Neutering rabbits is very important for many different reasons and should definitely be considered if you would like your rabbit to live a full, fun and happy life.
Although putting a rabbit under aesthetic has its risks, as
with any other animal.
But rabbits due to their size and having a sensitive system, rabbits should
never be starved / should never fast before an operation. If a vet asks for you
to do so, then please consider using a different rabbit savvy vet, as rabbits
are classed as exotic animals and if starved then they can get gut statis and
need to see a vet immediately as it can lead to further complications and
death, so make sure they are eating right up to the point they go in for their
operation and that you find a vet that you can trust.
Although rabbits are very cute! especially baby rabbits, without being neutered
they can multiply frequently; with a sexually mature female being able to have
up to 11 litters a year. A typical rabbits litter will contain 4-6 kits, although
they can have as many as 8. Their pregnancies typically last around 31 days, so
a rabbit can produce as many as 88 kits a year. There are already thousands of
rabbits being mistreated, over flowing rescue centres, please don’t bring
anymore into this world, if you have room to keep more and provide a perfect
home for anymore, please consider rescuing or rehoming one that is already in
need of a loving home.
Spaying a female rabbit can significantly reduce their chances of getting
cancer later on in life, as there is a high percentage of female rabbits over
the age of 3 that eventually get uterine cancer.
Phantom pregnancies are common in female rabbits that haven’t yet been spayed;
they typically start with the female starting to be a little grumpier, change
in appetite and pulling fur out from their chest to start building a nest, you
may also catch them running around with hay in their mouth, gathering nesting
materials. This can be very stressful for both rabbit and us humans to watch;
they can last a couple of days to a full month and may only happen once or keep
reoccurring. Spaying your female rabbit usually stops this behaviour and they
can focus on other things.
Although it may look very cute when your rabbit/s runs circles around you,
making a honking or buzzing noise, this is hormonal behaviour and mounting teddies
and other things is also part of their hormones. Humping can also be a sign of
dominance and your bunny trying to show you who is boss but in un-neutered
rabbits it is generally an urge they have, they cannot help it, it can also
cause them a lot of stress, having urges to hump and spray with other behaviour
Spraying is where your rabbit may aim and spray urine at you, sometimes
when you hold them, other times when you least expect it, in your face! They
also tend to mark their territory with urine to let others know that, that is
their area and not yours, so if you have an indoor area for them, be careful to
keep an eye on your walls and furniture.
Every rabbit deserves to have a friend and must be bonded correctly, when both
rabbits are neutered it is much easier for them to live harmoniously together
and have a pal for life. (You can attempt bonding after 6-8 weeks after
neutering, once bunny has healed)
Neutering has so many benefits and pros, including making it easier to litter
train them and usually helping with any behavioural issues - so if you are
questioning whether you should or not, it might be worth considering all of the
above and booking an appointment with your vet to discuss it further.
Male rabbits can generally be castrated between 4-6 months, when they reach
sexual maturity and their testicles are visible. (Costing around £40-£50)
Female rabbits can generally be spayed between 5-6 months, depending on the
size and weight of your rabbit. (Costing around £70-£90)
What is Microchipping?
An animal microchip is roughly the size of a large grain of rice and uses radio
frequency to transmit a 15 digit number to a microchip reader, to be able to identify
your pet. The microchip is safely, quickly and simply inserted under the skin
of your pet, the procedure only takes a couple of seconds but should last a
lifetime, apart from the odd occasion where it may fail or come out, but if
inserted correctly by a vet or trained microchip implanter it is likely to last
The cost of Microchipping. Why Microchip?
Microchipping is usually around £10 but there are several schemes and rescues
that often offer microchipping for free, it will ensure that if your pet is
found then it is likely to be reunited with you as soon as possible.
Various animals can be microchipped including cats, rabbits, birds and even
bearded dragons, so it is worth looking into if you have a pet. It is law in
the UK as of 2016 that you MUST microchip your dogs, regular checks take place.
Microchipping vs Not Microchipping
If your animal is found and taken to a vet or professional to get checked for a
microchip and no chip is found, they have 7 days for the owner to come forward,
if no owner comes forward then the animal can be rehomed.
