We are Critically Endangered American Chinchilla Rabbits named Mr. Beau, Kentucky and Louisiana. Now you may be wondering how Rabbits can be endangered since you see all kinds of rabbits everywhere. It’s our specific breed that’s in danger of becoming extinct and we would really like to stay around if we can.
We are very quiet and gentle but we enjoy running around in a stall in the barn to play. We get along very well together and are looking forward to having little one’s before too long. We love for you to pet us, snuggle with us and pay us attention. Snuggling is fun! We know we’re soft so we know that you will think so too!
We don’t cost very much to keep and can fit very nicely in your home with a litter pan or in your backyard. If you’d like to help save our breed by adopting one or two of our babies when we have them, that would be so great! If you can’t have one of our baby bunnies for your very own, would you consider sponsoring us?
The male American Chinchilla Rabbit weighs between 9-11 pounds at maturity and the female is a bit larger at 10-12 pounds. This species has complex social, environmental and behavioral needs which need to be met if they are to be kept happily as pets. Chinchilla rabbits are generally quite docile, good natured and very gentle. They are intelligent, curious and playful rabbits and enjoy company and attention. This breed is usually good with children and are also well-suited as house rabbits. Their lifespan is generally 7-10 years.
What do you feed them and what do they naturally eat?
Fresh grass hay and vegetables should make up the bulk of the diet for pet rabbits. Feeding a diet consisting mainly of pellets may result in obesity and increase the likelihood of digestive problems. Roughage also aids in the prevention of hair balls. Anything other than hay, vegetables, and pellets is considered a treat and should be fed in strict moderation. Hide hay, pellets and greens in paper bags, cardboard tubes and boxes. Try out some special activity toys suitable for small animals, such as puzzle boards, feeding balls or small animal Kongs.
As a general rule, you should NEVER feed your rabbit lettuces it contains lactucarium, which can give your rabbit diarrhea so bad that it becomes fatal. Other common foods to avoid include cabbage, parsnips, kale, potato tops, and tomato leaves. If you let your rabbit free in the garden or home, make sure that you don’t have any of the following growing in places that are accessible to the rabbit, as they can also be dangerous to your bunny: Clover, Foxglove, Honeysuckle, Iris, Hemlock, Poppies, Deadly Nightshade, Buttercups, Bluebells, Arum Lilies, Ivy, Daffodils and other bulbs, Primulas, Jasmines, Fairy Primrose, Dahlia, Delphiniums, Larkspur, Snowdrops, Tulips, and Anemones are all common plants that can cause problems for your bunny. In general it is best to restrict your bunny to grass only areas with no clover in them. Clover can cause gas, and rabbits have no means to expel the gas, which can mean bloat and death.
What kind of environment do they need to live as a pet?
Understanding their natural habitat will help you in designing a rabbit habitat that helps your rabbits feel more comfortable and protected. This can simply be a box inside the cage that the rabbit can rest comfortably in or on top of. It also makes it easy to pick up and handle your rabbit. Rabbits also enjoy having a small hay rack. To maintain the health of your rabbit you’ll have to maintain a clean rabbit habitat. Place the cage either in an area where your rabbit will get accustomed to the traffic (without getting startled) or in an area that is always quiet and calm. Try talking out loud as you approach your rabbit to let it know you are in the area. It will become familiar with your voice and will be less likely to get startled. You can also enhance your rabbit habitat by placing some sticks or wood blocks (not painted, stained, glued, or strong smelling wood) in the cage for your rabbit to chew on. This helps maintain dental health for your rabbit.
What health concerns should you know about if you own an American Chinchilla Rabbit?
The digestive system of a rabbit is very susceptible to serious upsets if the diet is inappropriate. Parasites, obesity, dental issues, viruses, etc. Annual Veterinary check ups are essential to good health.
Annual Cost for each American Chinchilla Rabbit is about $1,200 if there are no veterinary issues or emergencies.