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Allergic to Your Rabbit? How to Keep Your Home Allergen-Free

It’s a new pet owners worst nightmare: you get your rabbit home, place it in its wonderful new living environment with a feast of fresh hay…only to suddenly start itching and sneezing. If this has happened to you, you’re probably allergic to your rabbit.

While being allergic to your pet might be a shock, it’s actually not uncommon. It’s estimated that 15% of people have some sort of allergies to animals. Whether you do or not is largely dependent on whether your parents were also allergic.

So what causes an allergy? Contrary to what most people think, allergies are not caused by rabbit hair. Instead, they are actually a reaction to dander from the rabbit’s skin or even its saliva. While you might thing your reactions get worse after your rabbit grooms, this is because it is spreading the saliva over its body, which is then more likely to come into contact with your eyes and nose after you stroke him/her.

The good news is that you don’t need to give your rabbit up (unless your extremely allergic). In most cases, by following a few simple steps you can reduce the effect it has on your life.

How to Reduce Rabbit Allergy Symptoms

  1. Buy a cordless vacuum cleaner and clean EVERYWHERE in your home. The reason I recommend a cordless vacuum is because many come with handheld detachments. These can be used to get rid of pet dander that might settle on of bookcases or other furniture. Just make sure you buy a cordless vacuum with plenty of battery life, otherwise you’ll constantly need to recharge it. It’s also a good idea to buy a cordless vacuum with a pet hair attachment, as dander can sometimes stick to the hair.
  2. Groom your rabbit on a regular basis. I recommend at least five minutes each day. If possible, get someone in the household to groom the rabbit if you’re allergic. This will reduce the amount of dander escaping into your home.
  3. Make sure your bedroom is a rabbit-free zone. There’s nothing worse than feeling you constantly have a cold when trying to sleep.
  4. After you’ve handled your rabbit, wash your hands thoroughly immediately after, making sure you don’t touch your eyes. Also avoid holding the rabbit close to your face.

A rabbit allergy can be an annoying problem, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you need to get rid of your pet. With some common sense and a bit of extra work, you can greatly reduce how bad your reactions are.

You might also be wondering whether being allergic to a rabbit means you’ll react the same to all animals. This isn’t usually the case, as allergic reactions are caused by your immune system which can vary depending on the animal. So just because you’re allergic to rabbits doesn’t mean you’ll start sneezing around dogs or cats (although you might).

How to Choose a Lawn mower

How to Choose a Lawnmower (if Your Rabbit isn’t Up to the Job!)

Rabbits make great lawnmowers – but unless you have a horde of them they probably won’t get the entire job done evenly! I’ve had several requests for a post about how to choose a lawnmower, so I thought it was about time I got around to it.

Please note: it can be bad for rabbits to eat freshly cut grass, as the clippings are affected by the blades in a way that isn’t good for their digestive system.

Choose a Power Type

Lawnmowers can be classed in several different ways:

  • Rotary lawnmowers are the most versatile, as they can cut grass on uneven surfaces. They are probably the best for the average family home.
  • Cordless lawnmowers, such as this Bosch battery lawn mower, are becoming more and more popular as battery technology improves. They can also be powered by petrol if you need a stronger engine.
  • Cylinder lawnmowers are a great choice if your lawn is kept short and on an even surface.
  • However lawnmowers move just above your grass, which makes them easier to push and better for people with disabilities.

Your Garden Size

It’s probably not a surprise to hear that the size of your garden is probably the biggest factor when choosing a lawnmower. Small gardens can be well-serviced by battery models. But for medium or large options, you’ll at least want to consider getting a more powerful petrol model.

Other Tips

  • Many lawnmowers need to be pushed. More expensive options, however, may be self-propelled. While this probably isn’t necessary for small gardens, it can be a relief to not be required to push your lawnmower around a large area of grass.
  • Do you like the striped effect you see on football pitches and ornamental lawns? For this, you’ll need a roller on the back of the machine to flatten the grass in the direction you’re moving.
  • The capacity of the mower is also important. If it’s too small, you’ll need to stop an empty it which can be annoying.

So there you have it – a brief guide to choosing a lawn mower. If you have any questions, just ask!