Category Archives: General Care
Back in the days when there was little to no awareness of proper rabbit dietary needs and limited availability of products available in the local market, rabbit owners depended a lot on information shared online especially in the online forums. The most common problem that I faced in the rabbitry back then was rabbits going off feed due to contaminated or stale rabbit feed. Going off feed caused their stomachs to bloat due to the build up of bad bacteria in the gut. During such incidents, I have administered a human medication called Zellox II. Zellox II contains an active ingredient called Simethicone which helps as an anti-foaming agent. Although rabbits are not known to burp (not sure if they can fart), it helps relieving the pain caused by gas. In order for them to recover, we need to help them get their gut flora back into a good balance and help them increase the good bacteria as well.
Humans too suffer from gastrointestinal issues such as reflux and bloat due to various reasons. With the experience obtained raising rabbits through such issues usually helps in understanding the reason behind the medication prescribed by the doctors.
Whenever one experiences gastrointestinal problem, the doctor will usually avoid prescribing antibiotics and we all know why…
Do you know why?
Whatever the answer, I am glad that I have not encounter such problems anymore in my rabbits.
Genesis Ultra Premium Rabbit Feed keeps my rabbits healthy and happy. And for me, it is so convenient and hassle free.
DISCLAIMER: This post is intended for good laughs.
Much has been written about show rabbits stricken by the split penis phenomenon. At this point, nothing that happens around “selective” bred animals will ever surprise me any more. It is not surprising to me that pet animals that are “made” suffer from a wide range of diseases, conditions and probably possess supernatural powers.
Whenever someone tells me about split penis, the image of a fork appears on my mind. Just imagine it right now a dick that splits two ways. How interesting, right? Still cannot get a clear image? What about thinking of a snake sticking out its tongue like this one….
And then there is the receiving end of the penis – the vagina followed by the uterus. For the benefit of those who do not know, does (female rabbits) have a fork uterus like this one…
So imagine the snake’s head fitting perfectly at the “Vaginal end” and then it starts to stick out its fork tongue before unloading all the “swimmers” into both branches of the forked uterus. That way, you will definitely get a doe fully filled up and in no time, your rabbit venture’s profit will shoot up the roof!
Don’t you feel stupid “culling” all the bucks with split penis?
Did you just get the revelation as to why your Hollands are not producing at all?
Perhaps you are culling the wrong bucks and with just one strong intact penis, it can only inseminate one part of the uterus or none at all.
What if split penis is the actual desired trait in rabbits?
The correct answers my friend, lies only within the boundaries of your imagination….
If you ask me, I think I might have written an entire load of rubbish to entertain myself and patronizing the wandering mind. I am on the hunt for a buck with a penis that splits (like a fork) just like the snake’s tongue above to help me increase the number of kits.
And my advice for you, is to find out how an actual split penis looks like and I do not mean in your pants….
Major spring cleaning is a yearly affair at Tru-Luv Rabbitry. Today was such a productive day as I spent a few hours not only cleaning the rabbitry but also perform minor maintenance work on the cages. Then the thought of cost came into mind. Not that I am particular in spending on my beloved rabbits but I was thinking how I can help fellow rabbit owners out there to save some monies while enjoying this wonderful hobby.
Recently, PetFinder.com published a very good article entitled 10 Reasons Rescued Rabbits Rules. I have to concur that rabbits are one of the easiest animals anyone can have as pets.
However, with the rising cost of living, a rabbit can be wise choice for those seeking to own a pet without missing out on most of the benefits other common pets like cats or dogs have to offer. Throughout the years, my observation is that there is a direct correlation between rising cost and number of abandoned pet animals. I feel that if we are prudent in our spendings and with good financial planning and prioritizing, we do not have to make the awful choice of giving up our pets.
In hope that we do not see a rise in abandoned rabbits here in Malaysia, I am going to share some tips how to keep expenses low for fellow rabbit owners.
