The Bunny Castle

What do you build for the rabbits who have everything? Why, a castle of course! Mr. BudgetBunny put his DIY skills to the test again and this time built the rabbits a castle to run through, hide in, hop on and snooze! Watch our four rabbits check out their new toy for the first time!

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Meet Jello! – Toronto Humane Society

jellofeatureMeet 8 year old Jello!

Sweet Jello is an older gentleman looking for a quiet relaxing home for his retirement. Being an older bun, he is quite mellow in his temperament and loves the one-on-one attention with his human caregivers. He may benefit from having a bonding partner in his new home, but that partner should be close to his age.

For a list of the current small animals available click here.

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The Toronto Humane Society
11 River Street,
Toronto, Ontario, M5A 4C2
Phone: 416.392.2273
Fax: 416.392.9978

Shelter Hours:
Monday to Friday 11am – 6pm (animal viewing until 7pm)
Saturday and Sunday 10am – 5pm (animal viewing until 6pm)

You can contact the Special Species Staff for more info on lovely Jello at: specialspecies@torontohumanesociety.com

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The Bunny Castle

A few months ago, we told Mom and Dad that we were fed up with our play area! It was always the same boring stuff day after day – tunnels, toys, hidey houses….doesn’t that sound dull to you?! Dad told us we were spoiled but we disagreed! How can we be spoiled if we’re bored?

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So Mom came up with an idea. She’s always coming up with great ideas but she needs Dad to make them a reality. This means that sometimes we have to wait a while because Dad is a very very busy guy.

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Dad got to planning and a few days later he built us this sweet castle!

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Each end has an entrance and exit so we can hide if we’re feeling nervous.

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And the ‘roof’ is lots of fun to hop up on and have a nap.

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Both ends are connected by a bridge so we can run from one end to the other.

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Of course it’s also the perfect spot to stretch out on and have a snuggle!

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Mom hung some wooden garland off the front. It’s great to chew and chin! Mom also made us some cozy liners – like the ones she sells in her shop – for the top of it so it’s extra comfy to chill out on.

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But that’s not all! Dad also made us a floor time hay box and another little hidey house to run in and out of.

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I guess you could say Dad came through for us after all. He said he’s done building stuff for us for a while.

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Mom said ‘We’ll see.’

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Rabbits Are NOT Toys!

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With Easter just around the corner, I wanted to remind everyone about the time, care and dedication that pet rabbit’s require.

Every year thousands of rabbits, baby chicks, ducks and guinea pigs are purchased as adorable Easter pets only to be ditched weeks later at shelters or abandoned outdoors when the child they were purchased for tires of them. 

Rabbits are an 10+ year commitment.  They require at least 3-6 hours of free range exercise time daily.  Store bought cages are not large enough to house your rabbit and provide all of the necessities he/she needs to be happy and healthy.  Rabbits love to chew and dig so if you don’t properly rabbit proof your house cords, carpet, clothing, bedding and furniture can all become victims to what is a natural instinct.  When they reach their teenager years (usually starting around 4-6 months of age) they will develop some nasty habits like lunging, growling, humping and marking their territory if you don’t have them spayed or neutered.  Rabbits are social animals who require constant interaction with you or preferably another fixed rabbit.  Rabbits need a constant supply of hay as well as pellets and fresh veggies fed daily and should see a vet at least once a year for a check-up.

If you are seriously considering adding a rabbit to your family, please do your research and consider visiting your local rescue about a month after Easter has passed. This will be when those cute and cuddly Easter rabbits start showing up on their doorstep.

I would like to also remind everyone that rabbits are the third most abandoned animal at shelters after cats and dogs.

So this year, resist the temptation and opt for a chocolate or stuffed Easter bunny instead!

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Rabbits & Easter Don’t Mix!

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With Easter just around the corner, I wanted to remind everyone about the time, care and dedication that pet rabbit’s require.

Every year thousands of rabbits, baby chicks, ducks and guinea pigs are purchased as adorable Easter pets only to be ditched weeks later at shelters or abandoned outdoors when the child they were purchased for tires of them. 

Rabbits are an 10+ year commitment.  They require at least 3-6 hours of free range exercise time daily.  Store bought cages are not large enough to house your rabbit and provide all of the necessities he/she needs to be happy and healthy.  Rabbits love to chew and dig so if you don’t properly rabbit proof your house cords, carpet, clothing, bedding and furniture can all become victims to what is a natural instinct.  When they reach their teenager years (usually starting around 4-6 months of age) they will develop some nasty habits like lunging, growling, humping and marking their territory if you don’t have them spayed or neutered.  Rabbits are social animals who require constant interaction with you or preferably another fixed rabbit.  Rabbits need a constant supply of hay as well as pellets and fresh veggies fed daily and should see a vet at least once a year for a check-up.

