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Do house rabbits depend more on sound or vision for warning?

In the related question What is a rabbit's field of vision, range and visual acuity? we learn about a rabbits vision. This question is asking about what is the primary sense a house rabbit uses ...
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What is a rabbit's field of vision, range and visual acuity?

I have a pet house rabbit, rabbit eyes are pretty much on the side of their head. They also have great big ears. What can a rabbit really see? How well can they see? Can they see 360 degrees?
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How can I test a rabbit's vision?

I'm starting to wonder if my vision on my rabbit is failing. We've had her for 3 years and she seems startled when I come over to her. I'm probably guessing that she doesn't see me at first but when I'...
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How can I prevent my dog from injuring/killing my rabbit?

So I have a dog in my house and I let it outside and it all of the sudden went for my rabbit and almost killed it. This has never happened before when I put my dog outside with my rabbit. What should ...
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How should I discipline my rabbit for inappropriate toileting?

My rabbit just peed all over me and I chased her around with a tube and hit the ground right next to her and scolded her. What would be a better way to tell my rabbit not to do that again (if there ...
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What is the difference between shedding and molting in Rabbits?

I have heard that rabbits molt and shed, what is the difference? Is there any special care required in either case?
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How to appease a rabbit separated from his pregnant companion?

Shortly after we realized our second "buck" was pregnant we had to separate her from her hubby. Now every time we check on them the buck's on the floor outside her cage trying to groom her through ...
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Why would my rabbit be drinking less each day?

My rabbit has drunk less and less as the days have progressed and I'm wondering what's going on. She used to drink a whole bottle in a day but now she's down to 4 days per quart of water. What should ...
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Is this soil safe for a rabbit digging box?

I have an indoor rabbit and wanted to build a nice digging-box for it. Is this soil safe to use? Candidate soil
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My rabbit just lost a claw. Should I be concerned or not?

My rabbit just lost a claw and it's been bleeding for 5 minutes. Is it normal for rabbits to lose claws?
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What reasons could there be for my rabbit not defecating?

My 6 year old female outdoor rabbit is free to roam for up to 8 hours a day in our large garden, but has stopped eating the grass and hay. At one point she stopped eating altogether, and the vet said ...
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What is the factor(s) that will cause a buck rabbit to disfigure his children?

I recently became aware of an issue that was discovered when several rabbits were rescued from a hoarding situation. I don't have all the details and many of them would be unpleasant to include here, ...
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What is the difference between first and second cut hay?

For those of us with Rabbits, Horses and other vegetarian mammals, hay is a dietary requirement. When purchased in bales, the terms 'first cut' and 'second cut' are often used. What do they mean and ...
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Pet Rabbits, Double Pregnacies, and Keeping the Buck in with the Doe

In my limited experience thus far, I have found that my rabbits get along well together and show every sign of enjoying each other's company. So I would very much like to keep my buck in with the ...
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At What Age/Weight Should NZW Rabbits be bred?

Strangely, I keep reading radically different answers for when it is best to breed NZW Does. Before breeding our does, they must be at least 5 to 6 months old and a minimum of 6 to 7 pounds. - http:...
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Why does my rabbit kick litter?

I got my rabbit 4 years ago over the summer, and when we just got her, I was always the one cleaning her litterbox. After school started however, my mom would sometimes clean it. We still now take ...
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Can Rabbits tell time?

You may be familiar with the rabbit from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland as illustrated by John Tenniel. But my rabbit does not have a pocket watch, yet she often manages to get up on the bed ...
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Do rabbits experience menopause?

I got a question third hand, (friend > wife > me) and a quick search leaves me wondering where to look for the answer. The friend has an 11 year old female rabbit that has not been spayed. She wants ...
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How well do rabbits remember things?

I got my rabbit from the animal shelter around four years ago. Today I was playing with her, and she seems so happy that I began to wonder if she remembers her time that she spent at the animal ...
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Can rabbits cry?

I got my rabbit from the animal shelter a long time ago, and whenever we went there, we went to go look at the dogs also, and they all stare at you, and begin to cry. Whenever we went to look at the ...
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How smart are rabbits?

Recently in chat Matt s. posted a link to this short gif http://i.imgur.com/98DlknV.gif Descritpion A black and white dutch rabbit goes up to a hurdle with 4 bars, removes the second cross bar up ...
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Food Pellet - Is my rabbit eating enough?

I've recently gotten a bunny, less than a week, and I researched a lot before getting it. I bought a large cage, timothy hay, Zupreme rabbit food... As soon as I brought him from the shelter, I filled ...
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Do Rabbits Inbreed?

I understand that rabbits quickly reproduce, but when a litter is born, is there a possibility that a male and a female from the same litter will reproduce?
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Is my rabbit able to know when someone or something is outside?

Last summer, we had our air conditioner on, and there was a big robin outside that was constantly making noise. Before the bird showed up, my rabbit was always very calm, but after he showed up, she ...
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Essential care for rescue rabbit

I found a rabbit on the side of a trail in the woods. Clearly domesticated. Possibly released. While I wait for replies to rescue organizations and Craigslist replies from the owner (and if no reply, ...
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How to tell sex of a rabbit and tell whether it is spayed/neutered?

