Mini Lop Rabbits have a very playful yet laid back temperament making them an ideal pet. However, Mini lop rabbits require proper care and attention as they love to show off and be noticed. If you are not able to provide your Mini lop with the attention and care it requires then you shouldn’t get one. Mini Lops have a tendency to act out if they are not cared for properly, they do this by kicking their feet or nipping and biting. Mini lops love to pet petted and played with and like all rabbits are very curious and can get into mischief when left without supervision. The Mini lop were developed with the intention of creating a rabbit which was easy to handle and hardy enough to withstand handling and cuddling from children. However; it is also very important that children learn how to handle Mini lops correctly to ensure a happy and long life for your Mini lop.
Mini Lop Handling
Never lift any rabbit by the ears or by the scruff of its neck, this can harm your rabbit.
The best way to handle your mini lop it to place one hand under its front legs placing your other hand under your rabbits bottom and lift holding it firmly, making sure you support your rabbits body so it feels safe and secure. It is very important to handle your rabbit correctly, as rabbits have very powerful back legs and are even able to break their own backs when kicking or struggling. A rabbit held firmly should feel secure and not wriggle. Never allow children to grab a rabbit, run with it or rough it up. It is important to teach children to handle rabbits correctly to ensure your rabbit is happy and safe.
It is important to check your Mini lop’s nails monthly and possibly clip them if they have not been worn down. Rabbit’s nails are like cats or dogs and contain blood vessels and nerves, so when clipping your rabbit’s nails it is important to identify where the blood vessels are located so they are not cut, as this will cause bleeding and is painful for your rabbit.
Unlike humans Mini lops like all rabbits have teeth which constantly grow. This is why it’s very important that your Mini lop is given something to chew to keep its teeth the proper size. Branches from fruit trees, non toxic wooden toys or other non poisonous wood can be a good means of wearing down teeth. However, some rabbits have misaligned or malocclusion teeth which means their teeth never wear down. If this occurs teeth can be clipped, however this can be stressful and very uncomfortable for rabbits and can provoke stress induced illnesses.
Incorrect diet is the biggest cause of ill health or death in Mini lops so it is important to make sure what rabbits eat is the correct foods.
Mini lops diet should consist primarily of grass, hay/timothy hay, plain pellets, fresh fruits and vegetables and plenty of fresh water.
Foods which are good for your Min lop include:
Carrot, Silverbeet/Spinach, Celery, Banana and peel, Mandarin and Grapefruit peel, Pears, Dandelion, Milkweed, Milk thistle, , Chickweed, Plantains, Sorrel, Parsley, Comfrey, Pumpkin peels., Apple, Kiwi fruit, Artichokes, Kohl rabbi, Beans, peas and leaves, Bok Choy, Bran pellets, Pineapple, Broccoli and leaves, Rolled oats, Raspberry and Blackberry leaves, Radish leaves, Cauliflower and leaves, Chicory, Citrus peels, Strawberry leaves, Clover Cucumber, Swede and tops , Tomato, All melons Kale, Wheat germ, Coltsfoot, Shepherd´s purse.
Foods which are harmful and you should NEVER feed your Mini lop include:
lettuce, cabbage, potato or potato peel, onion, rhubarb, Lily of the valley, Fox glove, Deadly nightshade, Mowed grass or spoiled food.
Some of these vegetables are bad for your Mini lop as they can cause severe bloating and tummy upsets while some other vegetables are poisonous to rabbits
Information from Minilops.info