Newborn Rabbit HELP!

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by magikchick, Dec 26, 2008.

  1. magikchick

    magikchick ~FEATHERFOOTED DIVA~

    Apr 21, 2007
    SW Florida
    My cat came up with what I thought was a mouse. Nope it was a newborn rabbit. I got it away and it doesn't seem to be hurt too bad. Just a small puncture behind one ear. What can I do for it to keep it alive? It's active and moving around.
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Where is it's momma?

    If it doesn't have one, you may have to get an itty bitty bottle and start warming some milk.
  3. magikchick

    magikchick ~FEATHERFOOTED DIVA~

    Apr 21, 2007
    SW Florida
    I have not idea where the mom is at. My cat just can up with it. I got a 1cc syringe and some warm milk it took a little of it.
  4. MaineChickens

    MaineChickens Songster

    Mar 11, 2008
    Newborn rabbits are only fed once or twice a day by their mother- the milk rabbits produce is very rich. I am not sure you will be able to foster this baby without some help.
  5. chickenpiedpiper

    chickenpiedpiper Songster

    Aug 4, 2008
    New Durham NH
    Believe it or not, Legally, you really cant do anything. But if you contact your local wildlife or fish and game dept, they can give you the numbers of your local wildlife rehabbers, Veterinarians will also have these numbers, and some short term instructions. The milk is really specific, and some rabbits will die from cow milk, so make some calls quick, in the mean time, keep the poor lil thing in a WARM and dark soft nest, shoe box with towel and a heating pad on low will work. Put the heating pad under one side of the box, and let the critter move to the temp area that it wants. Resist letting people look in on the baby. One look every few hours is a max.

    And watch your cat, He/she knows where that nest is, and will go back for another toy. Dont put the baby back, mom wont take it. but keep kitty in, or he will be bringing you more for your collection!

    Make calls, and good luck!
  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    A wild rabbit is not the same as a domestic (english) rabbit. The mother feeds her kits once or twice a day but they also eat some of her poop for her antibodies etc. I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news but this baby is most lkely going to die. You should find a wildlife rehabber and get some help.
  7. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

    Jul 9, 2008
    Just so you know it is illegal in some states to own a wild born rabbit. I had a friend in middle school who found one in her drive way and brought it to school in her purse. She gave it to me and we attempted to raise it, but after about a week the thing was jumping a full 3 feet in the air and going nuts. My neighbor happened to be the humane society director and we called him over he notified us about it being illegal.
  8. Haviris

    Haviris Songster

    Sep 4, 2007
    I raised a couple newborn rabbits the dogs had, one was wet and had some blood on it, I figured it would die for sure, but after it dried you couldn't even tell which it was. Anyway I would wrap them in a towel to feed them, so that I wasn't touching them (don't know if it's true, but I've heard to much handling can kill them and these are the only one's I sucessfully raised, so this is how I will always do it) you also have to rub it's bottom w/ a damp cotton ball or something after it eats so that it will use the bathroom.

    Seems like I also heard they need some type of bacteria in their bellies, so hopefully someone who knows about that will reply. Mine stayed wild, so I released them when they were big enough.

    I would bet you can find some orphaned rabbit formulas if you do a search for them.
  9. Animallover606

    Animallover606 Songster

    Apr 12, 2008
    if someone has already said this sorry but goat milk is a good substitute oh and mabey a picture [​IMG]
  10. magikchick

    magikchick ~FEATHERFOOTED DIVA~

    Apr 21, 2007
    SW Florida
    The poor little thing did't make it. It had a punture wound in the back of it's head that turn out to be deeper then I thought. I didn't think it would make it but I had to try.[​IMG]

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