Which is Better – A Wooden Rabbit Hutch Or Rabbit Cage?

One of the more important decisions to make when acquiring a rabbit as a pet is the choice of an enclosure. You will be asking which one is better: a wooden rabbit hutch or a metal rabbit cage. Your answer to such a question will, of course, depend on the pros and cons of each product.

Let’s talk about styles first. Both the wooden hutch and the metal cage come in a wide variety of styles and sizes. You can choose from simple one-story to grand two-story hutches and cages, both of which offer plenty of space depending on the size of the rabbit occupying the enclosure itself. Contrary to popular notion, a rabbit cage is not the stereotypical cramped wire jail since the modern cages boast of plenty of space along with a detachable accessory like a run.

Metal cages are usually made from small wires. As such, these are easy to clean especially with the removable bottom floor. For two-story cages, the solid floor can be found on the upper half.

You will also find simple cages with hard floorings made from metal. But no matter which of the two types you choose – wire or solid flooring – you still need to provide cover and beddings for the protection of the rabbit’s soft paws.

On the positive side, aside from the ease of cleaning of metal cages, you can also easily transport them to wherever it is that you may be going. Just fold the cage and you are all set to go.

On the other hand, a wooden rabbit hutch also offers good shelter for your pet. You also have the choice of a two-story model that offers plenty of space for the bunny while allowing for ease of cleaning the hutch and easy access to the rabbit.

However, a wooden hutch is not as portable as a metal cage. In fact, it is advisable to position them in a relatively stable place. With wooden luxury models, you can provide for excellent care for your bunny, thanks to the bunny walkways, spacious runs and raised sleeping quarters.

Both the wooden hutch and the metal cage can be located in an outdoor area. Of course, even in an outdoor area with plenty of space, your pet’s enclosure will be crowded when multiple rabbits are placed inside. So, do keep to the maximum number of rabbits for each enclosure, as recommended by the manufacturer.

When followed, the enclosure can provide for adequate room in which to sleep, eat and move around in for your rabbit. Nowadays, cages are increasingly becoming preferred methods of housing rabbits, which is a far cry from past years when cages were seen as ugly ways to do so.

So, when you are deciding which one is a better buy, remember that it depends on your purpose. Generally speaking, a wooden hutch is good for outdoor areas while a metal cage is sufficient inside the house.

Source by David Simonson

Can Rabbits Change Gender / Sex?

I have seen this question on many forums and over heard breeders discussing the fact that their rabbit changed gender. In fact rabbits that have won awards at ARBA conventions as a doe, have been shown later only to find out it was actually a buck. Does this mean that a rabbit has changed sex?

Amazingly in nature there are some instances where an animal can change its gender. Take for example a clown fish. Clown fish live in schools. Within that school is a leadership structure led be a female clown fish. When that clown fish dies, the highest male in leadership takes over for the female and changes gender including reproductive functions. This is however a rarity for this type of biological change to take place. In fact there are even more rare cases of humans that have changed gender as a result of either 5-alpha-reductase deficiency (5alpha-RD-2) or 17-beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase deficiency (17beta-HSD-3).

Rabbits do not fall into that strange and rare category of animals that change gender. A rabbit born a buck, will be a buck at 6 months, will be a buck at a year. A rabbit born as a doe will be a doe and 6 months, will be a doe at a year.

At young ages it can occasionally be difficult for experienced breeders, and even more difficult for inexperienced breeders to sex a rabbit. The majority of “sex changed” rabbits are actually the result of rabbits mis-sexed by the breeder. We have rarely made this mistake. You can usually trust a breeder who has been breeding for several years.

There are other factors that can contribute to a mis-sexed rabbit. A buck with a split penis will often be sexed as a doe. Using unreliable techniques to determine the gender of a rabbit will often result in mistakes. We will soon have an article on how to properly sex a rabbit.

The bottom line is that it is genetically impossible for a rabbit to change gender. Next time you hear that, remember, its a rabbit that was not properly sexed.

Rob Usakowski

Source by Rob Usakowski

Rabbit Illness – What Are The Signs You Should Look Out For When Raising Rabbits

Don’t think that your pet can’t get sick. Animals get sick too sometimes even more often than people do. And since they can’t tell you what exactly they feel you must be sensitive to the signs and symptoms observable to you. Rabbit illness like other animal sickness is not obvious, so it is often ignored.

The main reason why you need to widen your gaze regarding rabbit illness is because they can lead to complications and even death. Pay close attention to your pet if you must!

Common Signs of Rabbit Illness

– Loss of Appetite – This is the most common sign that there is something wrong with your pet. No matter how enticing and attractive you make its food look like it just won’t eat. In some cases if the rabbit is really sick it won’t even take a small sip of water.

– Irritability – Irritability among animals is exhibited through running away when you want to pet or cuddle them. Sometimes this includes biting and screaming.

– Always Sleeping – A sick animal is always resting. You’ll notice that it would rather sleep than eat or run around.

– Lack of Energy – you’ll also notice that the rabbit does not hop around too much. It’s either asleep or resting in one corner. It looks tired even though it’s always sleeping.

– Fever – Animals with fever exhibit high temperature. You don’t need to take a thermometer to check this. You will notice a rise in temperature when you pick the animal up. Its body is warmer or hotter than usual.

Dangerous Signs of Rabbit Illness

– Vomiting – aside from loss of appetite. Look for signs that your rabbit vomited. Check out its hutch for anything.
– No litter droppings and or Diarrhea
– Seems in pain when hopping or refuses to hop around.
– Swollen hind leg – This can be a serious sign of injury, which is indicative of fracture.

What you can do about it

First thing to do is give your rabbit some fluids. Rabbits are generally gentle creatures so you don’t have to worry about biting and scratching. Use a dropper to so the rabbit won’t be overwhelmed. Don’t force your rabbit you might cause more harm to him than help. Let it rest while you observe for more signs of Rabbit Illness. Give it fluid from time to time. If this doesn’t work don’t wait for a few days before you take it to the vet. Take the rabbit to a pet clinic immediately especially if you noticed signs of injury. The vet will prescribe medications for your rabbit which you need to religiously give your bunny. Rabbit illness doesn’t usually last long; it often takes about half a day or the whole day at most before it starts to eat again.

Source by Gail Paterson