FAQ Friday: Your Advice Questions Answered!

Question:

Hi Bb!

I noticed in one of your videos that you use aspen shavings in your rabbit’s litterboxes. I was just wondering if you ever had issues with mites while using these shavings? My vet has told me not to use any kind of shavings because they often have mites in them which can then transfer to my rabbit. Is this something I should be concerned about?

S.

Answer:

Hi S!

The fact is that mites can be carried in any bedding – not just shavings – as well as hay. To eliminate any concern, you can place the bags of bedding that you purchase in your freezer for 48 hours. This will ensure that any creepy crawlies that may be in the bag are dead before coming in to contact with your rabbit.

If you are concerned that your rabbit may have already contracted mites from their bedding, your vet will be able to diagnose and prescribe a topical solution such as Ivermectin or Revolution to treat it.

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Bunday Sunday!

HazelBundaySundaySubmitted By: Keara

This little sweetheart is 1 1/2 year old Hazel! Hazel loves our channel and is a fellow Canadian bunny just like us!

Thanks Keara!

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FAQ Friday: Your Advice Questions Answered!

Question:

Hi BudgetBunny!

I was browsing on Amazon for some rabbit chew toys and found a bunch for a great price. The problem is that some of them use pine wood. I know that rabbits shouldn’t be kept on pine shavings because of their delicate respiratory systems but I was wondering if pine wood toys were also unsafe.

Y.

Answer:

Hi Y!

Untreated pine wood is perfectly safe for your rabbit. In fact, the majority of wooden toys you find in pet shops are made from untreated pine. Pine is also what we constructed our rabbit condos out of for this same reason. The reason pine shavings are bad is because of the process that pine wood goes through to become pine shavings. This process is what releases aromatic oils that are bad for your rabbit’s respiratory system.

 

 

 

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Building The New Rabbit Enclosures!

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Is A Rabbit The Right Pet For You?

Contrary to popular belief, rabbits do not make good ‘starter pets’, should not be a child’s responsibility and are actually quite intelligent animals who require a specialized diet, housing and care.

These are a few of the main points you should consider prior to adding a rabbit to your household…


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Rabbits are prey animals and by instinct are more cautious. It is natural for them to be nervous about you and their new surroundings. It isn’t that they don’t want your companionship but for most rabbits it will take a while for them to open up and fully trust you. Patience is vital during these stages.

Vet Bills Are Costlier:

Rabbits are considered an exotic animal. They have complex digestive systems, a very sensitive heart and a delicate bone structure. They require specialized care that only a qualified vet can provide. Most exotic vets will charge a higher exam rate because they are dealing with an exotic animal and have gone through the necessary schooling to become specialized in this area.

You Need Proper Housing And Somewhere To Put That Housing:

Rabbits require a larger amount of space then any pet shop cage can provide. Rabbits are extremely active animals and should not be housed in anything smaller than an ex-pen which provides approximately 16 sq. feet of floor space. Your rabbit needs to be able to hop at least three times in their cage without hitting anything and be able to stand up on their hind legs. Additional levels are recommended as they add extra floor space and keep those back legs nice and strong! Rabbits also require a minimum of 3+ hours of floor time per day. Building your own rabbit condo is an affordable way to provide your rabbit with the required space it needs. You can find out more about this here.

IMG_1576Rabbits Are Natural Chewers And Diggers:

Without diligent bunny proofing, rabbits can wreck havoc on your house. Wires, carpet and baseboards are bunny favourites! Not only is this frustrating for you but it can be incredibly dangerous for your rabbit. Cords and baseboards need to be blocked off and carpet covered before letting your rabbit come out for play time.

Rabbits Don’t Like To Be Picked Up:

Another common misconception is that rabbits make excellent children’s pets and are perfect for snuggling! Rabbits actually have incredibly delicate bone structures and can be easily injured if they are handled too roughly. Being prey animals, they prefer their feet on the ground and interactions should be done on their level.

Need A Minimum Of 3+ Hours Of Daily Exercise:

As mentioned above, rabbits are incredibly active animals. Rabbits love to run, do bunny 500′s and binky! In the wild they would cover an incredible distance on a daily basis foraging for food. If your rabbit isn’t given enough time out of it’s pen then it has no outlet to exert it’s energy. This can lead to a variety of health problems and a very stressed out grumpy bun that takes it’s frustrations out on you!

