Looking After A Rabbit: 5 Tips
There is nothing cuter than a rabbit. If you’d like to have one as a pet, here are some tips that could be helpful to you!
1) Keeping Rabbits Alone
Many people want to start with a single rabbit. However, rabbits are very social animals and should not be kept alone. Even if they receive a lot of attention from humans, it will never be like having another rabbit by their side. When you see two fun, cute and active rabbits together, that’s when you will understand why this is the number one tip on this list. So, always start with two rabbits. If it is a male, have it neutered. You can then find a mate at a shelter. A combination of a female rabbit and a neutered male rabbit works best. Two males together or two females together will usually fight.
2) Not Suitable For Children
Contrary to popular belief, rabbits are not suitable as pets for children. Most rabbits do not like to be picked up or cuddled. If they do, they may scratch, bite, or even fight so hard that they break their backs. If you spend a lot of time with your rabbit and treat it gently, it will become docile and learn to enjoy being petted.
3) They Need A Lot Of Space
Always combine a hutch or cage with a large (outdoor) run, or allow your rabbit to spend most of the day free in the house. The hutch or cage can serve as a safe resting place. Do not place the cage in direct sunlight or near heaters; rabbits are prone to heatstroke. Keep them well ventilated and in a quiet place.
In an outdoor enclosure, the rabbit needs a safe place to hide. Rabbits dig well. You can prepare a few piles of sand in your outdoor run to create a tunnel. You can also fill a box with soil or straw so that the rabbit can dig back in. Rabbits love to play with cardboard. They can crawl on it, climb into it, chew on it, or use it as an obstacle when playing with other rabbits.
Rabbits live an average of 8 years. Vaccinate young rabbits after five weeks of age for myiasis and VHS. A healthy rabbit is alert, active, has clear eyes, and a clean nose, ears, and anus. Their coats are shiny, and their skin is supple.
Most of the time, rabbits get sick because of poor husbandry or poor-quality hay. If your rabbit eats less, stops eating, or has diarrhea, consult your vet as soon as possible; a rabbit that hasn’t eaten for a day is an emergency and needs immediate attention. Other symptoms of the illness include lethargy, a disheveled coat, dull eyes, and gnashing of teeth. Remember that rabbits are prey animals and will hide the fact that they are sick or unwell for as long as possible.
High-quality hay is their primary food source and must be available continuously. Also, their daily diet consists of herbs, grasses, and vegetables. For example, endive, chicory, parsley, carrot, spinach, coriander, wild carrot, dandelion, clover, nettle, ground elder, and chamomile. Do not feed cabbage, cut grass, potatoes, potato peels, bread, etc., to rabbits. Limit sugary foods such as carrots, beet, and fruits. Rabbits also need a small amount of concentrate. Choose pellets designed for rabbits, not a mix. This will help prevent your rabbit from eating only the good stuff and running out. Place feed and hay as far away from the corner of the litter box as possible. Since rabbits are domestic animals, you want to keep their toilet and food separate.
They need good stuff to prevent their teeth from getting too long. Therefore, please provide them with more materials to gnaw on, such as fruit tree branches.
What are the tips you have to keep rabbits happy and healthy? Share it with us in the comments below!