Playtime for your Bunny, and More ... The Carrot Tribune - November 2018

The Carrot Tribune

In this issue...

  • Basic Bunny Class: Nov 10
  • Hoppy Hour: Nov 17
  • Augustus, May, and June, are our Bunnies of the Month!
  • Playtime: Fun Games to Play with your Rabbit
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Basic Bunny and Guinea Pig Class

Our next class is November 10. Join us on our Facebook event page to learn more! 

1:00 to 2:00 - Handling and Husbandry
2:00 to 2:30 - Training

Bring your Rabbit or Guinea Pig. Learn easy handling and care-taking during the first hour, then for the last half hour play training games that are fun for you and your pet! 

$5.00 for an individual
$10.00 for a family
Free to BUNS volunteers

All classes are in the Humane Society Education Building, at 5399 Overpass Rd, Goleta, (to the east  of the Animal Shelter)


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Hoppy Hour and Pignic

Bring your fuzzy friend, November 17 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM and give them an opportunity to socialize with other rabbits and guinea pigs! Socialization is a very important part of overall rabbit and guinea pig welfare, and a Hoppy Hour is the perfect opportunity to let your fuzzy one play with others. 

Hoppy Hour will take place on the Humane Society Lawn, at 5399 Overpass Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93111. Admission is $10 per rabbit or guinea pig. All animals must be healthy and rabbits must have been spayed or neutered at least 30 days in advance.

Please join us for an afternoon of fun!


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Bunnies of the Month

May, Augustus, and June are a wonderful trio of siblings - May and June are sisters, and Augustus is their doting brother. They are a shy but curious group, and Augustus in particular loves to be cuddled. Each bunny has their own unique and wonderful personality, and together they make a terrific trio who will make some lucky adopter very happy!

Want to know who the Guinea Pig of the Month is? Learn more on our website, bunssb.org!


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Fun Games to Play with your Rabbit

We know that rabbits need exercise and toys to enrich their lives.  But it is easy to do the same thing day after day. Yes, rabbits like routines.  But routines can get boring.  When your rabbit comes out for "playtime" and just sleeps for a few hours, your bunny may be bored.  Rabbits are smart and curious. Old or young, your bunny enjoys exploring new things and overcoming challenges.

Here are some activities to entertain your bunny:

The Chicken Game: Instead of using a bowl, sprinkle pellets across the floor like chicken food while calling your bunny. Let the rabbit clean them up.  Rabbits who love their pellets catch on fast.  They race up to you when you start calling and sprinkling pellets across the living room.

Hidden Treasure:  Place their most favorite items out of their daily salad ration in different spots.  At first pick several of their favorite resting places.  I use a set of cheap plastic saucers to protect the carpet.  When your bunny starts play time by searching for treasures hide some of the food in less obvious places 

Buried treasure: This game and is great for rabbits who like to destroy things.  To start, place a strong smelling food item out of their regular ration in a lunch sack.  Loosely close the sack and lay it on the floor.  Some rabbits need the bag left open first.  As the bunny becomes more skilled, use a paper grocery bag or a higher closure.

Pick a Cup, any Cup:  This is a game for bunnies who like to toss things. Put a treat inside a paper Dixie cup. Lay the cup on it's side where the bunny will find it.  After the bunny has found and eaten the treat, we're ready for phase 2.  When the bunny cannot see, I put small amounts of their daily pellet ration under several upside down cups on the floor.  Your rabbit will learn to knock over the cup to get at the pellets.  Next add some empty cups along with the pellet cups.  Your bunny will learn that not every cup has a reward, but if you keep trying you WILL get all the available rewards.  That's using some IQ power.

Increase the difficulty of any game AFTER your rabbit is good at the easier level.  This helps to encourage them.  Rotate these foraging games with regular non-game nights. This keeps the games fresh.  Use their regular food for the game so your bunny does not get fat.

Thanks to Lyssa for inventing these games.


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Stay Warm this Winter

Winter is coming... so stay warm in a BUNS logo hoodie!

BUNS logo hoodies, tshirts, and more are available over at our Cafe Press Store at https://www.cafepress.com/bunssb


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