My Holland Lops
I am a Holland Lop Rabbit. I like to eat; Cheerios, Carrots, Alfalfa, Romaine Leaf Lettuce (not iceberg), Cantaloupe peelings, Canned Fruit, Oak Leaves, Pineapple, Banana (not the peel), Basil Blueberries, Beet Greens (tops), Broccoli, Orange (including peel), Celery, Collard Greens, Raspberries, Strawberries, Dandelion Greens, Watermelon Rind, Green Peppers, Kale, Mustard Greens, Parsley, Pea Pods (the flat edible kind), Radish tops, Raspberry leaves, Spinach, Wheat Grass.
Things I donít like to eat are; Chocolate, cookies, crackers, pasta, or other human treats.
I Love it when you play with me. I like to get held, but I donít like it all the time, you must let me hop around in the grass too! The best way to hold me is to scoop me up with your arm under my body holding me like a football. I will ADORE you if you feed me carrots. I love to eat carrots, and I will be willing to share some with you, so you donít feel left out. I hope you will have a lot of fun with me but there are some rules to keeping a rabbit. When the pan under my cage starts getting full, you have to take it and dump it out, and itís also nice if you wash it with the hose so it doesnít smell or if you are going to put me in a cage up off the ground you must scoop underneath there when it gets pretty full or pretty smelly. You have to feed me and water me everyday. In the summer if it is a hot day, put some ice cubes in my water, I enjoy them and they keep my water cold too. In the winter I like to drink warm water. When you come out to give me water, bring some thatís not to hot but not cold either. Then I will be able to drink it right away before it freezes. Only give me about half of a yogurt cup of food a day (4 oz.). I canít have too much or I will get to fat! and could die of a heart attack or other illness. If you are feeding me right I will always have my dish empty (usually within 20 to 30 minutes) and be anxious for my meal the next day.
I hope you enjoy me for a rabbit/pet. If you treat me well, I will be very good to you. I hope I have made your day very special, because you have made mine the BEST EVER!!!
What do I do if My Rabbit Gets Sick?
Here are some things you can do if I get sick:
If I have sore feet/hocks, get me some Blue Coat cream from a vet or pet store.
If I have strings of pearl (poop tied together by fur) under my cage, then give me 1 tsp. of meat tenderizer in a small can of banana baby food and feed me 3 CCís using a syringe to squirt it inside my cheek. To prevent fur balls, buy me some Papaya Pills, they are a treat for me. You will know if I start to get fur balls, I wonít eat as much and I could stop going to the bathroom or not go as much. In the spring when my fur starts to molt, you may want to give me some pineapple, (Doesnít matter if it is fresh or if it is from the can) that will help the fur go through my body and it wonít clog up in 1 spot.
If I have ear mites, get some baby oil and put it in my ear and work it in rubbing the base of my ear then wipe my ears out with cotton balls. When your done, stand back, I will shake my head and I will probably splash on you. Do that once a day for 2 or 3 days.
If I get snuffles, you may want to get rid of me. If I get snuffles, I have a cold. I will have crusty stuff all around my nose and my eyes will probably start watering. Usually I will have a milky or yellow discharge. A clear discharge or sneeze, may mean I am allergic to something but do NOT have the snuffles. You can get medicine to make me better but snuffles will come back and it is contagious if you have other rabbits.
If I get fur mites I will lose my fur Ė usually behind my neck first, buy some Sevin Garden Dust from Wal-Mart or another garden store. Sprinkle a bunch on me and work it into my fur real good. I like getting rubbed and that will get rid of those pesky mites (try to get rid of them right away if I do get them, they hurt me when they bite my skin).
If I would happen to quit eating, give me some Oak Tree leaves or some yogurt. It is a good idea to gather a bag full in the fall and save them for me.
Some other things to know:
All things/ medicines that are made for cats will work well for rabbits.
You can give me a bath if my fur gets sticky but donít put me outside right away, you may want to leave me inside for a day or I may get sick. You will have to dry me off very well! I like to be kept in the shade or a building. Sun light will sun burn my fur changing its color. MOST important of all is make sure I always have PLENTY of water, as it is the most important part of my diet. I need to be watered 2 or 3 times a day especially in the winter and hot summer days.
If you have any other questions, just ask my old owners
Chandra or Kevin Weinacht
They should be able to help you figure out why I may not be feeling the best.