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Date Posted: 20:58:36 10/16/05 Sun
Author: athens gray
Subject: Re: I need some facts about rabbits!

>>-what type of shots do they need and what are those
>Rabbits need few shots. The main vaccinations are
>(1)Vaccination against RHD (Rabbit Hemorrhagic
>Disease, also known as Viral Hemorrhagic Disease of
>Rabbits and Rabbit Calicivirus Disease)
>(2)Vaccination against Myxomatosis
>(3)Note:Both these vaccinations are NOT available in
>the USA
>and only the RHD vaccination is legal in Australia.
>To avoid RHD and Myxomatosis, keep your rabbit away
>biting and sucking insects including fleas, flies and
>mosquitoes. Also, keep your rabbit away from wild
>who may carry diseases.
>>-how much does their food and cage cost?
>A hutch or "condo" is advisable as a safe place to keep
>a rabbit when you are not around to monitor the rabbits
>safety (if your rabbit is a house rabbit). If you are
>to keep your rabbit inside the house you need to be
>that rabbits can bite through phone wires and
>electrical wires so you need to rabbit proof your home
>or the part of
>your home where you intend to keep your rabbit.
>Food is not expensive but the hutch may be the most
>costly item. You need a roomy wooden hutch which opens
>the front. Try your local pet shop or rabbit club for
>details of hutches available in your area. (avoid metal
>hutches as these become hot in summer and cold in
>Look at the rabbit websites below re food for rabbits.
>I usually recommend a good mix containing rabbit
>and also feed fresh veges (not iceberg lettuce that
>may cause diarrhea) and oaten hay and fresh long grass
>from the garden
>and thistle weeds. (not kikuyu grass though and only
>feed grass you know has not been sprayed - running the
>tap over the grass is also a good idea and perhaps
>drying in the salad spinner if you have many birds in
>the garden - birds may carry diseases etc).
>>-what type illness can they get and how can i prevent
>See above and also visit either Rabbit Information
>or the House Rabbit Society of the USA for facts.
>I have found the best way to avoid rabbits becoming
>sick is
>to feed them properly. Keep your rabbit away from
>high temperatures and cold temperatures (ie keep
>indoors when it is very hot as rabbits can die from
>heat stress
>and if you live where the weather is very cold so you
>snow and ice, also keep bunny inside during Winter).
>Find a good rabbit mix to feed your rabbit and
>supplement with fresh veges and hay (not iceberg
>lettuce though).
>>-do they bite? If so how are the bites treated?
>It is rare for rabbits to bite. De-sexing your rabbit
>may help stop a rabbit becoming a biter. Rabbits kept
>in hutches that open from the top may also bite since
>feel threatened. (Hutches should ideally open from the
>front). Wash bites and put some antiseptic and a
>on. If in doubt, see your doctor as you would for any
>other animal bite.
>>-how do you litter train them?
>This is usually quite easy. Again visit House Rabbit
>of the USA and read the information they have on line.
>I also highly recommend the HRS handbook which contains
>many facts about rabbits and how house rabbits behave.
>I believe the HRS of the USA websitre is
><a rel=nofollow target=_blank href="http://www.rabbit.org">http://www.rabbit.org</a>
>If you are in the UK, try the British House Rabbit
>Association for more information
><a rel=nofollow target=_blank href="http://www.houserabbit.co.uk">http://www.houserabbit.co.uk</a>
>For more information look at
><a rel=nofollow target=_blank href="http://www.iinet.net.au/~rabbit/qfsr.htm">http://www.iinet.net.au/~rabbit/qfsr.htm</a>
><a rel=nofollow target=_blank href="http://www.iinet.net.au/~rabbit/orab.htm">http://www.iinet.net.au/~rabbit/orab.htm</a>
>Kind regards,
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