Another two myths to bust today for Rabbit Awareness Week. I hope we are helping you all learn a bit about bunnies!
Myth #10 Rabbits are dirty and smelly animals
An adult bunny will spend a large amount of time grooming. If you have a pair of rabbits you will often see them groom each other – so cute! They can be litter trained so that they always poop in a tray which not only makes it easier for cleaning daily, but also keeps their homes nice and clean.
Sometimes a lack of care can lead to a dirty, smelly rabbit. If you do not clean the living space daily there is a risk that your rabbit will build up excess faeces on their hindquarters. This can clog onto the fur and if left untreated it can cause a condition called Flystrike which can be fatal.
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Myth #11 A rabbit can be picked up by its ears.
Outdated Images of Magicians pulling rabbits out of a hat by its ears have encouraged people to believe that this is the best way to handle them. Never pick rabbits up by their ears. It would be extremely stressful and is highly likely to injure them.
Scoop up the front of the bunny and then support the rear with the other hand and bring him to your chest.
Hold rabbits gently but firmly, ensure one hand supports their back and hindquarters at all time. Help them feel secure by holding all four feet against your body.
Always supervise children when they are handling Rabbits.