Did you know?
- A healthy, happy bunny can live from 8 to sometimes 14+ years!
- Spaying or neutering your pet rabbit is highly encouraged for better litterbox habits, behaviors, and health.
- The biggest killer of unspayed female rabbits over age 4 is uterine/ovarian cancers.
- Rabbits teeth grow continuously throughout its life (need plenty of hay/proper diet)
- Rabbits ears help regulate their temperature.
- Rabbits are VERY fond of electrical cords, wires, and phone cords, and bun-proofing is necessary.
- Rabbits have very good memories.
- Rabbits are crepuscular. (active at dawn & twilight)
- Rabbits can make a variety of sounds.
- Rabbits have a scent gland under their chin (odorless to us) and “chin" everything to leave its scent, including people!
- When happy, rabbits will perform a series of jumps, twists, runs, or combinations of all! This has been coined a “binky".
- Softwood shavings (pine or cedar) should NOT be used for bedding!
- HAY, HAY, HAY!!! Quality timothy hay should be the primary diet for buns.
- Litterbox training is easy with a little guidance & praise!
- Because buns are prey animals, they will hide any illness or injury. It is very wise to really understand your rabbit's habits to catch any “warning" signs.
- Rabbit food pellets with seeds, nuts and treats in it is not recommended at all.
- Non-rabbit friendly treats can be life threatening, no corn chips, high sugar treats (yogurt chips, seed cakes, cookies, etc. Avoid pet store junk foods.)
- Frontline flea medication or oral amoxycillin should never be used on/with rabbits. (Injectable penicillins are OK.)
- Bunnies are pure love.
Our favorite links for food, treats, toys and more!
- http://rabbit.org (first stop for all bun caretakers)
- http://www.morfz.com/rabrefs.html (excellent informational site)
- http://www.bunnybytes.com/ (great toys and edible toys like willow tents!)
- http://www.binkybunny.com (Our fave place for bun toys, tents and willow fun!)
- http://www.leithpetwerks.com (great bun condos)
- http://www.medirabbit.com (detailed health site)
- http://www.furminator.com (best grooming tool for short hair rabbits!)
- www.FarmerDavePetSupply.com (quality hay)
- http://smallpetselect.com (great hay, use coupon code sweetbinks)
- http://www.wristbandbros.com (wristbands for nonprofits)
Other rescues and adoption information
Need a Rabbit Vet?
- Dr. Susanne Saslaw - Wickford Veterinary Clinic, 7260 Post Road N. Kingstown, RI 401-295-9739 (All facets of care, highly recommended) wickfordvetclinic.com
- Dr. David Lambert - Quinebaug Valley Vet Hospital, Danielson, CT. 860-774-7650 (spay/neuters & general care) qvvh.com
- Dr. Lucille Spellman- Ocean State Veterinary Specialist, 1480 South County Trail, E. Greenwich, RI 401-886-8767 (general care)
- Dr. Elizabeth Murdock - East Bay Animal Hospital, 643 Fall River Ave. Seekonk, MA 508-336-3434 (general care) eastbayvetclinic.com
- Dr. Deb Gherke - Pet Partners, Fall River, MA 508-672-4813 (lower cost spay/neuter clinic only) petpartnersne.org
- Dr. Hank Weitsma, Coventry Animal Hospital, 2091 Nooseneck Hill Road, Coventry, RI (401) 385-3882 (all facets of care, highly recommended) coventryanimal.com/
To find a rabbit savvy vet outside RI, click here.
Wild Cottontail baby rabbits might not need your help!
Unfortunately, most people think they are doing a good deed when they find baby wild bunnies by taking them in. Many people believe the young must be orphans because no adult is around to be seen. That is how it works with rabbits though. The mother only comes back to the nest twice a day (once in early morning and once late at night) to nurse her young. Then she stays away from the nest so not to draw any predators to them. So please leave young wild rabbits alone and try to keep other pets and children away from the area for about 2 weeks. A wild cottontail baby can and should survive in it's own and they leave the nest at about 3 weeks of age and they are still quite small. If the baby's eyes are open and they are furred, leave them alone! The chances of a wild cottontail baby surviving in captivity is about 1%. They do not adapt well to human environments (kids, TV, and other household sounds) and suffer stress which will likely be fatal. If you have already removed the babies, please put them back as close to the original location as possible. A little wild cottontail baby will survive on it's own, so do the right thing and do not interfere unless medically necessary.
If you have a seriously injured baby wild rabbit or another reason for a cottontail rehabber in Rhode Island, please contact RI wildlife rehab at 401-294-6363 or local veterinarian for assistance. If you need assistance outside RI, please do an internet search in your state for a small mammal wildlife rehabilitator. Please do not contact Sweet Binks as we only assist domestic rabbits. Keep bunny in quiet, dark place and handle it as little as possible. Do not carry it around & show it to people, and do NOT attempt to feed it unless you are confident in what you are doing. If the baby or babies are not injured and the eyes are open and they are furred, please release the rabbit as close to the area it was found in and do not intervene with nature.