If you are seriously considering adding a rabbit to your family, please do your research and consider visiting your local rescue about a month after Easter has passed. This will be when those cute and cuddly Easter rabbits start showing up on their doorstep.

I would like to also remind everyone that rabbits are the third most abandoned animal at shelters after cats and dogs.

So this year, resist the temptation and opt for a chocolate or stuffed Easter bunny instead!

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REVIEW: Happy Bunny Club Box

4 Happy Bunny Club is a monthly subscription box service that is delivered right to your door! They offer their customers multiple subscription options including the opportunity to purchase monthly, 3 month and 6 month plans with discounts for signing up for multiple months. HBC ships worldwide with the exception of Australia and Singapore. Shipping is automatically added at checkout.

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Happy Bunny Club guarantees there are at least 6 or 7 toys/treats in each box with a new selection every month. It is HBC’s mission to only provide their customers with products that have been well researched and are free of dairy, eggs, seeds and corn. They state that nearly half of the products sold in most pet shops are actually harmful to rabbits. They aim to provide great service, fantastic products and to improve the lives of domestic rabbits through education, communication and support as rabbits are intelligent animals requiring space, exercise, companionship and stimulation to lead a happy life. They hope to accomplish this through social media and a blog that is still in development. While Happy Bunny Club was designed with rabbits in mind, the products within are also suitable for guinea pigs!

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Each Happy Bunny Club box is safe to nibble and stuffed with fresh hay, with their company name and website printed on the front of each box. Inside each box is some tissue, the products themselves and an envelope affixed with a wax seal. It is obvious that each box has been packed with care. The tissue and sealed envelope are final touches demonstrating Happy Bunny Club’s pride in their product and dedication to their brand.

Within the sealed envelope is a letter detailing the latest HBC news, including which charity they are currently supporting, as well as a detailed ingredients list so you know exactly what your pet will be eating and playing with.

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In this particular box I received a Rosewood Naturals Seagrass Play Tunnel (M), Rosewood Naturals Hazelnut Bark Bites, Rosewood Naturals Ginkgo Plus, The Hay Experts Carrot, The Hay Experts Marigold and Rosewood Boredom Breaker Nibble Sticks. Upon opening, it was clearly evident that each of these items were natural, healthy and composed of high quality ingredients. Many of this particular month’s products were forage mixes, while the others were made of non-toxic, fully edible materials free from chemical dyes, glues, staples and synthetic fibres.

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Not only was I impressed with the products I received but so were the small furries!

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I gave multiple items to our four rabbits and two guinea pigs to test out. To my delight, they enjoyed everything! Our rabbit Sebastian was stealing items out of the box before I had the chance to open the packages. He then proceeded to hop in the box and nibble the hay inside!

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The rabbits also loved tossing the wooden toys and sampling the pet safe wood.

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Pros:

  • The Happy Bunny Club box can be ordered easily on their website and delivered right to your door.
  • Their packaging, packing and presentation shows the pride they have in their product.
  • They advocate proper rabbit welfare through their social media.
  • Every month’s box is guaranteed to have at least 6 or 7 toys/treats.
  • Each month they choose a different charity to support through raising awareness, donating products and financial support.
  • They assure their customers that the products they include are of the highest quality and that all toys/treats are free of dairy, eggs, seeds and corn. This can easily be verified by the ingredients list they include within the package.
  • HBC offers three different choices for ordering – monthly, 3 month and 6 month options.
  • HBC ships worldwide with flat rates listed by location.

Cons:

  • Unfortunately outside of the UK, ordering this product can be costly due to the shipping fees involved.
  • If you are not the type of person who likes surprises or have picky animals, this box may not be for you.

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Final Thoughts:

Overall I was thrilled with our Happy Bunny Club box! The items within were natural, healthy and safe for my rabbits and guinea pigs. This was a refreshing change from the limited products I find in stores packed full of sugars, additives, corn, seeds and dairy! I fully appreciated the packaging and branding HBC used and even though our box was shipped overseas, it was packed well and arrived without damage. I am happy to support a company who is clearly dedicated to providing our pets with such healthy alternatives and goes in depth to research every item they send to their customers. It is also lovely to come across a company so dedicated to proper rabbit education, health and welfare. This product is definitely something I would highly recommend and hope to order in the future.

Don’t forget to check out our Happy Bunny Club Unboxing & Review video on our YouTube channel BudgetBunny.

You can ‘Like’ Happy Bunny Club’s Facebook page here.

And visit the Happy Bunny Club website here

Thank you so much to Happy Bunny Club for sending us this product to review!

Rating 5/5

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Receive 40% Off Your First Order Of Small Pet Select Hay!

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Boy are we excited!

