Pet Bunny Rabbits: Frequently Asked Questions

Since creating this Bunny Blog and Carly’s Mini Lop Bunnies Facebook Page, I am asked quite a lot of questions about my bunnies and the care of bunnies in general. I thought it would maybe be useful to write the FAQ’s down and the answers to them. I can remember asking the same questions when I was starting out as a new/prospective bunny parent. Unfortunately, I didnt always get the correct or completely honest responses. Looking back I can see this was due to asking the wrong people! People who were trying to convince me to buy pets from them or people with little experience of that situation. I see online a lot of people commenting and advising other people on things they clearly have never experienced but merely read about. Reading about something is not the same as living it I have come to find out.

These answers are based on my personal experience. I will never advise on something that I haven’t personally been through but will direct you to someone who has been through it and knows the answers.

If you have a question that you can’t find the answer to, please feel free to contact me. I am always on hand for advise and will try my best to help you. I try to respond asap but, of course, I have young children, I childmind children too and go to college (lols) so I will get back to you when I can (fastest reponse is text or email, see Contact Me).

The FAQ’s

General Pet Bunny Rabbit Question’s I am asked often (See answers Below):

  1. How will a rabbit be around my dogs? Will barking frighten my rabbit? Can I have a rabbit if I already have a dog/s?
  2. I would like two rabbits. Will they get on? Same sex or Mixed?
  3. I want a rabbit who is friendly as I have young children.
  4. I want a female rabbit OR I want a male rabbit.
  5. Which is the best pet, a female rabbit or a male rabbit?
  6. What “treats” can I feed my rabbit?
  7. Do rabbits bite?
  8. I want to breed my rabbits, how difficult is it?
  9. Do you deliver rabbits?
  10. I live far away from you, can I use a courier to collect one of your baby rabbits?
  11. I already have a rabbit, can I be-friend my rabbit to a new baby rabbit?
  12. Can my current outdoor bunny come and live inside? I’ve adopted an outdoor rabbit, can the rabbit come to live inside as a house bunny?
  13. Is my rabbit pregnant? Help, I think my rabbit is pregnant.
  14. How do I litter train my new bunny?

Specific Questions for Carly’s Mini Lop Bunnies, as a breeder.

15.Can one of your baby rabbits live indoors?

FAQ’s: The Answers

  1. How will a rabbit be around my dogs? Will barking frighten my rabbit? Can I have a rabbit if I already have a dog/s? Can my rabbit meet and mix with my dog?

Of course, all rabbits are their own rabbit, with an individual personality. Rabbits are intelligent. As long as your rabbit is secure where it is (i.e. in their run, hutch, shed, or inside its own area in your home) and the bunny feels like it is his/her home, then a dog outside its area will not be any problem to your bunny, as bunny will know the dog can not get inside his/her area.

Barking wont frighten your bunny, again, providing they feel safe where they are at the time. With my bunnies, I swear that when my bunnies are in their rabbit garden and the dog barks at a noise, it actually puts them at ease! One minute they will have heard the same noise as my dog didand be in the alert position (with their ears forward and heads up). Then when the dog barks at the thing that made the noise (and she will because she loves the sound of her own voice!), the rabbits will actually relax and carry on with what they were doing, like, “It’s ok, the dog’s got this!”.

My mum visits us a lot and she brings her two dogs. They also like a good bark too hehe. They also bark directly at the rabbits as they aren’t used to rabbits. I think they just want to get to the rabbits too, maybe to say hello or to have a good sniff! Either way, they can spend a good amount of time barking at the bunnies. Although the bunnies do not show much concern and largely ignore the dogs, I don’t like to let it continue. Because, firstly it doesn;t feel nice to my own ears, so it can’t feel nice for a rabbit either. Secondly, the neighbours, its not pleasant for the neighbours either is it! I think if my mum’s dogs lived with a rabbit then the rabbits here wouldn’t phase them or be as interesting. Our dog is interested in the rabbits but not too much. She is mainly interested if I am giving the rabbits food or treats, she gets excited and goes crazy, runing around “Where’s mine mum? MY TURN!”.

