Friday, March 8, 2013


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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Why NOT an Easter Bunny!

So it's pretty much that time of year again -

When people begin to realize that bunnies DO exist as pets... and all decide they need one... for their children... because a bunny is like a hamster..... right?  Wrong! 

Wake up and smell the fresh air.  Bunnies are LIVING, BREATHING animals.  Not only do they need to be cared for properly but almost always by an adult.  You want your child to be responsible?  Bring them to volunteer at your local Humane Society with the bunnies!  Before making the decision to bring a pet rabbit into your home for GOOD.  As they are called Forever Homes for a reason!  

Number One:  Baby Bunnies do GROW.  They may seem cute, adorable, and fluffy - BUT are you going to think they're still cute, adorable, and fluffy when those awful things called hormones start kicking in.   And they will.  Your little adorable fluffball can turn into a monster overnight.  Marking territory, tearing and chewing everything in site.  That's just the beginning.  Are you going to be able to afford to get this little terror neutered or spayed?  If not, then stop right there.  Female rabbits NEED to be spayed.  With an 80% chance of developing uterine cancer before the age of four - IT IS A MUST to keep your baby happy and healthy.  Those horrible habits of a hormonal bunny are NOT going to stop until they are neutered... so don't be surprised when your 4 month old baby starts acting like a lunatic.  Expect this.  Just like you expect your teenage child to act like a rebel - your bunny is a living, GROWING, maturing animal and this happens.  Luckily for you, spaying/neutering almost always does the trick.  While you'll be required to wait the full 7 years for your teenage child to outgrow this phase.   Another point to your bunny growing - they GROW.  What is a 1 lb.  baby when you take him home can be anywhere from 2lbs. to 20 lbs. full-grown.  Again.  Expect this.  If you can't handle or don't have the room for a 20 lb. bunny then you need to do your research and find a bunny that fits your requirements and home arrangement.  

Number Two:  Bunnies have sensitive tummies.  VERY sensitive tummies.  And need a very strict diet to remain healthy.  UNDERSTAND THIS.   And realize YOU as the parent need to keep this diet regulated and on track - because the child you just bought this baby bunny for probably won't understand this.  Or will forget.  As kids do.  But your new furbaby needs this diet to remain healthy and strong.  If you get a baby bunny - they need unlimited alfalfa hay, unlimited alfalfa pellets, water, and will need to be slowly introduced to different kinds of veggies when they hit about 3 months old.   If you get a adult bunny - they will need unlimited timothy, orchard grass, or oat hay and they will need about 2 cups of veggies (RECOMMENDED VEGGIES, yes there's a specific list on the House Rabbit Society website that is AMAZING!  Carrots are NOT on this list.) per 6 lbs. daily, they will need between 1/4-1/2 cup pellets per 6 lbs. of body weight daily (not alfalfa pellets but timothy pellets), and unlimited hay and water.   Introducing vegetables is tricky.  If you're not sure what your adult rabbit has been previously fed, you will need to re-introduce everything.  You do this by introducing one new recommended vegetable a week.  THEN you must monitor his poos to ensure his body isn't reacting negatively to the vegetable.  If he is, you must eliminate that veggie and put it on a NO-list.  (Don't expect your child to do this either).   Treats are to be VERY monitored.  Treats like Craisins and Nibble Rings are great as are SMALL pieces of recommended veggies or fruits on the House Rabbit Society List.  Most of the treats you can buy at pet stores are filled with CRAP and shockingly, horrible for a rabbit.  So stick to the House Rabbit Society List! 

Number Three:  Bunnies NEED check-ups.  Your bunny should be receiving a vet visit AS SOON as you bring your furball home.  Bunnies are VERY good at hiding health issues so a perfectly healthy bunny may become lethargic and need emergency care within only a few hours.  So this vet visit IS important.  Especially if your bunny comes from a pet store.  Pet stores are KNOWN for their bad care of rabbits - so if you do impulsively buy one from a pet store then VET VET VET right away.   Your vet will also be able to help you determine the diet your bun bun should be on - so if the information above was overwhelming - your vet can help with this!   Bunnies although VERY cute can also be prone to many different problems.  Smushy face breeds tend to have prominent teeth issues while loppy-eared buns are known for ear infections.  EXPECT THIS and work it into your monthly budget in case an emergency pops up and your bunny needs medical help.  Care Credit is also a GREAT credit card to apply for - you can use it to help pay your bill if you don't have the money and they have a great system in place so you can make monthly payments with no interest rates.  For example, we had a $500 vet bill - we used the Care Credit and paid a certain amount per month for 6 months with no interest charges.  It was perfect and can be perfect for those emergencies you just aren't expecting.  So expect them - and make a savings or get a Care Credit (or another) credit card.   Also, expect a yearly check-up.  Your child gets one.  Your bunny gets one.  That's just the way of it is when you make the decision to bring a living, breathing being into your home.  Period. 