I believe most rabbit owners use the 6304 Cage that measures 24 in. x 18in. x 20 in. This cage is by far the best rabbit cage in terms of cost and effectiveness. It truly serve its purpose way better than any other fancy rabbit cages. It is easy to clean, a good size for a dwarf breed rabbit and with minimum modification, provide a very comfortable home for its inhabitant. The only drawback one will find in this cage is that the gaps between the wire at the bottom of the cage seemed to be a little too far apart. There is a very good solution that I use to solve this issue – by enforcing the bottom of the tray with “coated” wire mesh purchased from the hardware shop.
Every year during spring cleaning, I sanitize the cages especially the bottom and clear it from all calcium build up and residue and at the same time, change the wire mesh. To change the wire mesh for 4 cages today, I only needed to purchase 4 feet of wire mesh from the hardware store that cost RM14 (RM3.50 per feet). I also bought a bag of cable tie at RM5. It could be cheaper but RM19 a year for 4 cages is very reasonable in my opinion.
Yearly Cage Maintenance
I first cut out a wire mesh measuring 22 in x 16 in. Removed the old wire mesh and clean out the cage. Then I place the new wire mesh into the cage and secure it with cable ties.
The Most Cost Effective Pee Guard
In the past I have used pee guards made of metal plates which can be a hazard to bunnies that like to chew – there has been incidents of bunnies injuring their lips. The metal plate pee guards that are placed inside the cage (instead of outside) reduces the size of the cages making the cages too small for the rabbits.
On the other hand, this DIY Pee Guard is less invasive as well as cost effective. For the past three (3) years, I have been using this wonderful idea made possible by just chloroplast board and cable ties. All you have to do is buy a piece of chloroplast board that is larger than the bottom of cage (24 in. x 18 in.). Fold the sides and secure them using cable ties.
This particular DIY Pee Guard was made 3 years ago and it is still in good condition. It is very easy to clean and highly reusable. If you are wondering where to get chloroplast boards, one of the places you can find them is Popular Bookstore. And the good thing about chloroplast boards is that they come in different colours and you will most probably find a colour that you like. 🙂
I hope this post has been informative and useful for you.
Time for me to take a nap….
Rabbit Nutri-Drops is one the best supplements available and have known to save lives! While it can be used as a remedy for rabbits going off feed, it is as effective when used as a daily supplement.
I personally wish I had this wonderful supplement when I first started raising Holland Lops so that I could have a chance to save my favorite bunny from succumbing to G.I. Stasis. Since I have found Rabbit Nutri-Drops, I have saved numerous rabbits in my rabbitry and by making it available to fellow rabbit lovers, it has helped numerous pet rabbits recover and stay alive.
One good example is the story of Pixie Blue.
Those who have used and seen the results swear by Rabbit Nutri-Drops and I highly recommend it to all rabbit owners. Please read testimonials here.
In a few more days, our friends will have a celebration and most of us will have a few days off from work. I hope those going back to their hometown during this festives season have made boarding arrangements for their pets.
Due to his condition and the need of extra attention, Truffles will be here with me for a couple of days. He has come a long way and I can see how much he aged.
He is a testament of what love can do for a special needs bunny. From the last time I saw him, Truffles no longer lie on his side but can balance himself well.
Here wishing everyone a safe journey back home and a good celebration.
Sorry for falling short on my wishes during this festives season because I prefer to avoid “insulting” my fellow countrymen since there has been an ongoing controversy surrounding pets and festive wishes…
The amount of bullshit that is going around these days are totally appalling and I cannot help but to sympathize all new comers in the rabbit raising hobby. Day in and day out, new comers are flooded with information and misinformation by “seasoned” breeders and “self proclaimed” gurus of the “industry”. Like the usual, I would love to take on the role of the “bad guy” to clear the air and help confused new comers understand. And as usual, a picture speaks a thousand words and therefore, here are some photos to pick your brain. I did not say that knowing the truth is going to be easy and you still need a little brain power to reason before getting the answer.
I have made this a little more interesting whereby you are asked to judge based on whether it is the TRUTH, COCK (maybe, possible, iffy) and BULL (total Bullshit that is).
