Join us for the 2012 RabbitFest!
April 23, 2012

By Sheri:

It's RabbitFest time, truly one of my favorite events at the MSPCA. Why you ask? Because its all about educating people on how to truly let their rabbits become amazing members of the household. Rabbits for a long time were consider outdoor animals and kept in hutches and barn like settings, however rabbits really thrive on human interaction and can be trained to respond to verbal commands or even hand signals.

If you have a rabbit  and want to find out more about them, or if you are possibly considering adding one to your household, Please join us at RabbitFest it's a free event taking place on Sunday April 29th in  our training room. 

Topics covered at Rabbit Fest:
Health and Nutrition
Socializing and Body Language
Clicker Training
Bonding Rabbits
And we will even have a vet on hand to offer free wellness checks on your bunny!

Not sure if a rabbit is the right pet for you? Read through some of the facts below, come to the Fest, see our presentations, and demos and learn about all things bunny!

-Rabbits are social and active companions that thrive in an indoor environment where they get lots of free time.
-Rabbits are easy to litter box train,  hay and wood pellets are used as the litter.
-Rabbits live on average 7-10 years sometimes longer in the dwarf breeds
-Rabbits can be trained to learn verbal commands and hand signals. They respond very well to positive reinforcement training.
-Many times rabbits will easily bond with other species in the home including dog, cats, guinea pigs. However careful intros are necessary.
-Rabbits require no vaccinations but should have yearly wellness exams with an experienced exotic vet.
-Rabbits are strict herbivores so their diet consists mainly of hay and veggies. It is important to offer them a variety everyday.
-Rabbits can be trained to walk on a leash and harness but careful consideration must be used as to when it is safe for your rabbit.
-Rabbits have very powerful back legs and will kick out with them if uncomfortable, so they are not easy for little kids to handle.
-Rabbits do need regular grooming to keep their coats healthy and to avoid them getting hair built up in their digestive tracks.  For short haired rabbits this can be weekly brushing, longer haired breeds may require regular trips to the groomers. Nail trims should also be given monthly
-Rabbits do require lots of time out of the cage for their physical and mental wellbeing. They should be out of the cage for at least 3-4 hours a day.
-Rabbits are prey animals so they can be shy initially in new environments, patience is necessary when introducing them to the home.
-Most rabbits don't love to be held but will learn to tolerate it over time. They are much happier with their feet on the ground,  they typically are not lap pets.
-Rabbits hide illness so it is very important to act quickly if your rabbit isn't acting normal.  By the time a rabbit is showing signs of illness or distress it should be treated as an emergency in most cases.
-75% of a rabbits diet is hay, so if you have any grass allergies in the home rabbits may not be the best fit.
-In the wild rabbits do need to “protect the den”.  Domestic rabbits sometimes tend to still show this instinct and can be territorial at times.  Training in those cases is essential.

Hope to see you at the Fest!! For more info check out this link

RabbitFest

Or email me at sgustafson@mspca.org