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Post Number:#1  Unread postby AmberRae » Thu Jun 08, 2017 6:09 pm


I have a few rex buns that are on wire bottom cages. Their hocks can sometimes look a little pink and calloused. I check them regularly and notice one of my bucks today had a little blood on one of his hocks. Now that he has broken the skin I assume the rest of my rex could get the same way. My question is do any of you guys have success with the resting mats? Will the buns know to rest on them? I gave him a solid mat this morning and he has been laying on it all day. Do you guys think I should try the mats or just put my rex in solid bottom cages? I hate the thought of the extra cleaning but also do not want my buns feet to hurt or worse turn into sores. This is the first time it has become an issue because they usually spend a lot more time on the ground but that is not an option lately with breeding and lots of rain.

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Re: Opinions on resting mats

Post Number:#2  Unread postby SableSteel » Thu Jun 08, 2017 6:42 pm


The resting mats worked for my velveteen lops, but severe sore hocks can have a genetic factor, and in that case resting mats won't help as much.
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Re: Opinions on resting mats

Post Number:#3  Unread postby AmberRae » Thu Jun 08, 2017 6:46 pm


Okay, I think I will try the mats. They definitely are not severe. I looked at his feet after resting on the rubber mat today and they didn't even look pink anymore and you would have never known there was blood this morning.

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Post Number:#4  Unread postby KimitsuKouseki » Thu Jun 08, 2017 6:52 pm


Each of my cages have a solid resting area. Just a plank shoved in the corner of the cage, a large piece of hard wood bark (they love to nibble on those) or my built-in offset floors.

You can see my offset floors in one of Pipo's pics http://kimitsukouseki.wixsite.com/bunbun-stories/pipo?lightbox=dataItem-j17mkvkk2 Planks that are angled with space between em for the droppings to roll out. They stay pretty clean.

Anyways, mats aren't rly needed, just a solid resting area big enough for the bunny to sit at bare minimum. Wood is fine as far as I can tell.

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Re: Opinions on resting mats

Post Number:#5  Unread postby AmberRae » Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:04 pm


That's a great idea Kimitsu! I really didn't want to do the plastic just in case they wanted to eat it. I will definitely try the wood. My husband can make them for all the bun cages.

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Post Number:#6  Unread postby SableSteel » Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:15 pm


If your rabbits are civil enough to not make a mess of themselves (unlike my vlops were ;) ) then the best cheap mat I've found is tiles. Mismatched tiles or sample tiles are pretty easy to find cheap ones of, and not only are they near indestructible (by rabbits at least), they stay cool in the summer.
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Post Number:#7  Unread postby shazza » Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:26 pm


i tried tiles and i ended up with gross, smelly rabbits that peed in THAT corner (even if i moved the tile) and then sat in it. wonderful.

i use resting mats and they work fine for my rexes, but i have to cover the entire cage floor with them, otherwise they will still get callouses. all my other rabbits have one panel each but to be honest i never seen the purposefully stand on them. they're probably mostly just there for my peace of mind.

a breeder i've bought from before actually went and bought the smallest plastic lattice you can find and cut them to fit his cage, and honestly i think i am going to steal that idea. i can get like three entire cages full from one $30 piece of lattice where $30 only buys me like 4 resting mat panels on bunnyrabbit :x
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Re: Opinions on resting mats

Post Number:#8  Unread postby AmberRae » Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:45 pm


Shazza,
I do like the sound of using the lattice since it would be inexpensive. Did you ever have a problem with your rabbits eating the plastic? I don't mind if the chew it, as long as they don't ingest it.

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Post Number:#9  Unread postby shazza » Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:56 pm


if they have eaten it, it didn't cause them any problems. SOMEONE chewed on one of the mats a little and took a chunk out, but everyone's still kicking so they either didn't ingest it or they just chewed it so finely it just passed on through. i try to give them a cardboard box or wooden block or something else to chew on when they need to so they seem to leave the mats alone
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Re: Opinions on resting mats

Post Number:#10  Unread postby caroline » Thu Jun 08, 2017 11:54 pm


I have Rex and all my cages have resting mats.
I don't use solid ones, They get too messy.
I use 4'x8' plastic lattice panels that you can get at home depot, Lowes, etc
They come in brown, white and green.
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I cut them on the table saw into 21"x12" pieces.
I use the indents on the edge as a guide & get someone to hold the edge of the panel for me as I cut.
I initially did 12"x12" but they got chewed up faster and the larges sizes last a lot longer.
Periodically I swap out the boards for clean ones and pressure wash the stains.
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Post Number:#11  Unread postby Ramjet » Fri Jun 09, 2017 12:00 am


EDIT.
Hindsight is always 20/20 but looking back its still a bit fuzzy.

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Post Number:#12  Unread postby ladysown » Sat Jun 10, 2017 3:15 pm


I don't like resting mats as my rabbits (when I used them) did one of two things for the most part (about 80% of them)

1. work hard to rip them off the floor and then toss them about the cage.

2. pooped and peed on them getting them really icky, really fast.

I sold them all about three months after I purchased them.

Talked with long term breeder, who said the best offense is a good defense.. breed against it. He told me frequently "you can get anything you want in rabbits, just breed for it. Want healthy animals.. breed for it. Want snotty attitude rabbits.. breed for it. Want bomb proof rabbits.. breed for. ALWAYS ALWAYS breed for it and CULL HARD." I took his words to heart. :) (well okay... for the most part. when I didn't.... it's always bitten me in the butt).
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Re: Opinions on resting mats

Post Number:#13  Unread postby AprilW » Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:11 pm


I use resting mats in all my cages and covered the entire cage floor. I have American Chinchillas a breed that doesn't really need mats but *I* prefer solid floors (Just not the clean up that goes with it). The majority of the waste falls through to my pans and the rest is easily wiped up. So far my rabbits have left the mats alone, but I also give several parrot toys. If your rabbit pulls the mats up, zip tie them to the cage floor.
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Re: Opinions on resting mats

Post Number:#14  Unread postby AmberRae » Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:44 pm


Thanks April for the zip tie suggestion. I will probably need to do that knowing my rabbits. I can't cull them for it. I don't look at it as a negative trait that they can't spend 24 hours a day on wire. I don't mind catering to their sore feet. I actually feel bad that I haven't fixed it sooner. I saw them getting a calloused but didn't think it was bothering them. I have put some temporary mats in for them until I get something permanent and they are clinging to them so I think their litte feet were sore. Rexes and velveteens are new for me so I am still learning. Any new rex additions will get a resting mat first thing.
After a lot of thought I think I am going to go with the lattice and make it the size of their whole cage.

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Post Number:#15  Unread postby ladysown » Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:49 pm


NOTE: well bred rex can live on wire flooring. They can be prone to sore feet/hocks...but you can breed against it. When I had rex, they had wire floors and didn't get sore hocks...except one line which I removed from my herd.
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