Number Four:  Bunnies are FRAGILE.  In big bold letters.  FRAGILE.   Rabbits are sensitive in just about every way possible.  Small bones.  Very skittish.  FRAGILE.  Don't expect your bunny to like to be held.  So your child and family needs to understand this.  NO HOLDING THE BUNNY.  If he wants attention, he will come up to you and ask for it.  Bad scenario of child picking up the bunny:  child picks up bunny, bunny kicks, bunny kicks hard, bunny kicks so hard he snaps his spine.  Yes, this is possible.  BE AWARE OF THIS.  If there is a reason that your bunny absolutely needs to be picked up - there are special ways to do this.  Bunny Burrito.  Google it.  Works wonders.  At ALL times bunny legs need to be supported and held close to your body so they can't kick.  Bunnies are prey animals.  Being picked up is almost the same feeling as being picked up to be eaten.  It freaks them out.  And if you have researched your new little ball of joy - you know a rabbit freaking out is stressful.  And stressful bunnies can become lethargic and sick.  Keep bunny feet on the ground!  

Number Five:  Bunnies DO NOT live in pet-store cages.  Contrary to the belief, a pet-store sized cage is NOT big enough for a rabbit.  Even the XLLLL ones.  Not big enough.  An easy solution to this is an x-pen or to build a bunny condo.  Google it - very easy, cheap, and you can make a really adorable happy home for your new family member.  Again, do not give this chore to your child.  As the parent you need to be in charge of this.  Bunny should be able to stand on his back paws and stretch up without touching the top of the cage.  He should have adequate room to move around in.  I'm going to say 6X6 is a good starting point.  4X4 is the bare minimum.  As you can image, the bigger the bunny the more space he needs.  Do not put a 4X4 enclosure around a Flemmie (20 lb. rabbit).  It will not work.  And you will have a very angry bunny who is always trying to escape.  And escape they will.  Rabbits are little escape artists.  So be sure to RABBIT-PROOF.  

Number Six:  SOCIALIZATION.  Bunnies are EXTREMELY social creatures.  Granted they do sleep a lot during the day and their most active times are in the morning and late night-time.  But they are social, social, social.  You will NEED to give your bunny attention.  He needs interaction.  Even the most unsocial bunny needs interaction.  So DO NOT say your bunny does not like company and leave him in his pen.  Bunnies will become curious about you even if you just sit in their area and talk to them or even just read a book without forcing yourself on them.  Most bunnies HATE love being forced on to them.  So find ways to interact that your bunny enjoys.  He doesn't like pets but maybe he likes when you give him a ball and he throws it and you give it back and he throws it again.  Maybe he would like to learn how to do a trick for a treat.  A HEALTHY treat.  Just because your bunny may not like to be held or pet (some do, some don't) doesn't mean interacting with him is impossible.  Get down on HIS level and let him get to know you.  Find things he enjoys and then use those things to get closer to him.  

Number Seven:  Aggression.  I heard someone say something the other day and it explained my feelings on rabbits and aggression fully.  "I've never met an aggressive rabbit."  Aggression is usually fear.  A rabbit gets aggressive, it's most likely because something you did is making him nervous or fearful.  (Or hormonal - NEUTER/SPAY THOSE BUNNIES!!).    If something upsets your bunny - find a way to do it differently.  A good reason your child should not be given the task of handling the bunny - until YOU AS THE PARENT can figure out what upsets the bunny.  If you have a bunny that doesn't like you inside his condo (very common problem) then learn to get your bunny out with a treat or play time and close the door so the bun doesn't become aggressive of his area.  Bunnies can become aggressive of areas because these are the places they feel safe.  When they are scared, they will find comfort in their homes.  When someone else messes with it - it can take away the feeling of it being their "safe place".  You NEED to respect this.  As prey, they NEED a place to feel safe and secure.  A huge part of having a bunny is understanding their behavior and why they do the things they do.  Research! 

