Wisdom From a Furry Friend: Oreo, A Beautiful Bunny

Wisdom From a Furry Friend
Oreo, A Beautiful Bunny

Hi, my name is Oreo. I am a lovely black and white, short-haired domestic rabbit. I am almost two years old. I have deep black eyes, wonderfully long ears, and the softest fur ever. I came to the Humane Society of Washington County because someone in the house where I used to live was allergic to me. Did you know that rabbits make really nice pets?
In the most recent edition of Tail Wagger, the Humane Society of Washington County newsletter, Dr. Jennifer Johnson of Longmeadow Animal Hospital dedicated her entire Vet Talk article to rabbits. She indicated we are called an exotic pet and that we are becoming very popular. The term exotic also includes guinea pigs, different types of rodents, reptiles, and birds. We are all considered an exotic, making us a unique and interesting pet. This article will touch on a few of the important points Dr. Johnson made in her article.
Did you know that rabbits are generally considered very clean? We prefer to urinate and defecate in the same area and many of us have been taught to use a litter box. If you decide to use a litter box with a rabbit Dr. Johnson did not recommend clay based cat litter, so be sure to read the label when you choose your litter.
We are pretty easy to feed, too. We require lots of fiber and we prefer hay grasses such as timothy, orchard, brome, and oat. We will also eat rabbit pellets, but the seeds and treats that are added are not recommended. We also eat fresh greens such as kale, mustard greens, and collards but skip the lettuce. It is mostly water and has a very low nutritional value. Vegetables and fruits are good for us but not too much! They are high in natural sugar and may cause tummy upset.
Rabbits must always have water available. You can use a bowl or a water bottle with a sipper. Both need to be cleaned out regularly and don't forget the metal sipper as bacteria can quickly build up and make us sick.
Keep in mind that rabbits are just like puppies when it comes to chewing. We love to chew so find a safe place for us to live where we can't get into any trouble. We are pretty healthy and do not require shots but an annual check up is a good idea. Make sure your vet is familiar with health issues that can affect rabbits so proper diagnosis can be made promptly if we do get sick.
If you think you would like to have me join your family please come to the Humane Society of Washington County and meet me. I would love to become a part of your family. If you would like to read Dr. Johnson's complete article please contact the Humane Society of Washington County.

The Humane Society of Washington County exists to improve the quality of life for all animals. Through education, legislation, action and leadership, we strive to eliminate overpopulation and to foster an environment of respect, responsibility and compassion. 301-733-2060.