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More and more people are realizing how long rabbits live (8-12 years!) but not everyone - even some bunny owners! - are familiar with these 13 facts! The ones highlighted in Orange on our graphic are ones that we often have to educate bunny owners about, which is what we are here for! Learning is all part of the bunny owning process :)
1. Carrots are treats - and should only 1 inch pieces every so often (high in sugar), even smaller pieces would be recommended for tiny breeds. Since they are grazing animals they should have unlimited access to Timothy hay or Orchard grass!
2. Rabbits eat their own cecotropes daily - these special poops provide necessary daily nutrients! If your rabbit is healthy you should not see them, if their diet is too rich and they are producing too many or they are sick/can’t reach them you might see them (which is a red flag).
3. Their main diet is HAY - Unlimited Timothy HAY (or Orchard grass!)
4. Rabbits do NOT need salt licks. This is NOT something that needs to be included in their diet - their food should be nutritionally complete on its own. They don't sweat like horses, who are often provided salt licks in the summer months to replenish electrolytes.
5. They can be litterbox trained - using bedding throughout area = entire area is their bathroom, put it in a litterbox only, voila!
6. They should be spayed/neutered (we’ve got a list of vets on our site!) - All of our adoptable bunnies are spayed/neutered!
7. Seeds/nuts are NOT good for rabbits - should never give rabbits treats/toys/food with seeds/nuts or MOLASSES - Not only are they fatty they can cause blockages. (Lookin’ at you Snak Shak’s!!)
8. Rabbits cannot vomit!
9. If a rabbit **stops eating or pooping** - it is an emergency and they need to go to the vet within hours.
10. Rabbits are not classified as rodents - They are lagomorphs!
11. Pet store ‘rabbit’ cages or hutches are almost always TOO SMALL for rabbits to stay in all day/night - they need a 4x4 foot space exercise pen (but free roaming is best, still good to have a home base though).
12. Rabbits need their nails trimmed regularly (usually monthly) like cats and dogs (we are available for bunny nail trims almost every Sunday!)
13. Your average size rabbit is 7lbs - and as long as a 10lb tail-less cat!
How much did you know? For more tips and information on care, types of housing, local vets, and more visit our Welcome To Rabbits section of our website! We have been helping bunnies and their families for over 17+ years and this section of our website has all of our tips and tricks that even an experienced bunny might learn a thing or two from!