If your animal is found and taken to a vet or professional to get checked for a
microchip and a microchip is found, then the 15 digit number is checked on the
pet log data base, where the registered owners details should be and you will
be contacted and hopefully reunited with your beloved pet.
If your details however are not up to date or they are unable to reach you on
the number provided, then you will have 30 days to get in contact, after the 30
days your pet can be rehomed. So it is extremely important to keep your details
up to date!
So if you find an animal that you believe may be lost or stolen, then please
take it to your local vets or rescue, then hopefully they can be reunited with
An experience in The Gallery was a fantastic experience, one
not to forget.
The first time entering the Imax Odeon in Milton Keynes, we used the ticket
machine to claim our tickets and headed straight up to The Gallery. You have to
book Gallery tickets to use The Gallery and it is a lot extra but the extra benefits
are worth it in my opinion; unlimited access to fresh nachos, salsa, cheese dip
and jalapenos, unlimited popcorn sweet or/and salted and unlimited bottles of
drinks, whether it be fizzy soda or water you just help yourself from the refrigerators.
You also have access to The Gallery area, bar and toilets.
The screens up in the gallery keep you up to date, so you know when your screen
is ready, head through the gallery screen doors, to the screen and you have the
top few rows of the cinema, lots of leg room and a table for your food and
drink, sit back and enjoy the film.
I would highly recommend The Gallery in the Odeon at Milton Keynes and will be
viewing that way in the near future.
Comping is entering competitions and giveaways, which I like
to do on a regular basis. Here are a few tips and tricks from the comping
world, that can help you succeed in winning, unfortunately there is no
guaranteed success, someone could enter the same amount of competitions as
another, one could win 100 prizes, the other might not win 1.
Dedicated Email address
Before entering competitions, a lot of them are wanting you to sign up to
information or newsletter to be eligible for the prize, setting up a dedicated
email address for competition entries, will help combat spam and help you find
your winnings easier, some competitions will even ask you to validate your
email address, so make sure you check your emails from the dedicated email
In your dedicated emails, you might also like to create dedicated folders.
You can set selected folders with filtered words such as; ‘winner, won,
winnings, prize’ to go into a dedicated folder so you don’t miss a win, but
watch out for emails like ‘winner’ as when you open it, it may just be
announcing the winner and it may not in fact be yourself.
When you enter competitions they may also email you to say
thank you for entering or if it is entry via Gleam or Rafflecopter they often
send you an email letting you know how many entries you have. I often put these
in a separate folder, just in case I do win a competition and want to confirm
it is a genuine win and not spam before opening or giving any details.
Terms and Conditions
Always read or at least skim the Terms and conditions, most terms will exclude staff
or immediate family members that are staff members from that company, from
Check if it is collection only and if it is worth collecting and from where.
Check the age requirements, most are 16 years and older.
Winners usually have to agree to a photo of them collecting the prize or for
your name to be included in their article about the prize.
There may also be a clause where you are unable to win one of their prize draws
for a period of time, so it is always worth checking the Terms and Conditions.
Tick Boxes Always check the tick boxes and small print, often they will ask you to
tick a box if you do not wish for them to pass your details on and then untick
the following box to not send your details on, sometimes the tick boxes are
below the submit button, so always check before clicking to enter. This could
save you from being bombarded by unwanted phone calls and nonsense calls.
I would suggest signing up to a website or comping forum to help keep track of
competitions entered. On the Money Saving Expert forum, there is a
‘competition’ category where people share competitions and even the answers to
the competitions, you can then ‘thank’ the original poster and mark it as
‘entered.’ It is important to keep track as some websites will say ‘one entry
per household or per email address,’ but will let you physically enter more
than once, so helps you not get disqualified.
There are loads of competitions out there via different platforms, websites,
entry forms, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media, I tend to
look for free competitions as there are plenty out there. Why waste your time
entering paid competitions when you aren’t guaranteed to win and you are
gambling your money away.