Time Consuming:

Bunny proofing, setting up and disassembling floor time, feeding and daily cage cleanings all take time. On top of that you will want to spend as much time as you can bonding with your rabbit. If you have an extremely busy schedule and cannot devote this time to your pet, then a rabbit may not be for you!

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Hay purchased at the pet store is incredibly costly and your rabbit needs unlimited amounts available at all times. Depending on the type of harvest and weather we’ve had may also impact the price of hay in your area. Rabbits should also be given 1-2 cups of vegetables daily which can get quite costly especially when you’re purchasing in the off season.

Rabbits Are A 10 Year Commitment:

With proper care, rabbits live for approximately 8-10 years but we are also hearing more and more of bunnies reaching 12+ years of age! So where will you be in 10 years? Are you planning on going away to college or still trying to find your dream job? Do you love to travel? This lifespan is the commitment of a large dog not a hamster. Of course this is great if you are looking for a long term pet that can be an established part of your family.

Rabbits Should Be Spayed/Neutered:

Around 4-6 months of age your rabbit’s hormones will develop and dictate your rabbit’s actions towards you. This can provide a very unpleasant experience for you and your rabbit and is also one of the leading reasons so many end up in shelters. There are a lot of reasons to spay/neuter your rabbit. Find out more about that here.

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Rabbits are incredibly social, loving animals that crave companionship. If you are at school, work or just gone from the house for a large part of the day then you should consider getting a second rabbit. Rabbits are incredibly territorial however and need to both be spayed/neutered before being introduced on neutral ground. You also need to keep in mind that rabbits have their own unique personalities and no matter how hard you try, they may not get along. In this instance you will also need to have the space to house and care for two rabbits separately.

Not Suitable For Young Children:

As previously mentioned, rabbits are extremely delicate animals with sensitive bone structures. Mishandling can easily lead to injury. Rabbits do not like to be picked up and can not take a lot of abuse. Their specialized diet and care requires the dedication of an adult not a young child. This is not to say that a rabbit can’t be a loving and wonderful family pet, however a parent needs to accept primary responsibility for the pet and always supervise while children are around. If you’re looking for something for your child to hold and squeeze a large dog is more suitable.

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Depending on where you live, your rabbit may be required to have annual vaccinations. These protect against deadly diseases such as myxomatosis and VHD. In North America these are not required, however annual checkups are recommended to make sure your rabbit’s are in good health.

If at this point you’re still interested in adding one of these adorable animals to your life then you’ll be happy to read the following…

Less Time Consuming Than Other Animals:

Compared to a puppy, rabbits are a low maintenance pet. They can be left for longer periods of time, you don’t have to walk them outdoors and they can live happily in your home no matter the size. This is great for people living in apartments where space is an issue. It also means you don’t have to go down eleven floors to take your pet outdoors every time they have to use the washroom! When you are going to be away you can leave your rabbit at home and have someone come in daily to spend time with it instead of paying expensive boarding fees.

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Rabbits are incredibly social and loving. They love interacting with you and seeking your attention. If you have followed us for some time and have watched our various YouTube videos, you will have seen how sweet these animals are.

Very Entertaining:

The binkies, hops, flops and bunny 500s rabbits love to do is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face! Watching your rabbit pick up and toss their toys or run around excitedly when given a favourite treat is just too adorable not to enjoy!

Rabbits Are Quiet:

Rabbits don’t vocalize their feelings like a dog or cat which makes them a great addition! If you are looking for a quiet pet to add to your family or live in an apartment, a smaller space or joined housing then why not consider a rabbit?

They Don’t Require You To Walk Them:

When there’s six feet of snow on the side walk, I still have to take my dogs for a walk. The weather outside does not affect a house rabbit. As long as you are providing them with the necessary daily floor time you are not required to participate (although it’s always more fun if you do!).

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Much like a cat, once spayed/neutered a rabbit can form excellent litter box habits! Many owners choose to have their rabbits free range around their rabbit proofed home because of this! Rabbits are also fastidious groomers and are very clean animals.

