Rabbits

Bambi & Diego

Bambi & Diego are a cute couple who have only recently met! Bambi came to us as a stray that had been handed in to our local vets. She was initially very shy and flighty but has settled in well and is now proving to be very affectionate and loving. Bambi isn't keen on being picked up but will hop over to investigate and take a tasty treat! Bambi is around 3-4 years old and has been spayed. Diego is a stunning blue Lionhead. He came to us after…

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Rabbit Awareness Week – 10th – 18th May 2014

It's almost upon us again, Rabbit Awareness Week 2014!   This year's theme - 'Change one thing...' What will you change to improve your rabbits' lives? Here at Assisi we decided to provide our rabbits with grassy outdoor runs once again. Previously they had bark chippings, while this was great for digging, it just didn't provide that next level of enrichment that grass provides- grazing!!…

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Beans & Fiver

Beans and Fiver were born at Assisi on the 20th March 2013. Remember the snow?! Their mum, Cairenn arived here on the 17th March (St Patricks Day) and decided that once the snow hit that was a good time to have her babies! She had 7 and all of them survived. These two and another sister Pip are the last ones left from Cairenn's litter. Fiver, the boy, is the most outgoing and friendly, he is usually the first to come over and investigate and raid…

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Are you interested in learning about rabbits?

We are now offering 'Rabbit Care Workshops' on site here at Assisi. These are open to novice and experienced rabbit owners alike. We also welcome those who are still in the 'considering getting a pet rabbit' stage too! Taking part in these workshops is an ideal way to get an idea of what is actually involved in keeping pet rabbits. We will show you how to handle a rabbit correctly, groom, clip nails and teach you how to understand what your rabbit…

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Helping rabbit mothers and babies in a sanctuary situation…

So far this year we have had a large number of young rabbits through our doors, including two does and their litters of kits. These rabbits require extra special care as coming into a sanctuary is a very stressful time for a rabbit, let alone one who has a litter of tiny babies to worry about too. We like to keep things as quiet and settled as possible for our mothers, we don't handle them unless we have to and during the day they are allowed to…

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Feeding your rabbit…

Rabbits are herbivores and are designed to eat little and often. Rabbits have a very complex digestive system and any imbalance, no matter how minor, can cause illness. Rabbits under 16 weeks of age are especially susceptible to gut complaints as their digestive system is still getting used to solid food. Care needs to be taken when introducing any rabbit to a new food. When adopting or purchasing a rabbit be sure to feed the same type of food that…

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Housing your rabbit…

In the words of the Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund, 'A hutch is not enough...' Rabbits need a lot of space to move and run about in. They do not like to feel confined and squashed into a small space, as they are prey animals and need to feel like they have somewhere to run to. The minimum accommodation any rabbit should have is a 6ft x 5ft x 2ft double storey hutch, with at least a 4ft x6ft run. ¬†Anything smaller than this is inadequate, even…

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Casey, Lolly and Ozzy

Aren't they a lovely trio? Casey and Lolly are sisters and are now 8 months old. Ozzy is their dad and he is just over a year old now. These three arrived in January this year, Ozzy had been a busy boy and produced two litters with this lady friend! We had nine babies and Ozzy! All of the babies had either a chest infection or dental problems. Sadly both Ozzy and Lolly have been left with long term respiratory issues caused by Pasteurella. They occasionally…

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Jamie, Nyree and Belle

Don't they make a lovely trio? Jamie is a lucky boy and has two lovely wives, Nyree and Belle. Jamie is only a young lad at a year old. He is very friendly and loves to be stroked and will let you cuddle him when the notion takes him! Nyree is a beautiful big girl, who we think is around 3-4 years old. She has a few balance and mobility issues after having a severe E.Cuniculi infection when she arrived with us. She has recovered from the infection…

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Aeryn & Steve

Aeryn and Steve are a lovely couple of bunnies! Aeryn is 3 years old and came to us as her owners were no longer able to give her the attention she required. Aeryn is a bossy little madam and certainly knows her own mind! She can be a little territorial at times, but aside from that she is very sweet and loving. Prior to being spayed she became quite unhappy with being handled, the reason became apparent while she was on the operating table. Her…

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