Number Eight:  Litter-Training.  Bunnies are easily litter-trained.  BUT baby bunnies are almost impossible to litter train as soon as those hormones start to kick in.  So be PREPARED for this.  Your four-month old isn't using the potty - it's not his fault!  Just like it's not your bunnies fault that his hormones are ranging and he's doing what bunnies do!  SPAY/NEUTER.  This will make litter-training SOOOOO much easier.  Rabbits almost always find one place to do their business.  Figure out this spot and put a litter box there.   Accidents?  Throw poos in the litter box so they get the hint and when they urinate - swipe up with a paper towel and throw the paper towel in the box.  Then THOROUGHLY clean the area with something strong like vinegar.  (Side note:  Vinegar is GREAT on rabbit urine.  It comes out of my carpet IMMEDIATELY and you can't see a thing - and I have cream colored carpet so it WORKS.)   Another mistake new bunny parents make - lining their area with bedding and litter in the litter box.  NOPE.  The bunny will think the bedding is litter too!  Lay down a few towels if you want your bun to have something comfortable to lay on.  But putting down bedding like CareFresh outside the litter box will only confuse your bunny.   Make sure it stays IN the litter box!  

Number Nine:  ADOPT.  Adopt a bunny.  I don't just say this because rescuing is a GREAT thing to do.  I say this for a number of reasons.  I say this from experience and horror stories I have heard from others.  Pet stores.  Big no-no.  I can honestly say I've never been into a pet store selling a bunny that had good conditions or was the bunny in spectacular health.  I have been in numerous pet stores where the bunnies are not even fed hay.  A STAPLE OF A BUNNY DIET.  They are caged in small houses where they can barely move.  Or put in a small area with a TON of other baby bunnies looking for homes.  As adorable and as cute as they are - they are usually sick.  One of the pet stores I went into had a bunny with a horrible upper-respiratory infection.  No one on the staff seemed to care.  I called Animal Services.  Someone else I know bought all three of her babies from a pet store.  Two of them died.  And she was terrified and heart broken that the third would also.   Thankfully, the third one is still doing very well but it is heart-breaking.  And YES, you may say you want to buy from there to save the bunny and give him a good home and if this is the way you would like to go then go about it a different way - call your local rescue and have them go in and get the animals surrendered to them.  A rescue almost always has a vet that can access these babies and get them the care they need faster than you as an individual and inexperienced bunny owner may be able to do.  And in this scenario you are hopefully saving them all and not just one.  Once they have cleared the bunny you were interested in - THEN adopt your new baby from the rescue.  Go about buying a bunny the RESPONSIBLE way is all I ask.  Buying a bunny from a pet store - will ultimately just get another bunny bought from a rabbit mill and stuck in his place.  Breeders.  I have my reservations about this.  I will honestly admit three of my bunnies came from one breeder when we got our first three - the Tans.  I love my babies and would not give them up for anything.  But I was new to bunnies (had done very little research) and thought I wanted a baby I could raise from birth.  While this is all good and dandy - and I expect a lot of people think this - I didn't expect even a 1/4 of what a bunny was when my first rabbit came home.  Especially a baby.  NOT AT ALL.  My baby was A LOT more work and effort than I ever thought possible.  Breeders do things differently.  And a lot of times the bunnies are kept in horrible conditions.  Thankfully, my bunnies came from a breeder that is very open about everything she does with her rabbits and you can tell they have a better life than most in breeding operations.  But I would not advocate getting a bunny from a breeder - ever.  They are usually kept in horribly small cages with no run-time and are used ONLY for breeding and showing where they live horribly stressed lives and die very young.  And most of these rabbits end up in rescues anyways.  There is no excuse for advocating for breeders.  Rescues are over-populated with bunnies as it is - ADOPT.  You say you want a baby?  Tons of rescues have babies!!  Find a baby and ADOPT.  Rescues get one-on-one personal with these bunnies - they can tell you their personalities and behaviors and help you find a bunny that fits you and your home perfectly.   Bunnies of all sizes, breeds, ages, ect.  are all over these shelters and need good homes.  ADOPT. ADOPT. ADOPT.  (A side benefit of adopting - I've never heard of a rescue ever letting a baby go home without you signing a contract saying you will bring it back at 6 months of age to be spayed/neutered. FREE SPAY/NEUTER?!  How could you really say no?)  ADOPT!   I really do have to add:  My fourth bunny Simba was adopted from a rescue.  He had been found as a stray, had surgery, and was sent to a foster home.  Seeing my baby boy run around binkying and happy was one of the greatest feelings of my life.  Knowing my new little boy will never have to worry or fear for his life again and will always have food, water, and people who love him really makes me tear up in happiness.  ADOPT!  It is a wonderful feeling.  


