How Do I take care of my new bunny?
Care for your bunny while its adjusting to its new home:
For the first few days with your new bunny, keep it low key, so your bunny has time to adjust. Believe it or not bunnies can have heart attackers! The less stress the more success you will have while bonding with your new addition. This is the most essential time to form a relationship and most importantly TRUST! We recommend not holding the bunny more than a couple of times a day for the first few days. When taking it home place it in its cage and give it time to explore its new living environment. Sitting down watching it can help you learn more about your bunnies personality. I suggest opening the cage while next to it so the bunny can learn to feel comfortable with you and be less fearful when you go to pick it up. Do not hold and play with your new bunny more than 30 minutes at one time.
Never leave your bunny unattended with children or other animals as they are fragile and fatality can happen quickly. We also recommend that little children hold the bunny on the ground and not carry them around because one accidental drop could really injure your bunny. I suggest getting a pet pen or baby gate such as a Superyard, which is what I use to place your bunny in for playtime. Have your child sit in their and watch them, they can read a book or sit quickly on a computer while your bunny hops around. Letting your bunny run around without a enclosure will cause it to become more independent and less pet friendly. It is just starting to learn its new limitations. You don't want to find yourself or another chasing the bunny at anytime!
My rabbitry set-up is a much different set-up than anything you will need. I can suggest cage sizes as well as items needed, not everyone has as much room as others. Before bringing your new attention to the household home be sure to designate an area for the cage and supplies. A minimum cage size of 24x24 is needed to house one Holland Lop. If you can afford it and have the room the bigger the better! Pull out trays are highly recommended.
Food and Water
For the first and second day your rabbit is at its new home, feed the rabbit the food I gave you ONLY! Do not mix it with the new feed you have until after the second day. if so this will void the health guarantee. If you decide to change feed mix equal parts of original feed with old fashioned quaker oats and new feed. Gradually increase new feed and decrease original feed. Withdraw the new feed completely if there is any sign of diarrhea and replace with only oatmeal and timothy hay until stools return to normal. If your bunny gets diarrhea this is VERY SERIOUS and could kill your bunny quickly. Please watch your bunny closely and make sure they have unlimited timothy hay and old fashioned oatmeal. Put pedialyte in their water bottle to help keep them hydrated. Then reintroduce mixed feed very gradually. Please call us immediately if your bunny is showing any signs of sickness so that we can offer our advice.
We are so glad that you decided to chose a bunny to be a part of your life. We want you to know that we raise bunnies because we love each one of them. We have handled them every day in order to build trust with every bunny that we will take care of them. We want you to know that they will need love and attention from you on a daily basis. Bunnies are very family oriented and loving creatures. If you cannot devote time and attention to your new bunny we ask that you not purchase one at this time. It takes the same responsibility as a cat or dog requires.