Cooper

This website was created with the purpose of helping educate others about proper rabbit care.

After adopting Cooper in 2010, I realized the importance of educating yourself prior to bringing an animal home. I brought him home without any knowledge about rabbit care, a common mistake. Most parents believe 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 will not play with your child.

Most of the information on my website, was provided by Cooper’s veterinaries, previously Dr. Andy Newman and most recent, Dr. Santiago Diaz of the Exotic Animal Hospital of Orlando.

Thanks to Cooper I have learned so much, it was trial by error at the beginning for both of us but I dedicated my time on educating myself so that I can provide him a great life. I’ve met some amazing people through his Instagram and Facebook accounts and created Bunnies Worldwide on Facebook.

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Age: He was born on December 5, 2009 in Oviedo, Florida.

Breed: Netherland Dwarf (purebred)

Gender: Male 

How much does Cooper weigh? He weighs 2.1 lbs, approximately 1.10 kilos. 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 than what he already was. I made the decision of neutering him 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. It 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, he’s been eating hay ever since. Besides hay, his diet consist of Oxbow Rabbit Food.

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

I’m thankful that throughout the 8 years that I’ve cared for him, and with the lack of hay intake, Cooper has never suffered from GI Stasis.

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.

Cooper's Enclosure

Is Cooper litter trained? I litter trained him 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’s important to spay and neuter your rabbits as it’s 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? I use Yesterday’s News in his litter box.

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