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Rabbit facts

Caring tips for your long-eared house pets
CATS Classified In The Straits Times - April 17, 2011
By: Adele Ong
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Rabbit facts

Are carrots good for rabbits?

Children’s stories often show rabbits munching away on carrots – but are carrots really good for bunnies? The House Rabbit Society of Singapore (HRSS) recommends that rabbits be given limited quantities of carrots only once or twice a week, as they are very sweet. Too many carrots in a rabbit’s diet can cause dental disease. As carrots are relatively starchy compared with some other vegetables, they can also cause weight gain, and potentially fatal stomach problems.

So what should rabbits eat? They should be given unlimited quantities of quality hay like Timothy hay. Certain fresh vegetables can also be given in unlimited quantities, and others should be given only occasionally. Some, like iceberg lettuce, cannot be given at all. In the wild, rabbits graze on a range of vegetation for many hours a day, to keep their fast-growing teeth down, so give your pet all the hay it needs – but go easy on the carrots! Check HRSS’ website (www.hrss.net) under the “Diet” section for full details about what vegetables are safe for rabbits.

Can rabbits be picked up by their ears?

The HRSS also advises that rabbits should never be picked up by their ears. Whenever you pick up a pet rabbit, always fully support its weight by cradling its rump securely. Those who are experienced rabbit handlers also know how to cradle the rabbit’s back gently so that it becomes more relaxed.

A rabbit’s ears, however, are very delicate and should never be squeezed or grabbed. If you do hold the base of the ears to steady it, then you must already be cradling it securely with your other hand. A rabbit has a very delicate skeleton, and can quite easily fracture its spine if it kicks out in the air while you are holding it incorrectly.

In general, rabbits do not like to be picked up, so learn to support one properly before you try cuddling your pet bunny.

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