The bunnies I had now I bought when my dog was already a year old. So, my dog had grown out of the hyper puppy bitey stage by then. I don’t see why you couldn’t do it the other way around, you just need to make sure your puppy wont paw at the cage/run and catch your rabbit. My dog does have a tendancy to put her paw and leg through the bars to steal the bunnies twigs. As the dog is so small, it is hard to prevent this through the bars. She could accidentally catch a rabbits eye and hurt them. If a rabbit is in this particular run I tend to keep the dog away. I use a sqaured mesh on the shed and hutch, rather than vertically bars, so this can’t happen.

Can your dog meet your rabbit? I don’t know, can they? lol. This depends soley on your own dog and their personallity and maybe even their breed. I hate to refer to a dogs breed like this but it would influence me on whether they met my rabbit. It sounds a bit breedist doesn’t it! BUT look at it like this… the breed of a dog DOES affect it’s personallity. Take my dog and my neighbours dog. Mine is a pom. My neighbours dog is a Jack Russel Terrior. When we go out for walks, my dog comes into contact with wild rabbits regularly. My dog sniffs around them, sniffs out their burrow when they run away after seeing the dog, she is interested but thats pretty much that. My neighbours dog, upon bumping into or seeing a wild rabbit, chases the rabbit down to kill it. This is the difference of the breeds. It doesn’t make the dog bad it is just nature. Maybe, dare I say it, I would not let my rabbit meet a staffordshire bull terrior or similar either. Just purely based on one wrong move from such a dog could mean instant death to my beloved bunny. It’s too risky for me. But I can not tell you about your own dog. Only you know your dog. Here is our bunny Flash with Daisy…

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My dog often licks the bunny and the bun often follows Daisy around the place. On a sunny day, they chew sticks together in the garden (I’ve even caught them chewing the same stick, like Lady and the Tramp lol!)

If you are lucky that your dog and rabbit become pals, never, ever leave your dog alone with your rabbit. Not for a second. They are still both animals and you would feel very bad if something went wrong. It’s the same as children, you wouldnt leave your children walone with your dog, no matter how lovely your dog is, the risk is too great.

2. I would like two rabbits. Will they get on? Same sex or Mixed?

Ok, so you are considering getting two rabbits rather than one on it’s own. I love this as you are thinking of the bunnies and want them to be happy and not lonely. Very commendable. The RSPCA does suggest that rabbits should be bonded with another rabbit. They advise that the best match is a female and a male rabbit (neutered), and I would have to comletely agree with this in my experience. That said, I haven’t experienced two females not being able to live together, especially when they have been together from birth or 8 weeks of age. But a male and a female,when they are bonded, seem to have a love for eachother.

Although I think male and female neutered bunnies are the best companions there can be problems or “issues” with how to go about neutering them and preventing them from mating when they are from the same litter or even the same age. When you have a male neutered, he is still technically able to impregnant the female bunny for a month after the operation. Where will you keep the male bunny, while he can’t see the female? They must be near eachother so that they will be able to live together again. Will you need to neuter the female too? At what age can the male impregnant the female and at what age can the male be neutered? I am asking much more questions than I have answered here. The point is that having two bunnies together could become costly.

For Instance, a little real world research… A quote from my local vets for neutering a male bunny… £70 plus. Plus because this cost doesn’t include medication and extra costs if your bunny gets an infection afterwards. Female spaying will be more expensive. Although… if you look about you can get better prices! There are competitively priced vets out there. If you are in reciept of housing benefit, try the PDSA. Not only is a bunnies neutering £56 but this is an all inclusive cost, i.e. anything that subsequently happens after the op will be covered in this price. It’s also worth noting that the PDSA will provide your pet with emergency care, free of charge, if you donate an amount to the charity. Then you may need to purchase another cage/hutch while you keep your bunnies seperate?

