Thursday, 31 December 2015

Welcome 2016!

Happy New Years everybody! This year has been amazing, I have had such a great year. I've made new friends, experienced going to Kangaroo Island for the first time, getting my first job, teaching others and experiencing how to be a fun teacher but also an "in control" teacher which I'm not going to lie about. It was hard at the start but I've found a way. This year I have had so many amazing opportunities to expand my learning and I am very grateful.

Nibbles has honestly learnt so much this year and has had so much fun. He learnt how to stand up on two feet when I put my hand above his head, he's learnt how to jump over obstacles, go through tunnels etc. even though he is cheeky sometimes and goes into the garden when he's not allowed to, so I have to try and catch him in the garden and bring him back inside. I still love him, we play games around the house such as chasey where he tries to catch me but I've realised that sometimes he waits in one spot until he can't see me and once he can't see me he runs to me, hahaha I love it, he's my little clever munchkin. I also play hide and seek with him, as he always follows me up into my room, he automatically thinks I'm in there and then he realises I'm not in there and runs back and finds me, he's so cute!

This year I was fortunate to meet Lola's owner who I'm now best friends with, she makes me laugh so much and I'm so grateful to have her in my life. When meeting Lola's owner, we shortly realised that we both have rabbits and would like to see if Lola and Nibbles get along with each other. At the start I must say it wasn't smooth sailing but I can definitely tell you as of this moment they are great friends. From the 23rd of December 2015 till the 6th or 7th of January 2016 Lola will be looked after by me and my family (but mostly me). Lola is one, and just like when Nibbles was a baby he did not like being held or picked up and would freak but over the past week I have held Lola many times and she seems to enjoy it and doesn't freak out so easily. Yesterday I face-timed Lola's owner who is currently on the other side of the world,  I wanted to show her Lola as she hadn't seen Lola for a while. I held Lola and Nibbles on either side of me to show her. I am glad to experience having another rabbit in the house. I can tell you Nibbles has been over the moon about it!

This year in November I decided to create a blog... well my mum suggested it as a joke but then I said "why not?" and I must admit I'm glad I did it. I love sharing Nibbles' adventures, healthy tips and recipes. I never thought that Nibbles' instagram would blow up in the past year. The amount of support that Nibbles' followers give is amazing and I thank everyone of you for following, commenting and even liking. I would just like to say to you reading this thank-you and I hope you have the best year, for 2016 is going to be a good one I can tell!

instagram - @rabbitnibbles

lola's instagram - @omg_lola_the_cola

Fruity Ice Cubes

 Fruity ice cubes are a nice and cool treat for your rabbit this Summer. Nibbles really enjoys having one or two ice cubes on a hot day. These are easy to make and you can make these with any kind of vegetables or fruit. Nibbles first just nudged the ice cube but once he sniffed them he started to lick and bite it, then devoured it in seconds (obviously not in seconds that would be a bit worrying).  Anyone can have these ice cubes as they don't have any rabbit food in them, you could pop some into a smoothie or some juice.

You will need
An ice cube tray
A freezer
Types of vegetables and fruit:
If you have frozen vegetables or fruit put
them in warm water first so they can thaw

Have your ice cube tray on standby before you start.
Grab your carrot/s (as many as you want, but just remember how many carrot ice cubes you want to make) chop them up so they are 1 to 2cm thick and place them into the blender with two tablespoons of water (you may add some more if you feel the need to) once blended like a smoothie pour it into the ice cube tray.

With other ingredients such as kale, raspberries and or parsley you won't need to cut them up as they are small enough for the blender to blend them up! And if any of you were wondering I took the skin of the papaya and cut it up into cubes then blended them with water.
I recommend you giving papaya to your rabbit as it is good for their digestive system, but not too much! Give your rabbit half of the papaya or less, and then you can have the rest.

Once all of your fruits and vegetables are blended and poured into the ice cube trays, all you have to do then is put it in the freezer overnight!
You may want to keep the kale ice cubes in the
freezer for longer because as I realised there was still a bit of kale that was not frozen properly, so leave them in for a bit longer but other than that you're ready to go.
A good tip, save some of them by putting them into a plastic bag and into the freezer for later!

instagram - @rabbitnibbles

Thursday, 24 December 2015

How To Keep Your Rabbit Cool In Summer

As some of you may know rabbits are more active during Spring and early Summer, as most animals come out of hibernation. At this time of the year it is mating season as well but only for a fraction of the Summer. Most rabbits and other small animals will get hot very easily and will possibly dehydrate without the proper care and shade. Here are some ways and ideas to keep your rabbit cool and hydrated in the Summer.

