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I fervently hope that people around the world learn these simple handling tips. If they do, it should extremely reduce the number of rabbits that are turned over to rescue organizations. Rescue organizations are overloaded with rabbits, support them please! Learn about rabbit rescue organizations at: The House Rabbit Society
A calm rabbit makes a great pet, these tips will help the bunny feel safe and secure. A frightened rabbit may scratch, bite or try to escape from a captor (a human handling them incorrectly). Help them feel safe and loved by using these handling tips.
Remember rabbits are a prey species and a ground dwelling animal. Any time they are in the air they are afraid of being hurt. Pick them up and put them down while FACING you. Do not dangle or be timid. Do it with a QUICK motion with your hand scooped under their belly and under their rump.
Hold them closely and flip the bunny so you can cut their toenails or lovingly hold them like a baby. Hold their left arm securely so they do not flip back over.
Also check this video about this method of cutting nails while the bunny is standing in your lap: Filing nails from Expert Village 1 min. 30 sec.
If you hold the bunny securely it is easier to trim the toenail. Be sure to cut beyond the bloodline so it does not hurt the bunny's toes and so it will not bleed.
If you keep your bunnies toenails filed down regularly you will not have to clip them.
Trimming a rabbits teeth - Sometimes a rabbits teeth are mis-aligned. THIS IS RARE with purebred rabbits adopted from reputable breeders! Don't worry. If it happens ... This can happen by pulling on a cage, a fall or from a congenital condition. They overlap, grow too long and can interfere with eating - to the point of death. These teeth need to be trimmed frequently, here's how to do it.
Sometimes a rabbit needs a bath. Here I am bathing an entire litter of baby bunnies. We do it in a bathtub with the water level very low, dry on the high point of the tub, shallow on the deep side. Usually only their undersides need bathing. I use a mild soap, rinse three times and dry with a blow dryer. I keep my hand in the stream of the dryer air to be sure the bunny does not get too hot.
A bunny that has just one dirty area can be bathed by holding under a stream of warm water. Let it sit for a few minutes on a towel while damp and then continue washing until the dirty area is loose and clean, then dry. Do not put your bunny outside until dry to avoid fly strike.
Showing rabbits increases the quality of rabbits overall as each competitor breeds rabbits to meet or exceed the "Standard of Quality" set by the national or continental Rabbit Association. In our case it is the American Rabbits Association: www.arba.net. Standards are agreed upon by committees and rigorous competition over a period of years. Rabbits must be pure-bred and not "fixed" as the purpose of judging is to pick the best rabbits to breed to create even better rabbits.
I have noticed that even a novice can pick out a show quality rabbit in my rabbitry because their roundness and quality of features is apparent in contrast to a pet quality rabbit
Rabbits are judged in a row of small "holes" where they are taken out by a judge, examined and then rated by their physical characteristics. They do not perform.
I plan to build a showing page detailing what goes into showing a rabbit on my Web site soon. Generally, there are shows put on by clubs in regional areas and the breeders who show flock to these events to compete to see who has the best rabbits in various breeds and categories within those breeds. Then there is a competition for the best of breed.
Baby bunnies and milk belly: 51 sec.
Baby bunnies nurse only once or twice a day, They fill up with a huge belly of rich milk that sustains them till their next feeding. Rabbits do not stay with their young except for the 5 minutes it takes to feed. In nature a mother rabbit that stayed with her young would be exposing them to predators. So, the babies of mothers that milked fastest, with the richest milk survived to create babies of their own. Natural selection at its best.
How to Groom an Angora Rabbit
Normal up-keep for an Angora rabbit, when their coat is getting longer, would include blowing or brushing three times a week for a few minutes. Give them hay after grooming to clear out loose wool. This will help avoid wool block.
Regular brushing and blowing will keep the rabbits coat clear of mats and allow it to grow long. This makes a beautiful pet and creates a beautiful show rabbit with long wool for spinning.
The blower keeps the coat more free of mats and cleans out dander and loose hair. Your local birds will love you! Always blow outside. It is well worth the investment. If you buy a "Shop-Vac" or canister vacuum that has a blower feature, this yields a multi-purpose piece of equipment for your home.
Angora wool is one of the warmest wools on the planet, it is soft and moderately difficult to spin. Most spinners blend it with sheep's wool to make a garment that is not overly hot for the Northern climate.
Do not adopt a rabbit unless you are willing to give it the care it needs. Do not adopt a rabbit for a gift unless the recipient is willing to care for a rabbit and learn how to do it. Do not adopt a rabbit for a child's gift unless the parents are willing to have the rabbit and are willing to take over the rabbits care (if the child loses interest).
The responsibility for the care of your pet rests with you. Consider bunnies "people wrapped in fur". Treat them lovingly and carefully and they will return that love for many years to come.
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