridges
Forum Quiz – with first and second prizes
Forum Flag Hunt
Sponsored by our very own forum members Obi and Bailey
Funny Bunny Photo Competition
Tell Me More You Say??
The Forum Quiz will take place between 6.45pm and 7.45pm.
As each question is posted points will be awarded to the fastest responders with the correct answer. First person to post the correct answer will receive 5 points, all other correct responses will receive 3 points. Each question will be posted in a new thread, when a new question has been posted we will accept no more answers to the previous question.
First Prize will be a selection of treats which includes Naturals Carrotys, Boredom Breakers Alfalfa Chips and a Naturals Carrot Woodroll.
Second Prize is a bag of Naturals Carrotys.
The Flag Hunt:
British Bunnies has hidden four flags in the forum, you can look for them now. A fifth one will be posted during the Forum Meet Up at 8 pm.
Each flag will be sitting next to one or two letters. When you have found the five flags you will have the right combination of letters to form the secret word. The first person to post the secret word on the British Bunnies forum will win Naturals Carrotys and Cloverleaf Cookies.
Funny Bunny Competition:
Just post a funny picture of your bunny(s) during the Meet Up, one entry per bunny. The prize for the funniest picture is a basket of Boredom Breakers Play Veg Carrots.
This is just a bit of fun. Try to write a poem and post it on our forum during the Meet Up. It can be as short or as long as you wish. The extra challenge is you must make sure you use the word rabbit. The prize for the best poem wins Naturals Fun Balls and a Catwalk Cleaners Brush for cleaning your hutches.
The Spring Bunnies Competition is sponsored by Widget and Friends and JewelleryMadeWithLove. It is very simple to enter, just take photos of your bunnies showing a spring theme and send the best one to us by email to email@example.com. Entries will be accepted until Saturday 16th of April 2011.
We’ll pick the six best spring themed photos and they will be posted on the British Bunnies forum between 17th of April and 2nd of May 2011 in a poll where registered forum users can vote for their favourite. The winning entries will be those with the most forum votes. Registration on the forum is free so anyone can take part in voting.
Remember, when you send your entry by email please tell us your name, where you are from and what your bunnies are called. Entries will be shown on our Facebook page and may be used in future for website promotions.
So what are the prizes? Well, there’s a great choice. The first prize winner gets first choice of prizes, second prize winner gets second choice. Third prize winner receives remaining prize.
Widget and Friends have donated a fantastic easter themed gift which is mummy and baby sock bunnies complete with easter eggs and carrots. Anna, a creative ‘Bunny Maker’, runs Widget and Friends and would love for you to visit her website to see what else she makes and sells. She donates 10% of all sales to the Rabbit Welfare Association and also runs a blog called The Bunny Maker’s Blog.
Our second sponsor is JewelleryMadeWithLove who you may remember from our British Bunnies Forum Meet Up. This company was established just two months ago and is based in the west coast of Scotland. They are constantly creating new items of jewellery and will take requests for custom made items. They have generously donated an item from their collection, or custom made item, as a competition prize. This means that the winner can pick any item of jewellery as a prize. JewelleryMadeWithLove also has a blog.
The final prize is provided by yours truly, British Bunnies, and it’s a selection of rabbit products. This will include cloverleaf cookies, willow sticks, a grassy carrot, a willow ball and rabbit Fruit Crossys. Great for treating, training and entertaining your rabbits.
Want to win one of these prizes? Well get that camera out and start snapping. Good luck!
Only one entry allowed per rabbit.
Bunny basics: Keeping your rabbit dry, fed and watered
You may or may not know that 2011 is the Chinese year of the rabbit. Although it is ill-advised to go and buy a bunny in celebration – after all a bunny is for life not just for New Year; it is wise to use this memorable occasion to learn how to properly care for your bunny or any you may be planning to get. According to figures from the UK Pet Food Manufacturers Association, rabbits are Britain’s third most popular pet with over one million rabbit owners in the UK alone.