I found a domesticated rabbit on the side of a bike trail in a park. I've had it 12 hours and contacted local rescue / police in case someone reports it missing. While I take care of it, I have a few ...
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Is she trying to talk?

My rabbit loves being around people, and her favorite thing to do is surprisingly be held. Whenever I hold her though, I notice that she opens and closes her mouth frequently. I sometimes feel like ...
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If I train my rabbit to jump fences will she STILL stay in a two foot exercise pen?

I just watched Rabbit Jumping: How to Get Started I have a couple of rabbits that are very trainable, but I take them a lot of places where I expect them to stay in 2 foot high exercise pens. If I ...
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What size should an exercise pen be for a rabbit?

I am going to get a standard sized rabbit. It's going to be in an exercise pen most of the time; how large should the pen be?
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How can I get my rabbit to eat different greens?

I understand that rabbits are supposed to get a variety of greens in their diet, however, my rabbit only eats dandelions. We have tried to give her parsley, and no matter what, she just lets them sit ...
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Can rabbits lose fur when stressed?

My rabbit is really used to people, and doesn't like other rabbits, so she is the only one I have. Before I went on vacation I made sure that she was brushed really well. We took her to my friend's ...
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Why do rabbits wiggle their noses?

Every time I start playing with my rabbit (or other rabbits) I always see them twitch their nose. Mine usually does this whenever I start talking to her. Is this their way of communicating?
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Why Does My Bunny Twitch Her Tail

When my bunny runs around the house, I sometimes see her twitch her tail. Is she trying to perhaps wag her tail like a dog, or does this happen for some other reason?
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When Do Rabbits Swallow Food

I was watching my rabbit eating her greens today, and I began to wonder when she swallows her food. She eats the whole leaf, but does she swallow her food while she is still chewing on the leaf, or ...
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Make wires unpalatable?

My bunny is about 6 months old and he's getting much more bold and playful lately. Previously he mostly ate, slept, and eliminated, saving his energy for the daily walk outdoors. He's very mild-...
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How can I transport my rabbit using a bicycle?

I need to take my pet rabbit to the vet to get her spayed, but my main method of transportation is biking. How can I bring my rabbit on the bicycle without scaring her to death? Would she be okay in a ...
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Is it true that alfalfa hay is a treat and should not make up the majority of an adult rabbit's diet?

I read this question that claims that alfalfa hay is a "treat" and should not make up a large part of rabbit's diet. Is this true?
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How do you tell the gender of a young rabbit? [duplicate]

Someone wants to give us two rabbits about 4 months old, the say they are both girls; but I am not sure. How do I tell the difference?
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How fast do rabbits really breed?

Someone recently mentioned "breeding like rabbits". So my question is how fast do rabbits breed? If I accidentally bring home a pregnant female rabbit, or a male and female pair from the local fair, ...
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My rabbit survived botulism poisoning; is she now immune to it?

According to this article by the Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs; an inactivated toxoid is used to vaccinate horses against botulism. Though it does call for an annual re-...
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What antibiotics should not be given to a rabbit?

My vet mentioned that not all antibiotics are safe for rabbits. Which antibiotics should not be given to a rabbit? What are the adverse effects? Note I would like to also ask if there is antidote ...
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What antibiotics are generally safe for rabbits?

My vet mentioned that not all antibiotics are safe for rabbits. What antibiotics are safe to give to rabbits? Does the route (oral vs injectable) make a differences? Is there a frequency or duration ...
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Can you dilute antibiotics with water just prior to administering?

My vet gave me an antibiotic for my rabbit to take over the next 14 days. I know it tastes horrible especially with the nasty cherry flavoring they add to it and decided to dilute each dose 1:1 with ...
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What species of wild rabbit is the domestic house rabbit descended from?

This question comes from a discussion related to How do you groom an Angora Rabbit? it has been suggested that the Angora is not directly descended from the European rabbit, but rather a Turkish ...
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How do you groom an Angora Rabbit?

I know for an Angora rabbit you have to keep up with their grooming, and one of the things you can do is keep their fur short. My sister has tried to trim her two rabbits, but finds that she can never ...
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Can a neglected/abandoned domestic house rabbit be re-socialized?

I know from the question Can an adult feral cat be socialized/domesticated? and the somewhat related question Why are cats released as part of “spay and release” programs? that socializing a cat that ...
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What are good fiber substitutes for hay in a rabbit's diet?

There are a couple of reasons that a rabbit may not be able to eat hay. Occasionally for a dental misalignment issue a rabbit will have it's teeth removed. When a rabbit is sick it may be unable to ...
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How do I care for a quadriplegic rabbit?

In this related question I document the events that lead up to the quadriplegia in my rabbit. There are several potential causes with classifications like Head-down syndrome or Floppy rabbit syndrome ...
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Why can't my rabbit lift it's head?

Thursday started normally: 6:00 AM each of 5 upstairs bunnies getting personal grooming. 9:00 AM everyone in for nap time. 10:00 AM Lyra (3 years old) is very sick, can not lift her head, call to ...
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Is trancing due to fear, or vice versa?

My rabbit is virtually fearless. He does not run from cats or running cars, showing curiosity instead. (The one time he got up close and sniffed a cat, he did become startled and put a couple meters ...

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