Most Active At Dawn And Dusk:

Rabbits are crepuscular which means they are most active in the early morning and evening. This is perfect for the majority of people who work or go to school during the day. Your rabbit will do most of it’s relaxing while you’re away and be ready to play when you’re home!

Rabbits Don’t Have A Natural Odour:

Unlike rodents and ferrets, rabbits don’t have a natural odour. If you are noticing a smell then you are not changing their bedding or cleaning their litter box enough. Also remember that rabbits who aren’t spayed/neutered will also have smellier urine/faeces as they are trying to mark their territory with their droppings.

Rabbits Come In All Different Sizes, Colours And Breeds:

Floppy ears, erect ears, solid, speckled, banded, white, black, brown, grey, long haired, short haired, large or small, the possibilities are endless when it comes to choosing the right rabbit for you!

IMG_1472Rabbit Droppings Make Great Fertilizer:

Rabbit droppings are nutrient rich in nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium as well as a variety of other vitamins and minerals. Rabbits poop a lot! Now you have a place to put it!

Can Be Trained:

Rabbits are incredibly intelligent and many easily take to clicker training just like a cat or dog. Many people teach their rabbits a variety of fun tricks! This provides an exciting way to bond with your bunny!


We at BudgetBunny think rabbits make great and loving pets however doing your research first is key! As rabbits are prey animals they can’t be expected to act in the same manner as a dog or cat. It is essential that you go at their pace and be incredibly patient with them as they become a part of your family. Once you have established that bond with your rabbit you will have one incredible companion to share your life with!

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Our New Home!

Dad has been super busy building us our very own room! Grampa even came over to help him with it!

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First they constructed a wall to separate us in to pens.

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Then Dad laid down the flooring.

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Next Mom had to choose a colour to paint it! She wanted something bright and a little fun!

While she worked on the painting, Dad built us each a second level with a ramp. He wanted to maximize the space available and make sure we had lots of places to hop to and hide under!

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To finish it off, Dad hung up our photos and installed the doors!

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And then, finally we got to explore our new digs!

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Finally! A proper place to call home!

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Hoppy Monday!

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Bunday Sunday!

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Submitted By: Shae

Meet the adorable Jay-Jay! Jay-Jay is almost two years old and loves to run around, jump and play! Jay-Jay loves to snack on banana chips, raisins, timothy biscuits, homemade treats and apple sticks. He is shy around people he doesn’t know but loves a good snuggle! His favourite toys include puzzle solvesrs, fiddle sticks and cardboard boxes.

Thanks Shae!

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Why Spay/Neuter Your Rabbit?

What Is Spaying/Neutering?

Spaying and neutering are surgical procedures performed by your vet which remove parts of your pet’s reproductive systems, therefore preventing them from being able to reproduce. Spays are performed on female animals and involve removing the ovaries and uterus. Neuters are performed on male animals and involve removing the testicles. Done by a rabbit savvy qualified vet, this is a safe operation that has many benefits to both you and your pet’s health.

IMG_9788Why Spay/Neuter Your Rabbit?

Prevent Unwanted Pregnancies:

This is vital if you’re going to house multiple rabbit’s together; remember that opposite sexed paired rabbits work best. A rabbit, will on average, give birth to 4-10 kits and can get pregnant again right after giving birth! Rabbits are also the third most abandoned animal in shelters in North America and the first most abandoned in the UK. With so many homeless bunnies already in the world there is really no reason to let your rabbits breed.

Prevent Unwanted Hormonal Behaviour:

Rabbits may start off as cute and cuddly but around 4-6 months of age the dreaded teenager phase will kick in. Their hormones will heighten and begin to dictate their actions. Once sweet and adorable, your rabbit may start exhibiting a number of unwanted behaviours such as grunting, nipping, lunging, territorial aggression, cage protectiveness, humping and marking their territory with foul smelling urine and faeces.

Unfixed female rabbits may not want to be handled or touched and can also exhibit the symptoms of pregnancy. These false pregnancies are very stressful and can be dangerous for her overall health. You may find your rabbit ripping large clumps of fur out to make a nest. If she ingests too much of this hair it could lead to a deadly blockage. In severe cases, her uterine wall may thicken but not dissolve properly when the false pregnancy is over. This can also be life threatening.

