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We have had quite a few rabbits that lived long and well - no teeth operations or big vet bills fortunately. Many were mixed breeds as all were rescues but even with Polar (who does have a chronic eye issue we treat with drops) the life they lead seems to keep them in good condition. Firstly they are never short of grass. This is the abrasive which deals with the growing teeth and keeps them in check. We like to allow some free roaming time and we also move the runs as much as we can for fresh foraging. Grass...

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Heading to winter I guess many of us are considering the coming cold? It certainly isn't cold yet - especially not for rabbits. So long as they can move freely, cuddle up in a small space when sleeping and keep chomping hay and grass (and the odd autumn leaf) all day long! Our bunnies are not the same age, one being on the way to 12 years and the other half that but the older one moves the fastest. When we move the run (which encourages them to explore, exercise and therefore get warmer) we can let them roam. They have...

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Recently a dedicated rabbit rescuing customer of ours has had to buy floors to secure no escapees when he goes away and leaves someone in charge. This issue is new and applies to a couple of rabbits who are intent on digging which has led to an escapee on one occasion (no loss of bunny though). My experience has been luckier - they just don't dig and when they once did they helpfully filled it in again after a couple of weeks! I know another customer who had this very same thing happen recently and it is amazing. As logical creatures we...

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Just bathing Polar's sore eye this morning and I took my time until she was so relaxed that she simply would have sat on my knee for the rest of the morning or another hour maybe! Made me think human beings are always in a rush and animals often remind us to slow down and take stock. The philosophers of old often thought we should adapt ourselves to the rhythms of the natural world. As we approach September (post our holidays when we are glad to be out of routine and able to relax and think) it is good to make plans for the working months...

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rabbit, summer -

What are you doing for your holidays and are your rabbits coming with you? I have known customers buy our collapsable runs and top boxes for housing their bunnies at a UK holiday cottage before. It certainly saves worrying about them while you are away! Still more of us will have to leave them with a neighbour or friend and try to make the job as easy as possible for our helper. In warm weather the concerns are that shade will be required at all times, plus areas to freely move to when the sun changes position. Use shade wisely, check sun direction and pivot extra shade where needed...

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