Small Pet Select was kind enough to send us a box of their delicious timothy hay and we can’t get enough!

They’ve also extended a very special offer to our followers. The first 50 people who place an order with Small Pet Select using the coupon code FRESHERHAY will receive 40% off their first order! We think that’s pretty awesome don’t you?!

To place an order visit Small Pet Select and don’t forget to input the coupon code FRESHERHAY

Have a great week!

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Weighing Your Rabbit – Catching Illnesses In Your Small Pet Early On!

Being prey animals, rabbits and other ‘small pets’ such as guinea pigs, rats, mice and hamsters are experts at hiding illness, often until it is too late. This is a natural instinct as in the wild showing weakness would attract the unwanted attention of predators. Although we have now domesticated these animals and they live spoiled and happy in the safety of our homes, they still maintain the trait of hiding their symptoms. For the uneducated or busy pet owner these can easily go unnoticed and for our very delicate rabbit illness can quickly turn fatal before we are even aware something is wrong.


IMG_9765 copyWhy Should I Weigh My Rabbit?

One of the first signs of illness in small animals is weight loss. This could indicate anything from a blockage, teeth issues, URI’s, UTI’s and arthritis as well as a number of other potentially serious ailments. When your pet isn’t feeling it’s best they will most likely experience a loss of appetite. If they aren’t eating as much they will undoubtedly begin to lose weight. As many of these animals are highly social and should live in pairs or groups, it can also be difficult to tell just how much your pet is eating by watching them – especially if you are still seeing them head over to the food dish at meal time. Weighing your pet regularly ensures they are feeling well enough to have a healthy appetite.

How Often Should I Weigh My Rabbit?

Weighing your rabbit or other small pet on a weekly basis will give you a good idea of their average weight and notify you quickly of any potential health concerns. Also keep in mind that different activities and meals throughout the day will cause a fluctuation in your pet’s weight. For this reason it is important to weigh your pet around the same time every week so that your reading is as accurate as possible.

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I use a digital shipping scale purchased from Staples to weigh my rabbits. With small animals every gram counts which is why a digital scale is recommended as it will provide you with the most accurate reading. Most digital scales made for humans are unable to accurately calculate the weight of anything under 2.27kgs (5lbs) so unless you have quite a large rabbit, a scale built to measure light weight items is more suitable. Large kitchen scales (as long as it’s digital) will also work.

You will also want a notebook or to create a chart on the computer to log the date and weight of your pet.


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You will have a difficult time getting your pet to hold still when placed on the scale so it is best to put them in something to keep them in place. I’ve found that a small box or basket works great! You will of course need to calculate the weight of the box first so that it isn’t factored in to your pet’s final weight.

Step 1: Put the empty box on the scale.

Step 2: Once it has calculated the weight of the box, hit ‘Tare’. ThisIMG_9803 copy will set the scale back at 0 so it is no longer factoring in the weight of the box when you weigh your pet.

Step 3: Place your pet in the box on top of the scale. Wait until your pet is still and the number on the scale stops fluctuating.

Step 4: Record the number, take your pet home and make sure to reward them for their good behaviour with a healthy treat!

How Do I Figure Out My Rabbit’s Average Weight?

Once you have weighed your pet for 5 weeks straight, add up these numbers and divide them by 5. This will give you the average weight for all 5 weeks. Now you have a weight to compare future weigh-ins to.

Example: 2320g + 2332g + 2325g + 2322g +2329g = 11628g \ 5 = 2325.6g

The average weight is 2325.6g

If you are keeping your daily routine and weigh-in time the same and your pet is healthy, then you should see very little fluctuation in your pet’s weight from week to week. Our one guinea pig has stayed the same weight down to the gram for the last two years.

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If your pet loses more than 10% of it’s average weight in a week then this is cause for concern.

Similarly a sudden or drastic gain in weight is also cause for concern. Infection can cause your pet to retain fluid and the presence of bladder stones or tumours could add weight in early stages.

Before you begin to panic, examine your pet’s environment and behaviour closely. Have you recently introduced a new member to your family that could be hoarding more food? Are you providing unlimited hay and lots of fresh water? Is your pet getting the exercise and attention that it normally does? Have you changed anything in their living area, weighed at a different time, changed diet around etc. that could provide a cause for the sudden weight loss or gain?

If you are noticing behavioural changes such as your pet hiding more, not coming out to see you, not interested in food, heavy breathing, discharge from the nose, urine dribbles around the cage etc. then it is time to book a vet appointment!

If however the weight loss wasn’t too substantial and you are seeing no other reason to be alarmed, then you can continue to monitor your pet closely and begin weighing daily. Just like with your weekly weigh-ins, be consistent with your routine and the time of day that you are weighing to get the most accurate results. If you continue to notice your pet losing weight consistently over the next couple of days or any other changes in their behaviour, then you need to get your pet to your exotic vet as soon as possible.

