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Forum HOUSE RABBIT Q & A Rabbit Collars

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    • lucygoosey
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      I have a quick question. I just adopted a 6 month year old dwarf rabbit named Lucy and she is ALWAYS getting into EVERYTHING! I bought a small kitten collar with a bell (so I can locate her when she’s hiding) I’m just wondering is it safe for rabbits to wear collars? And if so how tight should it be around her neck? (there’s about enough space to fit a finger between her collar and neck right now.)

       

      I’ve been looking everywhere and I can’t seem to find any info~!

      Thanks

      Klaud.


    • (dig)x(me)x(now)
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      I wouldn’t reccomend it. Frankie had one for a while and managed to get his teeth stuck on it trying to pull it off and it was terrifying to hear the horrible little noises he was making! I just about had a panic attack trying to help him… he would run away from me (he NEVER does this) and was scared for me to help him… I finallyended up pinning him down and just cutting the collar off so that i could get it off quickly!

      My friend also had a collar and bell on her bun and she chewed it off.

      I recommend that if you keep one on your bun, you use one of the safety collars that will snap off if caught on something. I’m going to make a new one for my bun that will velcro on and off so I don’t have to worry. It will be cheaper than buying one, anyway!

      They’re just about as safe as they are for any other kind of animals, though. About a finger’s worth of space in the tightness of it is good, but just remember that with your bun getting into everything, there is always a risk of getting caught on something (as with any animal).


    • Gravehearted
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      hi wunwun, welcome to binky bunny!!

      bunnies sure can be sneaky and into everything! i also don’t encourage putting a collar onto a rabbit since she could harm herself trying to bite it off. if you’re really having an issue finding her when she’s out, perhaps try to limit her roaming space?


    • lucygoosey
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      I probably should have mentioned this before but Lucy can’t chew anything because her teeth are severely deformed (in fact she’s having her surgery on Tuesday to have them removed). Is the chewing factor the biggest concern for collars? I managed to get the kitten collar on pretty snug I had to sew it a bit smaller because she’s so tiny, but otherwise, I’ve already limited her roaming room by placing blocks to areas she’s not allowed to go to but she’s a bit of a daredevil and likes to try to jump over them even though they are 3 times her height!

      She’s such a fearless bunny that I’m afraid she’ll hurt herself one day. The other night she managed to jump over her cage which is twice her height so I had to extend it higher so she can’t reach! (The cage doesn’t have a lid because I have yet to find material to make one so right now it’s about 1 meter high).

      I swear I’m running out of ideas with her.

      On the bright side, she doesn’t seem to mind the collar at all. She even sat still and let me put it on her!

      I don’t know what do you guys think?


    • BinkyBunny
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      Welcome wunwun!!!

      Though I have to admit, collars look really cute, I’m not a huge fan of collars on rabbits because a rabbit’s neck is just so short in comparison to a cat’s or dogs. They also don’t have the thicker muscle around their neck like cats and dogs. A rabbit’s skin is also more delicate, so even if she’s not showing signs of it bothering her now, I can’t imagine it would be very comfortable, especially when Lucy is grooming herself.

      Regarding her jumping out of her cage. At the shelter, there are some bunnies that can "monkey" right out of their pen. Amazing. A simple cloth sheet works well. So maybe for now, until you get a lid, that could work.

      Regarding getting her out of a secret hiding space: Even if she’s wearing a collar while hiding out somewhere, she’ll probably be sitting still so it won’t really help you find her anyway in that situation. SO….here’s another solution: Rabbits get to know pretty quickly the sound of a treat bag. Mine even know the word "treat" because I said it so much while I was giving treats, that now they just come running whenever I say the word. So once she understand a word, or a sound as meaning treat, you could entice her out if you don’t know where she is.

      I’m sending out happy healing vibes your bunny’s way for her surgery!


    • Scarlet_Rose
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      Welcome wunwun! Ooo, hey I have a great recipe for bunnies that aren’t able to chew that I got from my local HRS:

      ANGEL’S MUSH

      4 cups timothy pellets (i.e., high-fiber)
      1 cup of either oat or barley flour
         Mix together, add 5 cups water, and let stand an
         hour or so, until the pellets have dissolved.
      Add:
      1 8-oz. can vanilla Ensure (or it’s equivalent)
      1 12-oz. can V-8 juice
      1 28-or 32-oz can pumpkin (not pie mix!)

      Mix together, store small amounts in baggies, and freeze.  Thaw as needed.

      Add additional water if needed.  We keep it fairly dry for bunns eating it on their own, and fairly soft for syringe feeding

      Good luck with the surgery!