If you've read this - and are still considering thinking about a bunny - WHOOP!!   Bunnies all over the world need good homes who have done research and are willing to still open up their hearts to them.   If you're a parent wanting to buy an EASTER bunny - try making it a FAMILY pet rather than your childs responsibility.  You can teach your child responsibility while ensuring that they learn everything they need and the bunny is getting everything HE needs to be happy and healthy.  

Don't forget - ADOPT! ;) 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Featuring Adoptables!

Next week will be our first launch of our weekly adoptable rabbits and guineas in rescues and shelter across the country!  If you'd like us to feature a wonderful rabbit or adorable guinea who is currently up for adoption in your area (or anywhere), send us the page with their adoption information along with a description on why this rabbit or guinea pig would make an amazing addition to a new family.

Submissions must be in by Sunday 9pm Eastern Time to be possibly featured that upcoming week.  If not, their submission will be used for the following week. 

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Now... To introduce... the BOONIES!  

I currently have Four Bonded Bunnies!  Three Tans and a Lionhead.   I swear, I should make a movie about them with this title.  It's adorable, he's like the oddball out of everything.  But I love him, they love him, he's my happy little rescue bunny.  

So to begin introductions... we have Fleury!  

Fleury is the BIG baby and always will be.  Our first bunny ever.  Nothing compares to the excitement and the confusion of bringing one of these little creatures home for the first time.  And what you learn - if you have a dog or cat - it doesn't compare.  My first bunny was like learning to speak sign language for the first time.  Or having a kid.  Just total chaos and confusion.  So Fleury - (like the horrible humans we are) we made the decision to get a bunny right after Easter.  (NEVER DO THIS or I will harm you).  As many know, finding a baby bunny after Easter is about as easy as finding water in an ocean.   We looked via breeders because we wanted a baby to raise from birth to old age (big mistake but thats for another blog post!).  This is how we found our adorable, precious first bunny.   We picked up Fleury the day before he turned two months old and have of course had him ever since.  He's wonderful.  He loves playing games with you.  LOVES it.  He thrives on his games.  He's a total sucker for craisins also.   I swear this boy will do ANYTHING for a craisin.  His favorite veggie is kale and he's a total lovebug but hates to be held.  Like I said before he's a Tan - a black Tan.  He's a whooping 4.5 lbs.  Gorgeous bunny to say the least. 

Now, on to the second!  Meet Sidney.  

Sidney is my little (or big as she's the biggest bunny we have) diva.  She is also a black Tan and probably around 4.8 lbs.  She's is as about majestic as a bunny can possibly come.  And I mean, MAJESTIC.  She digs like she's a princess.  Her paws barely touch the ground when she digs.  And she walks/runs with a form that can't be beat.  Being the only other girl in this house - she feels she is the queen of everything/everyone and is not scared to make you know it.  Now, how did we end up with this second gorgeous girl?  Like all new owners, we decided little Fleury just needed a friend.  So of course, we did what all the bunny newbies do and got a girl.  Because everyone says they're easier to bond (big baloney but again ... for another blog post.)  So when Fleury turned 3 months old - we headed out for the hour and a half long trip to pick up his sister!  As I said before, Sidney is a DIVA.  She hates to be held, will sometimes tolerate pets, and is the boss of the house.   Shockingly, she is still the nicest bunny in the house. 

Which leads me to Tanger.  The destructo bunny. 

