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Posted by sean on October 12, 2018 at 11:09 pm in Rabbits with No Comments


Posted by sean on October 9, 2018 at 10:59 am in Rabbits with No Comments

It has been under 48 hours since we withdrew Roman’s supply of treats, and he is already behaving like a different rabbit.

He seems more calm and relaxed. Prior to the change in diet, Claire described his behaviour on some evenings as “psychotic”. Looking back, she had a point! Roman was a bit mad at times, but we just assumed this was because of this personality.

We have continued to feed Roman dried apple in very small doses. This was always his favourite treat anyway, and appears perfectly safe – afterall, it literally is dried up bits of fruit, without an C, D or E number in sight!

It’s pretty obvious that all these chemicals would be bad for a little bunny. Everyone knows that Peter Rabbit snuck into Mr McGregor’s vegetable garden. What Peter, Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail did not do, was break into Mr McGregor’s meth lab.

We have our weekly supermarket delivery this afternoon. I ordered Roman a pot of chopped fresh apple and grapes. I intend to feed a small amount of the fruit to our bunny, to see if he enjoys it. If he does, the much healthier fresh fruit option will then be used to reward good behaviour. If he doesn’t like what’s on offer, it’s back to being Psycho Roman… or maybe try him with a bit of kiwi fruit and banana.

WARNING: The longterm effect of Tangerine Twizzlers on rabbits

Posted by sean on October 8, 2018 at 9:38 pm in Me Vs. The World, Rabbits with No Comments

… at least partially for Roman.

We recently started Christmas shopping for our bunny. One of the pressies we bought our furry cherub was an advent calendar. This meant that when Claire and I opened our daily dose of chocolate, Roman would get some too… and before anything is said, yes, two adults in their 30s do still have an advent calendars.

What shocked and disturbed us yesterday was when we discovered the ingredients within the festive treat. While the calendar claimed to be “sugar free”, it was not made clear that the bunny chocolate contained saccharin and a number of strange sounding additives.

Needless to say, the calendar will be returned for a refund. Roman will have to do without his Christmas chocolate. We’ll give him one of Rudolph’s carrots, or something..

We also discovered that most of his treats contained various ingredients, which sound to have been made in a science lab. Poor Roman won’t be getting any more – instead, we will increase his diet of fruit and vegetables.

I remember that as a child, my Mum was concerned about foods containing additives, artificial sweeteners and nasty weevils. I tried to eat the food anyway and generally still do.

Therefore, I find it ironic that I’ll happily consume chemicals myself, yet ban my rabbit from eating them!

As part of my protest, I reviewed the advent calendar, on the Pets at Home website…

The back of this calendar states that there is no “added sugar”. What is not made clear, or stated at all on this website (where we bought this) is that the calendar contains saccharin.

The “chocolate” also contains the following additives (again, these are NOT mentioned on the website) Sorbitan Tristearate, Lecithin, Polyglycerol Polyricinoleate – as well as a number of flavourings.

Pets At Home are clearly happy to sell this to unsuspecting owners. I wonder if the instore vets at Vets For Pets are aware that this product is on sale.

I gave this 1 star. I would have given 0 if there was an option.

Posted by sean on October 7, 2018 at 9:52 pm in 365 Blogs, Rabbits with No Comments

Having owned and cared for many rabbits during my life, including a Netherland Dwarf now, I consider myself to be a good Bunny Daddy.

Rabbits require a lot of care. They are not like a hamster or gerbil. The level of care a bunny needs, if he is to be taken care of properly, is the same as a cat or dog.

Given the amount of care needed, it would be impossible to cover even a fraction of the requirements in a single blog post. There are entire websites dedicated to the subject, which I highly recommend you research before getting a bunny, and reference in the years after.

I will instead bullet point some of the most important creteria, for rabbit care.

  • Ensure you have the time to dedicate to your rabbit, before buying.
  • A healthy, balanced and varied diet is essential.
  • Rabbits are much better suited to living indoors as opposed to outside.
  • Talk to your rabbit every day.
  • Give your rabbit lots of strokes and cuddles every day.
  • Respect your rabbit. If he doesn’t want to be touched, come back later.
  • Not all rabbits like to be picked up.
  • A rabbit should be able to perform at least 3 ‘hops’ in his cage. Otherwise, it’s too small and cruel.
  • Minimise the amount of time they spend in their cage. Ensure they are allowed in their exercise pen or to run around your house, at least once a day.
  • Ensure your bunny is kept well away from electrical cables. He will nibble them!
  • Keep your rabbit away from loud noises.
  • Rabbits can die of fright. Keep him away from dogs, cats and other predators.
  • Ensure your rabbit is not exposed to extreme heat or cold. Keep him out of direct sunlight.
  • It is essential to their health that you have your rabbit neutured. This will protect them from many cancers.
  • Ensure your bunny is fully vaccinated against disease. Vaccinations in the UK consist of RHD1, RHD2 and myxomatosis. They will require a booster every 6 or 12 months.
  • A rabbits cage and run must be kept very clean, especially in the summer, when they are at risk of catching flystrike
  • Reguarly check your bunny’s ears, nose, mouth and eyes, to ensure he is healthy. In addition, search his body for lunps.
  • Report any health concerns you have for your rabbit, to a vet as a matter of urgency.
  • Take out pet insursnce, to cover any unexpected vet bills.
  • It is reccommended, but not essential, to keep bunnies in pairs. If you own a single rabbit, daily human interaction is even more crucial.

Be patient with your bunny. It will take a long time to train your rabbit to fully trust you and show love. While spending time with your bun requires a lot of effort, the rewards are great – before long, your rabbit will become a much-loved member of your family.

Finally, rabbits can live for up to 12 years, and are therefore a long commitment.

Posted by sean on October 2, 2018 at 11:47 pm in Rabbits with No Comments

… more ‘Fat Rabbit’. My sister, a fellow bunny owner, pointed out that Roman was looking a little plump in his latest photoshoot.
Claire and I will have to keep an eye on our little bun’s bum and tum. If it appears he is turning from a Netherland Dwarf into a Netherland Pig, we’ll have to review his treat intake. Something that will go down like a lead balloon, or should that be ‘cubby bunny balloon’?

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