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Category: Rabbits (Page 2 of 3)

Why Don’t Rabbits Like To Be Picked Up?

Lots of people ask to adopt a rabbit they can cuddle, or one who is able to be carried around by their children, however, rabbits generally don’t like to be picked up. You can see it most the time with rabbits as many will dart off when you reach down to pick them up, but why is this? Why don’t rabbits like to be held? A large, shadowy figure approaching them can be really frightening for a rabbit, even if they know you really well as anything large coming towards them or from above can be seen as a threat. In order to understand why rabbits don’t like being handled, we need to think like a rabbit. Rabbits are a prey species, meaning they spend most of their time looking out for predators. If we think about the structure of a rabbit, we can see how perfectly designed they are to watch out for predators.

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Why You Shouldn’t Release Pets Into The Wild

Sometimes people find themselves in a position where they are unable to keep their pet. Some people do the right thing and contact their local rescue for help, however, others think the best option is to release their pet into the wild and set them free, which is a really bad idea. Here are some reasons why you shouldn’t release your pet;

They could pass on disease/eat the native species

Goldfish are an excellent example of this. Some species of goldfish can grow to a large size and quickly outgrow their tank. A lot of them are released into the wild, which plays havoc on the natural English ecosystem. Goldfish are members of the Carp family and have the potential to pass on diseases to native animals. Not only this, they are gluttonous fish who will eat most things, outcompeting the local wildlife for resources. If they manage to get downstream, they could out-compete native fish. Competition is a huge problem as native animals are being forced out due to another species taking their resources. Giant African Land snails are a species who are likely to become an invasive species, due to their quick reproductive rates and huge appetites.

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Should You Keep Rabbits And Guinea Pigs Together?

I don’t get asked this question as often as I used to, however, someone did ask me a few days ago so I thought I should outline the many reasons why it’s not a good idea to house rabbits and guinea pigs together for any amount of time.

The idea of keeping rabbits and guinea pigs together started when neutering small animals was new to the field of veterinary science and weren’t the routine thing to do. Veterinary medicine, like human medicine, has progressed over the years and it is now much safer to have your rabbits and guinea pigs neutered than it used to be.  It’s always better for communal animals to have some company of their own kind.

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How To Keep Your Rabbit Warm Over Winter

Winter is fast approaching. The days are getting shorter and there is a coldness in the air. Humans are lucky – they have warm coats and central heating, but many rabbits are forgotten about as the cold air draws in. Rabbits can cope in the colder weather, as long as steps are taken to ensure the hutch is kept warm and dry. In the wild, rabbits live underground in warrens that are insulated, preventing their body temperature from dropping below freezing. Hutches are obviously above the ground, so you will need to help your rabbits stay warm. Here are some tips to make sure your bunnies are kept warm this winter.

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How To Give Your Rabbit a Health Check

Rabbits are Britain’s third most popular pet and it’s no wonder why; with their long ears, big eyes and cute noses, they are irresistible. But, did you know that rabbits aren’t a low maintenance, cheap pet to keep? Many are purchased on impulse, without proper thought into their care and long-term needs. Rabbits can live to be 10 years old, which is a huge commitment which many people do not take into consideration, leaving rescues overflowing with unwanted bunnies.

If you have a rabbit (ideally two, as these animals really do need company of their own kind), it’s important to make sure they are in top health and it’s a good idea to do a daily health check on them to make sure you pick up any signs of illness quickly, as it’s easier to treat if you catch it as soon as possible. Here is a guide as to what to look for, however, if you have any concern over your pet’s health, you should contact your vet right away.

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