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Old 03-20-2017, 01:54 AM   #1
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Hi. I just "inherited" what I believe is a Himalayan bunny on Friday. I don't know much about him but have seen him on and off the majority of his life.

I have read up on basic care for Bunnies but I have more questions.

I have a 29 in wide by 18 inch deep by 16 inch high cage for "Bay Bay" being small this I feel is ok for now. I am lining the bottom with plain white paper, for two reasons, monitoring things with my less than perfect vision and also easier to clean sections than the hole cage between good cleanings.

I have Timothy hay from Wal-Mart. And a large bag of pellets. Question....is it normal for Bunnies to prefer pellets over hay? He'll eat both but the hay comes last.

What portions of hay and pellets should I be feeding? Should veggies AND a type of fruit (strawberry, blackberry, melon) be fed daily? I have given him romaine lettuce and a bit of honey dew melon the past couple of days. He ate a SMALL bit of pinapple today and LOVED it but I am not giving that often.

What type of toys can I introduce to him to try and get him to play? I gave him two toilet paper tubes but he'd rather be a brat and tip his food bowl and push his corner litter box around. He actually sleeps in the litter box and potties in the cage (at least poop) lol.

He is very docile and we'll mannered when it comes to me handling him.

I am kind of stuck on being able to let him out of his cage though for exercise as 1 I haven't begun to rabbit proof or know if I could fully. I have little room, and I'm actually not even supposed to have him where I live.

Is there anything else I should know that I may have forgotten?

Does anyone know of a good place to find a list of good foods for Bunnies?

Thanks in advance

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Old 03-20-2017, 04:53 AM   #2
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First off, welcome to the forum, fellow bunny lover!
The cage sounds good for a home, but he does need atleast three hours of excersise a day, so if you are unable to bunny-proof your room, it may be a good idea to build or buy a makeshift excersise pen in your garden, if you have one. Just make sure if you do let him roam around to watch him. You dont have to keep an eye on him every second of the day, but just to make sure he's out of harms way.
Timothy hay is the best kind of hay for rabbits, but I can reccomend any other grass hay, too. Alfalfa and Lucerne hay should only be given to young rabbits or rabbits that need to put on weight. My rabbits much prefer to eat pellets than hay, too, but try to give more hay than pellets. Hay should make up over 70% of your rabbit's diet, so try not to go overboard with the pellets.
Veggies are good for your bunny, too and it is recommended that rabbits get a little bit of atleast three kinds of veggies daily. Fruit, such as banana, apple and pear, should only be given as a treat, as they are full of sugar and too much fruit can cause diheria, obesety ect. so a little bit a day is fine. Also, fresh fruits are a lot better for your rabbit than most store bought treats, but my bunnies like them, too.
To make your toys a bit more exciting, try shredding the ends of your toilet roll tubes with scissors or adding treats. Rabbits like to chew, rip and shread, so here are a few rabbit toy ideas that wont cost much.
Cardboard boxes filled with hay, straw or old newspaper with holes for doors and windows
Pet safe string hung with veggies and leaves (make sure they're safe)
Chew toys from a pet store
Phonebooks
Untreated, untoxic tree branches, such as apple. MAKE SURE THE BRANCHES YOU GIVE TO YOUR GRABBIT ARE SAFE!
Paper bags filled with hay.
Ofcoarse, there are many ideas all over the internet, but those are just a few. Also, a tip with litter training, try putting a little bit of your rabbits poop in the litterbox so he smells it and learns to do his business in the box. If that doesnt work, moving the tray to the spot which he often uses may work, too. Good luck! I hope this helps.


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Let's start with the feeding. Hay is more important than the pellets. 80% or more of the diet should be hay. Pellets should be the plain kind (no colorful bits) and it should be a measured amount only. A 5-7 lb rabbit should be offered no more than 1/4 cup of pellets daily. It is quite common for rabbits to prefer pellets over hay. That is why the pellets should be limited.

For a list of good pellets, check here. The greens (think more in terms of greens -- herbs, dark lettuces -- rather than 'veggies') should be introduced gradually. Each new type should be introduced by itself so that you can check bunny's tolerance.

Fruits are unnecessary. They can be offered in small amounts as a treat, however. The general guide is no more than 1 tbsp worth of fruit per day.

You can find bowls that twist onto a clamp that attaches to the cage. These can't be tipped. They can also be used for water.