There are of course many different breeds of rabbit available to keep as pets and these reach various sizes when full grown. Life expectancy varies from breed to breed but they can live anything between 8-12 years and sometimes even longer. This means keeping a rabbit is a huge commitment and despite what is popularly thought, bunnies do not make ideal pets for children. If you would like to get a pet rabbit for your children they are likely to need a lot of adult supervision.
Nowadays bunnies aren’t necessarily an outdoor pet, with the number of rabbits kept in houses rising dramatically. However, whether rabbits live indoors or outdoors they will predominantly have the same needs. The first point to consider is accommodation for your furry friend. The minimum cage space needed for a single rabbit is two foot by two foot by four foot. However it’s really important that rabbits get enough exercise to stay fit and healthy, so you’ll want to take into account the adult size of your rabbit and look for something with ample room for them. There are a huge selection of rabbit hutches on the market – many of which look more like bunny mansions with multi storeys and runs attached. It’s a good idea to invest in a rabbit run so that your rabbit can stretch their legs. Indoor rabbits need exercise of at least 30 hours per week and outdoor rabbits with an ample sized cage will get by on around two hours per day. However, it’s vital to give them as much opportunity to roam in safety as possible. Make sure any run is secure and keep other pets away from the area so your bunny is not bothered by their presence.
To keep the hutch clean line your hutch with materials such as hay or newspaper and clear out wet or soiled areas at least once a day. The living area should be given a full clean with the lining changed completely at least once a week. Rabbits can also be trained to use a litter tray within the house or in their hutch. There are various types of litter you can buy in pet stores to be used in these, but you must not use clay kitty litter or pine litter as this is dangerous for your hoppy friend.
The amount of food your bunny needs will again depend upon the breed. You’ll need to give your rabbit access to fresh hay and water and from the age of around eight months you can introduce rabbit nugget or biscuit mixes to their diet. Rabbits love variety so give them fresh fruit and vegetables two or three times each week. Fruit portions should be limited to just two tablespoons however as eating too much of them can make rabbits very poorly indeed. Try to stick to high fibre fruits such as apples and avoid high sugar options such as bananas. It’s also important to introduce any new foods into your pet’s diet gradually, as changing their food habits dramatically can upset their digestion system. Should you notice anything unusual about your rabbit’s eating habits such as a sudden reduction in food consumption, or diarrhoea, you may want to consult a vet.
Finally, as much as they may appear to like them, you must always avoid giving rabbits human foods. They may love the sugary and salty flavours of our snack foods but these are likely to severely upset your rabbit’s stomach. If you want to treat your rabbit you can choose from a wide variety of specialist rabbit snack foods on sale in pet stores. These include flavoured chews, which also make great toys for your furry friends.
Rabbits never fail to surprise you with their wonderful problem solving skills.
The other night, while Dylan sat lazily on his cushion,
Pepper discovered an intriguing box on the messy sofa.
It didn’t take her long to pull that box open and discover that, oh dear, the box was empty.
Researchers at the University of Lincoln are currently conducting an internet questionnaire of pet rabbit owners and need your help.
By doing this questionnaire, they hope to find out more about the rabbit population such as; Who keeps rabbits? What do people do with them? Why do people have them? And what influences all of these decisions “.
The survey is part of a much larger PhD project which will also look at relinquishment and the behaviour of rabbits. After completing the questionnaire those rabbit volunteers interested will then also be visited by Jessica to meet their bunnies and see how cheeky and confident they are in new situations.
The information that you enter in the questionnaire will be vital in helping the project to provide information for developing educational resources on the various aspects of rabbit ownership. This information can then be used by the general public, current and potential rabbit owners, veterinarians, welfare organisations and breeders to not only improve things for rabbits but also in improving owners relationships with their rabbits and thus hopefully in reducing the number of rabbits relinquished every year.
The questionnaire is online now at the following address:
If you would like more information on either the study or a paper copy of the questionnaire sent to you, please contact Jessica on 01522 895488 or firstname.lastname@example.org