Rabbits are great indoor pets, but they are not the right pet for everyone!
It seems like this would be logical that everyone would ask themselves prior to buying a bunny, however, every day many rabbits are abandoned by well-intended owners who simply give up for not knowing how to care, train or understand a rabbit.
Of course, a baby bunny is cute, fluffy and cuddly, however, they grow up quickly and if you are going to respect their lives you must ask yourself: Do I know enough about rabbits?
I recommend reading, researching, visiting my rabbitry before making the commitment to a bunny as they live up to 12 years of age, we all want to make sure you know exactly what you are getting yourself into.
Don't just jump into a commitment, know the behavior of rabbits and try to learn as much as possible before making your decision. We hope our website will help you understand these wonderful creatures just a little more.
Understanding rabbits nature
Chewing is a rabbit's natural behavior, we satisfy that natural behavior by providing our bunnies with high quality and a variety of rabbit safe chewing toys and pine cones.
Digging is another natural behavior, we have built a digging playground full of dirt so our bunnies can dig to their satisfaction.
Eating Grass that haven't been treated with pesticides is a great thing for your bunny, be sure he has a protected environment to eat fresh grass not lawn mower clippings as these ferments very quickly and can be very dangerous to bunnies.
Running is something very natural for bunnies that's why we have built a huge playground for our bunnies so they can run until they tire out.
Hiding is something natural because in the wild they are always on the look out and better safe than sorry is something that is always constant on a rabbits mind, so providing your bunny with hideouts is very appropriate. Building playgrounds, indoor hutches and other safe areas for your bun can be enjoyable for the whole family, children love to help on these projects!
1- Do I understand rabbits' behaviors?
2- Can I provide appropriate housing for my bunny?
3- Do I have quality time to spend with him?
4- Have I come to understand how a bunny should eat and what is important?
5- Do I have the ability to adopt multiple rabbits, as they do thrive with a companion?
6- Do I have someone I can trust to bunny sit when I travel?
7- Am I ready to commit to this animal for the next 12 years of my life?
8- Can I afford to have them spayed and neutered?
If you answered yes to all these questions you might just be ready for a furry friend, in that case please follow this link to my Reservations page
What do you expect from your Holland lop rabbit?
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Holland Lops Rabbits learn very easily, they can be Potty trained and you might be surprised to know that rabbit training is actually a very similar to dog and cat training.
The first step when adopting a bunny is to train it to trust you and develop a relationship with your Holland Lop bunny.
Every relationship has it's ups and downs and specially when you bring ANY animal home for the first few days expect it to be scared, anxious, and not the cuddliest you ever seen.
I raise my babies and since birth they hear my voice and are used to my touch, so when you pick them up don't think that the bond is formed automatically. You will have to spend time and effort to demonstrate to your new bunny that he can trust you, just like they trust me.
I think that's a reasonable expectation and specially if you have kids, bunnies get scared easily and can even have a heart attack!!!! Here is what I found interesting when I was reading a article on VPI pet insurance website, I quote: "Be Gentle !
Rabbits are very fragile animals and must be handled very carefully. This is one reason that they may not make the best pets for small children. Contrary to popular belief, you shouldn't pick up a rabbit by his ears. Doing so can damage his ears but if the rabbit thrashes, he can very easily break his back.
To pick up your rabbit, place one hand underneath the front of the rabbit and the other hand underneath his back side, lifting him carefully with both hands.
In addition, a rabbit’s nails are very sharp. When holding a rabbit, make sure to hold his rear feet with one hand to prevent scratching. “We don’t let the kids pick up the bunny. They are only allowed to pet her with us supervising,” said Elemes, a mother of kids ages 8, 5 and 2. Bunnies do indeed enjoy being petted. They clean themselves around their eyes, ears, nose, top of head and back, so all of these areas are generally safe to pet."
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So please spend some time preparing your children to how they should hold the bunny, get book for kids at the library and explain that bunnies are gentle creatures and like to have soft voice, gentle touch and as they get to know you they will love you forever.
Use the waiting time to research, read and read some more that way you will be prepared to when your baby arrive at your home,just like any other relationship it will take effort and time to develop a bond.
They need Chew toys
We need hay to be healthy
Does it make a difference, where I get my rabbit from?
The short answer is YES!! Here is why:
Rabbits are prey animals, therefore they need special training and preparation in order to grow up trusting humans and becoming the cudlly baby you are longing for. A bunny will learn from his mom from early age. If your goal is to have a clean bunny for example, you should look for parents that are potty trained and tiddy. A baby that watches his mom potty anywhere she wants,will learn to do the same.The same applies with their personality. If a bunny watches his mom jump and run away everytime she is approached, the baby will learn to act in the same way.
Our goal here at Gio's Holland lops is to develop a bloodline of rabbits that not only have the correct type described on the Standard of Perfection for its breed, but also have great temperament and disposition. We do that by breeding only our best animals in type and personality. We do not breed aggressive or skittish rabbits in order to prevent that trait from spreading in our herd.
Our babies receive daily interaction and socialization. They live in a clean and healthy environment that allows them to thrive.
If you ask me, yes it makes a huge difference where you get your bunny from. Your rabbit will have traits inherited from its parents and you want just the best rabbits to produce your baby!
Your family's health and your breeder's choice
Because all pets are potential carriers of infectious diseases, the first most important step when considering where to purchase your bunny from is the environment which the rabbit comes from.
Although many rabbit's illnesses are not transmittable to humans,creepy crawlers can and will be transferred to you and your carpet!Things to consider BEFORE buying a new bunny:
After you have found the perfect bunny and brought him home, you should always wash your hands and supervise your children hand washing before and after caring, holding or cleaning any pets and pets supplies or toys.
Pregnant women and small children (under 5) or other people with the weak immune system should contact a doctor prior to purchasing any pets and should consider not having any pet.
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Honestly ask yourself these questions, before buying a bunny
Are you able to provide an appropriate size housing as soon as your bunny gets home?
Do you have the space for your rabbits to exercise? And how much exercise time can you give the rabbits each day? Not only during the first day but every day?
Can you afford to keep them? Vet checkup, boarding, sickness, food, toys, etc.????
Are you aware that rabbits can live up to 10 - 12 years? Have you thought about the long-term and can you commit to this responsibility?
Are you willing to accept that as an adult you are the one responsible for the upkeep of the rabbit not a child? House cleaning, exercise supervision, finding a bunny sitter….
Have you checked you (and your family) don't have allergies to rabbits?
Are you prepared to interact with and exercise your rabbits each day?
Who will look after your rabbits while you're on holiday?
Do you have children or pets that might not get on with rabbits?
Are you registered with a vet and do you have the means to get a sick animal there?
How much interaction can you give your rabbits? Lack of interaction can make them depressed, withdrawn or aggressive.
These are just a few questions that you need to ask yourself prior to buying a bunny.
Not all vets know about exotic pets like rabbits, we recommend
Creekside Animal Hospital in Draper.