I'd suggest replacing the corner litter box with a larger rectangular box. The larger the box, the more likely bunny will use it for what it should be used for. It isn't unusual for bunnies to lie in their litter box. If the litter is topped with hay, bunny is more likely to hop in there, munch on hay and use the box to potty.

Some rabbits will play with 'toys' while others ignore them. However, the topic of toys ties into the topic of bunny proofing. If you haven't been able to bunny proof yet, then an exercise pen can be quite handy. You can make a semi-circle with an x -pen that goes around the current cage. That provides more space for bunny in an area that is still "safe." Some items you can use for entertainment are a cardboard box with windows and doors cut out. Seagrass mats, wicker balls, and even open paper bags can all provide chewing pleasure.
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Thank you both for the info. I just found a vet for him also. I live in a efficiency apartment (1 main room with small kitchen and bathroom) I may clean the kitchen floor and block it off and let him in there. I CAN NOT bring him outside to play where I live. I am not supposed to have him where I live and can get in big trouble if caught. There are cameras here also.

I found the list of rabbit safe foods on the forum and I am going to provide as much good food as I can if he can tolerate it. Can they eat the dandelion flowers also or just the leaves?

I have tried putting his poop in the box and he still lays in it. I will get a larger box when I can.

I was going to ask more but my dog won't leave me alone and I have to go check on my mom's

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I CAN NOT bring him outside to play where I live.

Thank you again
It isn't necessary to ever bring him outside anyway. Indoor rabbits get their exercise indoors. It is safer indoors and is familiar to them -- which means they are more comfortable and like to binky!

Outdoor excursions on occasion are ok but that is more for exploring than actual exercising. Plus there are so many precautions that would need to be taken before letting a bunny outside -- not the least of which is knowing what/if any fertilizers, weed killers or pesticides are in the grass.

If you ever do let him outside (in the future) in a pen, then you absolutely must be out there with him every single moment. Just one minute away could allow for a bird of prey to swoop down. (heard it happen!)
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I have heard the term binky used on the forums here and am curious what that means? I clipped his nails a bit ago and his nails were LONG so I can imagine they feel better. A couple of toes on about 3 feet are turned but don't seem to bother him.

I took him into my kitchen today and he was overwhelmed and climbed back on me. I put him down again and moved away a tiny bit and got some lettuce and when he was sniffing around in the opposite direction of me I tried giving him some lettuce but my majorly jealous dog got it since the bunny didn't want it.

I have a question regarding wood for possible play structures. Are there woods that are totally off limits? I have pine, oak, and maple trees around me that I can make things from or get branches from. Oak mostly. Not sure what species though.

I knit and crochet and am curious what and if I could make a bed for my bunny from the either acrylic yarn or colored cotton yarn I have? Or even make toys
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If your bunny binkies, it means he is full of joy. He leaps up in the air and twists his back legs up.
Here is a list of poisonous woods:
Acacia
Apricot
Azalea
Beech
Box
Cherry
Clematis
Elder
Holly
Ivy
Laburnum
Mistletoe
Oak
Oleander
Peach
Periwinkle
Plum
Privet
Rhododendron
Rosewood
Yew
Snowberry
Spindleberry
Thorn Apple
Waxplant
Wisteria
Here are some woods that are safe:
Apple
Birch
Blackberry
Fir tree
Hazel
Hawthorn
Maple
Pear
Rasberry
Spruce tree
Willow
By the way, what sort of lettuce are you feeding your bunny? Make sure its not iceberg lettuce!
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Feeding romaine. Little bits at a time as he has only ever had rabbit food that had all different colors and hay everyday. He has had romaine lettuce with me. A small bit of honey dew melon and a small bit of pineapple. Very small bits of the fruits, and he loves all three.

I am able to get some birch tree parts. And other.
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I forgot to thank you for describing a - bunny binky :-) it sounds cute! Mine has only dug at my belly and lightly grabbed my shirt I guess trying to fluff it up :-)
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Feeding romaine. Little bits at a time as he has only ever had rabbit food that had all different colors and hay everyday. He has had romaine lettuce with me. A small bit of honey dew melon and a small bit of pineapple. Very small bits of the fruits, and he loves all three.

I am able to get some birch tree parts. And other.
Romain lettuce is fine. I would definitely recommend that and coz lettuce.


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