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    Not eating much hay and tiny poos

    If he tolerates being petted, you could try using a grooming mitt.
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    Not eating much hay and tiny poos

    Rabbits can have teeth problems at any age, but with the rabbits that I have had, it usually started around the age of 3.. One of my rabbits recently stopped eating. Since there was no bloating, I was sure it had to be his teeth. The emergency vet couldn't see anything wrong with his teeth. I...
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    Is my bunny an American rabbit I heard that they don't come in multicolor ?

    Rex rabbits come in two sizes. The Mini Rex is usually under 5 pounds, and the Standard Rex is usually between 7 and 11 pounds.
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    Is my bunny an American rabbit I heard that they don't come in multicolor ?

    When you get a rabbit from a rescue, most time they don't really know what the breed is, so they just make a guess. Harlequin is both a breed and a color. The harlequin color has been bred into rabbits of different breeds, and like LadyGray suggests, it could be a rex with harlequin coloring, or...
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    Destroying litter boxes

    My mini lop cross Downy has a new habit of chewing up his plastic litter boxes. He has hay, wood toys and tree branches to chew on, but he attacks his litter box. Yesterday he stopped eating. There were shreds of plastic all over the floor from him destroying his litter box. I was worried he...
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    Where did you adopt your rabbit from?

    I used to foster rabbits for a rescue. Some were so inbreed that they had to have expensive dental work done often. Others were feral and I could not trust them not to bite. I would often discourage people from adopting from me. Sorry the rescues did not reach out to you, but if they did not...
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    Where did you adopt your rabbit from?

    Your rabbit is adorable! Two of my rabbits, a Harlequin Lop mix and a Netherland Dwarf came from the Humane Society. Both of them were strays. My Mini Rex came from a rescue organization. She was abandoned in a park, left in her carrier. My albino Holland Lop mix came from another rescue. His...
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    What is a good rabbit pellet you can buy in bulk?

    I used to buy Purina Complete or Manna Pro in bulk. These foods worked well for my elderly rabbits that had a hard time eating, because they are alfalfa based and higher in calories. People on this site told me that alfalfa pellets are not good because they have too much calcium, and rabbits...
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    Patches learned to turn in a circle.

    Very cute rabbit. Good job!
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    house train

    Start with a smaller area, like a playpen. When he does well in the playpen, enlarge his area. When he does well in that area, you can give him more space. Rabbits mark their area with their poop, so he might always leave some poop, but he should get better.
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    Ethics of teeth filing

    I have had several rabbits with teeth problems. I think you should stick with the rabbit savvy vet. If your rabbit has a good quality of life, it probably isn't time to let him go. It looks like you are doing a good job of controlling his pain. My rabbit was 12 when I put him to sleep. He would...
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    Can you walk a rabbit?

    It is good that people know what the risks are when leash walking their rabbit. Once someone makes up their mind that using a leash is what they are going to do, I think it is best to give some information on how to do it safely so that their rabbit doesn't get hurt. It is kind of like telling...
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    My rabbit's not a chewer. Will she have tooth problems?

    I agree with Watermelons that is has a lot to do with genetics. Eating hay does help. Pellets and compressed cubes don't work as well even though they are made of hay, because they fall apart when the rabbit bites on them, and so it isn't the same chewing workout for the teeth.
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    Can you walk a rabbit?

    If you want to walk your rabbit inside, the best place to practice is a hallway. Rabbits don't walk by your side like a dog. Put your rabbit in front and kind of "herd" your rabbit down the hall. If your rabbit just sits there and you want the rabbit to go, bend down and tickle the tail or hind...
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    Can you walk a rabbit?

    I have a couple of rabbits that are leash trained with a H style cat harness. They learned it in agility class, but I would never take them outside. Before the pandemic, I took rabbits to long-term care facilities for visits. My rabbits would sit on laps of the elderly, but they don't interact...