What about this, you want a baby bunny but maybe you have never had a rabbit before and you are unsure of whats in store for you (you are in for a treat!). Have you thought of, instead of jumping feet first and buying two bunnies, why not buy one. You can get to know your bunny, understand how they work, what they enjoy etc. Then when bunny is about 8 months to a year old (or more) think about rescuing an older bunny to keep your bunny company? Your rescued bunny will come already neutered and vaccinated. The rescue centre will pair up your bunnies for you! They will also give you a trial period, a breeder can not give you a trial period like this. Also, it is advised that you pair up rabbits of the same size otherwise you risk bullying  and damage to the smaller bunny if they try to hump the little one. You also have that satisfaction of having rescued a bunny! You will be able to meet bunny and see what his personality is like too.

Another point the multiple bunny owner should consider is holiday care. Who will look after your bunny rabbits when you go on your holidays? I can tell you from personal experience that this can be very difficult when you have more than one rabbit, a house rabbit, rabbits living in a shed/large housing. If you had one rabbit they could go to bunny boarding for a couple of weeks at £5 per night (usual cost). What happens if you have two bunnies in a large hutch? or even more problematic is if you have more than two or more living in a big home. Will your rabbits get on if they are in such a small hutch like the ones at boarding places? Can you afford £5 per day for each rabbit? If your rabbit is going to be an indoor rabbit then who will house sit or have the rabbits at their house (this is an ongoing problem for me!) and having multiple rabbits together conly makes the situation more tricky.

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love it when my bunnies go to a new home together! It really is lovely. But as a responsible breeder it is my duty to make sure prospective buyers understand what could happen. I also love the baby bunnies who have grown up here and it hurts me to think that any of them would end up in a rescue centre. By advising people truthfully and honestly, this is the only way I can ensure there will be no surprises for people.

I do find that bunnies who are living on their own tend to be a lot tidier! Just my own personal experience. No poops out of place, all wee’s in the one litter tray. I found keeping multiple bunnies together they would poop a lot more outside of their litter tray. Just my own experience.

The bottom line is, just because people refer to rabbits as small animals, they are not the same type of animal as a hamster. They are more like “cat” type pet level, lol. You don’t have to walk them like a dog but you do have to spend time cleaning them and their home and showing them love. lol.

3.I want a rabbit who is friendly as I have young children.

The most important thing to ensure a friendly bun is to remember that if you buy a shy bunny from the pet shop, that will massively affect the relationship your children have. You need to be buyin a confident bunny. Ask to play with and hold your bunny before you buy it! If anyone refuses you this then don’t buy it! (yes this is easier said than done when your children are with you or the bun is super cute). A shy bunny will be a shy bunny. This will only be exaggerated when the bunny is grown up and big with powerful legs and an idea of his or her “territory”. Did you know that like humans, the experiences that a baby animal goes through will shape the grown animals life? The better socialised, secure and loved a baby animal is the more likely that animal will be confident, friendly, loving and much less nervous. Please do not buy a painfully shy rabbit from a pet shop. You are encouragin the pet shop to sell these pets and another little will replace this one and half of that litter will end up in rescues. When approaching baby bunnies they should be happy, inquisitive and thinking, “Whatchya got for me Hoomin” and not “ARRRGH dont eat me!”.Ovbviously if you burst in all hands and being grabby, the babies will have a fright from you, anyone would lol but if you approach them talking softly and better still offering a yummy treat wouldn’t go a miss too, then the babies should all come to you. rabbits are naturally inquisitive.

Please dont let young children pick up or be alone with rabbits. It’s just not going to end well for either one. Rabbits are so delicate, then can break so easily. Your rabbit will end up terrified. Please always supervise and get a good child proof lock on the hutch/shed/cage if needed (I need it here, my middle child is a pest, in the loveliest way).

3. I want a female rabbit/I want a male rabbit/I want two female rabbits.

This isn’t necessarily a question is it BUT… baby rabbits are notoriously hard to sex. It doesn’t matter where you are buying your bunny mistakes are often made. Due to this reason if you are thinking of buying a pet rabbit you need to learn yourself how to sex rabbits. This ensures that if you your rabbit has been sexed incorrectly, you will eventually be able to tell because you will know the difference.

