What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word ‘Rabbit’? A cute little animal, soft and innocent. Most of you will have an idea of the characteristics of the rabbit through the tale of the race between a rabbit and tortoise. But what do you know more than that? There are so many interesting facts about rabbits you should know. It has become popular as a pet, due to its cuteness and innocence. But many bring them home, without doing research on how one should pet them. Rabbits are misunderstood in some ways and so in this section, you will get a clear view of how you can maintain a rabbit as a pet.
They are fluffy, with short tails and long ears. There are about 30 species in the world that lives in different environments. Rabbits can be hilarious companions gracing your home with love and it is considered to be the 3rd popular pet in the United States according to some research.
To be honest, rabbits need more care and they can live up to 8 to 12 years if they are given proper attention and care. Your time, attention, vet care, and diet should be provided to them to live a healthy life. They are social animals and so need to keep with at least one other rabbit without leaving them to feel isolated.
How to pet a rabbit at home?
How should the cage look like?
If you keep them indoors, then make a cage that has more space where it can stand with its hindered legs without hitting its head on the top. You need to have space to keep the litter box and a place to rest for the rabbit. Keep the cage in a cool and ventilated area and do not keep it in the basement as it might get health issues like respiratory problems. If you plan to keep it outdoor, then its hutch should be at least four feet long and two feet wider with a solid bottom. As rabbits are easy prey, a predator-proof enclosure should be needed. The cage should be clean, without allowing any parasitic insects.
What type of Exercise?
You should not always keep them inside the cage. They need to have plenty of exercises to prevent disorders. You need to provide them with a large area where they can run, move around, jump and play for at least a few hours. If you do not want to give space at home to prevent it from electric cords, furniture, and materials that are toxic, you can buy a pen from pet stores that are at least 4 feet tall and you can place it outside so that the bunny will get access to grassy lands. Physical activity is a must to prevent the risk of developing deadly conditions in the digestive system.
They also need a resting area with hay that is solid and washable or disposable. Provide them with plenty of toys for mental stimulation and to wear down the teeth like wooden chew toys, straw baskets, and untreated trees. They also enjoy air-filled balls, paper rolls, and empty cardboard cartons. Prevent boredom and manage the stress level of rabbits, while keeping the diseases away. Spend 15 minutes in the morning and evening of playtime with your rabbit.
What is a rabbit’s diet?
This is important as it helps the rabbit to have a healthy life. They are herbivores, that eat plants so you need to provide grass or grass hay like oaten, meadow, timothy, and wheaten. 80% of your bunny’s diet is made up of grass or hay. Chewing helps the teeth of the rabbit to wear down and prevent disease-related to dental. Plenty of fresh leafy greens and vegetables like broccoli, spinach, celery, Brussel, and others, make 15% of the rabbit’s diet. Small quantities of carrots and other root vegetables can be offered as treats.
How often should you groom them?
Groom your pet regularly to keep the coat of rabbits in a good condition. This reduces the risk of blockage of the hairball. Check their fur for any parasites or dirt especially under the tail, while grooming and check the length of their toenails and if they are long, clip them by someone who knows how to do this safely.
How to take care of their health?
Take them to regular yearly veterinary check-ups. Their general health will be identified and they would vaccinate by checking the teeth for dental issues and the veterinarians will discuss the husbandry and the care for them. If you notice problems like poor appetite, lethargy, weepy eyes, scratches, cuts, and sneezing take it to a veterinarian.
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