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cathy - 2013-01-03
I have a four-year old mini rex named Coco and am thinking about getting a baby Holland lop. Coco was not too happy when another girl mini rex came for a week while her family was on vacation. She wouldn't even look at the other bunny. Do you have any suggestions for introducing Coco to a baby lop - and vice versa. I would like to get a female Holland lop as Coco isn't neutered and would also like to know how to tell - for sure! - that the Holland lop is a she when she's still a very young.

Amber - 2011-04-19
I have a Holland Lop bunnny and his name is flopsy.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-19
    That is a cute name.
  • Anonymous - 2013-01-02
    Awesome name where did you get that from I haven't heard it very much!!!!! COOL!!!!!!
sylvia - 2012-08-05
I think I have a Holland Lop rabbit because he looks exactly like the picture on this website. But our rabbit is not a miniture. He weighs about 12 pounds. Could he be a larger version of the Holland Lop rabbit?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-05
    There are many different breeds of Lops but the Holland Lop is tiny and goes about 3 - 4 pounds.  Yours weighing in a 12 pounds is a little larger.  Many of the Lops do look alike and basically it is size, length of the ear, body etc that makes for diferent breeds.  If you go to and enter 'lop rabbit images' you will see a whole bunch of different lop breeds and possibly be able to pick yours out.  Remember, the various breeds come in different colors or patterns. 
  • suzanne - 2012-12-05
    We have a 9mo lop rabbit name Sadie, we think she is a Holland Lop. She weighs 9lbs. She looks like the pictures as well.
  • Erin - 2012-12-06
    Mini Lops do look like Holland Lops. They are both really sweet. The big difference is that Hollands have a dwarf gene so they are the smallest breed of lops. Next is the Mini Lop. Many people say that Mini Lops are the smallest, excluding the Hollands because they are a dwarf breed. I recently got a call to take a Holland and the picture looked like he could be, but when I got him, he weighed about 7 or 8 pounds so I knew just by his size that he is a Mini Lop. Sweet boy just like my Hollands, but he is definitely not a dwarf.
  • Anonymous - 2013-01-02
    NICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) :) :) :) :)
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Crittery - 2011-05-04
Like the article - good to see advice on splitcaging although personally I do not do the neutral territory part since that conflicts with the point of making both sides smell of both gerbils.

However it is incorrect to say that gerbils can be kept in a wire cage - they MUST have room to dig. A minimum of 6 inches of a decent substrate such as megazorb, carefresh, ectopetbed or finacard is ideal (nothing sawdust, or pine or cedar based due to risk of serious respiratory infection). Hay is a good addition as well, chewing aids digestion and it helps them construct elaborate tunnels!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-04
    I think I missed something. The Animal World article on Gerbils says to keep them in the same cage but the Animal World article on hamsters recommends a separate cage. Sometimes my brain doesn't go to the top floor but I think I just lost track of whether we are on hampsters or gerbils. I am sorry.
  • Stephanie Branch-Gratton - 2012-09-04
    Is there a good website where I can purchase on of those over the top wire things made for aquariums?
  • Imogen - 2013-01-02
    I use sawdust and it's fine. Should I use something else?
  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-02
    Sawdust is not recommended.  Can cause respitory issues as well as some commercial woods have toxins in them.
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sarrah - 2012-12-30
i had a cinnamon rabbit for the past 4 years and it got sick this past november, she was my first rabbit and my best friend i cried for days about her death even though 2 other of my rabbits passed to

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guinea pig - 2012-12-29
i just got my guinea pig he seems real neves and he poops alot i wanted to know if that is normal

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-29
    It is perfectly normal.  They get nervous easily when re-homed.  Will settle down quickly!
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ananya roy - 2012-12-02
my two little mice have become addicted to sweetmeats (originally offered once a day) and begs and screams all the time for more.they have become aggressive and even bit me and my mom. to sooth them we have given them lots of sweets and now they have become very fat and bulky.they do not exercise in their wheel, all they do is sleep and sleep. so when we decided not to give them sweets anymore, they have become increasingly violent and are screaming and biting at everyone who puts hand in their cage. how can i improve the situation?

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  • Fennel - 2012-12-28
    If you slowly let off of the sweets that should make them less aggressive and while your doing that mix less and less sweets with good nutritional food! I hope this was helpful! :)
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Tomas - 2012-12-25
I had a Dutch rabbit he lived to 8 years but he died. The vet told us he died of old age. I cryed a lot because I had to bury him in our backyard

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stephanie - 2012-03-20
i have a new skinny pig, and I'm having an issue keeping it warm. I'm thinking of putting it in a fish tank so I can put a heat pad on the bottom, but someone thought it might be too noisy for the little guy. does anyone know if that is true? please help....thanks

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-21
    Noisy no. OK you can put the little fella in a fish tank given it's large enough and place paper towel on the bottom (so it doesn't slide). Then put carefresh or some bedding on top of the paper towel. Place a heating pad on low under 1/2 the tank so the little fella can be as warm (or cool off) as he wants. You could also place a heat lamp shining over 1/2 his cage and he could do the same thing.
  • Anonymous - 2012-12-24
    you could place a wool sock over the pig and secure with a little duct tape. I did this once cause the piggie had severe derm. I found out that using a little kitten revolution flea med cures dermatitus on guinea pigs. I cut the toe and heal off the sock and cut 2 holes for front feet then slip it on and loosely duct tape the sock so it stays.
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Maria Gilbert - 2012-12-23
The American Guinea-pig is an absolutely gorgeous, and extra ordinary creature.


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