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 Post subject: Good information sites on rabbits?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 4:18 pm 
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I am thinking over the next month of what kind of companion animal we would like to add to our house and considering a rabbit. Although I had one before as a kid, I would like to do more research.

What are some good rabbit information websites?

Rabbits are herbivores, so a vegan diet would be okay, right?

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 Post subject: Re: Good information sites on rabbits?
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Michigan is blessed with an amaaaazing rabbit sanctuary which I've had the great pleasure of touring, and their website has lots of wonderful information for prospective rabbit parents: http://rabbitsanctuary.org

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 Post subject: Re: Good information sites on rabbits?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 10:47 pm 
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Shanti wrote:
Rabbits are herbivores, so a vegan diet would be okay, right?


Pretty much required, actually.

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 Post subject: Re: Good information sites on rabbits?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 12:34 am 
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Hi! Rabbits are social animals, so it's better to get two. Here, a lot of shelters will do the bonding for you, so I'm guessing it's the same where you are. :) A boy and a girl will get along in most cases, but not all; other combos are often less successful. More info: http://www.rabbit.org/faq/sections/multiple.html
The above website is the most comprehensive (http://www.rabbit.org/). I also like this one: http://language.rabbitspeak.com/

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 Post subject: Re: Good information sites on rabbits?
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I was going to recommend www.rabbit.org too. I had a house rabbit for several years and I loved him so much. He ended up bonding really well with my cat (I got the rabbit first) so I never got him a bunny friend. If I were considering a rabbit as a companion now I would likely consider getting a bonded pair. Our humane society has a rabbit advocate group that will meet with you and help you. There might be something like that in your area. Indoor bunnies are fantastic, I really miss having my little guy around.


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 Post subject: Re: Good information sites on rabbits?
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A friend of mine has a website called the rabbit whisperer where she writes about rabbit care issues (under "topics"). I don't know if she updates it anymore, but the stuff that's already up there might be useful!

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 Post subject: Re: Good information sites on rabbits?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 3:10 pm 
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I'll third www.rabbit.org. They are TONS OF WORK though. I loved my rabbits and I miss them, but I will not have rabbits again. We gave them veggies, pellets and hay. The hay especially can get pretty messy and they need a lot of it all the time. They can be litter boxed trained, but you can't use regular cat litter because they will eat it and it is terribly bad for them, so you have to change the whole litter, and not just scoop stuff like with cats. What ended up working for us was a layered system - a litter box with a separate rim (so they won't chew the plastic liner), a plastic liner, some folded newspapers for absorbency, some "yesterday's news" litter for absorbency and smell (this is expensive, but made a big difference on smell), some shredded paper for bulk, and finally some "carefresh" litter on top.

Also, rabbit proofing can be really hard. I put wire covers on all the wires and they managed to eat through them like it was nothing! For chewing, rabbit toys were too small, so I got some bird toys that worked well. They need a lot of space. We ended up using a dog exercise play pen - I started with a plastic baby exercise play yard thingy, but they ate that. The metal dog one worked better - I had two attached to each other. I also had to make some flooring because play pens don't come with a floor.

Finally, the vet bills can be pretty expensive, because they are considered exotics, so it costs more than taking a dog or cat to the vet.

There's a lot of good stuff too, but I'm glad you are researching it to know what you are getting into. I researched it a bunch too and still made the decision to get them - but I think they were even more work than I expected. I had them about 8 years (I got them a little bit under 1 year old, I think).


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 3:19 pm 
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Here are the rabbits I had, Buster and Keaton. Also there is a guinea pig Maxwell that we got later.

Buster (on the right) was super affectionate and Keaton was kind of a nervous rabbit, but sweet in her own way. I got them when I was having a really hard time in dental school and they helped me a lot. I am not sure I would have graduated without them! Well, probably, but even with all the work, they did make life more enjoyable.


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 Post subject: Re: Good information sites on rabbits?
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I love bunnies but I have no clue when I'll get one/two or another companion at this point. :( Kinda unstable emotionally and don't want some innocent creature depending on somebody who can't remember to brush her hair...

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 Post subject: Re: Good information sites on rabbits?
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That sounds like a wise decision. I hope you feel better soon.


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