Bunny Parent FAQ

Bunnies are very complex pets, and we want to make sure we help you through the bunny parent process as best we can. These are our ways of being bunny parents - we mainly follow all

"House Rabbit Society" guidelines : https://rabbit.org/rabbit-center/

 

These are just our opinion, you are more than welcome to ask us questions or use our ideas and create your own. These are ever changing as the amazing bunny parents become more and more creative. We are not veterinarians or offer any medical opinions.

Weather

What do you do when it gets too hot outside?

There are many things that you can do to keep your bunny cool during the summer months. The number one recommendation is to bring your bunny indoors to the air conditioning. 

1) Frozen water bottles - freeze the 2-liter water bottles and leave them to snuggle with and lick. 

2) One trick I have done is wet the bunny's ears, the ears are like the bunny's air conditioning system. The heat escapes through their ears, so wetting the ears will help them cool down. Never pour water on your rabbit or submerge your rabbit in water.

3) Porcelain Tiles - I put a cool tile out for the bunny to lie on.

4) Frozen Veggies - The bunnies always love some good frozen treats, at least mine do.

Bonding and Bonded Pairs

Is it better to bond a bunny so they have a friend?

It all depends on the bunny. Some bunnies do get bored, and lonely. Some bunnies on the other hand do better alone. 

Bonding can take time (somewhere around 3-6 months to fully bond). It is a commitment to fully bond a pair. You want to look at their personalities, ensure there is a dominant and passive personality type. 

Some rabbits have trauma or a history of abuse that can hinder a bond. 

Bunnies are social animals, so they do like having a friend. Whether it be a cat, dog, bunny, human, or even a stuffed animal. 

Bunny Poop

Why does my bunny have weird poops?

This is a subject all bunny parents talk about.

Bunny poops should be perfect round pebbles that are firm and a darker brown. Bunnies when they get too many treats, they can have more gooey or loose stools. 

Bunnies do get cecotropes- which are Cecal pellets (aka cecotropes) a special food made by bunny, just for bunny. They are partially digested foods that are passed from the bunny and then reingested. You may not see bunny do this, but when she appears to be bathing her belly and she comes up chewing, she's probably just taken up a cecal pellet.

GI Statis

What is GI Stasis and how do bunnies get it?

Gastrointestinal Stasis in Rabbits

Veterinarians now know that rabbits that are not eating have developed gastrointestinal (GI) stasis. GI stasis is the slowing of passage of food through the GI tract. This is due to a change in the population of bacteria normally living in the GI tract that ferment (digest) rabbits’ food. GI stasis is not typically caused by an actual physical obstruction (such as a hairball or ingested foreign object, such as a towel or rug), but by a change in GI bacteria.

Some rabbits get GI upset when they are eating too much carbohydrate (e.g., pellets) and not enough fiber (e.g., hay). Regardless of why they stop eating initially, rabbits that do not eat undergo a pH change in their GI tracts that favors the growth of gas-producing bacteria. 

The best way to prevent GI stasis from developing in your rabbit is to feed it a high-fiber, hay-based diet with supplemental vegetables, a small number of pellets, and small amounts of fruit (as fruit is high in carbohydrates). The high fiber in hay stimulates normal intestinal motility, as well as helps wear down rabbits’ continuously growing teeth, thereby lessening the likelihood of dental problems.

Spay/Neuter

Is it worth it?

Always Yes. 

For females it doesn't just prevent pregnancy, it prevents them from developing cancer. If you have a female rabbit with aggressive behaviors, spaying may reduce or remove the hormones to lessen that behavior. 

Both male and female rabbits can spray to mark territory. If not spayed/neutered early enough sometimes that does not go away.