Winnings do not have to be declared as they are a prize or a
gift, most competitions are completely tax free, so other than the time given
entering them, you won’t lose out.
Entering competitions can take time, spend time entering competitions where the
prize is more appealing to you, there will be some where you can win holidays,
spa days, experiences and technology, all of which aren’t to everyone’s taste,
although many may prefer to enter cash. So I’d spend most of my time entering
for the prizes I really wanted or could make use of, otherwise it would be a
waste in time and effort.
Higher chance of winning
To be in for a better chance of winning enter competitions that have a low
number of entries or those that require effort, whether that be providing a
photo or simply having to log into the site.
Certain browsers will have add-ons or will say your details for auto fill out
forms. Google Chrome is a good browser that will automatically fill in your
forms for you, but not all websites accept autofill so always worth looking
properly, but autofill can help save you a lot of time.
You’ll often come across competitions that have required boxes or those with a
star* which generally means those boxes are required to fill in and complete
your entry. You’ll also notice that some are not required, like your phone
number for some, only fill in the information required, otherwise you may have
unwanted calls, just like if you forget to tick or untick a box.
Also something to look out for is the competition
requirements of entry, as most twitter competitions will be a Follow and
Retweet, but read them carefully as some require you to also ‘like’ the post or
follow another account.
Those are the main points for staying safe, as well as having a good antivirus
on your device you use to enter competitions. Have fun and Happy Comping!
Most people will at least
be aware of Nando’s which is a well-known restaurant for their great tasting peri
peri chicken and a great place to eat since 1987, especially if you are a
chicken lover, that is!
If you aren’t aware of Nando’s then you are in the right place, but where have
you been all of these years?!
I probably visit Nando’s several times a year, after finding out about it for
the first time 4 years ago, when they opened a restaurant near to where I live.
I’ve visited several stores and haven’t been disappointed!
Seating and Menu Upon arriving at Nando’s you will be greeted by a lovely member of the
Nando’s team, who should seat you at your desired table, usually with a couple
of choice tables for you. They should then hand you and your party your menu/s,
ask if you have visited Nando’s before, if you haven’t then they will talk you
through selecting from the menu and the order process. You should also have
been given a cockerel on your table, this is to notify the other staff that
your table is occupied and you are waiting for your order.
There is a great selection from Chicken wings to burgers, wraps to sweet potato
and also a great selection of puddings you can find them all HERE, I usually
find a meal without starters and pudding is more than enough for me. You need
to also decide on the heat of your sauce, if you are like me then Hot is a great
choice, you can select from plain all the way up to extra hot, but I have
noticed it can vary from store to store on how hot, extra hot is.
I would say Nando’s meals are a very fair price, for the quality you get and
the amount, on the last visit me and my partner had a meal each, he had some
extra wings, and unlimited drinks and it came to just under £30, which was
fairly decent and kept us full throughout the day.
Ordering and Faculties
Once you have selected what you would like to eat and drink, you should take
note of your table number and order at the till. *Don’t forget to use your
Nando’s reward card, you can sign up today! You will gain free food the more
you use your reward card, for every time you visit and spend £7 you will gain a
chilli which you can exchange for rewards.
When your order is complete you can grab yourself a drink at the drinks
station, this is my most popular choice of drink (re-fill drink) as you can
refill as much as you like from a selection of popular drinks or water, as well
as grabbing any extra sauces you might like, cutlery and straws at the station. Food is delivered promptly, hot and ready to eat.
Those who have little ones, there is a baby station available, men and women
toilets and disabled toilets, which are usually very clean, good size and easy
Atmosphere Nando’s restaurants are usually covered in beautiful artwork and has a
great atmosphere amongst staff and the restaurant itself, lots of African
inspired artwork with great topic of conversation, generally a clean and happy environment.
The artwork and decoration runs throughout the restaurants and every restaurant
is slightly different, even behind the counters and the toilets have a stunning
One of the Milton Keynes stores
This was no way sponsored or encouraged by Nando's.
