Facts about Satin Rabbits. The Satin Rabbit is a domestic rabbit breed that was first imported into the United States in 1947. Since 1947, there have been quite a lot of further importations of the Satin Rabbit breed to other worldwide countries. The Satin Rabbit is chiefly developed for their popular meat and fur. The first importations were of Ivory Satin Rabbits and this still continues by far the most admired color, even though these breeds come in other different colors. The Satin rabbit breed was developed in the United States from an original collection of albino rabbits and it is approved as a separate rabbit breed by the American Rabbit Breeders Association.
Satin Rabbit. "Scientific name for Satin Rabbit is Oryctolagus cuniculus". "Fear of Rabbits Leporiphobia". All rabbit breeds are "lagomorphs" various plant-eating mammal of the order Lagomorpha ; a hare, rabbit, or pika.
The male Satin Rabbit is called a buck and a female Satin Rabbit is called a doe, also both known as a bunny. A young rabbit is called a kit "kitten" or baby bunny.
Features of Satin Rabbit
An adult Satin Rabbit is a big size breed, and usually, the female rabbits are heavier than the males, with a body weight, ranging from 8.5 to 12 lbs (3.9 kg to 5.5 kg). The male rabbits are usually capable of attaining a body weight between 6 lbs and 8 lbs (2.7 kg and 3.6 kg). The Satin Rabbit breed has a long, well-built body, with elongated ears and a wiggling snout. The Satin Rabbits come in a variety of colors that vary from bright orange, golden red to a black Silver Martin array.
The unique feature of the Satin Rabbit breed is a delicate satin-like texture and shine coat, which is formed by a peculiar mutation of the hair, and the scales being much compressed and the inner hollow cells found in other coat types being either partially or fully absent. The transformation that produces these structural changes is totally recessive to the usual coat. The Satin Rabbits have a rollback coat and the length of their fur ranges from 1 inch to 4 inches (2.5 cm to 10 cm). The high-quality pelts of these rabbits have a great demand and value, and sometimes, they are in rather larger demand than the pelts of the standard fur breeds.
The Satin Rabbit breed has transparent hair that reproduces light. Fundamentally, the coat of the Satin Rabbit breed is extremely thick and soft, and it has got a matchless shine that makes the rabbit more popular when compared to other rabbit breeds.
Generally, the Satin Rabbits are used for their high-quality fur. Its quiet and placid behavior makes it appropriate as pets for kids. Various rabbit breeders and rabbit enthusiasts prefer to demonstrate them in fancy shows for public display. In general, the Satin Rabbit breed is recognized as a popular breed for its commercial value. Its adaptable nature keeps this animal famous as a performer that is also suitable for consumption.
Diet of Satin Rabbit
Usually, Satin Rabbits are big in size and have high nourishing cost. In the captive, these Satin Rabbits are fed with a high-quality diet that is rich in protein, together with sunflower seeds to assist them to keep up a fine body tone. This high quality diet is adequate for them and assists them to boast a healthy coat.
Behavior of Satin Rabbit
In addition to the fur, the Satin Rabbit breeds are also widely used as pets. Normally, these rabbits are calm, pleasant, and quiet animals. Satin Rabbits have excellent behavioral patterns. The Satin Rabbits are trouble-free to maintain because they need no other extraordinary care, except regular brushing.
Satin Rabbits have an outstanding sense of vision, smell and hearing. Having eyes on the side of their head and being so big, gives them nearly 360 degrees vision, allowing the Satin Rabbit to see predators from all directions. The Satin Rabbit can see everything behind and in front of them and have just a small blind-spot in front of their nose.
Satin Rabbits have long ears which can be as long as 4 in" (10.2 cm). Satin Rabbits are herbivores (a herbivore, eats leaves, grass, hay and furns (plant eaters) and also mammal.
Satin Rabbits are born without fur and its eyes are closed. Half of the rabbits in the world live in North America. Satin Rabbits are comfortable living in groups. European rabbits like to live in burrows underground. Warren is known as a group of burrows. Cottontail Rabbits are the only rabbit that does not live under ground.
Pet Satin Rabbits should be kept in pairs for Companionship, its important for a Satin Rabbits happiness and it can live longer with a companion. In the wild, rabbits are very social. Female Satin Rabbits can produce about 2 to 4 litters of bunnies per year with 4 to 6 babies.
Satin Rabbits love to run and can reach speeds of 30 to 40 mph. The average lifespan of a Satin Rabbit is around 5 to 8 years and in captivity can live up to 10 years. Satin Rabbits have 28 teeth and an incredible fact, a Satin Rabbit teeth never stop growing throughout its life.
Satin Rabbits can jump up to 36 inches (91.4 cm) and sometimes higher.
Satin Rabbits are very clean animals and will groom themselves and also each other. Satin Rabbits are crepuscular-(meaning the are most active at morning and evening) and do most of there feeding in the evening. Satin Rabbits on average sleep about 8 hours.
Satin Rabbits as pets enjoy wet food, carrots, hay or lettuce, a good one is dark leaf lettuce. (Iceberg lettuce contains too much water and too little fiber to be suitable.) Limit giving them fruit with sugar in it. Alfalfa provides the high caloric content necessary for baby bunnies development. Once Satin Rabbits reach seven months of age, gradually switch them over to timothy hay, oat hay, or orchard grass. Avoid giving them yard clippings, since grass is often sprayed with fertilizer, insecticides, pesticides, and other chemicals rabbits should not be eating. Their diet should consist of 70% of Hay and make sure they have fresh water every day.
For bedding, give Satin Rabbits wood pellets or aspen. You can use pelleted horse bedding. Do not give them pine or cedar. Clean the cage with either white vinegar or a cage safe cleaner; don’t use bathroom cleaner or other things that are toxic for the pet cage.
De-worming is a major concern and should be done in the spring and fall. A pea sized amount of de-worming paste in the rabbit’s mouth is sufficient for the Satin Rabbit.