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How to collect a urine sample from a house rabbit?

"Bring your rabbit in with a urine sample" says the vet. On occasion when we have been in to the vets, he is able to get a sample by holding the bunny and pushing on the bladder, while someone holds ...
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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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My rabbit is hyperventilating and can't get comfortable. What is wrong with her?

I am back from the ER, the rabbit seems okay right now; but I'm still concerned that there might be something wrong with her. Here is a video of her in hyperventilating and unable to get comfortable. ...
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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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How to give aspirin to a rabbit?

I have an 11 year old rabbit that seems to be in discomfort from arthritis and age related issues. He lives with a younger rabbit, and to keep the old rabbit in the area that is appropriate for a ...
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How do you bunny proof behind the couch?

We have a couch sitting in front of a living room window, with curtains behind it, and the plug for the lamp right in the middle. In my experience, if a bunny has a dark safe place, it is likely to ...
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What would make a rabbit herd sheep?

If you search for "rabbit herding sheep" you will find multiple links on YouTube and to news organizations like CBS showing a cute little brown (dwarf?) bunny, herding a small flock of sheep. The ...
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What can I do for my Angora rabbit's leg sore?

I have an Angora rabbit who is three years old. I just got her from another home, so I don't know much about her medical history. I noticed when I got her home today that she has a sore on her back ...
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How do I avoid purchasing a rabbit with genetic health problems?

I recently discovered that my lionhead rabbit has a genetic defect, which causes him to have severe respiratory issues. The defect was actually bred into the rabbits because the breeders desired a ...
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What disaster considerations should I make for my pet rabbit?

After reading through http://www.ready.gov/ I have a family plan and am creating a Disaster Supply Kit. What considerations should I have for my house rabbit? What supplies should I include in the ...
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How can I train my rabbit to use the toilet?

We know from What is required to house break a rabbit? that litter box training a rabbit is very similar to a cat. We know from How can I train my cat to use the toilet? that cats can be trained to ...
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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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What are the benefits and risks of a wire bottom cage for my pet rabbit?

Often when you see rabbits on TV, they are in cages with wire floors. It seems to be made out of half inch hardware cloth (wire). We know from this question that rabbits can be litter box trained, ...
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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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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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How can I keep a rabbit warm?

I was thinking about my sister's rabbit today, who she keeps indoors. Her house doesn't always keep a stable temperature, as it is mostly wood-heated. It is getting warmer out, so I suspect there won'...
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What are the basic requirements of a healthy adult rabbit's diet?

We have a few questions such as Why is adding hay to a rabbit's diet important? and Why is iceberg lettuce bad for rabbits? However, they don't necessarily tell you what the basic diet should look ...
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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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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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Pet sidecar for an office chair?

When I am working on my computer at home, I like to put my feet up on the desk with a laptop or keyboard on my thighs. This leaves a nice space at my waist for a furry friend to lounge with me while I ...
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Rabbit integration tips & tricks?

I am currently trying (and failing miserably) to integrate my two outdoor rabbits. My first rabbit (Diego) is a neutered male 1 year old Lionhead, he is very friendly, confident and usually very well ...
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Are bamboo leaves nutritious or poisonous to rabbits?

I have Bamboo in my backyard with lots of good growth all year round. I want to know if the leaves and shoots can be eaten by rabbits? I do not have any rabbits yet, but I am trying to scope out the ...
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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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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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Can I contract rabbit fever (tularemia) from my pet rabbit?

If my pet rabbit lives inside, can I contract rabbit fever from it? I would think that if it never goes outside, there would be no chance for it to become infected. However, if I take the rabbit ...
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What to do with a bonded domestic rabbit and a cottontail

Last summer my one of my female rabbits bonded with a male cottontail rabbit. Before I was able to catch her, they would hand out nightly in the neighbors driveway. This went on for a few months. I ...
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Is it harmful that my rabbit eats bugs?

My rabbit is now eating bugs such as crickets and those things. She hasn't shown any signs of health problems while she ate them, but I'm not sure if they're healthy at all for her. The crickets are ...
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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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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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Is keeping a pet rabbit in an outdoor hutch a kindness?

Rabbits have been domesticated for hundreds of years, historically for farm production/substance reasons. With the move to companion animal being only with in the last 100+ years. With current ...
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How do I trance my rabbit?

I have heard that you can trance a rabbit to help with tasks such as nail clipping and cleaning the underside. Is doing this safe for my rabbit? How do I do it? Are there other applications where ...
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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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Do I need to fence of my balcony to prevent my rabbit from falling down?

I live in an apartment several floors up, and I have a balcony with vertical railings that are large enough for a rabbit to pass through. How well do rabbits deal with heights like this? Do I need ...
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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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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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Can my rabbit get fleas from a cat or dog?

We don't treat our rabbits for fleas in the winter because we don't take them out in the winter. Sometimes in the winter we will take them to the pet store or other locations where cats and dogs are ...
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Pustules in ears and eyes of an abandoned rabbit (appearance and dissapearance)

He/she recently appeared in the bush of a semi-rural place in Spain. It has been 15 days since my first encounter. He/she was very vivid and did not escape from people. 10 days later, I discovered ...
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My rabbit is losing fur and weight, what's wrong with him?

My rabbit is about a year and a half old and is neutered. He lives with his brother. For a while now he has been losing fur and he is rather thin. When I bought the rabbits the woman said they were ...
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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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How can I help my rabbit be more comfortable with my influence on her cage?

My pet rabbit is very protective of her cage. I just got her a bigger one, but even if I am putting hay down in the cage for her to eat she will growl at me. She doesn't bite me and allows me to pet ...
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Why do rabbits leave droppings at the Romp?

Recently I was at a local shelter for a "bun run", where they let about 20 bunnies out for social time (some with each other, all with humans), and I noticed that even the ones who were supposedly ...
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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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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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How accurate does the 30 day span when applying revolution flea treatment need to be?

We treat our house rabbits with Revolution flea and tick treatment the directions say to reapply every 30 days. Life happens and sometime exactly 30 days just does not work, If you use "monthly" ...
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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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How fresh should cecotropes be when used to recolonize a different rabbit?

I have a rabbit that just came off a series of antibiotic injections. At first I thought he had some GI issues (jelly stool & loss of appetite). I kept food going through him (by force if needed) ...
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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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Is plywood bad for any small caged pets?

I'm going to be building some wooden toys/houses/things for Degus, Rabbits and Guinea Pigs, who will inevitably chew on them. (Not in the same cage.) Are there any kinds of plywood types or brands ...
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Do I need to trim a rabbit's nails?

I know that I have to clip my cat's nails every now and again, and that got me wondering about my sister's rabbit - does its nails have to be clipped as well? Can we use the same style of nail ...

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