Tanger was the third bunny of the four in the litter.  And the last one for sale.  Our logic behind getting him?  We couldn't leave him behind.  He needed friends.  And a loving home.  And he had been up for sale for three months already so no one apparently was interested in this little man anyways.   So when Fleury turned four months old - we went back and got his brother.  Now Tanger, was a different bunny.  Of all sorts.  He wasn't scared like the other two had been his first night and romped around the whole house while he got used to his surroundings.  He was put in his pen for the night and of course, when we came out the next morning.. the whole thing was destroyed.  Destroyed is an understatement.  His hay rack was flung across his pen.  His water dish had been thrown and he was pushing himself through the hole in the 2nd level of his house when we first came out (where the water had been located).  His pellets now soaked were flicked across every closet, wall, and door within a 20 foot radius.  No lie.  And when you came to let him out - he would NIP the heck out of your fingers.  But this guy was our new lover Bun.  He hates being held but boy does he love attention.  And endive.  And craisins.  Actually, Tanger may just love everything.   As you can see from his picture, he's a chocolate Tan and about 4.5 lbs also.  He likes to think he's 20 though.  He's constantly trying to push everyone (major brattitude this one has) AND he is quick to nip if you piss him off.  BUT we love him anyways.  And he keeps me on my toes, therefore keeping me young at heart.  Love this little guy!  

And last but not least - my Simba.  Simber Bun.  My handsome, handsome man. 

Simber Bun is my little Lionhead baby and my total cuddle boy.  If you've ever had a Tan, you KNOW they are NOT cuddle buns.  Love to play and socialize but not cuddly in ANY sort.  So that's what put us in the market for a fourth bunny.  We wanted a lap bunny.  And that's specifically what we were looking for - would take no less.   So when we came across Simba - we knew he was perfect.  He was found as a stray wandering around a playground at a school, alone and malnourished as he only weighed 3.2 lbs.  Now this isn't small for a Lionhead since they are mixed with Dwarf but considering he weighs 3.8 lbs now and the vet says he needs to PUT ON weight - I'm going to just go out on a limb and say he was DEFINITELY malnourished.   He also was found with an umbilical hernia so my boy went under surgery to fix his hernia and neutered.  He was found around two years of age and spent a good nine months in rescues.  (I don't know how someone didn't take him - he is absolutely perfect.)  One issue got him sent out of the rescue he was at and straight into the arms of a volunteer rabbit rescue, Rabbit Wranglers.  Simba was deemed aggressive after he bit a staff member at the shelter he was staying at - and sent to Rabbit Wranglers, an organization that specializes in behaviorally-challenged and medically ill bunnies.  He thrived in his foster homes and that's how this excellent little man came to me.  Rabbit Wranglers was AWESOME.  They even let me foster-to-adopt this boy until I could get him bonded to my already bonded trio.   As you can probably guess, he is now completely bonded to my trio and we just officially adopted him about three weeks ago.  He has made the perfect addition to our family and will turn three somewhere around April.  (We have decided to celebrate his birthday as the day he was rescued).    He is obsessed with a wiffle ball he has dragged from foster home to foster home and LOVES Endive, Craisins, and Nibble Rings.  And grooms and cuddles.  He THRIVES on grooms and cuddles - from both human and bunny.   ADORABLE to say the least. 

So this is my little clan of four Bun Buns!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Amazing Piggy Info

 Have you ever been concerned about you piggy's health, home, and other piggy problems? Let me tell you when I first got Porky I would flip out every time something happened to him. For instance one time I freaked out when Pooh had dirt in his eye ..  ha ha yeah it was that bad.  Don't feel alone because I was the same way and still am actually but it is OK!  their are others like me. I found this amazing forum that helped me out with every concern I had of my pigs. They have pictures, important health issues, diets, cages  that you can copy or get ideas from, etc. and the people their are really nice! They also have a really cool chat room called cavy chat cute name and very helpful! >.< 
The site or forum which ever you prefer is called
  I  hope it is as helpful for you as it was for me!

Taquito Intro

Hello! I just wanted to Introduce my little piggy's before me the piggy lover and the bun lover threw some of the knowledge we have of these little critters :3

 I got to say owning these piggy's has been the most work I have had in such a long time but I believe its worth it because I love these little brats. <3

 This here is Porky on the top and on the bottom is pooh so together its porky-pooh!

 First I wanted to introduce Porky he was my first  male piggy, and hes already a year! I have had him for about five months now, he was a sad little pig at first but then I got him his wonderful companion Pooh who was adopted at the age of five and is a male, I love him and Porky ever so dearly. It was like love at first site with them. :)

 They both have learned so much from each other that they are inseparable and id like to keep it that way and who knows I might get them a girl to boss them around a bit.  ;)