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Say No to Live Bunnies for Easter!

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

paperAs Easter draws near, it is important to spread the word that live rabbits should not be given as Easter gifts.  While rabbits make excellent companions for some families, they have a unique set of needs that not everyone can meet.

Here are a few:

You will need to bunny-proof your home or else your rabbit will wreak havok.
Rabbits need plenty of space to exercise. They are social, curious, and intelligent animals. But they also have an incessant urge to chew.  Everything from wooden chair legs to electrical wires to remote control buttons to mouldings are fair game to rabbits.  Rabbit owners will need to take the time to properly protect and stow away personal belongings.

Rabbits need access to fresh hay at all times.
If you have grass allergies, a rabbit probably isn’t for you.  Hay provides the primary sustenance for a rabbits to maintain digestive and dental health. You can’t just give them pellets.

Rabbits generally don’t like being held.
Although rabbits can be affectionate, they’re not as “huggable” as people imagine. Children and adults alike may be disappointed when Bunnikins won’t sit contentedly in their arms or laps. Most rabbits prefer to stay on the floor and have you sit on the floor with them (quietly).

For more information, read our article, Easter and Rabbits.

Pet Rabbit Ownership Survey

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

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If you currently or have had a rabbit and are over 18 years old, you can fill out a survey called, “Exploring the experience of owning a pet rabbit.”  The purpose of the survey is to gather information about rabbit ownership, rabbit-human relationships, and the challenges of ownership.  The results will help develop educational materials for new rabbit owners and influence future research projects.

The study is being conducted by Dr. Jason Coe, DVM, PhD and Ms. Tasha Welch from the Department of Population Medicine at the University of Guelph.

Take the survey at www.petrabbitsurvey.com.

 

Helpful Rabbit Care Videos

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

House Rabbit Society Educatior Mary E. Cotter and Amy Sedaris teamed up to create 49 instructional videos about rabbit care.

Here is one about toys:

And here’s one about rabbit proofing your home:

All of the videos give great insight into living with a house rabbit.

Coupon for Small Pet Select Pellets + Hay

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Pellets plus timothy hay

Through August 31, 2013, Small Pet Select is offering My House Rabbit readers a special discount on their new rabbit pellet food product!

Use coupon code myhouserabbit10 when you purchase 10lbs Hay + 4lbs pellets, and you get:

  • $5 off the retail price
  • Free shipping
  • Free I Love My Rabbit sticker

The pellets are timothy hay-based and do not include unhealthy additives like a lot of the pet store brands do.  Paired with the box of fresh hay, this package provides a fantastic base for your rabbit’s nutritional needs. (Remember to provide unlimited fresh hay to your rabbits to ensure good digestive and dental health!)

Buy the pellets + hay here >

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If you are all set with pellets, you can still use coupon code myhouserabbit for free shipping on hay products from Small Pet Select.

Free Shipping Coupon on Timothy Hay

Monday, May 27th, 2013

stickerWe are offering our readers a special coupon on Small Pet Select timothy hay for free shipping on any size hay order. As a bonus, you will also receive a free “I Love Rabbits” sticker!

We recommend purchasing the largest size you can accommodate. This is good quality, second cutting timothy hay, so your rabbit(s) will really enjoy it. See our article about hay to learn why it is so important to provide fresh hay to your rabbit at all times.

Coco eating hay

Coco is pictured here with the 4.5 pound box of timothy hay.

Buy it here!

Rabbit Awareness Week: Focus on Food

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Rabbit Awareness Week logoIt’s Rabbit Awareness Week!  People in the UK can find free rabbit vet clinics in their area to get their rabbits a full health check.

This week also coincides with a new study about rabbit food conducted at Edinburgh University. Researchers have confirmed that muesli-style rabbit food cause major dental and digestive health issues in rabbits. The study provides a compelling argument that pet stores should stop carrying muesli-style products.  According to Professor Anna Meredith, who conducted the study, “Vets have suspected for a number of years that feeding muesli-style foods could lead to health issues in rabbits, and now we have the proof.”

What should you feed your rabbit? The main staple in a rabbit’s diet is hay.  Learn more about a  proper pet rabbit diet in our article, What to Feed Your House Rabbit. You can get more tips on providing a happy and healthy home for your bunny in our Rabbit Care, Bunny Behavior, Rabbit Health, and New to Rabbits sections.

Learn more about Rabbit Awareness Week and the muesli food study here:

Coco eating hay

 

New Edition of the House Rabbit Handbook

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

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A fifth edition of the House Rabbit Handbook by Marinell Harriman, founder of the House Rabbit Society, has just been released!

The new edition includes more photos as well as recent discoveries and insights from caregivers across the continent.

If you live in the Richmond, CA area, there will be a book release party at the HRS Rabbit Center on May 11 from 1-4pm. You can meet Marinell and get your book signed!

Buy the fifth edition online at the Drollery Press website.

Springtime and Bunnies

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Spring has sprung here in Connecticut! After a frosty March, April has finally brought some warmer temperatures to the area.  This means more time outdoors!

Have you started a bunny garden yet? If not, now’s the perfect time to get some veggies growing! So far, we’ve planted a couple different types of romaine and greenleaf lettuces, bok choy, and Paris market carrots. I also have a plan to plant some oregano and some mint in a raised bed and let them battle it out.  If you’re new to gardening, read our tips to starting your own bunny garden. It’s not too difficult to grow a few basics for your rabbits – especially if you include dandelions as one of your crops!

Springtime also means more wild baby bunny sightings! Read our article about what to do if you find an orphaned baby bunny in your yard.

wild baby rabbits

Hoppy Spring!

The Easter Bunny Problem

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Don’t let this happen to you and your bunnies! This infographic by DugDug highlights the importance of spaying/neutering your pet rabbits:

DugDug Easter Bunny Infographic

Message about Easter and Rabbits from Sweet Binks

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Pam of Sweet Binks shared a great message about how live rabbits are not appropriate Easter gifts.

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