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FAQs

Should I put my rabbit a calcium stone?

Rabbits do not metabolize calcium just like us, they eliminate it poorly, and they have a tendency to form stones (stones) that is why you should never supplement the feeding of the adult rabbit with calcium-rich foods (as is the case with these stones). In addition to that, they do not serve to wear the teeth. For this reason you will have heard that you should not give alfalfa as the main hay to adult rabbits, since this herb contains a high calcium content

Do I have to walk my rabbit?

Yes, it is very important that you take your rabbit or guinea pig out of the cage every day as long as possible. Our animals need to run, jump, play … In case of not taking them outdoors, or outside their cage can lead to serious problems in our animal such as: atrophy of its limbs, that is trite, without encouragement, restless and even a bad behavior. In addition, it is very important to limit the space. The rabbits are very territorial and you have to mark what their area is. It does not happen in all rabbits but there are some who, when they are loose all day around the house, bite or break things and / or become archetypes of character and, do not want to be caught.

My rabbit eats his feces Why?

Rabbits make two types of feces: those that are individual hard balls, hard and dry, and then there are those that are clustered, shiny and soft. The latter are called cecotrophs or nocturnal feces. Cecotrophs originate from the blind part of the intestine and begin to make them from the third week of age of the gazapo. Cecotrophs are rich in vitamins, bacteria necessary for the animal, and therefore it is important that you eat these feces and perform a second digestion of them. This process is called cecotrophy.

What can I use as a bed or substrate for my animals?

The best option is a bed of special ecological paper for them that absorbs odors and pee. The best bed of Cunipic is the paper Naturlitter, valued as one of the best beds; tackle more, neutralizes odors and is completely ecological.

Why doesn’t my rodent make his needs in his corner?

The rodent does not know how to differentiate where it is right or wrong to urinate, but they usually choose the same sites, so we have to be careful and watch him if we don’t want him to do it anywhere. This situation is accentuated when it begins with zeal. We will have to teach you where is the right place to meet your needs. You can find a video on this topic on our channel The How and Why of my Pet.

My rabbit bites me Is it normal?

The rabbit may bite when scared or angry; Sometimes too young children incorrectly manipulate the rabbit or stress it, and it is the most common reason for a rabbit to bite. It may also be due to the heat that occurs around 5 months of age. Their nature is to reproduce and raise, therefore, but they have a partner with whom to carry it out, they can be shot by hormones and they are somewhat more nervous. In many cases, sterilization is recommended to avoid this type of behavior.

My guinea pig hides from me and makes no noise. Is something wrong?

If you have ruled out that this behavior is due to some type of illness, it is normal that at the beginning it is a bit shy and scary. They have to adapt to everything around them, you and your new home. Keep in mind that guinea pigs are animals of prey, so when they are scared their innate reaction is to hide and remain still. Try to gain your trust by first reaching your hand so that it smells you, then always take it from the front so that you see your hand approach and do not panic so much and put it in your lap. Give caresses and the food you like while you have it. The first time may not last more than 1 or 2 minutes, but you will see how as the days go by each time it will matter less to be with you. They almost always warn when they want you to return them to their cage, either with a snap of teeth, small bites, etc. Soon he will get used to you and will even “call you” when he sees you pass by to pay attention or give him food.

My guinea pig has broken teeth. Will they grow back?

Sometimes it may be the case that the incisors are broken due to different circumstances, since they have been broken with the bars of the cage or that unfortunately they have fallen when they are taken and broken as a result of the blow. Fortunately, the guinea pig’s teeth are constantly growing, which means that in two or three weeks they will return to normal length. However, while this happens we may have to help them eat, either by cutting the vegetables into very small pieces or even putting them in their mouths if they cannot catch them alone. It can also cost them to drink, so in that case you should give water directly in the mouth with a syringe. If we see that it does not maintain the weight (weigh it daily on a digital kitchen scale) then we would have to feed it manually until it can eat alone.

My guinea pig has stopped eating and is like lethargic. What’s the matter?

There can be several reasons, from dental problems, to gas or an obstruction in the stomach, to a respiratory infection. It is very dangerous for a guinea pig to stop eating since its organism cannot spend long periods of time without eating due to risk of irreparable or even fatal damage, so it is convenient to visit a veterinarian expert in exotic as soon as possible to give us a diagnosis Reliable and a treatment if necessary. It is also important to weigh them every day while they are convalescing to ensure that they do not lose weight and feed them manually if necessary.

Do I have to vaccinate my guinea pig?

Guinea pigs, unlike other animals such as dogs or cats, do not require any type of vaccination since they do not have any disease such as rabies, etc. That they can transmit to us.

My guinea pig does not move much, it has a swollen abdomen, it does not eat and does not poop What do I do?

It could be an obstruction or gas. To rule out the first thing, it is necessary to take it to the veterinarian for an X-ray to confirm that there is nothing obstructed in the digestive system or intestines. If you confirm that this is not the case and that it is gas, the veterinarian can give us simethicone that will help you to expel them and also some medication to make the digestive system start up again. In addition, it is important to remember that you will also need a pain reliever. They also do very soft massages in the belly in a circular direction and apply heat (without burning), as well as small massages in the area around the anus to stimulate it to poop. It is important that they are hydrated and that is why we will give them water with a syringe if they are not drinking them alone. And of course it is very important that they eat, to help the bowel move, if necessary we will do it manually. Gases are very painful for guinea pigs, and they put their lives in danger, so it is necessary to treat them immediately if necessary.

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