Rabbits have complex dietary needs and complex body system, so feeding your rabbit the
correct diet is essential for a healthy rabbit. Unlike the popular cartoon
carrots and belief, carrots should not be a huge part of a rabbit’s diet and
should be limited, if not fed at all. Unfortunately pet stores and supermarkets
also sell many treats that aren’t ideal and could actually cause harm to your
bunny/bunnies so please research and check the ingredients and nutritional
value on the back of food and treat packets before feeding to your bunny, if
unsure you are best to avoid.
Muesli – You will find rabbit muesli
and food mixes in most pet food suppliers, these usually include corn, seeds as
well as other nuggets and ingredients. These should be avoided, as this is
classed as junk food for rabbits and can cause many health issues including:
obesity, over grown teeth, lack of nutritional and vitamins leading to other
major health issues.
Pellets – If your rabbit is younger
than 5 months, they should be allowed an unlimited amount of good quality pellets,
if they aren’t eating much hay then you can reduce the amount of pellets you
are offering them.
Pellets should only be around 5% of your rabbit’s diet, they should all be
similar in size, shape and colour and contain at least 18% fibre and 14% protein,
with the main ingredient being some form of hay or grass. You can feed 1
tablespoon per kilogram of rabbit daily.
I would recommend highly recommend Supreme Science Selective for those that
have it available to them and Oxbow for those outside of the UK.
Hay – Hay
comes in a wide variety with Timothy and Meadow hay being the two most popular
and accessible, fresh hay and grass should be at least 80% of your rabbits
diet, this helps with their digestive system and keeps their gut moving, it
also helps keep their teeth ground down as they are constantly growing. Alfalfa
hay is good for younger rabbits under the age of 5 months and those that need
to put on weight. *Please do not feed rabbits mowed cuttings, grass that is cut
from a strimmer or lawn mower can contain chemicals from the machinery and can
ferment quicker. Hay should ALWAYS be available for your rabbit along with fresh water, bowl or bottle.
Fruit – Fruit
should be given sparingly it at all, you should also treat carrots as if you
would fruit when feeding to rabbits as it is just as high in sugar. The general
rule of giving fruit and carrots to your rabbits, is no more than two
tablespoons of fruit or carrot a day and remove all pips, stones and seeds.
Blackberries with leaves,
Oranges without peel,
Raspberries with leaves,
Strawberries with tops,
Tomatoes without leaves.
– Vegetables can slowly be introduced to bunnies around the age of 5
months, but ideally 6 months is the best age to introduce them. It is best to
introduce them to a new type of vegetable one at a time and see how your rabbit
reacts, by keeping an eye on their behaviour and poop, waiting 24 hours between each new food. If their poop seems less
solid and soft/sloppy, it could be that a
certain type of vegetable doesn’t agree with them and has caused an upset tummy, wait until their poop returns to normal before feeding anything else new.
Some rabbits react badly to vegetables, so you have to judge it by the individual.
Those that can have vegetables, 10-15% of their diet is a good amount to feed
of feed your bunny, a mix of 4-6 different types, this can also include weeds
and herbs, a cup full per 1.8kg of bunny. Dark leafy greens should be the most part of their vegetable intake, Please wash all vegetables before feeding to
(star*** means limit)
Baby Corn (the ONLY corn)
Broccoli with leaves***
Brussel Sprouts with leaves***
Cauliflower with leaves,
Celery with leaves,
Courgette with flowers,
Peas with the leaves and pods,
Herbs –Herbs can also be part of their vegetable mix, they are slightly
stronger in smell and taste and can take a few tries before your rabbit takes
to even trying them. Bunnies that tend to have a runny bottom after eating
vegetables are often more tolerant to herbs, so it is worth a try.
Weeds –Weeds are an ideal
source of food for our rabbits, usually easy accessible and a natural source of
nutrition. *Please only pick weeds from areas you are aware of that haven’t
used chemicals or pesticides that could potentially harm your bunny, washing
them will also help make sure they are clean, your bunnies can graze from these
naturally in the garden as well. *Please don’t use any weeds that have been cut
with a strimmer or mower, these will ferment quicker and may contain chemicals
from the machinery.
