This question is probably #1 when it comes to my frequently asked questions. It comes in different ways, such as does my rabbit need a friend? Should I get two rabbits? Do rabbits need other rabbit companions? Etc, etc.
The answer is - It depends. What do you want? Going from one rabbit to two really isn't that much of a difference. But going from zero rabbits to two can be quite a jump. Read THIS page, written by me, for more details and some things to really think about.
Can rabbits be litter trained?
YES! It's SO EASY!!! To read more, click HERE.
How often should my rabbit visit the vet?
Rabbits do not need yearly check ups like with a dog or cat. I believe they should only visit the vet in an emergency or for surgeries such as spaying/neutering. Of course there are exceptions, there always is. However, the vet is very stressful for your rabbit.
Do rabbits need shots?
Nope! Currently there are no available vaccinations for rabbits in the US.
How often should I clean my rabbit's cage?
This depends on how many rabbits are living in the cage, if they are litter trained, etc. I suggest cleaning your rabbit's cage weekly, at least. If they are litter trained, the cage only needs to be emptied as needed, but the litter box needs to be emptied a couple times a week to prevent ammonia odor buildup.
How do I clip my rabbit's nails?
Refer to THIS page, and scroll down until you get to nail clipping/grooming.
Can rabbits have fleece or towels?
YES. It also depends on the rabbit. Some rabbits will eat fleece and towels, but I've found that usually once they get used to it they don't seem to mind.
How can I keep my rabbit quiet at night?
1. Give lots of exercise before bed. 2. Remove noisy toys. 3. Use a water bowl, instead of a water bottle. 4. Give lots and lots of hay. 5. Give tons of fun chew toys.
Do rabbits smell?
Every animal smells, to some degree. Rabbit poop does not have a very strong odor (cecotrophs can, on occasion, smell kind of bad but it's not overwhelming). Rabbit urine, if not taken care of, can smell very bad and the ammonia is terrible for our rabbit's lungs. Weekly cleaning of the trays or litter box will be sufficient, although doing it a couple times a week is the best.
How much does a rabbit cost monthly?
On average I spend about $30 per month for 6+ rabbits. When I had a single rabbit, I would spend about $40 per month, mainly on pet store food and hay.
What kind of litter do you recommend?
I use CareFresh and love it.
Does Holly's Hollands Rabbitry have a waiting list?
No. I have a notification list, and when I have rabbits available I email everyone on it. My rabbits are reserved/sold first come, first served. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the contact page if you are interested in being on my notification list.
Can a neutered male and an intact (not spayed) female bond?
It is possible, however it is VERY unlikely. Most does are so territorial that they hump whichever rabbit they are with, whether a buck or doe. The buck is confused and in my opinion, when an unspayed doe and a neutered buck are together, they are unhappy, concerned only with who is the most dominant. I had Sweetpea and Malchior (Cracker and Graham), together when I got them back from their previous owner. They had lived together since Sweeties was a baby and Malchior was neutered. They were very unhappy together. As soon as I separated them it seemed that they both took a deep sigh of relief.
Can an intact (not neutered) buck and a spayed female bond?
Pretty much the same as the above, however this has a higher chance of working (still very slim), because bucks are usually not as territorial as does.
How do you sell your rabbits as pets so quickly?
It took me a while to develop a secure "pet" market for my rabbits. I have a frequently updated website chock-full of information and a blog that is updated weekly, if not daily. Let me tell you, pet buyers really appreciate seeing all the hard work put into a website, and they want to know how often it is updated. It's quite annoying to contact several people whom seem to have updated websites, only to realize they sold out of rabbits three years ago and haven't in any way mentioned anything about that on their website.
With a blog, it encourages people to keep checking back. They enjoy hearing about my rabbitry, everyone likes an honest breeder.
Then there's my rabbitry Facebook page, which I try to post daily pictures on. The public really enjoys these pictures.
Most people who don't sell pets very easily are afraid to put themselves out there. If you don't put yourself out their publicly, by sharing your website with friends, having a Facebook page that is updated regularly, exchanging links with other breeders, etc., you will get more buyers.
Should I neuter/spay my rabbit?
Yes. If your rabbit will be a pet only, it will live a happier, healthier life being spayed or neutered.
Do all bucks spray?
No! All the bucks I have owned (this is not many; only one senior buck and lots of junior bucks), have never sprayed. I've found that most bucks that spray are bored. If your buck sprays, let him play outside, give him lots of toys, provide hay often, etc!
What are your favorite toys for your rabbit to play with/nibble on?
Toilet paper tubes, pine cones, baby toys (links, rings), and balls. Baby toys and balls can be purchased at the dollar store.
Since rabbits have a horned uterus, is it possible to have them get pregnant twice (over a couple different days or more), and does this increase the chances of a bigger litter?
No. You will not be able to try to get the doe pregnant on both horns of the uterus. Some does will never use the other side of their uterus; some does use it with every litter. This does not equal two different litters in one doe or increase the chances of a bigger litter. Small does will generally produce smaller litters, because that's all they have room for.
What is better for house training rabbits - a cage with a wire bottom that urine and poop can fall through, or a litter box?
In my opinion, I prefer litter boxes for house rabbits, because if you let the rabbit play in your floor or carpet, and it's used to going to the bathroom wherever it wants in its cage, it will use the bathroom wherever it wants on your floor. Litter box training your rabbit helps the rabbit understand that it has one bathroom, and it can't go potty wherever it wants.
What is the best way to pick up your rabbit to keep him or her comfortable and so he or she feels secure?
Please check out THIS page.
Tips and tricks for dealing with toddlers around bunnies
1. Teach the toddler not to pull the rabbit's ears; not to chase the rabbit; to give the rabbit peace when it's eating, sleeping, or using the bathroom.
2. Do not leave the rabbit and toddler alone together, even for a minute.
3. Buy a docile rabbit that can handle louder noises and lots of action going on all the time. I've found that higher-strung rabbits have a harder time getting used to loud noises and chaos.
Also check out THIS page for more.
How can I bond my rabbit with my dog/cat/etc?
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RABBITS AND DOGS
RABBITS AND CATS