The history

Below is a recap of what Life’s a bunny started out as. You know, when it was all about the bunny.

If you look closely, you’ll spot a bunny at every corner and every turn you take. They are everywhere – in the clouds, coffee stains, the shadows of trees and every entry of this blog.  Just look and you’ll see that life really is a bunny!

Life’s a bunny is a rabbitry situated just outside of Cape Town, South Africa. We acquired two rabbits a few years ago and when they had their first litter, the bunniness in our house started! We do not breed professionally, but more for the fun of having cute kits in the house, although the pregnancies are always planned.

On this blog we share everything about our bunnies and also everything that we are learning about these adorable little animals. We hope you enjoy the photographs (they’re not professional) and the cuteness of bunnies!

Every now and then we have buns available to go to new homes, so please don’t hesitate to make contact with us. (This is still true, so pop us a mail and ask if you’re interested!)

Email : williambaldie@gmail.com

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Pin onto our board on Pinterest : http://pinterest.com/williambaldie/life-s-a-bunny/

Looking very forward to hearing from you!!!

 

HERE’S ALSO SOME FUN STUFF THAT’S ALL BUNNY RELATED

 


Entertainment for your bunny

Rabbits are by nature very curious, inquisitive animals and will appreciate a selection of fun toys, therefore it’s so important to have toys or other objects that your bunny friend can play with and be entertained by. Such toys or objects do not necessarily need to cost you anything as you can easily make some of these items at home!

Toys will also keep your rabbit active and prevent boredom. Boredom could lead to destructiveness, obesity and even depression. So experiment with various toys to establish your bun’s favourite entertainment.

It’s crucial to remember that the selection of toys provided, must be safe for your rabbit. Soft rubber items or items with plastic parts that can be chewed off should be avoided as it could cause gastrointestinal problems or blockages. Your rabbit might enjoy shredding paper and cardboard, but make sure he/she is not ingesting too much of it.

A few ideas :

  • towels (not your best guest towel though!) – tie knots in them, let them hang either from the cage or from a hook in the wall, or roll it up and leave it on the floor
  • large rubber ball – big enough so that bunny can’t actually sink its teeth into it
  • hard plastic baby toys such as rings, links, keys, rattles, etc.
  • cardboard boxes – cut two or three rabbit sized holes in various places and put some scrunched up pieces of newspaper inside to play with
  • untreated wicker baskets or other wicker items – turn baskets upside down to provoke interest
  • kitty condos, the shorter ones with tunnels and platforms
  • plastic cat balls with a bell inside – it must be the hard plastic type so that bunny can’t chew pieces off and swallow it
  • paper bags – use as is or put some rabbit pellets inside, fold the top closed and let bunny play his or her way to the treat
  • parrot toys and bells that can be hung from the cage roof
  • dried, untreated pine cones
  • PVC pipes, that are large enough so that bunny can’t get stuck, to use as tunnels
  • large box full of shredded paper combined with cardboard rolls so that it’s like an adventure box to dive into
  • fresh branches from apple trees – hang these from the cage roof so that they have to stretch up to get to it
  • cardboard tubes from toilet paper and paper (kitchen) towel rolls – these can be used as is, or filled with fresh hay

Whenever you are in a pet shop, look around, maybe you’ll spot something that could be a great toy for your rabbit, even though it may not have been intended for a rabbit to start off with! Be creative and make use of cardboard boxes, telephone directories etc. Even if it only lasts for a day or three, it’s fine, because then you can make something new which your bun will love – a new toy means less boredom, which means a happy bunny!

Here’s some fun and interesting facts about your bun :

  • Rabbits are not rodents, they belong to the lagomorphs group.
  • Male rabbits are bucks, females are does and babies are called kits.
  • A group of rabbits are referred to as a herd. In nature the herd lives in a warren and when the doe gives birth the group of kits are referred to as a litter.
  • Rabbits can start breeding as early as 3-4 months of age.
  • The gestation period (time they are pregnant)  for a rabbit averages 31 days and they can get pregnant on the same day they give birth (which is known as kindling).
  • Mommy rabbits typically only feed their kits about 5 minutes a day and the kits are weaned at about 8 weeks.
  • Sometimes rabbits can have false pregnancies.
  • Rabbits are born with their ears closed, blind and without fur. That is why the doe will pull her own fur out when she kindles, to keep the new born kits warm. Their fur grows very fast and their eyes and ears usually open at about 12 to 14 days.
  • Domestic rabbits cannot breed with wild rabbits.
  • Rabbits’ teeth never stop growing and can grow up to 10cm per year! That is why it is so important for your bun to have fresh hay which is excellent for wearing down their teeth and it assists the digestive system.
  • Rabbits have 28 teeth – can you believe, in that tiny mouth!
  • Rabbits can be litter trained – it does take some patience on your behalf, though.
  • Rabbits can see behind them, but have blind spot right in front of their face.
  • Your pet bunny can live as long as 10 years or more with the correct care.
  • If you rabbit is at ease and comfortable, it can purr similar to a cat. It may also lick your hand or your arm. Something else it will do when it’s very happy is binky – fast running, jumping and twisting. They almost look a little mad when they do this, but be happy, because your bun sure is!
  • A 2kg rabbit will drink as much water as a 10kg dog, so remember to always have plenty of fresh water available for the bun in your life.
  • Your bunny’s droppings make an excellent garden fertilizer, so don’t just throw it in the bin!
  • Bunnies love to chew and will go for anything they can sink their ever-growing little teeth in.
  • Rabbits do not hibernate, but they do like sleeping during most of the day. They are most active at dawn and at dusk.
  • Rabbits can jump up to 90cm and higher, depending on their size and their age.
  • Rabbits stress very easily, which can lead to illness.
  • Your bun can suffer heat stroke in very hot conditions and predators, like cats, can also scare your bun to death.
  • The only place a rabbit sweats is through the pads on its feet.
  • Rabbits eat their own night droppings called cecotropes which add nutrients to their systems and promotes healthy gut flora.

Now that you know your little friend better, it is easier to understand him/her and ensure that it has the best life a bun can possibly have!

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