Adorable bunny! In response to what someone said about wire bottomed cages, they are actually not bad for a rabbit's feet as long as they are given something to sit on and the wire itself is thick enough. I have both solid and wire bottomed cages and the only rabbits to get sore feet were actually the ones in the cages with solid bottoms. The wire is much more sanitary for the animal and allows air to get at the animal's feet.
Wire bottomed actually aren't better. As an experienced House Bunny care taker, I can confirm that it is better for rabbits to have solid bottoms. Furthermore, rabbits should not be kept outside if they are companions or pets. They can be bothered by the weather, wild animals, and stressed by the small quarters. You'll never see your rabbit develop to his/her full potential in sub-par living conditions.
Your solid bottom rabbits didn't have a bedding soft enough or you didn't keep the cage clean or both. In my country wire bottom cages are illegal and everyone lives in solid bottom cages, but even my 10 year old rabbits have never gotten sore feet.
Interesting, since my rabbits are inside and I clean their cages every second day to prevent any smell. I use litter boxes with blankets on the bottom of the cage. That's your experience. My point was not that solid-bottomed cages cause sore feet, but that it's ridiculous to accuse someone of not caring about their animals just because they think wire bottoms are "cruel".
In my opinion wire bottom cages are uncomfortable for the rabbit and banned here for a pretty clear reason, but yeah I guess I missed your point there. Solid or wire bottom, rabbits might or might not get sore feet, amen.
Have you ever had a rabbit in a cage with a wire bottom? The only time they're uncomfortable is if either the rabbit genetically has bad feet in the first place, the wire's spacing is too far apart/not thick enough, or the rabbit has nothing to sit on. My rabbits pay no attention to their "resty places" though, so it's pretty obvious that they are not uncomfortable with their current situation. n__n
How could I have had without breaking the animal protection law? Rabbits just aren't built to live on wire and you can't possibly doubt that they would be a hundred times happier in grassy pastures. Their normal needs include digging and running and jumping around, do you really think they're able to do those things on a wire bottom without hurting themselves? Saying that "they seem happy to me" just proves how the rabbits have never known of anything better. How could they be sad when they're used to sitting on wire and nothing else? I hope you let them out daily.
Actually, I bring them out to play on the grass regularly, they also come out to play on the floor and my bed very often. They have litter boxes with hay in them for them to dig in. How do you know that "they don't know anything better"? Assuming and accusing the way you have been is incredibly offensive and ignorant. You haven't seen my rabbit set-up, the way I care for them nor have you ever had a rabbit in a wire cage to begin with. You have no experience in the matter. If they were uncomfortable with the wire, don't you think they would be sitting on their resting places often?
I'm just concerned, because many people I know consider rabbits "just rabbits" and treat them bad because of it. I am happy and relieved that you apparently aren't the same way and after looking through your gallery I have proof that your bunnies are doing well. I still don't approve of wire bottom cages though, but I can have my opinion, can't I?
No joke. I wish breeders would care about the population as a whole and realize there are plenty of homeless bunnies in shelters that will be killed every day. Too many people don't understand the commitment they are making when they get a bunny.
Yeah, it's ridiculous. >< They don't value the lives of their bunnies at all. And pet shops aren't much better, either. They don't mention anything about diseases or necessary vaccines and such, and the cost of rabbits in general, they just want to keep their sales up.
I bought a 3 month old female to go with one of my neutered males, and literally a month after getting her, she gave birth where the breeder must have kept her with male bunnies. D: And obviously for a female rabbit to be pregnant at such a young age, there was lots of risks. But luckily, there were no complications. <3
Even though the babies aren't my fault, I took full responsibility and raised them and looked after them carefully. I am so concerned about people not knowing how to care for bunnies, that I am keeping two of them, two of them are gloing to my brother and my boyfriend is having the last one, so I can check up on them throughout their whole lives, and they're all still basically under my care. (: Plus I have become attacthed to them, heheh, I couldn't possibly let them go to complete strangers. <3
It just shows the extent of carelessness of the breeders though, and I would probably never buy another from a breeder, but rather i'd adopt. But I feel glad that I got her, gosh knows what would have happened to the babies if someone else had got her, or if the breeder kept her. x.x