You need to put enough pressure on the bunnies vent area (where the thumb is in pic) to reveal the sex organs.

When bunnies are older (from 5-6months old) they are a lot easier to sex. A baby rabbits genitals are incredibly small, and just to make things harder, boys can have what is called a split penis which makes them look like they have a female split rather than the male protruding penis with a cheerio type end (this scenario is rare tho). More often than not tho the mistake is made because there is not enough pressure being put onto the male’s vent area to make the males penis pop out (I’m sure I could have worded that better!?), thus resulting in the rabbit being labelled a female because only the tip of the penis is showing and this will look like a females bits. You must put enough pressure on the vent area for anything to protrude at all. When something does show you need to press a little more to ensure you are alowing enough pressure to fully reveal a possible hiding penis. This is often where people have difficulties sexing rabbits. Maybe, when rabbits are sexed wrongly, the person is in a rush? It is simple (for a breeder as you have bunnies to compare and lots of experience) yet it is still a fact that mistakes are made A LOT! (I myself bought a bunny from a breeder with 30 years experience of breeding but they sexed a female wrong and this is how I ended up breeding bunnies lol). Male rabbits scrotums/testicals do not drop until they are mature (5 months for a mini lop).

You can also often tell a female ADULT rabbit just from looking at them as the have a dewlap and males do not. A dewlap is an extra layer of fat around the chin. Females tend to have shorter necks too. Males are smaller than females.

Familiarise yourself with these differences and learn how to sex rabbits yourself and you will be able to spot the difference in your own rabbit.

Here is an absolutely brilliant explanation of how to sex rabbits at 5 weeks and as adults:

Sexing Rabbits – Raising-Rabbits.com

Knowing how to sex your rabbit could prevent an unexpected bunny pregnancy or prepare you for an upcoming birth (if the doe is still with the male bunny at the time of delivery it is highly unlikely that the babies will live due to the does stress. The male rabbit will hound her).

5. Which is the best pet, a female rabbit or a male rabbit?

IF you didn’t know, you are about to… there is a clear difference between male and female bunnies and it is mostly down to hormones. Male bunnies are very laid back. Female bunnies are lovely but can get hormonal and a tad stroppy now and then. That said, some do not, whatsoever. Think about it… Even human females have to deal with raging hormones and this does affect moods. But just like humans, hormones affect each female bunny differently.

Mood swings are more exaggerated in bunnies who are breeding and having litters. A pregnant bunny can change her personality temporarily while she is pregnant and exhibit behaviour you have never seen before. It is because they are preparing for a litter and may be getting frustrated with not being able to fulfil her natural instincts or is trying to protect her young or imminent litter. One of my female bunnies does not change a single thing about her personaily and you would never know she was pregnant by her behaviour alone.

Females can also experience phantom pregnancies. They go through everything a pregnant bunny would go through just in a shorter amount of time (18 days rather than the full 31 days). There does not need to be a male bunny around for this to happen either.

Females, I have found have a tendancy to be a little more territorial too. This is very much down tothe bunnies own personality and the fact that I have females who have been around male bunnies.

Don’t go thinking you want a male bunny just yet lol.. Males have their own little quirkiness too! In my own experience I have noticed that male bunnies will do everything and anything to escape! They want to find a girlfriend! We call our bunny Flash the master escaper!!

Also, male bunnies tend to have much smellier wee. I know this from keeping bunnies indoors. This can be easily remedied by changing your male bunnies litter tray daily and using a substrate to soak the wee up. Litter training bunnies is an absolute must as is providing bunnies with a litter tray. Your breeder should already started this training ofr you. It will just be case of getting your baby bunny used to its new home and the new litter tray. Bunnies want to be clean naturally.

If you keep a male bunny inside your house, it may be worth looking into getting your bunny neutered. This will prevent your bunny from displaying unwanted behaviour in your home like humping teddies, your leg and spraying wee in a territorial kind of way.

