Baby Lion Head Bunnies, Information on this new breed
A Lion head rabbit is one of the newest breeds of rabbits in the United States. They are some of the cutest rabbits you will find, and the baby lion head rabbits are so adorable with good personalities. The lion heads do not look at all like the tradional domestic rabbit. They have long fluffy hair, reminiscent of the mane on a male lion hence the name. Lion head rabbits are usually weigh between 2.5 and 3.5 pounds. The Lion head rabbit originated in Belgium. It is reported to have been produced by trying to breed a long coated dwarf rabbit and a miniature Swiss Fox rabbit and a Belgian dwarf rabbit. If you are thinking of getting a lion head bunny or already have one, below is information all rabbit owners should know.
What do I feed my baby rabbit?
The first thing people think is to feed a new baby bunny lettuce and carrots. Fruits and vegetables should not be given to the baby lion head bunnies until at least 6 months old. Many baby bunnies die from feeding them the wrong types of foods. Feeding your baby bunny fruits and vegetables can cause diarrhea
Feeding your baby bunny fruits & vegetables at such a young age they can pick up parasites & that if not treated the parasites can take over their little bodies within days. This is another major cause of death in young rabbits. If a rabbit has diarrhea for more than 3 days it can die of dehydration. This is the number one cause of rabbits dying.
Feed the baby rabbits pellets, oat meal & hay, timothy hay is good. After 6 months of age, then begin to introduce them to fruits and vegetables but, only in very small amounts about once a week only, such as romaine lettuce, which is good.
If your rabbit gets diarrhea, feed the rabbit oatmeal and timothy hay. Oat meal helps to get the rabbit’s digestive system back on track. Make sure there is plenty of water. Sometimes the rabbits will get diarrhea when you first take them home or when they are under stress.
How to hold a rabbit
When first approaching a rabbit, you should move slowly. If you move to quick and fast, the rabbit will get scared and think that you are a predator and hunting them. Always use two hands to pick up your rabbit, even if the rabbit is calm. You should always support your rabbit's back legs and hold your rabbit against your chest, the rabbit feels safe and is calm. If there is sudden movement or a loud noise, the rabbit could get alarmed and start moving, so you should always hold there back legs. All rabbits have very strong back legs and you can get scratched easily. Rabbits have no perception of falling so this can create injury to them. Young children should hold the rabbit on the floor while sitting down.
Inside housing is always best for all rabbits, they are happier and live a much longer life. Lion Head rabbits do not like the sun or the heat, so keeping them indoors is better. Rabbits are social animals and they like the interaction with humans. The bigger the cage the better. Make sure that your rabbit has a watering and eating area, litter box and enough room to hop around. A rabbit should not be housed in a kitchen because there are too many fumes and can cause health problems
Lion head rabbits are very curious animals and enjoy playing. They need to get out of there cage at least one time a day for an hour to run around and play. They enjoy toys and things they can chew on. Some bunnies like to dig, so provide the bunny with a shallow box with shredded paper. Rabbits love toys and they need some type of entertainment or they can become depressed or bored while spending time in their cages. Some rabbits may throw fits and knock over their food dish or litter box, usually this is them telling you they want out or they are upset. Having a play pen or play area is a good idea if you don’t want the rabbit running around the house. Remember, Lion Heads can jump, so the pen has to be tall enough.
When lion heads are very happy, usually when they are playing, they run fast, in circles and they jump straight-up and down, this is called “Binky” or I like to call it “popcorn” because that’s what it looks like.
What plants and foods are poisonous to rabbits?
Here’s a list of some of the plants and foods that are poisonous to the rabbits. All Chocolate and dairy products, Avocados, almonds, Onions, Nutmeg, Oaks, Peaches & Apricots & Cherries, Cedar, Daffodils, Delphiniums, Begonias, Boxwoods, Carnations, Hyacinths, Larkspurs, Milkweed, Privets, Peony, Pears Seeds, Apple Seeds, Ranunculus, Sweet Pea Plant, Tulips, Wisteria, Yucca, Oleander, Periwinkle, Ivy, Corn Plant, Chrysanthemums, Elephant Ears, Holly, Iris, Lupine, Moonflowers, Cone Flowers, Clematis, Rhubarb Leaves, Poison Ivy, Most Ferns, Geraniums, Horsetail, Lobelia, Morning Glory, Vinca, Sago Palms, Primrose, Impatiens.
A healthy Rabbit
- Teeth- Check out the rabbits teeth from time to time. They should look like a human's bite. Top teeth over the bottom.
- Eyes. They should look clear and glossy. There should be no redness to their eye lids or a runny eye, that has gunk in the corner of their eye.
- Check if the rabbits is hydrated, by pulling on their skin. If the skin falls down back into place they a fine. If the skin goes down slowly and does not fall back into place, then the rabbit is dehydrated.
- Always check for diarrhea in the litter box, the vent and on it's fur.
- For a calm rabbit, you should always handle and interact with the rabbit
- Check for bald spots on the rabbit. This could be a sign of fur mites, a condition that is very difficult to get rid of, and can spread to the other pets in your household.
- Their nails need to be trimmed with nail clippers about every 6 weeks. Be careful not to clip too high.
Where is the best place to buy a rabbit
One of the best places to buy a lion head rabbit is from a breeder that specializes in the breed. They are very informative and know the lion head rabbits personalities well.
Litter Box Training:
Yes, you can litter box train your baby lion head rabbit. Your rabbit will pick an area of the cage to eliminate. Once they do that put a litter box with, Aspen wood shavings, or paper based bedding in that area. If the bunny changes places just move they litter box. Or, you can put the rabbit droppings into the litter box as well, they will get the idea. You should never use cedar bedding for small animals it can cause respiratory and liver problems in small animals.
Rabbit teeth care
Rabbits need to have to chew on things to keep their teeth in good condition. Hay will help keep your rabbits teeth clean as well. Give your rabbit things to chew on like pine cones, apple wood branches, willow branches, and pieces pine wood.
Rabbits are very clean animals and they do not need a bath. They spend about 20% of the day cleaning and grooming themselves. Rabbits will only get dirty by having a dirty cage, so its important to keep your cage clean.
How long do rabbits live?
A healthy, happy well taken care of rabbit can live up to 7 to 14 years old.
Natural Home Remedies
- Weeping willows: Are great for rabbits. They can eat everything on a weeping willow, the bark, the braches & the leafs. It is very high in iron, and it is a natural form of analgesic. This also will help rabbits get back on track after having diarrhea
- Mint: Is a favorite treat of rabbits. It aids in sore stomach and helps cure diarrhea.
- Rose hips: Is favorite treat for rabbits. It is great for does during their pregnancy and after litters. Rosehips are high in vitmin C.
- Blackberry leaves: Is a remedy for diarrhea & upset stomachs
Cranberry Juice or Craisins: Is a great treat and a good way to treat urinary tract infections.
Raspberry leaves: Will help a mother rabbit produce more milk for her litter.
Parsley / Cilantro: Will help clean out their digestive track.
Pineapple/ Papaya: Is a great treat and aids in supplying enzymes that break down fur balls that collect in their stomachs. This a great preventative for wool block.
Other Lion Head Rabbit Facts:
- A baby rabbit is called a kit
- A girl rabbit is called a doe.
- A boy rabbit is called a buck
- Rabbits are born naked, deaf and blind
- Rabbit have a very keen sense of smell
- Rabbits are mad when they slap or thump their back legs on the ground
- Rabbits like classical music
- Rabbits ears are their cooling system
- Rabbits need exercise
- Rabbits have no sweat glands
- A mother rabbit only nurses their kits once a day