Question by nicky:
urgent question on newborn rabbits?

it’s my female rabbit’s first pregnancy and she gave birth to 1 newborn and she doesn’t breast feed it…. so i have to hold her down in order for the baby to breastfeed. i was doing research on the world wide web and it said that newborn rabbits, if their mom doesn’t take care of them ,i have to instruct them how to pee. i have to use a wet cloth and stroke its genitals till it pees….i tried it and it did not work and the world wide web also said if this was not done after every feeding it would die. i went to the guy i got my rabbits from and he said that you do not have to do that and it’ll learn on its own …but i’m seeing this thing on more than 1 site and i need to know if its true or not …so do you really need to instruct a rabbit how to pee and if so how do you… i tried but it did not work :( i’m really attached to the newborn and i cant let it die so please help if you can…it’ll really mean a lot


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Answer by Robert M.
Well I hope you know that the mom hasn’t been feeding it because you have been weighing the baby. Do not anticipate to see the mom hop into the nest box and feed it while you watch. She will try to do it early in the morning or when no one is around. So my recommendation is to leave your baby rabbit alone (going one day without food will not kill it). Buy a mailing scale at staples or office depot. Weigh the baby at 7pm tomorrow- leave the mommy and baby alone- and then weigh it again the next day at 7pm. If the baby has gained any tiny amount of weight it is being fed and you can get out of your momma bunnies business. Just to be sure weigh it again the day after. Its just very unnatural for a mom rabbit to feed her kits while there could be a threat around and if she is trying to nurse the kit and you are constantly interfering you could be causing her and the baby both a lot of stress and that in it’s self could be enough to kill the baby. I doubt you have to instruct the baby to pee so stop worrying about all that bs and go get a scale to weigh it each day so that you can really find out if she is or is not feeding it. In the meantime stop making her feed the baby! You def do not want her to nurse it too often.

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