Cooper

 

This website was created with the purpose of helping educate others about proper rabbit care. After having adopted Cooper in 2010, I realized the importance of educating yourself prior to bringing an animal home. I brought him home without knowing the first thing about proper rabbit care. A common mistake done by a lot of people, most parents think a rabbit is a great “starter” pet for their children. A rabbit is no starter pet as they are extremely delicate, expensive to care for and not a dog that will play with your child. 

I have accumulated all the information in my website through years of hands on experience and through Cooper’s veterinary, Dr. Andy Newman. 

It was because of Cooper that I have learned what I’ve learned so far, met the people I have met through his Instagram account & our Facebook group, Bunnies Worldwide. It all started with one rabbit, Cooper!

Age:

Cooper was born on December 5, 2009 in Oviedo, Florida.

Breed:

Netherland Dwarf (purebred)

Gender:

Male 

How much does Cooper weigh?

Cooper weighs 2.1 lbs, approximately 1.10 kilos. 

Netherland dwarfs should weigh between 1.1 lbs to 3.5 lbs. 

Is Cooper neutered?

Cooper was neutered on August 17, 2012, a few months shy of turning 3 years old.  

Originally I did not want to neuter Cooper because I didn’t want him to become more docile than what he already was. I had to make the decision of neutering him because he reached sexual maturity and started spraying me with urine.

What does Cooper eat?

To everyone’s surprise, Cooper does not eat hay! He’s never liked hay since he was a baby, I do always keep fresh hay for him in case he decides to change his mind. Cooper’s diet consists of pellets either Sherwood Natural Rabbit Food or Oxbow Adult Rabbit Food, cilantro, Italian parsley, romaine lettuce, carrots and dandelion; with the occasional variety of other vegetables. I also sometimes grow carrot tops at home for him.

Cooper has been a big challenge for me because he is an extremely picky eater. I have spent several hundred’s of dollars purchasing different brand names of hay and pellets. We have also received a lot of hay from around the world from wonderful friends on Instagram.

Since Cooper has been such a challenge when it comes to food, he takes half Oxbow Natural Science Urinary Support, half of a Oxbow Natural Science Digestive Support Hay Tabs and half of Sherwood Digestive Support tablets a day. 

Cooper has never suffered from GI Statis, thankfully, even with his lack of hay intake.

Does Cooper live in a cage?

Cooper does not live in a cage, he does have a large cage and an enclosed area. Regardless of his living quarters, Cooper has access to our entire home as he roams free all day.

IMG_6020

Is Cooper litter trained?

I litter trained Cooper when he was still a baby. I dedicated 20 minutes each day for an entire month until he knew where to poop and pee. 

It is important to spay and neuter your rabbits as it is the most important factor in litter training. A spayed or neutered rabbit will not spray urine around your home nor will it poop everywhere. 

** Rabbits will leave the occasional poops to mark their territory, even after being neutered and being litter trained.**

What do I use for litter?

Cooper has two litter boxes, one in his cage and one outside.  These are the litter trays I use and I fill them with Yesterday’s News.

You may also view Cooper’s surgery video on Youtube

Join our Facebook group Bunnies Worldwide

 

Save