I have found also that females (living on their own at least) are a lot more tidy than males. This could be down to the individual bunnies of course. neutering could possibly help a male bunny to be more tidy. I have only ever had one intact male who was meticulously tidy. My current boy uses his litter tray perfectly for wee’s, he goes all the way back into his cage for wee’s but is a little less bothered about dropping out a little poop by accident! hehe.

So, there are differences, but either way no matter the sex bunnies are a real joy to look after and they all have their own individual ways and personalities just like dogs and cats.

6. What “treats” can I feed my rabbit?

I have written a very detailed articles on this exact topic. Just remember that rabbits should never eat what we would consider a “treat” i.e. sweets, bisuits, cake, bread, etc . This is not a treat , it could kill your beloved bunny. Bunnies have complicated digestive systems that need fibre. Carbohydrates could stop their digestive systems working, they can not be sick, and they can die. Potatoes should never be fed to a bunny. Be aware of commercial treats for bunnies, read the label, things like wheat, flour, potatoes, beans, peas, starchy root vegetables (where the vegetable eaten is underground, yes like a carrot, shocked?!), vegetables from the onion family (such as leek) etc should not be in a rabbits treat. High starchy veg and fruits should be fed in very small amounts. Often rabbits enjoy the other parts of the tree’s and plants that the starchy veg/fruit comes from. Like fruit tree twigs, leaves and bark and the greenery of the carrot top (I get mine from lidl). Just because ingredients are in a product for a rabbit, does not mean that rabbits can eat it. See these articles I have written on what rabbits can eat:

Rabbit Scran!

Bunny Safe Fresh Foods

For a more detailed explanation on what rabbits can eat and their digestive systems, take a look at the following;

RSPCA Rabbit Diet Myths – a quick read but great!

Rabbit.org Detailed Rabbit Diet Information – A very detailed explanation of what to feed and the why!

I am soon to write a post specifically on rabbit treats for toys!

7. Do rabbits bite?

This is not something I can really comment on because with my mini lops I have never experienced a bunny who bites.

However, a very long time ago, I had two netherland dwarfs and I was told by the pet shop (pets at home!) that two boys could live together. WRONG! It totally changed the personality of my rabbit (who was a cross breed Nethy) and he would lunge at my husband and run circles around his feet like he was rounding him up. He fought with the other boy rabbit and couldnt cope with the boy rabbit being in the same garden. He bit my son, who was a toddler because my husband leaned over them both and the rabbit thought it was my husband. He drew blood through my sons jeans. Because of the terrible and incorrect advise given to me by the pet shop. They had told me a lie or commented on something they knew nothing about! Thus resulting in us having to rehome the bunny. Because of this I will never ever sell two male bunnies to the same household/person. I will always warn of the risk of needing to neuter and or spay bunnies that leave together.

Bunnies are naturally a flight prey animal. Biting is not their first go to reaction to being in danger. It is for this reason that a biting bunny is a real problem and down to a fault of the owner and/or genetics. A rabbit with behavioural issues should never be on a breeding programme. If your bunny is showing some unwanted characteristics you must hold your hands up, admit already that it is your fault, and try to find the issue lol. A lot of the time it is down to boredom. Rabbits, like any animal (humans included) go crazy mad if they do not have neough mental stimulation. Providing bunny with a companion is not on its own, enough mental stimulation. Please see the sections Ideal Bunny Homes and the Bunny Toys & Boredom Busters pages for more information on how to keep your bunny in tip top health and ensure your bunnies mental welbeing through the space available to him/her and the oppurtunities to play and explore.

Another big factor on the problems with mental issues with bunnies is neutering. Exactly like with my example, your bunny can get very frustrated because of their drive for sex. If you are keeping the best pairing togther, male and female, they must be neutered and spayed very early on and they should be able to remain happily together.

