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Does anyone have rabbits? Where do you keep them? How cold can they take it outside? If you have dogs also, do they bother them? Do you take them out and play with them? How much care is involved? What do you use for bedding? Have you heard of Lionhead Rabbits? Just considering it at this time. It probably won't happen (dh will probably veto! lol).
We had rabbits when I was little. Not sure why, lol. We had about 4 cages lined up in the back yard, and each had a rabbit in it, sometimes 2. I only remember petting them a few times. I remember one biting the neighbor girl that stuck her finger through the cage.
Not much help here, sorry
Lionhead Rabbits sound pretty neat. I'm thinking they must have long pretty hair on their heads?
my aunt had one. she kept it in the house. she somehow trained it to use the litterbox.
My kids have lionhead rabbits that they show at 4-H. They are great!! We live in town, however, it is a rural town in Minnesota. So in the winter they live in the garage(not heated). My kids take care of them. Food Water once a day. In the spring and summer we take them out to "play" all the time. The kids more or less man handle them. We just put up chicken wire in a circle and let them hop around and eat grass. They live in a hutch outside. They are great. We do have dogs--3 Yorkies for a total of 15lbs. Does that count?
Thanx for the info. Just as I thought, though--dh vetoed. Someone locally is giving away two lionhead rabbits, one with papers. Not that I care about that. I was just looking for a fun pet that could be the "daycare pet". I've been thinking about a guinea pig, but these are about the same size (3 1/2lbs). Oh well. Maybe someday. See, this is one area dh and I differ on. I grew up in the country on over an acre and we had all kinds of animals growing up (chickens, rabbits, pigs, goats and of course cats, dogs, hampsters, fish, etc). Dh grew up in Raleigh, NC smack dab in the middle of the city. They had dogs, an occasional cat and a crazy rabbit at one point that freaked out one day and they had to put it down. Strays and free animals were always showing up at our house and my parents just said, "We're not taking care of them." I hid a kitten for a week in my room before they found out! lol *sigh* Oh well. I need to live on a farm.
A guinea pig would be perfect for you!
I had a bunny for nine years. He lived outside in a hutch, but we brought him into the basement if it was real cold or real hot, and kept him in a dog crate. He was very tame and we played with him a lot. He died of old age last summer.
We have a guinea pig now and he is pretty cool, too. I'm with you. I live in the country because I HAVE to have lots of animals around me. LOL!
Cat, that is so cute about your keeping a kitten in your room for a week! That must have been tricky. I was, and am like you! I was constantly feeding any stray animal that would show up at our house. My dad would get so upset with me!
Sorry it didn't work out with the bunny. A guinea pig sounds good. All this talk about rabbits reminded me of one day years ago (before Lara) we had our back slider open for the cats to come in and out. I was working in the yard when I stopped to get a drink of water. I went in the house and saw this huge white rabbit hopping about the living room. He was huge! The big guy came right up to one of our cats and sniffed noses, then proceeded his journey through our house. LOL, I found his home, six doors down. The lady who owned him said he roamed the house and yard freely and was house trained. She took care of a couple of elderly people, and this rabbit was a real favorite. He just got out once in awhile to visit the neighbors!:-)
I know this is late on posting but we currently have 3 rabbits, all which are healthy.
It seems like we could never keep a bunny and that they would always pass away.
The last bunny we bought (we have a large lop, lion's head and a dwarf mixed) the woman told us to keep bunnies on a diet of pellets, timothy hay and oats (like the kind you eat in the morning). This has worked wonderfully. Since these are domesticated rabbits they often have a hard time digesting grass, lettuce, carrots, etc (especially if they are under 1 year old). This can lead to diarhea, which can lead to digestive problems and eventually death (sorry we used to leave ours outside to eat grass also) if an inconsistent diet.
I should take pics sometime.
Their names - snowflake, coffee and hoppy.
We have kept them in a huge pen in the garage this winter due to the cold.
Our cat loves them (the girls do bring them into the house often). Our pom hates that he has competition and our sheltie would probably have a game day with them but we do not let him anywhere near them.
I am a bunny lover and these guys will be going on 2 this spring.
I love bunnies, too. They make great pets.