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How to Give My Rabbit the Best Life

Ricky Rodson has owned and operated a rabbit rescue for nearly 17 years. I have experience with all different types of rabbits and rodents.

When you love your pet rabbit you want to care for it in the best way possible. You want for them to have a life filled with happiness and joy. The problem is that sometimes you aren't really sure how to provide it for them. If you have never owned a rabbit before the entire situation can seem quite alien to most people. But luckily for your rabbit, you have chosen to take time out of your day to make sure you are doing everything to can to give them a good life. To make things a little easier for you to understand I have broken down how to care for your rabbits into 6 easy to follow tips.


Tips for How To Give Your Rabbit The Best Life

  • Toys and Entertainment
  • Companionship
  • Healthy Diet
  • Room to Run
  • Veterinary Care
  • Love
Tips to help you give your rabbit the best life.

Tips to help you give your rabbit the best life.

Toys and Entertainment

Most doctors will agree that entertainment in life can be just as important as eating or sleeping. This is because without it we can quickly lose the will to live and the desire to keep going. So to prevent depression and boredom from taking over our pets' lives we must keep them as entertained as possible. This is an easy enough task, with all sorts of toys for rabbits being able to be purchased online or made at home.

Types of Rabbit Toys

  • Tunnels: To put it simply, rabbits love tunnels. Tunnels are great for rabbits because they provide them with both obstacles to avoid when zooming and a place to hide should they get scared.
  • Chew Toys: Like most rodents, rabbits are extremely fond of chewing things. Great household chew toys for pet rabbits can include everything from wooden clothespins to cardboard boxes.
  • Toss Toys: Another way rabbits like to pass the time is to throw things around. Some fun toys for them to do this with include lightweight baby toys and simple household items like paper cups. Anything small enough for them to grip with their teeth and light enough to throw around will work perfectly.

Why Not Pick Up A Small Toy For Your Pet Rabbit Now?

Companionship

Just like you and me, rabbits need social interaction to remain in the best of spirits. And while we all have the best intentions of showing our pets attention, the truth is our lives will always find a way to get in the way. Luckily, the easiest way to prevent your rabbit from feeling lonely is by getting another rabbit. After a couple of rough weeks, your rabbits will learn to bond with one another forming a lifelong friendship. This way, when you're distracted by life you can still rest easy knowing your beloved pet will always have someone to cuddle and play with. Another added benefit of companionship for rabbits is increased comfort and feelings of safety. When amongst more members of their own kind, animals tend to feel more at ease with their surroundings.

Healthy Diet

An important step in giving your rabbit a good life is feeding them the right foods. Because of their complex digestive systems, rabbits must have their diet properly maintained to ensure they remain healthy. A rabbit's diet should consist mainly of Timothy Hay but occasionally you can treat your furry friend with some fresh greens or fruit. This can be tricky to learn at first but you will quickly master which foods are both healthy and delicious for your bunny.

Foods Safe For Rabbits To Eat

Hay

  • Timothy Grass Hay (ideal for most rabbits)
  • Orchard Grass Hay
  • Oat Hay

Vegetables

  • Arugula
  • Basil
  • Carrot Tops
  • Celery,
  • Dill
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Parsley

Treats

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  • Strawberries
  • Bananas, Apples (without seeds)
  • Carrot
  • Green Pepper Pieces
  • Brussels Sprouts

Room to Run

Rabbits love to run. In fact, one of the ways a rabbit shows happiness is through an activity called zooming. Zooming is when a bunny darts around the room as fast as it can like a mad man because it is overwhelmed with happiness and can't contain itself. And because bunnies like to run so much they should have ample room to do it in.

Rather than listing the minimum space necessary for a rabbit to survive I just want to suggest giving them as much room as possible. With cages and hutches only being so big, it is commonly suggested to free roam your bunny if possible. This means that rather than confining your rabbit, you allow it to move around the house, or a specific room, freely like a dog or cat. Just be sure you rabbit-proof your house before giving this a shot.

Veterinary Care

No matter how good of care you give to your pet you should always have them examined by a veterinarian on a regular basis. Like regular doctors, veterinarians are trained to look for issues that cannot be detected by the human eye. By visiting your vet on a normal basis you will, hopefully, detect any ailments your rabbit may have before they become any worse. Veterinarians can always perform helpful maintenance for your bunny like trimming of nails and shedding of fur.

Love

One of the most important, if not the most important, things you need to do for your pet rabbit to have the best life is to love it. Animals can sense emotions and will be able to tell when you are unhappy with it. Always be sure to treat your pet rabbit with love and affection to guarantee it has a happy life. With this, everything else will come naturally.

Ways To Show Your Rabbit You Love It

  • Pets: You may be surprised to find out that rabbits, like most animals, love being pet. The only difference is that most rabbits like to choose when they are pet.
  • Treats: A great way to show your rabbits you love them is by giving them delicious treats to snack on. Treats will not only make your rabbit happy but also train them to be happy to see you.
  • Respect Their Boundaries: Rabbits are very private creatures. By respecting their boundaries and giving them the space they need they will understand that you love them. Their behavior isn't personal, so don't take it that way.
Being unable to talk, it can hard for a rabbit to show happiness.

Being unable to talk, it can hard for a rabbit to show happiness.

How Do You Tell If Your Rabbit Is Happy?

Now that you know how to make your rabbit happy, you are going to want to know how to tell if it is working. Because rabbits are unable to speak it can be quite difficult to tell if they are happy or not. But fortunately for us, even though rabbits cannot talk they do have ways of showing us whether or not they are happy, you only have to know what you are looking for.

Ways Rabbits Show Happiness

  • Binkies: A binky is that funny-looking twist-jump that rabbits do when they are extremely happy. This is the rabbit version of literally 'jumping for joy'.
  • Zooming: Zooming is when rabbits run around the room in super fast circles. They are almost like Binkies in the sense they are the result of the rabbit overwhelming with happiness.
  • Flopping: Flopping is when a rabbit abruptly flops onto its side to relax. Because of their scared nature, rabbits only do this when they feel extremely safe in their environment.
  • Sprawling: Much like Flopping, rabbits will only sprawl out in areas they feel safe and protected. Sprawling shows they the rabbit believes it will not have any reason to run in the near future.
  • Chuffing: When being pet, a happy rabbit will often grind its teeth. Chuffing will often cause a soft vibration in their head and can even make a sound if the rabbit is happy enough. Chuffing is often compared to the purring of a cat.
Sad bunnies express their sadness in a range of ways.

Sad bunnies express their sadness in a range of ways.

How Do You Tell If Your Rabbit Is Sad?

Another important thing to look for is whether or not your pet rabbit is sad or depressed. Rabbits, like people, each have their own individual personalities and preferences. Sometimes the methods we have used to make one bunny happy will not work on the next. So to be on the safe side, it is better to know the signs of a sad rabbit so you can take the steps needed to help it.

Ways Rabbits Show Sadness

  • Lethargy: When sad, rabbits tend to become unmotivated by life. They will spend most of their day laying around or sleeping.
  • Lack of Appetite: As with humans, a depressed or sad rabbit will often display a decreased appetite. This is mostly the cause of stress-induced hormones released.
  • Posture: Surprisingly, you can tell a lot about a rabbit's mood by its posture. If your bunny spends most of its time hunched up like it trying to stay small it is probably unhappy or scared.
  • Excessive Biting: Sad rabbits will also increase the amount in which they bite and chew things. If you see your rabbit constantly chewing at the bars of its cage you should be concerned with its well-being.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

© 2022 Ricky Rodson

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