Young children should not be allowed to handle bunny rabbits or be alone with them. Same for other pets. Bunnies can litterally die from fright. Did you know a bunny can scream? I have never heard the sound (like a womans scream so they say) and I hope I never ever do hear it. If a bunny is living in fear of being handled roughly, played with in a way that is cruel for a pet then this could end up in a rabbt resorting to unnatural behaviour (like biting). Please respect the rights of a rabbit, to leave peacefully and be happy.

Another thing that could lead your bunny to unwanted behaviours (like charging and biting) is illness. A serious illness in a bunny can understandably make them very irritable. Knowing your bunny well will alert you to changes in behaviour. Ever heard of dogs biting owners, completely out of character, then they find a brain tumour. Take your bunny to the vets if there is a sudden change in behaviour. If your bunny stops eating/pooing for 24 hours (maybe even 12hours) you have a very poorly bunny indeed. Whatever the cause, not eating for 24hrs can kill a bunny. The digestive system haults and can not restart (put very simply).

N.B. if you have one of my bunny babies, and you suspect they are very ill but you feel like you can not afford vet treatment (we all come into hard times, right!?), please please contact me. There’s no need for bunnies to suffer and if you can get bunny to me, I could help you out. I am just a phone call away.

Bunny teeth… did you know that bunnies teeth constantly grow (about 3mm per week!)? If your rabbits teeth have grown too much they could be causing your bunny awful pain and your bunny suffers in silence :(. Again, a grumpy bunny or change in behaviour could be a sign. It is only at the last few hours of bunnys life that bunny will stop eating. Again, please get to a vet. If you have one of my bunnies, again, please let me know, I may be able to help. Feedin the right high fibre diet will prevent over grown teeth (see Rabbit Scran! for more info). There could also be underlying “wolf teeth” issues where your bunnys teeth dont sit right and therefore dont wear down through their normal eating. This is a genetic problem and this bunny should never have been sold to you and parents should not have been bred.

Nails… are bunnies nails nice and short? If bunnys nails are getting sharp, put a paving stone slab into bunnies run. This works wonders! If they are so long they need cutting then put bunny on its back gently (bunny will lie still as they are pretty scared in this position so dont take too long) and cut bunnies nails up to the pink part of the nail. This picture says it all (found on goole)…

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I can help if you are nervous. If you didn’t get your bun bun from me I’m pretty sure any local breeder wouldnt mind helping you out. Or even someone who cuts dogs nails? Your local pet shop too?

8. I want to breed my rabbits, how difficult is it?

I’m not going to explain how to breed rabbits, there are hundreds of articles and you tube websites out there explaining everything you need to know a lot better than I could ever explain it.

All I will say is this… Reading about something is very simple. You can research until you are considering yourself a rabbit expert lol. BUT… what researching can not prepare you for is the real, actual, live thing. The emotional side of the whole process. The expense of the whole process, not just money wise but your precious time. The easy bit of course is ending up with a pregnant rabbit. Being totally honest… are you mentally prepared for finding dead bunnies in your rabbits hutch? Trying to resusitate a bunny who has strayed from a nest and is dying of the cold? Finding there is a peanut baby (genetically misformed baby due to the two dwarf genes it has inherited, very different to a runt who isnt thriving) in the litter and knowing this baby will not survive. Or that runt baby who just isn’t thriving? You can not hand rear baby rabbits, contrary to what you see on you tube, it just does not work. There is nothing to replace bunny milk. And what about important decisions you will inevitably have to make… moving the nest, cleaning the nest, checking the nest, babies dying because you made the wrong decision. Then you have a beautiful litter of bunnies running around, you think about them all day (they take over your life), worry about them etc then you have to trust someone else to love these bunnies as much as you do. Very. Hard. Very. When I had my first litter I could not part with them. I was actively putting people off who were calling to buy them!!! My husband told me to get a grip, we couldn’t keep them all!!!

Never ever have another rabbit in the mummys hutch. This includes the mummy rabbits own babies if she has accidently (or purposefully?!) had a second litter when the babies are just 4 weeks old. You must remove all the babies. If you do not, it is highly unlikely any of the babies will survive. Rabbits can do it easily in the wild, but in captivity it is just not doable. If you ignore these warnings you will feel extremely guilty about taking the risk should the whole litter pass away.

