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Calvin's Care Corner. An often overlooked, but very important, part of a rabbit’s health is nail trimming. Nails should be trimmed on a regular basis to prevent them from overgrowing, tearing off, and even possibly impacting the rabbit’s ability to hop. Long nails are a hazard to your rabbit’s health! How often? One of the most common questions we receive is how often nails should be trimmed.

Unfortunately, there is no clear-cut answer. Depending on the rabbit, the period between trimmings can be anywhere from one to six months. There are a number of factors involved. Me or a professional? Cat claw clippers (left), guillotine style (right), bottle of styptic powder. Tools of the Trade! The quick is the darker pink on the nail. Where to trim the nail? The Techniques! Do not forget the dewclaw!

Rabbits have four nails on their rear feet. A happy bunny is a manicured bunny! Do you have a question for me? Copyright 2007 HRN Writers. Training. Certain words used in this article need to be explained in order to increase communication between reader and writer: Companions Those who share a home and consciously interact with each other (a “family”). Companions do not “own” each other (a false notion encouraged by words often paired together such as “pet” and “owner”). “Ownership” is a position of a living being with respect to an inanimate object. Caretaker Caretaking is a role played by one companion with respect to another, primarily for the benefit of the other.

Training An activity in which a companion (human) seeks to understand the needs of companion (animal)s in the home, and interacts with them in a manner that makes it possible for all of them to live in harmony with each other with everyone’s’ needs met. Respect It is easier to train rabbits if you understand that their behavior is usually motivated by one of three things: During the training time, do nothing but concentrate on the rabbit. The same thing applies to digging. Love Match: A Guide to Bonding Your Rabbits.

By Suzanne Smith Nothing is cuter than watching two rabbits lie side by side kissing each other. They are clearly very happy and enjoy each other's company. Rabbits are social animals that benefit from living in pairs or groups. Despite the need to live with another rabbit, you cannot just put two rabbits in a cage and expect them to immediately get along. Rabbits, like humans, must date first. During their courtship, the rabbits learn to trust each other and eventually fall in love. What to Expect Some bondings are fairly easy while others are difficult. Just like with people, every bunny and every pairing are different. When you try to bond a pair of bunnies, please be patient and committed to it. Will my Rabbit Change?

Many people wonder if their rabbit will change once they have a playmate. If you have a rabbit who is friendly with you, they will remain friendly. While a mate does sometimes help bring a rabbit out if their shell, I have also seen the reverse. Every case is different. Poisonous Plants. By Cindy Fisher Many plants listed here are not all poisonous, only parts of them are.

Apple is a good example: the seeds are poisonous, but the fruit is perfectly fine for rabbits. Read the complete listing of the plant to get details regarding which parts to avoid. If no parts are listed, assume that the whole plant is poisonous and should not be in reach of your rabbit. Use common sense when it comes to your rabbit's well being; it is better to be safe than sorry. Resources used were House Rabbit Journal, and The San Diego Turtle and Tortoise Society. Special thanks to Ellen Welch who searched persistently through her rabbit resources to obtain this list for us. Also check out Medirabbit's Feeding pages. And Charky & Ash's Plant Pages back to top Baccharis (Baccharis sp.) False henbane-all parts False hellebore (Veratrum viride and other sp.) Kafir (Sorghum vulgare) Klamath weed (Hypericum perforatum) Rabbit Awareness Week | Because Rabbits Get A RAW Deal. Untitled. Build a Cardboard Castle for Your Bunny - House Rabbit Care.

Building a cardboard castle for your pet bunny is an inexpensive way to keep him/her busy. Bunnies love to dig, chew, shred and arrange. These are all needs that a cardboard castle can address. A cardboard castle also provides a refuge for your bunny to escape the hustle and bustle of your house. Materials: Cardboard boxes Scissors or Utility Knife Additional pieces of Cardboard Optional cardboard tubes or untreated wood The ideal box is large enough for your rabbit to move around in, but not so tall that he/she cannot jump onto the top to play as well. To create a more elaborate castle you can line the bottom of the box with extra pieces of cardboard or an old phone book to give your bunny more to dig. Create a larger castle by combining two or more boxes of different shapes and sizes. Use your imagination and soon you'll have made your bunny's new favorite plaything.