Rabbit’s are very good at efficiently making use of the nutrition out of their food.
They have digestive systems that enable them to make use of all the food that they can.
This means that if a rabbit becomes underweight, it is usually because of another issue that is maybe affecting their health.
So if your bunny is not at the correct weight then the first port of call is to seek out a rabbit friendly veterinary surgeon to get them checked out.
If you have already sought out this route and treatment has been granted for your rabbit then there are some other ways to help your bunny gain weight.
How can I fatten my rabbit up?
Here are some things you can do to help your rabbit gain weight.
Increase the calorie intake that they are consuming. Pick higher calorie variety of foods that they normally consume.
Introduce oats into their diet. A good food for rabbits to have to increase weight are oats. Mix them in with some sunflower seed kernels and maybe add some apple or some pear for flavor variety. Sunflower seeds contain Vitamin E and fats that will benefit your bunny.Feeding small amounts of banana and other fruits is good for weight gain for bunnies. Not too much though.
Introduce Readigrass into their diet. Readigrass is a very good food that is high in protein.
Make sure they have unlimited hay. Feeding them hay is very good bunnies at best of the times, but another reason why hay is good for them is that it is great for preventing diseases. Unlimited amounts of hay can be given to your bunny every day and will help with preventing hairballs clogging up their throats as well. Try mixing some different varieties such as Alfalfa which is usually used for younger rabbits to help them increase in weight. But don’t use too much though.
Introduce food slowly to your bunny over a period of between 7-10 days. Rabbits cant be introduced to too many foods otherwise their stomach’s will not be able to handle it.
By introducing above methods, you should see some movement in their weight. Of course, if your veterinary surgeon advises a different course of action then it is best to follow that first.
These are merely helpful foods that will increase weight if there are no underlying health issues.
‘If you are looking to cut your rabbit’s nails then you will know it is quite a tricky thing to do.
However, there are steps you can take to ensure that you do it well.
Rabbits nails grow continuously
As with human nails, rabbits nails keep growing continuously. This means that they need to be clipped often and with care.
What happens if they are not clipped is that they will keep growing and become increasingly unnerving for the rabbit causing quite a lot of discomfort for it.
What happens in the wild?
When out in the wild, they keep them trim by digging and grinding them against soil and rocks which keeps them trim.
If you are keeping a rabbit inside then they don’t have this option and so their nails are not given the grinding that they need.
This is why it is good to let them have a run outside and let them have an opportunity to dig and to grind their nails down a bit or at least puts some rocks or slabs in the run if it is all grass.
There is a way we can help them
If you don’t want to cut their nails yourself, as you may feel a little nervous doing it, then a vet will do this for you and will do it well without causing the rabbit distress or pain in the process.
However if you don’t want to pay a vet’s bill and are feeling brave then this can be done by following the steps below.
The things you will need include;
A set of animal nail clippers; you can purchase these from any good pet stores and are different from human nail clippers as they are curved at the sharp edge so as to grip the type of nails that animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs and chinchillas have.
A towel; so you can put the rabbit on in case it happens to poop of pee on you.
Cotton wool; this will be needed if you cut into the quick to stem the bleed.
Syptic Powder; you’ll need this if your guinea pig’s nail starts to bleed. it will help to clot the blood if this happen.
Someone to hold the rabbit; its easier to trim a rabbits nails if someone else is holding the rabbit for you whilst you cut the rabbit’s nails.
Trimming A Rabbit’s Nails
1. Get your friend to hold the rabbit
Ask them to hold it under its belly and pull it towards their chest holding it up with their other hand supporting its behind clutching its hind legs.
This way, you will restrain them from kicking out with their hind legs.
Make sure that they don’t hold the rabbit by its neck or head as the rabbit wont like it and will struggle.
2. Time to use the clippers
Then take the clippers and take the first paw in one hand and the clippers in another.
What you need to take care in doing is to not cut through the quick which is the blood vessel in the nail. This is identified by seeing the dark part in the light colored nail.
Rabbits nails are lightly coloured and so it is easy to spot the quick.
3. Don’t trim big chunks off the nails
Trim gently and a slither at a time so you know what you are trimming.
Just trim the tip and don’t go too far into the nail making sure that each cut is a swift motion instead of putting pressure on the nail from an awkward cut.
If the rabbit is struggling then don’t force the issue but take you time and ensure that they are well cared for whilst you do this.
If you do happen to cut the nail too much and cut into the quick then don’t worry, just take the cotton wool and apply it to the wound.
Then take the syptic powder and apply it to clot the blood.
4. Give each paw the same attention
On each paw, trim each nail accordingly and give your rabbit a break between each paw if it is feeling uncomfortable and appearing to struggle.
Once you have done all the nails, then just double check them to ensure that they haven’t started to bleed and return the rabbit to its home.
It is better to trim them often, and trim a little off the nails a little at a time instead of doing big chunks at a time.