Human foods – Human processed foods aren’t generally the healthiest for
humans and should not be fed to your rabbits.
TOP TIPS: 1) When changing over to a new food (from Muesli to pellets or a certain brand to another) you need to add a little of the new one to the old food, gradually add more and change it over 7-10 days.
2) If your bunny stops eating completely, for over 12 hours and isn't their self, please consult a vet immediately. 3) NO nuts, NO seeds and NO corn (except baby corn) 4) If in doubt - avoid
I love saving money, whether it is a promotion or by using coupons. I also love the idea of freebies and competitions.
You may have noticed that a lot of receipts often come with a survey or a giveaway linked to them now, if you've had a trip to the supermarket or a meal out. If you fill out the surveys linked with the receipts, you can get yourself some free loyalty points, a discount off your next visit, or an entry into a prize-draw. Sometimes you can gain yourself points and a prize, so it is worth keeping a hold of your receipts and following the information.
Most of the surveys are simple to complete and will take around 2-10 minutes of your time. If you have a points card connected to that company, it is worth having that on hand, in case they ask for your points card number, so they are able to add your reward or enter you into the draw.
So you've got your reward card, your receipt and your device to complete the survey.
Then you ask yourself… is it worth it? What is the likelihood of winning?
My answer would be, if you have a spare 2-10 minutes of your time and are happy to fill out surveys, then you have nothing to lose, but a small percentage of a chance to win, gained.
If you find filling out surveys to be a chore, then I would consider only entering for guaranteed discount, points or the prize draws you are more likely to win; for example, weekly winners or a higher number of winners. You could also consider entering the prize draws that are more appealing to you, so although you may not particularly want to win a car, there may be an opportunity to grab yourself a luxury holiday for you and your family.
Always remember to update your details for your loyalty cards when any of your details change: change of address, email address or contact numbers. This will make sure you receive the appropriate vouchers, surveys and information, especially if you entered a prize draw because you may be a winner.
Feel free to share your experiences and if you've won anything from store surveys, or your favourite discounts you received from completing a store survey, either through the stores receipt or email system.
For me, Tesco has one of the most appealing rewards as you usually receive a chance to win a high value gift card and you receive a guaranteed amount of Clubcard points. KFC also had a rather appealing survey, as you received 20% off your next order.
Just a note to say that some companies will directly email you the survey link through your email address; if you use your Costa card, for instance, on a visit to Costa, you are likely to find an email waiting for you in your inbox.
The mother-in-law is to blame for my love of Yankee Candles in particular - if
cared for correctly, Yankee Candles can provide you with outstanding smells and
memories to last forever (or until they retire their scent!)
Fresh apples, mmm… I was disappointed to see that 'Granny Smith' wasn't to be
released in the UK, but fortunately some UK sites and stores had them in for a
limited time only, with an offer of 20% off everything in store. How could we
The label itself suggests fresh, green, ripe Granny apples,whileremoving the lid, you are hit with the
gorgeous scent offreshly cutapples in a cold breeze on a summers
day.After trimming the wick,
lighting this beauty, and placing on theilluma-lid,
it didn't disappoint; the crisp freshness of the juiciest apples you canbuy filled the room and the rest of
the rooms in our small terrace house. The stunning glow of the deep pool on the
candle was amazing and took a few hours, butthere
wereno problems at all. We loved
it so much that we took a trip back to the store and bought one at full price,
before they were all gone for only the US to enjoy. At an average cost of
£21.99 per large jar (623g) with around 110-150 hours of burning time,
depending on the care and environment, this candle is well worth its money, in
my opinion.It'sone of the best Yankee Candle scents
and throws I have had, and I use a lot of candles, especiallythe melange ofYankeesI've used over the years to fragrance
I am a huge animal lover and would rescue every animal if I could, but I'm currently private renting; the landlord reluctantly let us have our current animals. It wouldn't be fair on the animals either, as I don't have much more space or time for any more, unfortunately.
As part of my topics on this blog, I would love to include animals, especially a guide on how to care for rabbits, as they are more complex and interesting than I ever could have imagined before becoming a bunny-mummy.
