Pet Rabbit Essentials
Comb to control shedding :
Clear Plastic Tubing – To protect the rabbit and the cords:
BOOK on Rabbit Care:
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Mini Plastic Slinky:
Toy Plastic Keys:
Bunny Maze Haven:
Sunmaid Raisins :
Deluxe Rabbit Home:
Woven Grass Mat for Rabbits:
Bunny Chew Toy:
Roomba – To keep your home clean:
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Amy Sedaris: How do you know when your rabbit is sick? How do I know when my rabbit’s sick?
Mary Cotter: Yeah, how do you know when your rabbit’s sick? How do you know?
Amy: Well. . .
Mary: I’ll tell you if you tell me.
Amy: Okay, you tell me first.
Mary: Okay, I’ll tell you first. Well when my rabbits are sick one of two things happens, either they’re sitting in a different position from what they usually sit in or they’re doing something different with respect to eating. For example, some rabbits will stop eating altogether. Other rabbits, and this is a key thing to notice, other rabbits will change patterns of eating. For example, if a rabbit is usually a good hay eater and suddenly he stops eating hay and he’ll only eat lettuce or something like that or if you notice a rabbit is picking up a piece of food, looking like he’s chewing it and then dropping it, that’s a change in eating pattern. So the key here is to be aware of your rabbit’s normal eating pattern so that if there is any change you can detect them because a change in eating patterns is one of the main ways to tell the rabbit is sick. And then postures, you’ve seen Dusty sit in different postures.
Amy: That’s usually when I know it’s gas and then I give her. . .
Mary: And how do you know that? What happens?
Amy: Because she’s pressing her belly on the floor trying to work the bubble out.
Mary: Yeah, that’s what they do. It’s called belly pressing.
Amy: They keep changing their position.
Amy: Almost looks like they’re restless.
Mary: Restlessness, that’s right. And they’ll keep pushing their belly against the floor almost like they’re trying to massage their belly into the floor. So that’s another way you can tell if your rabbit is sick. And the final way you can tell if your rabbit is sick, if you even suspect something, is to learn to take your rabbit’s temperature. And we have a How Cast video of how to take your rabbit’s temperature so you might want to take a look at that. Once you learn how to take your rabbit’s temperature you’ll be able to detect drops in body temperature, which are the most frequent way of knowing that a rabbit’s on a downhill slide. Very important to be able to do at home, we think.
Amy: But that’s the main thing because they can’t tell you. You just. . . I don’t know that’s what so nice about spending so much time with your rabbit. You just get so familiar with each other.
Mary: You get to know what’s normal.
Amy: Yeah, you get to know what’s normal.
Mary: Exactly. Yeah and they’re not like dogs and cats. . .
Amy: And the poop. You said that you can tell with their poop too.
Mary: You can tell with their poop too. They’re not like dogs and cats in that they no voices. So if there’s something wrong they can’t whimper. They can’t do anything like that.
Amy: Because they’re prey animals and they don’t want to signal.