Easy Care Guide for Holland Lops
- You'll need a cage that's MINIMUM of 24in X 24in. Wire OR Plastic. Bigger is always better.
- You'll need a corner cage litter pan with Cozy n' Fresh (found at tractor supply) or yesterdays news (found at petsmart or petco)
- I also recommend having an X pen for supervised play time outdoors or indoors. I buy from Amazon.com
- Feed your baby bunny generously, keeping the bowl full at all times (currently eating Rowe 16%.) I recommend Baby Rabbit Food by Sherwood. The 4lb bag will last you until s/he is 12 weeks and then will switch over to their adult formula.
- When bringing your bunny home I'll be sending him/her home with transition feed. If you decide to change his/her diet switching foods need to be done VERY gradually. Begin with 75% of the food I provided and 25% of the feed of your choice. Do this for 7 days. After 7 days start splitting it 50/50 for another 7 days. After those 7 days begin feeding 25% old feed and 75% new feed for another 7 days. Now you may feed 100% of the new feed. During this process make sure your bunny has timothy hay at all times!
- Keep hay available at all times and use only Timothy Hay. Hay is an important fiber supplement that aids in your rabbit’s digestion.
- Provide fresh water daily. Some rabbits can drain a water bottle in less than 24 hours! For the hollands I recommend a ceramic crock until they are over 6 months old as sometimes that have a hard time with water bottles being so little.
- When handling rabbits, it is important to always support their back end. They are extremely powerful kickers and if they kick out with their back legs without being supported, they can injure their spine and can possibly become paralyzed.
- Always have wood chews available. This important in preventing the rabbit’s teeth from overgrowing.
- Provide fresh, clean bedding and clean the rabbit’s bedding often. Use aspen or pine, never use cedar. The chemicals in cedar chips can cause internal problems for your rabbit.
- Provide a litter box for your rabbit to lessen the amount of urine in the rabbit’s bedding. (currently using “Cozy N’ Fresh” pellets purchased from Tractor Supply) Use a litter that is pelleted and dust free, if choosing a different litter.
- It is important to monitor your rabbit’s urination and bowel movement activity and to know what’s normal production. Your rabbit should produce a substantial amount of urine and their feces should be firm, small balls. A rabbit that is not producing a good volume of urine, having diarrhea or not producing feces at all should be seen by a veterinarian.
- Rabbit’s nails can grow very long and become extremely sharp. If you feel comfortable clipping your rabbit’s nails, they should be clipped periodically. If you don’t feel comfortable, a groomer or veterinarian office may be able to do the job for you.
- Rabbits should be brushed out periodically to prevent knots from occurring.
- I will take a bunny back any time during its life- NO questions asked! (No refunds will be given)
- For spaying and neutering information go to this website!