Posted on October 20, 2014 by San Diego House Rabbit Society
When I was a child Halloween was all about carving the pumpkin and putting it outside to scare the goblins away. As I got older it became more about carving the pumpkin and roasting the seeds. And, oh yes, handing out candy to the kids.
Then I adopted bunnies. Now Halloween is about roasting the seeds (for me) and giving the pumpkin to the bunnies.
Rabbits LOVE pumpkin and it’s a food that is actually good for them! Pumpkin has loads of fiber and not too much sugar that, in moderation, won’t upset your bunny’s good gut bacteria.
I always have either a can of pure pumpkin purée or baby food pumpkin on hand for when one of my bunnies needs some incentive to eat. But the best is always fresh. So I buy a pumpkin, put it on the floor and let the buns go to town. Once they get past the rind and into the flesh, I keep an eye out to make sure that they don’t eat it all up at once!
Since I love pumpkin seeds, I always get a pumpkin for myself. After scooping out the seeds, I carve the pumpkin into pieces freezing some of it into small pieces for later use. The rest I roast. Once cooled, I mash it up and distribute it into ice-cube trays. Freeze the trays and then empty the contents into plastic bags. Now you have pumpkin treats for your bunny for any time of the year!
Smells pretty good!
You can carve it and then let Bunny take nibbles
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Posted on June 11, 2014 by Lori Ann Ng
As summer is upon us, you may be thinking of fun projects for your children, yourself, or your bunny! Why not try a project the entire family, including your bunny, can enjoy? How about planting an organic herb garden? You don’t need a lot of space, and many herbs can be grown in containers if you live in an apartment or have limited yard space.
Below is a list of herbs that are safe for your bunny to eat:
Not sure which herbs to try? Begin with your bunny’s current diet. What herbs does she currently eat on a regular basis? Based on this list, add a few new ones for fun. Remember, always introduce new herbs to your bunny gradually, and in very small amounts. Monitor your bunny’s litter box regularly in order to detect changes in poop and urine (runny poop, or changes in the color of urine can indicate an issue with bunny’s tummy). Any herbs that don’t agree with bunny can always be enjoyed by you and your family. How does fresh basil and oregano sound on your pasta? Yummy!
Depending on how long you want to wait before you can reap what you sow, either purchase seeds or small plants for your garden. Remember, only use non-GMO seeds or organically grown plants, as well as non-toxic, organic soil. Don’t forget, your bunny is an excellent source of organic fertilizer! Bunny poop is fantastic for your garden, it improves soil and contains nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. It is safe on food plants, won’t burn plants like some manures do, and since it’s considered a “cold” manure, you don’t have to let bunny poop age or compost before you use it. So generously sprinkle bunny poop in your garden, or work it into the topsoil as desired.
Please consider your bunny’s health, as well as the environment. Never use pesticides. For additional herbs and veggies that are safe for bunny, click on the link below. Happy growing!
Photos courtesy of Alison Giese and Judith Pierce
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Posted on January 6, 2014 by San Diego House Rabbit Society
Hockey star, Zenon Konopka, shares a moment with his rabbit companion, Hoppy.
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Posted on November 11, 2013 by San Diego House Rabbit Society
Have you ever purchased an expensive toy for your bunny only to find he prefers to play with a paper plate? Often simple things we find around the house bring more pleasure to our rabbit friends than more costly options found in pet stores or online.
Read more: San Diego Pets Magazine – Bargain Toys for Bunnies
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Posted on November 7, 2013 by San Diego House Rabbit Society
Holistic or homeopathic treatments, also known as alternative therapies, can be safe options to incorporate into your rabbit’s nursing care plan, in addition to medications your veterinarian may recommend. They can also be a good alternative to harmful chemicals or medications with potential or known negative side effects.
Read more: San Diego Pets Magazine – Alternative
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Posted on October 11, 2013 by San Diego House Rabbit Society
Natalie is one of our bunnies from the big Indiana Rex Rescue (400+ rabbits). She’s a beautiful “Otter” Mini Rex who is sweet, a bit shy, but warms up to gentle attention. She would do well in an adult home or one with children over 8 years old.
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