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How can I encourage my new mom rabbit to take care of her babies?

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Our pet bunny recently had a litter of babies. This is her first litter. She seems really uninterested in her babies. How can we get her to take care of them?
asked Apr 3, 2013 in Rabbits by mamairis (6,910 points)

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Mama rabbits usually don't have much of a maternal instinct. They don't spend a lot of time with their babies, but they do feed them. If you don't feel she's feeding them, keep her calm with some pets. Then move her very close to the babies in a position where they can nurse. Babies eat about twice a day, just watch them to make sure they're getting enough nourishment. Bellies should be round, skin pink with no signs of distress. If mama rabbit refuses to feed them, you'll have to set up a schedule so that you can feed them twice daily. Please check the article "Mama Rabbits and Offspring" for information on what to feed, amounts and care.

answered Apr 3, 2013 by (36,420 points)
selected Apr 3, 2013 by mamairis