Content tagged "rabbit behavior"

Rabbit Breeding

Companion Animals Updated: January 13, 2014

Rabbit breeding is a serious activity that must be carefully considered before beginning. Breeding rabbits takes a lot of time, money, and responsibility....

Exercising Your Rabbit

Companion Animals Updated: September 09, 2013

Exercise is important for your rabbit.  It promotes good overall health and prevents obesity.  Providing your rabbit with exercise will ensure proper...

Hairballs in Rabbits

Companion Animals Updated: June 26, 2012

Read the following article to understand more about how hairball prevention and treatment can impact your rabbit's health.IntroductionPart of a rabbit’s...

Why do rabbits eat their feces?

Companion Animals Updated: June 15, 2011

Rabbit Behavioral Problems: Biting

Companion Animals Updated: June 14, 2011

Introduction Biting is an unwanted behavior that some rabbits display. Because rabbits naturally live in social groups, they have a need to establish a ...

Rabbit Behavioral Problems: Barbering

Companion Animals Updated: June 14, 2011

Introduction Grooming is a normal aspect of rabbit behavior, but occasionally rabbits may develop unwanted grooming habits. Barbering is a form of grooming...

Rabbit Behavioral Problems: Inappropriate Urination

Companion Animals Updated: June 09, 2011

Introduction Marking objects or urine spraying is a normal territorial instinct that many domestic and wild rabbits display. Unfortunately, pet rabbits that...

Rabbit Behavioral Problems: Digging

Companion Animals Updated: June 09, 2011

Introduction A rabbit habit that can quickly become a problem is digging. Rabbits that are kept indoors still have the instinct to dig, even if that means...

Appropriate Toys for Rabbits

Companion Animals Updated: June 09, 2011

Introduction Playfulness is a normal rabbit behavior that is observed in the wild. Rabbits play by running, leaping, and chasing each other or inanimate...

Rabbit Behavioral Problems: Chewing

Companion Animals Updated: June 09, 2011

Introduction Like wild rabbits, domestic rabbits have the tendency to chew on objects. Rabbits that are kept indoors will chew on anything from carpet to...

Rabbit Behavioral Problems: Introduction

Companion Animals Updated: June 09, 2011

A rabbit needs to express normal species-specific behaviors regardless of the environment it is kept in. Rabbits are prey animals and naturally live in...

Urinary Tract Diseases in Rabbits: Urinary Tract Infections

Companion Animals Updated: June 09, 2011

Introduction One of the most common urinary tract ailments is a urinary tract infection, also called cystitis. Cystitis is characterized by the...

Urinary Tract Diseases in Rabbits: Kidney Disease

Companion Animals Updated: June 09, 2011

Introduction Kidney disease is a condition also referred to as renal disease that occurs in rabbits. Renal disease is characterized by the inability of the...

Urinary Tract Diseases in Rabbits: Bladder or Kidney Stones

Companion Animals Updated: June 09, 2011

Introduction Under the right conditions, rabbits can develop stones within the urinary tract. The stones are caused by the accumulation of mineral deposits....

Urinary Tract Diseases in Rabbits: Introduction

Companion Animals Updated: June 09, 2011

The urinary system of a rabbit includes the kidneys and bladder and is responsible for removing waste from the body. Because of this function, it can also...

Spaying and Neutering Your Rabbit

Companion Animals Updated: June 09, 2011

Introduction Spaying or neutering your companion rabbit can have benefits for both the owner and the rabbit. Unwanted behaviors often develop in animals...

Housing Rabbits Together

Companion Animals Updated: June 06, 2011

Introduction Rabbits are social animals and can be comforted by the presence of a companion. Owners who have a limited amount of time to interact with their...

Head Tilt (Wry Neck) in Rabbits

Companion Animals Updated: June 03, 2011

Introduction Some rabbits develop a condition that causes their heads to tilt to one side. This condition is also referred to as wry neck, or torticollis. ...

Housing for Indoor Rabbits

Companion Animals Updated: June 03, 2011

Introduction Finding the correct cage is one of the most important factors of rabbit ownership. Providing your rabbit with a comfortable living space will...

Gastrointestinal Stasis in Rabbits

Companion Animals Updated: June 03, 2011

Gastrointestinal (GI) stasis is the term for lack of movement through the digestive or gastrointestinal tract of a rabbit. This disease is often difficult...

Rabbit Behavioral Problems: Kicking

Companion Animals Updated: April 26, 2011

Introduction Rabbits are known for their powerful back legs, which allow them to move quickly over short distances. However, rabbits can also use their...

My rabbit keeps shaking his head and digging at his ears with his back feet. Why?

Companion Animals Updated: March 16, 2011

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