Are you ready?
Are you really ready?
Are you absolutely ready?
Are you absolutely really ready?
Have you got all the answers?
Are you sure you have all the answers?
Are you absolutely sure your answers are correct?
Are you absolutely really sure your answers are correct?
Do you want the answers?
Do you really want the answers?
Are you absolutely sure you are ready for the answers?
Are you absolutely very sure you are really ready for the answers?
Let’s do one more….
Are you ready for the answers?
Are you absolutely ready for the answers?
Are you really absolutely really ready for the answers?
Are you sure?
Are you sure you want to know more?
Are you absolutely sure you want more answers?
Just one more…….
Nothing More….Nothing Less…..
AND ALL TRU-LUV RABBITS EAT HAY SINCE WHEN HAY IS AVAILABLE IN MALAYSIA…..
HelloooOOooooo…… like since 2007?
When are you born again? Yesterday?
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During my younger days, I read a lot about dogs and I am a sucker for short snout/muzzle (or in short, Brachycephalic) dogs because they are cute and captivating. Recently I have read about airlines banning certain dogs from being allowed on board airplanes due to the many problems attributed to their short snout/muzzle.
One attribute that captured my attention recently is the heat tolerance in Brachycephalic dogs (reference article). Apparently, they are prone to overheating (heatstroke, collapse & death) . Dogs as we know, regulate body temperature through footpads but mostly through panting.
How does all these translates to rabbits?
Rabbits regulate body temperature through their ears where the major blood vessels are located. In extreme heat, rabbits can be seen panting (head banging) with moisture around their mouth, nose and when it gets bad, they lick their front feet at the region around the ankles in attempt to cool themselves down through moisture on the major blood vessels in that area. How many of you noticed matted fur with saliva stains on your rabbit’s front paws?
As you can see, both dogs and rabbits do not sweat like how we humans do.
So is Holland Lop less heat tolerable compared to breeds like the Mini Rex?
I personally believe so because through my observation and experience, lop ear rabbits with regular snout/muzzle tend to thrive better than the Holland Lop in Malaysia. Being prey animal at the lower realm of the food chain, rabbits are highly adaptable and the most obvious physical change from one generation to the next in Holland Lop under the Malaysia weather is their ear length and overall flesh condition. The rule of thumb is, larger surface area to volume ratio in smaller animal means higher efficiency in losing and gaining heat.
I have written about “selective” breeding before and not to repeat myself, it means that we breed to retain the physical characteristics that is desirable which are clearly specified in a “standard” of some sort. I have not done extensive study or research on this but if I would to apply what happens to Brachycephalic dogs the same way I would apply on Holland Lop rabbits, there is indeed one very obvious similarity between the two – change in skull structure/shape.
I recently came across a sketch picture of a rabbit skull done by Isa Cunanan. At press time, I have yet to receive any confirmation if I could use her sketch for a graphical morph to illustrate the point I would like to put forth. The morphing process helps in my opinion in explaining how the rabbit skull changes and also explain probably how the malocclusion phenomenon happens. I have decided to share the morphing process until I receive a notice that I am not allowed to use the sketch.
Here are the morphs (Please click on image to see animation):-
Skull structure change through selective breeding to adhere to standard:
Skull development towards Malocclusion:
I am not making any statement whether selective breeding is good or bad. The Holland Lop breed thrives in many locations with “good” temperature/climate. Malaysia at press time is 81 degrees Fahrenheit or 27 degrees Celsius with the 89% humidity.
Is the Malaysia tropical climate suitable for the Holland Lop to be raised as is without any temperature control?
I believe that there are many approaches that can be taken.
1. Bring anything but Summer into your home. That means, you will need to simulate Autumn, Winter or Spring within your rabbits’ living quarters. Preferable Spring because that when most rabbits in the wild tend to be prolific.
2. Leave these rabbits where they truly belong. Anywhere but tropical climate.
3. Accept the fact that locally bred will eventually evolve into a different looking animal compared to its imported counterpart.