Last month a new vaccine was released in the UK for rabbits called Nobivac Myxo-RHD. Normally rabbits need two vaccines every 6 months for Myxomatosis and RHD separately, however this new vaccine combines both vaccines together and only needs to be given every year, effectively quartering the cost of vaccines and reducing the stress the rabbits have when going to the vets. We have just taken our rabbits to have the vaccines so they can continue to enjoy grass and dandelions from the garden.
I apologise for lack of posts - I am in the middle of my exams. I'll try get back to posting entries next week.
Yesterday evening I went to a public lecture held by the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies on preventative healthcare for rabbits, with Brigitte Reusch as the speaker. There are a couple more lectures in the series over the next few weeks on dogs, cats and horses if anyone is in Edinburgh and interested.
Rabbits have an etiquette when being greeted, and can go into a strop if you don't do it right. It can be likened to a handshake, with rabbits just as likely as humans to give pathetic, limp versions or forceful ones.
I saw a question on Yahoo! Answers that upset me a bit. The person had hit their new rabbits because they had scratched them, and was now asking if they held grudges. Poor buns :( Anyway, here's my guide to humanely (or should I say rabbitely) dealing with a naughty bunny.
The consensus is that rabbits chew wires because they look like roots. They will snip them in half to get them out the way as if they were burrowing. But this doesn't explain why they like just chewing on wires that are not in their way. The Internet tells me rabbits might be able to hear the frequency of the electricity pulsing through the cables and this annoys them but I couldn't find any other articles backing this up.
Often the rabbits get startled when I enter the kitchen and only when I greet them do they know who I am. This is because rabbits have quite bad vision, and usually tell what things are by their smell, noise and shape. They have a very narrow area where they can focus on and judge distance well even though they can see almost 360degrees. They have a 10degree blind spot in front of their noses. Not to freak out a dozing Pixel, I usually talk when I enter the kitchen so he knows its me, and continue to talk as I bend down to pat him. Nybble seems more trusting of anything that moves and doesn't generally freak out!
To people who have never seen a rabbit binky before, it is like the bunny has had some sort of fit. They range from the rabbit jumping and twisting in the air, to sudden mini flicks and turns and head shakes. What's funny is that they don't have great spacial awareness, so often binky head first into walls or look incredibly confused about the new direction they are facing. To see an example, I found a YouTube video of a rabbit doing an insane binky.
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