I am not telling you this to scare you or put you off at all, just a real side of what rabbit breeding is like / can be like. When  had my first rabbit pregnant and I was researching I thouht it would be all cute and cosy. Don’t get me wrong it is amazing but its all these things too at times. You do not know how your female is going to be as a mother and exactly how, just yet, you will fail her.

Do not breed cross breed rabbits. No body wants them. You will end up having to keep them and could end up in a right mess. You could also end up selling them for free or very cheap. This is a huge NO NO! You are encouraging people to buy your pet on a whim and possibly even feed your little bunny baby to their pet snake?! Do not breed rabbits without a pedigree. You do not want to add to the massive numbers of rabbits in rescue centres. Some people critisize breeders of rabbits for adding to the problem of unwanted pets. Totally inaccurate. It is not bunnies like mine filling up the rescue centres, it is cross bred bunnies often from big store pet shops who give out wrong information on their pets to make a sale. These poor bunnies come in terrified after this store is probably its third home! They are true rabbit mills and it should be stopped. I dread to think of the conditions the parent bunnies are kept in? Bottom line… research. Make sure your bunnies are in demand and that the colours produced are desireable (you will need to read up on genetics).

So, think of the huge costs (baby bunnies eat A LOT when there are seven running about the place lol!).

9. Do you deliver rabbits?

Yes, I can deliver bunnies locally in certain situatons. Please contact me.

10. Would you consider a courier?

Nope. I do not want my bunnies travelling hundreds of miles, they are pets. When you are looking for a pet rabbit you need to find a local breeder whom you can travel to and you need to see in person which bunny you like and what conditions the bunnies are being kept in. It is only showers/breeders who use pet couriers. They are very expensive too. I would rather you invested that £80 into a bigger, flashier home for your buns lol.

11. I already have a rabbit, can I be-friend/bond my rabbit to a new baby rabbit?

hmmmm, good question! Its complicated. I would say no when one rabbit was a baby and the other was an adult. Because of the size difference. The little one may get bullied or even hurt from the other rabbit playing rough or, dare I say it, being humped. Your bunnies may need to be neutered. What you could do though is wait until the youngest bunny is around 4 months old and so is bigger and in this four months begin the bonding process. (putting the bunnies cages close together, when they start lying together, then introduce them in a neutral area. If all is well, keep a close eye on them and watch for any bullying behavour. You can then move them both to their new home which should be freshly cleaned so as to be totally neutral. If at any point this fails, start it all over again). No males with males ever. Females and males are best in this situation. Males MUST be neutered. Females may need to be neutered, it depends on how it goes.

You can introduce two young baby rabbits without trouble though. By young, I mean 8 weeks old. Again, see above the question about how many rabbits.

Either way, prepare yourself for the possibiliy of them not getting on (could be something so small as a personality clash, unlikely with rabbits but it can happen) and remember that space is very important for the rabbits. Levels are also great for co habiting bunnies.

12.Can my current outdoor bunny come and live inside? I’ve adopted an outdoor rabbit, can the rabbit come to live inside as a house bunny?

The simple answer is: you can try! My rabbit has taken quite a while to adjust to living as an indoor bunny. Living indoors is massively different to bunnies than outside and has a whole host of noises and smells that the bunny would not smell from outside. Not to mention other pets.

You will have to work at making bunny feel safeand secure. This is key for bunny to be happy and is the absolute first priority. Then you can start to make things fun, let them explore the house etc.

Bunny MUST have their own area in the house. See my Ideal Bunny Homes page for ideas and information on this. A bunny will not be happy if they do not have their own area/territory and safe place that no one else goes into. You will find that bunny likes to play and explore when THEY want to, not you. You will also find that bunny will want to be where ever you are or where the family is. Put their home area somewhere quiet and there free range area wherever you are so they can freely go between the two areas. This is how you will get the most from your bunny. Bunny will be confident and happy to socialise. Remeber to safe guard your bunny from dangerous items by bunny proofing your home! They love chewing cables!