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Even if you haven’t noticed any other behavioural changes in your pet, it is always a good idea to book an exam with your rabbit savvy vet at the first sign of weight loss. Vets can book up quickly and you can always cancel the appointment if needed.

If your pet recovers the weight but you notice regular weight fluctuations, book a vet appointment. There could be something going on internally that is not visible to you. It is also a good idea to review previous weigh-ins when you record your pet’s weight as a slow and steady weight loss or gain is also a cause for concern.

If you are noticing any behavioural changes or your pet’s weight continues to drop, book a vet visit as soon as possible!

If you haven’t been to the vet in over a year, this is a good time to book a vet appointment. Your exotic vet is a trained professional who will be able to assess things that you’re not able to at home. This also keeps your rabbit’s chart updated, making it easier for them to diagnose any future health problems or concerns.

Remember, it is best to find an experienced exotic vet before an emergency situation arises. Knowing you have a qualified vet to turn to assures your rabbit will get the best care as quickly as possible. For more tips on finding a rabbit savvy vet click here.


Keeping a weekly log of your small pet’s weight is an essential tool to monitoring your pet’s overall health and well being. By doing so, you are more likely to catch illness in your pet early so that it can be treated effectively. Remember that not all illnesses, especially those that come on suddenly, will be accompanied by weight loss. Knowing your pet and being familiar with their normal behaviour and routine in conjunction with weekly weigh-ins are both important tools in monitoring their health.

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What Is This?

If you are a regular to BudgetBunny.ca you may have noticed something different on the right hand side of the blog:


I began BudgetBunny as a way to share my passion of rabbits with others. I myself underestimated how amazingly wonderful, personable and intuitive these creatures were and wanted to share my knowledge of them in hopes that I could educate and promote a better standard of living for these incredible animals.

BudgetBunny has grown from a small blog with budget friendly tips into an entire community of rabbit lovers spanning social networks such as Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter. It is incredible and exciting to see how BB has grown over the years and I couldn’t be more thrilled!

Throughout these social networks I regularly provide free educational videos, informative articles, give you a look in to the daily lives of our pets, as well as do my best to answer any general inquiries my followers may have regarding basic rabbit care.

If you enjoy everything that BudgetBunny has to offer, why not consider making a donation to show your support? All of our supporters will get a personalized e-card from the bunnies and have their name put on our Supporters wall. 10% of all funds received will also be donated so that other pets in need can find the forever, loving homes they deserve too.

Most importantly please know that whether you are able to make a donation or not, all of the content on this website or any of our other public networks will always be available to you for free! There is never any pressure to donate and as always, my main objective is to educate the public on rabbit health and care!

Thank you so much for following! Your support means the world to me!

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A Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Four months ago Honey, Mr. Bb and I travelled to the Toronto Humane Society for a bunny date! There were a few handsome males that peaked Honey’s interest while she browsed the online ads but none more-so than an adorable 3 year old Silver Marten Rex named Cupcake. Honey waited (im)patiently while we spoke with one of the Special Species staff about her potential suitors.

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When we heard little Cupcake’s story we were immediately in love! Adjacent pens were set up, Honey was placed in one and Cupcake in the other. The session went really well with neither displaying signs of aggression. Honey even flirted a little by flopping against the cage bars and having a bath! So we signed the paperwork and headed home with an extra little fuzzball in tow!

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From there we renamed Cupcake to Sebastian and Honey and Sebby began their courtship. For the first few weeks they got used to one another in adjacent pens. Honey was incredibly curious about her new friend and spent a lot of time at the cage bars. Sebastian was getting used to the sights and smells of his new surroundings and didn’t seem too interested in what Honey would do.

handsTheir first official date took place in the tub and it wasn’t long before they had moved on to snuggling and even some grooming! From there they advanced to a small area in the kitchen. It took them a few months to learn to trust one another, but that’s what dating is all about!

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Finally a few months after that first meet and greet, the fighting had stopped and the humping was settling down. Floor time no longer needed to be supervised and both seemed overly smitten with each other. It was time for their first sleepover!

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I set up a large pen within earshot of our bedroom with lots of space and places for them to hide so each had ample space to get away from the other if needed. Mr. Bb hooked up a security camera so I could check on them throughout the night through an app on my phone. That way I didn’t have to disturb them if it wasn’t needed and could still hear them if any scuffling or fighting happened. I woke the next morning and ran to their pen to catch them snuggling!

The sleepover was a success!

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And so a few weeks ago, it finally became official! Honey and Sebastian are now in marital bliss and living together in the Pet Room! We couldn’t be more ecstatic and it warms my heart to see two bunnies who deserve a life of love and happiness doing just that!

 

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