Rabbits typically have a short labor of around 10 to 15 minutes. In rare occurrences, prolonged labor occurs due to complications. According to Pawnation, if the birthing process takes longer than an hour, it is advisable to seek medical attention.
One of the main signs that a rabbit is about to go in labor is fur pulling. According to DebMark Rabbit Education Resource, pregnant rabbits pull fur from their shoulders and upper abdomens right before giving birth. Many rabbits may start fur pulling about two days before giving birth. However, certain rabbits may begin fur pulling up to a week before birth. Another sign of impending labor is appetite loss. Rabbits often stop eating 24 to 48 hours before giving birth.Learn More
According to Pet Education, healthy rabbits can have red urine because they have ingested a plant-heavy diet, especially if the plants contain beta-carotene. Antibiotics also cause some rabbits to excrete red urine, and dehydration and stress cause reddish discoloration of urine to occur.Full Answer >
From conception to birth, a rabbit's gestation period ranges from 30 to 40 days. At its conclusion, a female rabbit, or doe, gives birth to between one and nine kits, or baby rabbits.Full Answer >
Rabbits blink, but not often, because they have a third eyelid. The third eyelid allows rabbits to sleep with their eyes open. The rabbit's third eyelid is called the nictitating membrane.Full Answer >
Miniature or dwarf rabbits are rabbit breeds characterized by weight under 4 to 5 pounds, often caused by a dwarfing gene. There are up to 10 recognized breeds of miniature or dwarf rabbits recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association and the British Rabbit Council.Full Answer >