It may take a long time for your bunny to get used to things. Be patient and work with your bunny to have things set up how he/she enjoys them.

 

13. Is my rabbit pregnant?

Uh oh!

Do you have a male bunny? Only females? Yeah well, the fact that your asking if one is pregnant is worrying, check your other rabbits sexes firstly! See above on how to do this.

Could she have gained access to another rabbit, a neighbours rabbit or even a wild rabbit?

If there are no male rabbits anywhere and she is without access to the wild ones then, id hazard a guess at no she isnt pregnant, her body just thinks she is. Some female buns have false pregnancies.

If the answer to the question is yes she has had access to a male bunny, then I’d pretty much guess that yes she is pregnant. It is for the best that you assume she is, put her on her own (this is an absolute MUST!) and provide her with lots of nesting materials like hay. Keep the hutch clean and tidy. Make sure there is always fresh hay and water available. Keep her diet very healthy. And wait. It’ll be the longest wait ever but wait you must.

I would not advise you to “palpate” your rabbit. If you don’t know if your bunny is pregnant then you’re not likely to be a breeder and so I think palpating your bun could result in your damaging or stressing out your rabbit and it isnt worth it. Your rabbit will give birth in the evening. Don’t mess with the nest, dont move it (unless absolutely vital but prepare to lose babies!) and dont go into the nest until mum is out of the hutch. This isnt because mum will kill her young if you touch them (myth) but more so as not to cause mom any stress or worry. Mum will only feed the kits once or possibly twice a day so dont assume she is ignoring the babies. If she has live babies then try not to worry. Some breeders check babies everyday, some dont. If you check them, you are checking that their tums are rounded and so have been feeding on mums milk. Saying this, there isn’t much you can do if they are not being fed by mum. Mum will have to provide milk for her babies. There’s no alternative. And certainly someone unexperienced in hand rearing could not hand rear a bbay rabbit. You end up drowning the baby. But I have heard of people putting mummy rabbit on their back (in a terrified trance) and putting babies to her breast. This would ONLY be an option for me if the whole litter was going to die from dehydration because the mum was ignoring them. But you MUST be certain of this. The only way you can tell is from crinkly babies with indented little tums. Mummy rabbit might not feed babies for the first two days as, like humans, it can take a while for mums milk to “come in” to the breast. By day three babies should have a huge round belly. check them in the morning as this is likely to be after they have been fed, rather than in the evenin when they are waiting to be fed.

Any help please contact me. There are so much information online. I had the great help of a very experienced breeder when I started breeding buns, I was very lucky. If you find yourself in this situation, it happens, try and seek out the help of a breeder.

14.How do I litter train my rabbit?

Luckily I have written a blog on this very subject… Litter Train Your Bunny

15.Can one of your baby rabbits live indoors?

Short answer, YES! As your bunny will be just 8 weeks old, this is the perfect age for them to go indoors if that is where they are to live in their forever home. Again, as stated above, provide them with their own space (minimum requrements should be headed) and access to free range time with you and the family and the bunny will thrive and be very happy. You certainly see a different side to bunnies who live as house bunnies. I think you become much closer with your bunny. I am really enjoying having our bunny Flash as an indoor bunny now (even if he does keep escaping out of the cat flap!!!).

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Daddy and His baby
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Nice hiding spot – When Flash was getting used to life as a house bun
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My daughter had been playing wth this for ages before I spotted flash opening the doors now and then haha
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Bunnies love a cardboard box!
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Flash’s under the stairs set up, its has a guard around it to keep him safe from the dog but I removed it for the pic, will have to take a pic of it all together.
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An escapee!! Flash is straigh out of the cat flap at any opportunity, still adgusting being without his friends
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Flash wet, happy to be back inside after his hoomin mommy didnt realise he heavens had opened while he was in the rabbit garden! Ooops!