  • Frozen water bottle (also a good way to recycle)
  • Frozen fruit cubes
  • Water (put ice cubes into the water to keep it cool)
  • Cold tiles such as bathroom or laundry
  • Drape a dry towel and have a fan blowing through the towel so it doesn't hit the rabbit directly
  • If unable to bring inside drape a wet towel over their hutch
  • Make sure their hutch isn't in direct sunlight throughout the day
  • Rabbits release heat through their ears so mist the outside of their ears now and then
  • Brush your rabbits fur as nobody wants extra fur when its hot
  • If unable to go inside place a ceramic tile in their cage for it to lie on

These are just a few easy ways to keep your rabbit cool and hydrated through those hot summer days. I understand that many of you may not be in summer at the moment but as many of my readers live in the southern hemisphere I thought it would be appropriate to share some ideas to help your rabbits get through those incredibly hot days. If you would like to see how I created those ice cubes I will be writing a future blog post on the recipe and the process of creating them.

instagram - @rabbitnibbles

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Nibbles And A New Friend

As many of my Instagram followers may know, Nibbles had a play date with my friend's rabbit called Lola. She is a year old and is quite small. As Nibbles and Lola are not desexed yet, we had to keep them separate, so I guess it wasn't much of a "play date."

On the 23rd of December, Nibbles will be having a "play date" for around two weeks as Lola's owner (my friend) and her family will be travelling overseas. Neither me nor Nibbles have ever had another rabbit stay over for a night let alone two weeks! But I am thrilled to take care of another rabbit, as I have only ever had one rabbit, Nibbles. I have wished to have another rabbit so Nibbles wouldn't be lonely and would be able to learn how to share and have the enjoyment of playing with another rabbit.

I can't wait to take care of Lola and Nibbles, it will be an adventure and a challenge with the two of them together as Nibbles is a crazy bunny who loves to adventure everywhere, and Lola is very quick and can get into small spaces. So who knows what those crazy bunnies will get up to in two weeks.

I'll be sure to write another blog post on what antics they get up to and how I will keep them cool and hydrated throughout this summer heat. Let me know in the comments below if you would like to know more about Lola. There will also be another blog post on what they get for christmas! (if their good bunnies that is...)

instagram - @rabbitnibbles

lola's instagram - @omg_lola_the_cola

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Homemade Christmas Cookies

Want help with training your rabbit? Christmas cookies are the answer! Nibbles loves these cookies, at first he was a bit sceptical (because they're a bit to dry for 'Nibbles's liking') but after a bite he really enjoyed the treat and lets just say he didn't just want one cookie.
I've made these before, but I had to recreate them as I may have burnt them in the previous attempt, so watch the oven frequently when baking these! You can also give these to your guinea pigs, as rabbits and guinea pigs share the same pellets.

You will need
1/2 A cup of pellets
1/4 Of a cup of oats
One banana
Half a carrot

Pre heat oven to 200°C
Blend the oats in a blender till it is a fine powder. Blend the pellets or crush them using a plastic bag and a rolling pin. Mash the banana and blend up the carrot so it is in very thin slices. Once done mix the banana, the carrot, the oats and the pellets together. After mixing let it sit for around 10 minutes, then see if you need to add some water if the mixture does not hold together. 

Grab a baking tray and line it with tin foil. Use a rolling pin to flatten the mixture so that it is roughly 1cm thick, then cut it into which ever shapes you would like, it doesn't necessarily have to be Christmas themed, use any cookie cutter shapes you have available to you.

Pop them in the oven and bake at 200°C for 20-30 minutes. Slide the cookies onto a rack for them to cool off for 1-2 hours, when done give one to your rabbit or guinea pig!

But don't forget this is a treat and not an everyday food, so mainly give one a day. I hope your guinea pig or rabbit enjoys it, as Nibbles absolutely loves these!

Instagram - @rabbitnibbles

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Little Rabbit Nibbles


Hi, this is the life of Nibbles the rabbit. Nibbles has a Instagram account which has grown in popularity these past months and I seem to be writing/captioning his photos and videos with his fun/crazy adventures and well basically, what Nibbles gets up to on a daily basis. So it got me thinking because most people on Instagram don't read my enormous paragraphs about nibbles day and what he seems to really enjoy, I decided to make a blog and see what happens. So if you would like me to rate or review an item which Nibbles has tried, or share a food recipe which is rabbit friendly let me know. :)

Nibbles has been on Instagram for around a year or two now, it has been very slow pace (in terms of followers and likes) but recently the accounts followers have gotten into the thousands! which I am so grateful for and would have never imagined, thank you so much. xx
Instagram - @rabbitnibbles