After adopting Cooper in 2010, I realized the importance of educating yourself before bringing an animal home. And thanks to him I learned so much. It was a trial by error process at the beginning for both of us, but I dedicated my life to educating myself so that I can provide him with a great life.
Throughout the years I met some amazing people through his social media platforms and created the group, Bunnies Worldwide on Facebook.
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- Age – Cooper was born on December 5, 2009 in Oviedo, Florida.
- Breed – Netherland Dwarf (purebred)
- Gender – Male
- Weight – He weighed 2.1 lbs, approximately 1.10 kilos most of hislife. Netherland dwarfs should weigh between 1.1 lbs to 3.5 lbs.
- Is Cooper neutered? – He was neutered on August 17, 2012, a few months shy of turning 3 years old. Originally I didn’t want to neuter Cooper, I didn’t want him to become more docile. But I decided because he reached sexual maturity and started spraying me with urine.
- What does Cooper eat? – To everyone’s surprise, he didn’t eat hay until February 2018. Hay was always available to him, but he preferred not to eat it. In February 2018, during a vet visit, Dr. Diaz gave us a sample of hay he received from Oxbow – surprisingly he ate it. He gave us a large box to take home and thankfully Cooper gave in. Besides hay, his diet consisted of Oxbow Rabbit Food. Since Cooper was such a challenge when it came to food, he took Oxbow Natural Science Urinary Support, and half of Oxbow Natural Science Digestive Support Hay Tabs.
- Does Cooper live in a cage? – He does not live in a cage, he has a large enclosure and full access to his room. To protect him from his brother, Motorcito, our rescue cat, he is not allowed to roam free outside his room without my supervision.
- Is Cooper litter box trained? – I litter box trained him when he was a few months old. I dedicated 20 minutes each day for an entire month until he knew where to go. It’s important to spay and neuter your rabbits as it’s the most important factor in litter box training. A spayed or neutered rabbit will not spray urine around your home nor will it poop everywhere*.
- What do I use for litter? – I use Yesterday’s News in his litter box.
I’m thankful that throughout his life he never suffered from GI stasis, even with the lack of hay.
Rabbits will leave the occasional poops to mark their territory, even after being neutered and litter box trained.