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Feeding time video! What a massive bunnyscrum! :P
Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 May 2013 10:16 )
HOW TO GIVE YOUR RABBIT A ‘BUNNY MASSAGE’
All animals need physical and mental stimulation to thrive: your rabbit is no exception,
Especially if he is a lone bunny with no friends. On his own, he is physically deprived of attention and grooming from other rabbits. The following method will, hopefully ease any such stress or deprivation that he might be feeling.
(a) Stroke the full length of his front paws
(b) Then stroke him from the neck to the middle of his belly, also in a slightly grasping action work down to his middle section only.
(c) Next, work from the top of his hind legs down to his toes and massage his toe nails with your fingers. (This will be very positive experience, if or when you have to cut his nails – monthly, if in a hutch environment)
(d) The last part of the massage is from the middle of the stomach towards the genitals. This is a very sensitive area, so don’t attempt this stage until he completely comfortable with the previous massage steps. Use your full hand in a broad stroking action incorporating his hind legs at the same time.
When you are successful, your bunny will be so relaxed in your arms that he will virtually fall asleep. This will indicate that he has enjoyed the experience and will be looking forward to his next massage session.
PLEASE PRACTICE, PRACTICE this massage technique on a soft toy such as a teddy bear until you are confident. No rabbit likes to be a ‘guinea pig’ for a bad masseur as it will stress and agitate him and not relax him.
This gentle handling prepares your rabbit to be comfortable with you cleaning him with a damp micro-fibre cloth and soft towel when he gets himself in a dirty mess! (e.g. after a digging session or manure stuck to his fur)
A lone rabbit cannot clean himself as well as rabbits that live in a group as they all help each other with preening.
'Spaced out' Baby bunny massage video:
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 July 2013 06:33 )
Transporting your new Rabbit
TRANSPORTING YOUR NEW BUNNY WITH MINIMAL STRESS.
..or.. (“HAVE NEW BUNNY – WILL TRAVEL!!”)
The change in environment from pet shop to new owners can be a very traumatizing experience for a young bunny. He is losing his friends, handlers and familiar noises.
So, here are a few tips to reduce the stress for bunny.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 May 2013 05:40 )
Taming a young rabbit
TAMING A YOUNG BUNNY (wild or domestic)
Effectively: "Bunny whispering"
Warning: Rabbits have nasty sharp claws and teeth and they will use them them if they get agitated. Please be patient with bunny.
Some are smarter than others and run like us humans, it runs in family lines.
Have a soft cotton ‘bunny-rug’ or large towel ready (90x90cm is ideal)
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 May 2013 06:07 )