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I am a home educating mum of 2 living in the Northwest of England. I long to travel with my family (including the fluffs) to see the world and have amazing adventures, because life is too short to worry about paying off a mortgage!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Rabbit Awareness Week

Well it's a Monday again (and also wet and rainy what a surprise!) and it's Rabbit Awareness Week. Running until Sunday, Burgess dedicate a week to our mini bunny fluffs to raise awareness of their needs.

Given that rabbits are said to be one of the most neglected pets in the country I think this is a really important event and anything that raises awareness on an individual animal's needs can only help keep us all living happily together. Us dogs and cats tend to get a better ride; for starters we live indoors and occasionally get to sleep on the sofa - granted mum doesn't always know about that! Second we get a great variety of food and for most dogs a daily walk is a common occurrence. Rabbits on the other hand do seem to get a raw deal sometimes, they live outside no matter what the weather, I've read about some that never get let out into a run never mind getting a yummy selection of treats like I do. According to Burgess some bunnies don't even get access to the correct diet, fresh water and attention!

I think the bunnies I share my garden with are pretty lucky they have the biggest hutch I've seen, a huge run to play in, daily dandelion leaves, lots of fresh hay and herbage to nibble on as well as their Burgess food, and fresh water every day. In fact even when they are allowed out in their run they tend to spend more time in their hutch, I think that shows how roomy it is!

Although I can't test the small animal goodies we stock I have had a peek at the lovely designed hutches and personally I really like the pink princess castle rabbit hutch maybe it's because of the girlie pink and I'm always being mistaken for a boy... Here's a selection of my favourite bunny homes:
Fort Bunlop, a castle for your bunny to call their own!
A bunny's dream house, princess pink castle rabbit hutch


All in one hutch and run for extra space

Finally to leave you with some inspiration on how to make it a great week for your bunny here's my top bunny toy tip of the year, how to make a cardboard tube treat toy (don't expect too much here I am just a dog after all!):

You will need:
1 x long cardboard tube from the centre of kitchen towel or foil.
1 x pair of scissors
1 x pack of yummy yoghurt drops/locust bean treats/ anything else your rabbit finds tasty

To make:

Step 1 - using those scissors cut holes in the cardboard tube just big enough for your treats to fit through, put a few of these along the tube so your bunny has to throw and roll the tube to get the treats to drop out, don't make the holes too big or it will be really easy, but don't make them too small either or the treats won't be able to drop out and your rabbit will get frustrated and bored.

Step 2 - fold one end of the tube inwards to form a seal so the treats don't just fall out the ends!

Step 3 - Stuff the tube full of treats and then fold the other end inwards as per step 2

Step 4 - Give this wonderful toy to your delighted bunny, and when they've finished getting all the treats out the tube will make a fantastic gnaw toy.

Alternatively if you have neither a tube nor the patience simply buy a treat tumbler through us and we'll pop a few treats in with it to get you started! 

Happy rabbit awareness week I hope you all give yours an extra cuddle this week just to show all those bunnies out there that they don't get a RAW deal and are as valued members of the household as us dogs and cats!

For more information and advice on keeping your rabbit healthy and happy and to find events in your area (some are offering free health checks and micro chipping) then visit the Rabbit Awareness Website.

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