View Full Version : Can Rabbits Eat Newpaper?????????????

11-02-2002, 11:06 AM
Hi I really need help Floppsy is eating away at the newspaper in her temporary cage and I cannot stop her I hope it is goopd for her my mom won't let me get her a cage until I think tomorrow but she didn't say when.

Heather Wallace
11-02-2002, 11:25 AM
It is probably not the best thing for a rabbit to eat, I know my rabbits sometimes do it, but I was told it wasn't such a good idea because of the ink. What about covering the newspaper with straw to prevent her from doing it.

11-02-2002, 12:10 PM
I do not have straw but my mom said that later when I go to the mall with my friend that if we find a pet store I can buy her a cage and bedding and a dish and stuff. Once Floppsy is comfy in her cage, my dad will have to give in and let her stay in for at least the winter.

Heather Wallace
11-02-2002, 12:43 PM
Yes thats probably the best idea, getting her some bedding, don't worry to much for now.

11-03-2002, 02:45 PM
Um, how come my post was erased? Hmmmm

11-04-2002, 08:36 AM
I've had posts get erased too (on other forums), and I can't figure it out either....it's not like I've ever said anything objectionable. :P

11-04-2002, 10:44 AM
You're the one with the cute site!!! I love that puppy of yours and I must say that the site is very well organized.

As for the paper, yes the ink is harmful. Please refer to my other post in your other thread about your mom and what not. hehe Make any sense there?:p

11-04-2002, 12:20 PM
My bunnies LOVE to tear up the newspaper...there's just something so exciting for them when they tug and hear that tearing sound. So I'm wondering if she is really eating the newspaper or merely tearing it up. My bunny specialist vet said it is OK for the bunny to eat "a little" newspaper" but not "a lot".....course she never said what a little is and what a lot is either.

Be VERY careful about the bedding you buy. Pine and cedar shavings are VERY Bad for bunnies (actually ALL small animals including hamsters and gerbils, rats, etc) even though the pet suppliers supposedly manufacture the shavings for them. Recent research has shown that something in the bunnies urine mixes with something in the wood shavings and produces a cancer-causing gas, usually to the liver. See House Rabbit Soc web site, rabbit.org, litter.

Also the smallest the "cage" should be is FOUR times the size of the bunny when she lays down flat with her legs extended behind here....so that would be from the tip of her cute little nose
all the way back to her toes. In fact House Rabbit Soc no longer recommends cages but "puppy pens" instead. These portable fences give any bunny considerably much more room to exercise in (as opposed to getting no exercise in a cage) and they are less expensive. You would need to have a pieces of scrap lineolium or one of those chair mats that are used in offices underneath desks to protect your floor or carpet. The mat/lineolium can then have a an old sheet put on top of it to help the bunny get her footing as she moves around. Another big plus is that you eliminate the metal grid in the bottom of most cages --that grid will eventually cut up the bunnies tender feet and lead to a serious condition and possible infection (if not caught in time) called sore hocks. A bunny only has her skin, fur to protect the feet and the weight of her bones pressing the feet into the wire can lead to serious consequences. Also, another great thing about using a puppy pen instead is that it is portable, so you can take it anywhere.

So glad to see you are making progress with getting Floppsy moved inside. Keep up the good work.

11-04-2002, 12:22 PM
yep , they do ; as I already told in another thread of yours , not the paper , but the ink might be poisonous !!! So , please , be careful !!!

11-04-2002, 12:30 PM
Most inks made in the US are now soy-based and do not contain chemicals. The House Tabbit Soc even recommends old telephone books as a bunny toy!