This is Willow, I am about to adopt her from a friend, who got her from a neighbor. I am trying to learn just a little more about her and her needs, so I have been trying to figure out what breed she is. If anyone could give me a hand it would be much appreciated! Below is the link to a small album with three pics for reference, we think she is between 3-4.
I wouldn't bet on any of them really. Satins are, well, satin-y. And Silvers are more solid colored. Havana's I'm not too sure of but they're a medium breed. How large is she? and where did your neighbor get her?
Her diet, cage and exercise requirements, etc will all depend on her background. If she came from a pet store then she's not lineage. If she came from a breeder try to find out who.
Is she spayed? All rabbits should be spayed to help prolong their lifespan and make them healthier. Spaying helps tame aggression and other hormonal issues.
She's just simply beautiful by the way! Congrats! Any other care questions don't hesitate to ask.
I don't know about breeder or pet shop, as my friend saved her from a family who didn't want her
We do know she is not spayed - too expensive in our area
I plan on following her current feeding and exercise behaviors, but I might buy a new cage as her current one is too big for my place (was initially used for 2 guinea pigs, so is larger then she needs)
I was just trying to get as much information as I could, just in preparation
okay. Well if she's that removed from a source I'd say she's a pet store bunny. Which probably means a mix of some sort. That's okay. Is there a small animal rescue in your area that facilitates a cheaper spay for her? Females have an 85% chance of reproductive cancers before they hit 5 years if not spayed. So I don't want to make you feel bad but it's reality.
What are you feeding her? And what are her exercise schedules?
I'm not really sure what breed she is either, although she is beautiful! She could be a mix from a pet store or something but that isn't necessarily so. If there's no way for you to trace her history they you may never know these things for sure, and all anyone here could really do is guess.
If you haven't had a rabbit before, the House Rabbit Society Website (www.rabbit.org) is a great place to research. All rabbits, no matter what breed or where they came from, pretty much have the same basic needs.
I also wanted to mention that there really is no such thing as having a cage that is too big for a rabbit. I'd try to make room for the larger cage if you can. Plus that way you wouldn't have to worry about getting a new one. As far as rabbits go, no matter what size they are, the bigger the cage is the better. Even the smaller dwarf rabbits appreciate having a lot of space as they are generally more active than large rabbit breeds. Most cages that are sold as rabbit cages in pet stores and such are actually way to small.
I agree with Purple-Hops about getting her spayed. It's really pretty important for female rabbits if you want to eliminate her risk of reproductive cancers. Rabbits, including spayed females, normally live to be between 10 and 12 years. By not getting her spayed you could potentially be cutting her lifespan in half. It may be expensive to get her spayed, but believe me dealing with cancer is much much more expensive, both financially and emotionally.
I am a college student, and she will be living with me at school, and the current cage (2 story, 4x4 really is too big for my dorm) I was looking at a 2ishx3ish sized one (she is a little smaller then the length of a paper towel roll when she is lying down, just for some perspective). I also have a playpen that i will use for her.
I have been reading the HRS website quite a bit actually - really great information!
As for the neutering - i have looked into it and called some vets, but the low cost ones are just too far for me and regular vets are just too expensive. I wish I didn't have to rule it out but with blood work, the procedure, meds, the checkup etc - I just can't swing it.
I am not sure what brand she has for food now, but i know she gets free feed hay, and some veggies every day (3-5 carrots, a celery stick, or some lettuce) and occasionally some fruit. I will keep up with the fresh food part , but for the feed I will either stick with the same, or slowly wean her onto a different food, if i can't find the same brand where i go to school. she is usually given about an hour in the pen and about another hour in lap time and free roaming around the house a day. will stick with the two hours play time just in the pen until i feel comfortable letting her roam around my dorm - i am also going to have to figure out what to do with my electrical cords or just block those areas off.
This is my first bunny, but several friends here have had them all their lives, so I will have some help getting her all settled and adjusted!
Willow has such a pretty tortie type of coat colour, very nice.
When I was younger and living in small apartments my dwarf bunny had a 2x3 foot cage also, and I just made sure that every day there was LOTS of play time running loose.
After the neighbours got used to the idea I let the rabbit run down the hallways, it was so funny !!
Pets take time and money, are you sure you're ready for that commitment? Rabbits can live up to 13 years, and passing her home to home isn't fair to her. Shrinking her cage also isn't fair least of all healthy for her, and unless you're planning on having her smaller cage always open to the playpen, you should make room for her 4x4 cage. Rabbits are recommended to have at least 8 sqft of living space, plus time out to run. Bunnies also love to lounge and stretch out, which one wouldn't be able to do comfortably in such a small cage.
Vets and Vet bills are a fact of life when you have pets. While you aren't interested in spaying her, it will cost money to get her checked when she inevitably gets cancer and also money to put her down because you can't pay for surgery or treatment. Its the downside to being responsible for another living being.
There's no way really of knowing what breed she is without knowing the parents or having more defined features, however her coloring is tort, and I'd guess she has a little Nethie in her, although definitely mixed with a couple others.
Yes thanks, I am ready for the commitment. This will only be the second time she has been moved and that was 3 years ago. This move is because, while my friends family doesn't not want her, she is not their first choice for a pet, and my friend was the primary caregiver, but she is now at school. So being as I have always wanted a bunny - I am taking her. The cage will be always open to the playpen (~10 sq. ft big), I just don't have the vertical space for the 2 story cage which is why i am getting a slightly smaller one - still more then adequate space. I am well aware of the responsibilities of owning a pet, having been an owner for various species my whole life, my friends family will continue to cover vet checkup she gets yearly (because they never chose to spay her, and because I can't afford to). Thank you for your concern, but I have thought this through - this is not a rash or impulsive decision just for the fun of it.
Maybe you could ask her old family to help towards the spay? Or do something to raise the money for it? I understand your financial situation but what are you going to do if she gets cancer because she's not spayed? If you can't afford to spay her, then I doubt you'd be able to afford cancer treatment. It would be a shame to have to put her to sleep for something that's 100% preventable.
If it where me I'd ask her old family if instead of paying for her vet checkup each year if maybe they'd consider paying to have her spayed, and then you can cover her yearly exams. I'm sure the yearly check ups are cheaper than the spay surgery is.
Start saving up money for a vet fund for her now. Bunnies can be expensive pets especially when they need vet care, and even the healthiest rabbits will need some form of vet care at one point in their life or another.
You might want to save money and just not get a cage if she'll have a 10sqft pen Its not a necessary evil. Just get a couple litterboxes, a cardboard box for hay, and a bowl for water and pellets
I'm not sure where you live, but where I live they do housebunny spay vouchers, it saves about 200 bucks. You might be able to call your local exotic vet and see if they've heard of anything. rabbit.org has a list of good vets
Some fundraising ideas: bakesale ( I participated in University bakesales that turned a profit of up to 300$), yardsale of old things or online auction of old things, panhandle (perform on the streets for passersby). . .Odd jobs for people around the neighborhood.
Don't take people's concern too harsh. We all love bunnies and we all know what happens to unspayed bunnies. It's part of the adorable little package!