    • Hedi
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      All I have to do is say the word Raisin and they drop what they are doing and run to me. lol (although if your buns cant chew then this wouldnt work- but my buns go nuts for little slivers of banana too)

      Actually every nite before bed they all get a few raisins. Well I was in their room earlier cleaning litter boxes and I had let Carrera out so she could go downstairs to hang out with my husband. She wouldnt leave! I guess I normally clean litter boxes and then go straight into their bedtime rituals so she thought if she left she would miss her raisins!

      It is amazing how well rabbits will get into a routine just like people. They know their routine and they will go with the flow but arent thrilled when I mess with theirs. lol


    • cookie627
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      hedi that is so cute!!!!!!! she’s waiting to get her raisins. i should try that. but how many raisins do you need to give? and also wunwun i suggest not to put on her collor. she could try to chew it off and hurt her teeth by doing that. as you said your bun’s teeth are severely deformed and it could hurt to bite that thick and rough collor.


    • Hedi
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      Cookie- Raisins are considered a treat and since they get other fruit throughout the day that is also considered a treat I only give them each 2-3 raisins at night time. They know what the container even looks like. lol


    • cookie627
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      wow buns can remember lots of things!!!


    • wendyzski
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      My Pepper fusses and fights when I trim her nails or rinse her ears, but as soon as I’m done she runrunruns into the kitchen and stands up on her hind legs next to her cage, because she knows that she gets a treat for being a good bunny.


    • MooBunnay
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      My bunnies respond to the opening and closing of the fridge – I’ve actually had them hop INTO the fridge occasionally if I’m rummaging around to long before they get a piece of parsley, or carrot, or something else!

      Have you thought about clicker training your bunny? I am beginning to clicker train my bunny Grace because she is blind, and I want to help her understand what is going on around the house. You can search clicker training online, there are som books about it too.

      I also found this on how to train your rabbit to come when called:
      http://www.wikihow.com/Teach-Your-Rabbit-to-Come-when-Called


    • Scarlet_Rose
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      My two are cookie-jar trained. One little klink of that sucker and voom! Out of nowhere they come. I swear they must have a teleporter and they’re just not fessing up to me about it. LOL Oh bunnies are just so darn cute aren’t they?

      Moobunnay – I was wondering how well you like the clicker training? I’m a little hesitant to do it because my two are pretty independent and have bunnytudes and so am wondering how compatible it would be with them.


    • MooBunnay
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      I’ve just started the clicker training – Grace doesn’t quite know whats going on yet She doesn’t like me to go into her cage (she’s pretty cage protective) so my first step is clicker training her to come to the front of the cage. Even tho she’s not quite there yet – I like the clicker training. Its also nice to be able to communicate with her, and its also nice to have something to do with her during our “bonding time.” I’m going to start with Juli and Kramer soon but I’m not sure how to do it with two bunnies together. They are super smart though so I think I’ll be able to get them to do a few things!


    • BinkyBunny
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      Hey Scarlet_Rose, I know your question was for MooBunnay but I wanted to let you know I took a clicker training class and one of the things they said for bunnies that may be a bit more "uninterested" is to just to stop as soon as they get bored.  You may try more sessions, just less time within each.  Bailey will get bored within five minutes.   I also found that Bailey loves affection more than treats,(well also because I can’t give her hardly any so she gets bored with pellets) so when she stops doing it for treats, then she’ll do it for head pets.

      They also suggested keeping the pieces you give very small.  I cut up treats in tiny tiny litte bits, not only because it prevents them from eating too much, but because it makes it quicker between training/clicks, and this helps them understand/get it.

      And when they do really well, like they got even closer to what you want them to do, to offer a bit more of a reward, like a few treat portions.  They not only get that they did something right, but they know that there might be more in their training future than the same ‘ol same ‘ol.

      The last tip that really helped me, was the teachers had us try and clicker train each other to show us how important it was to click at the exact moment.    My husband was my partner, so I was eager to get started on training.        We had to make up some move – like hopping on one foot or opening a jar – and only through clicking were we able to get the person to do it. 

      Good Luck with it!  I know my biggest challenge was just me sticking with it.

       


    • Scarlet_Rose
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      Cool! Thanks I’ll have to try that! Where did you buy your clicker training book? Is is in the BinkyBunny store?


    • BinkyBunny
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      No we don’t sell it. I do have plans sometime in the future, but it just hasn’t become an urgent priority.  There is a link to ordering it on the Bunny Info Page https://binkybunny.com/Default.aspx?tabid=53

      But since we’ve known each other for awhile now, read the email I sent you first.  


    • Scarlet_Rose
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      Awe thanks I will!

      BinkyBunny, I’m not getting any e-mail. I tested it by sending through my profile and I didn’t not receive it. Is there a way to check my e-mail addy that I have listed? Oops, I suppose this should be in the technical support area.


    • Mommy
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      oh, my puff LOVES his raisins… he sees the box and i shake it and he comes over and just looks up at me with big doe eyes. i wont give them to him unless he kisses my nose, though . i figure ill train him soon enough.lol.

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