IMG_9502Encourage Better Litter Box Habits:

Rabbits are incredibly clean animals who enjoy having a designated spot to do their business, however an unfixed rabbit’s urge to establish their territory will overrule their need to keep a tidy house. Since spaying/neutering will eliminate the hormonal urge to mark, they will instead be once again encouraged to use that delegated spot. You will also find that their droppings and urine have less of an odour to them.

IMG_0407Encourage A Stronger Bond Between You And Your Rabbit:

Since hormones are no longer dictating their behaviour, you can now have the bond with your rabbit that you’ve always wanted. Instead of being chased, humped, boxed at, urinated on or even nipped, you and your rabbit can enjoy your interactions together. Unfortunately one of the main reasons so many rabbits end up in shelters is because pet shops have deemed them to be an easy to care for ‘starter pet’. The uneducated owner is shocked when their rabbit mutates in to an unruly monster and is unaware that a simple procedure can eliminate these unwanted behaviours.

Prevents Cancer:

The risk of uterine cancer in an unspayed female rabbit is shockingly high. Up to 75% of unspayed females develop uterine cancer before the age of 5. This risk of cancer rises drastically after the age of 2. There is also a greater risk of males developing testicular cancer if they are not neutered.

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Essential For Bonded Rabbits:

Rabbits are incredibly social animals and do best with the companionship of another rabbit. Unfortunately unfixed rabbits (even those of the same sex) are extremely territorial and will often fight to the death to defend their space. Neutering and spaying helps to prevent territorial aggression and dominance issues when rabbits are introduced properly.

When Not To Neuter/Spay Your Rabbit:

Spaying and neutering is of course an optional procedure and not every rabbit will qualify. Fixing your rabbit is not recommended if it’s going to put your rabbit’s health in danger. Heart conditions, rabbits with disabilities or older rabbits are going to have higher risks of complications. It is important to have your rabbit savvy vet perform a thorough physical examination to determine whether or not spaying/neutering is right for your pet.

IMG_0037Who Can Spay/Neuter Your Rabbit?:

Rabbits are extremely delicate animals with a very sensitive heart. Because of this not just any vet can spay or neuter your rabbit. Look for a vet who specializes in exotics and has a lot of experience with rabbits.

And Remember….

Local shelters and rescues often include the cost of spaying/neutering in your adoption fee! You will bypass that pesky teenager phase, not have to worry about post-op care and the fee is often less then taking your rabbit to the vet yourself!

Don’t forget, you can learn more about this topic and others by visiting our YouTube channel BudgetBunny!

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The Big Move!

Phew! What a busy few months it’s been!

Mom and Dad decided to sell their home in February so that we could all have more space! There were things they wanted to finish and fix up first so March became known as Reno Month around here! Dad and Mom are big DIY people so we’re used to all of the noise and being shuffled about!

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At the beginning of April, Dad dismantled our condos to stage our room as a spare bedroom. Mom made sure we had plenty of space and made us temporary pens out of the storage grids our condos were built from.

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We sold quickly with an early closing date – yikes! Time to get packing!

In the mean time Mom and Dad found their dream home, but unfortunately their move out and move in dates didn’t line up!

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So we spent a month in the country with some of Mom’s family. The drive up was squishy – we had to fit all of Mom and Dad’s stuff, our stuff, the dogs stuff, and most importantly, all of us in one trip! Dad is an awesome packer though and made it all work!

We had a great time out there! There were lots of people to give us cookies and snuggles and Mom made sure we had lots of space. We loved to do binkies and laps around the big pens Mom set up for us!

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When the month was done, Dad came and picked us all up and we went to another family member’s home for the final week. We weren’t bothered at all – we love a good adventure – and were happy to get out of our carriers and stretch our legs! We are seasoned travellers now!

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And finally on July 4th, Mom and Dad got the keys to our new home! They were so excited, Mom was jumping up and down! By the end of the night all of the fur family was reunited at the new home and we finally have a place to call our own again!

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