This is just a little introduction for my love and life with animals:
As a child, a lot of my friends had animals, whether it was a fish or a dog, a cat or a rat. My parents never wanted animals, or so they said, especially after having to rehome their beloved family dog when I was just a baby, and told us that we would have to be responsible for them if we were to have one, which of course I insisted that I would have been.
After years of pestering, or shall I say convincing, my mum informed me on my eighth birthday, if I recall correctly, that we were off to the pet shop to get a fish. A fish?! Trying to hide my disappointment, as I supposed this was progress, I trailed behind my mother on the walk into town.
On arrival at the pet shop, she stood in front of the hamsters and told me to choose one; fear and excitement beamed across my face. 'But these are hamsters!' stating the obvious. Amongst the wriggling, squirming, beige-coloured hamsters, there was a large, black, furry lump that had a white stripe symmetrically on each side of its tummy, which later became my furry lump, called Nibbles, a Syrian hamster.
One thing I forgot to mention was the fear my mother had for rodents; this could have been a huge issue!
When buying a hamster from our local pet store, you got handed your new pet in a yellow cardboard carrier, to take your pet home safety. My mum informed the staff that they should put the cardboard carrier inside the cage for the walk home, just in case of an escape. During the walk home, my mum held Nibbles in her carrier, inside her new cage, whilst I carried the bag with her accessories, toys, treats and food. The sweat poured from my mother’s forehead as though someone had turned on a tap, the carrier inside the cage shaking, bobbing about. What was a 15 minute walk felt like 15 years for my fearful mother. As we reached the top of our road, out popped a hamster’s face; I've never seen my mother run home so fast.
After settling Nibbles in for the night and leaving her to get used to her new surroundings, the time had come to try and hold her. I was so proud of my mum; I could see how she merely made it through the walk home and she insisted she would be the first to hold her.
Nibbles was a special pet of mine - my first pet; the one who got my mum over the fear of rodents. Once she had held her, it was as if the fear had faded away, almost completely. Nibbles was a part of our family and I even saw a different side of my dad with her. Since then, we've always had animals, thanks to my four-legged 'Fish'.
Thank you for joining me on my freshly, clean and pristine blog, it is
great to have you here and I hope to share a variety of things with you all,
including wedding planning, reviews, my love for candles and animals, even DIY
products and money saving ideas and tips.
Let me introduce myself and then we can get to the important part where
you can win yourself £10 to spend.
I’m a 20 something female, who lives in the South East of England, my hobbies
include comping, looking after and enjoying time with my pets, fragrancing my
home, crafting and writing to my penpals.
Crafts – are a great therapy for me, I enjoy many different crafts, it all
started with my mother’s friend years ago, when she came into our class to
teach us some hand sewing, she was also involved with helping the elderly with
card making which I later joined in with and got hooked.
Card making and decorating small furniture or objects is the main crafty
love of mine, but I also enjoy scrapbooking, smashbooking and jewellery making
but I’ll give anything a go!
Wedding – Being engaged
for around 5 years I’d love to share some wedding tips, tricks and ideas some
of which I will be including in my own wedding planning.
Money Saving –
being an avid competition hunter and entrant, I would love to share some money
saving ideas, tips or even how to gain some extra cash.
Animals – I have a
love for animals; especially having some fantastic, characters myself! We
currently have a turtle, rabbits, a Syrian hamster and must not forget the
fish, which may be mentioned throughout. Rabbits may come up more often due to
them having a very complicated body system and needs, which many people aren’t
always aware of, so I hope to complete a guide for caring and getting the best
out of your pets in addition to caring for them.
Reviews – reviews are
likely to appear on products, places and even some of my wins. I’m happy to
review products if anyone has any that they would like - tried and tested.
Other posts about
life or products may appear too, I wish you will continue to join me in my
As an introduction to my blog and a thank you for popping over to see, I would
like to offer one reader the chance to win £10 to spend on whatever you’d like,
paid into your PayPal account, open internationally.
There are opportunities to win via different avenues, so please don’t fret if you
don’t have any social media accounts, you can still enter.