How to Take care of your rabbit
Taking care of your pet rabbit
Rabbits are great pets. In general, rabbits need proper housing, exercise, social and a certain diet for good health. Some breeds of rabbits, especially long-haired rabbits, may need to be groomed daily. It is important that you understand all the care requirements of a rabbit before buying it.
Rabbits typically live 5 to 8 years, depending on their environment and breed, but they can live up to 12 years. If you decide to buy a rabbit, make sure you are prepared to take care of it for as long as possible.
What can we feed our rabbits?
Rabbits are vegetarians and eat only plant material. Their natural diet usually consists of young leaves:
. plants or bushes
Rabbits often need to eat small amounts. About 30 feeds, 2 to 8 grams of food, is normal every day. Pet rabbits should be fed a high-fiber diet to help maintain their body and dental health. Rabbit teeth are constantly growing and they need to constantly fall out of food.
Their diet should include unlimited access to grass and / or grass. If you keep your rabbits indoors most of the time or do not have access to grass for several hours a day, you can use hay as an alternative fiber source. Lawn mowers should not be fed as they boil quickly and impair digestion in your rabbit.
Fresh green vegetables such as cabbage, lettuce, broccoli and celery should be included in your daily diet - about 2 cups a day. But fresh green vegetables should not be the only source of their diet, the fiber content is very low. Rabbits should be given a high-fiber diet.
Rabbits need one or two tablespoons of commercial rabbit nuggets or pellets daily. Don't feed your rabbit muesli - it causes dental disease. Even rabbits that eat mussels leave out the pieces they don't like, and this leads to malnutrition.
Eat only high-fat, high-sugar foods such as carrots, other root vegetables, and fruits. You can use this type of food as an environmental enrichment.
There are a lot of poisonous food and plants for rabbits that you should avoid feeding your rabbit or growing in your garden.
Talk to your local doctor, pet store, or rabbit about the best food for your pet. Always remember to introduce new foods slowly to avoid indigestion.
Fresh, cold water should be provided at all times.
Accommodation for your rabbit
To live, rabbits need a hatch that is protected from predators such as dogs and cats. It needs an area that protects them from the weather and ample space for exercise. An appropriate hatch design is waterproof and includes a dark, dry place for the rabbits to rest with a soft grass bed. The other part of the hutch should be light and large enough to allow a separate exercise and toilet space. Hutch must be well ventilated. It is best to keep a wooden hutch as the metal hut heats up faster.
Rabbits should not be kept in pens or huts with wire floors, it is bad for their feet. It is okay to make some part of the pen out of wire as long as your rabbit has a place where he can stand on solid ground. Many two-story huts offer this option.
Your hatch should be at least 'three hips long' (approximately 4 times when your rabbit is stretched) and twice as wide as your rabbit. Anything small and your rabbit will be very narrow. If you buy juvenile rabbits, remember that they will grow.
It is important to remove the dirty bed and clean the hatch at least every other day and make sure there is a dry place for the rabbit to sleep. Rabbits that do not have a clean bed can suffer from respiratory infections, skin diseases and insect infections such as fleas and insects. Rabbits have the ability to be toilet trained. There is plenty of information online about toilet training rabbits.
Rabbits should spend most of their time indoors or at the same time indoors and outdoors. When your rabbit is indoors, it should have at least some free time each day. You may want to make a room or two where your rabbit can roam free and talk to the family. Remember, rabbits love to chew things, so if you leave your rabbit free to roam without supervision, you can come home with some chewed skirting boards, cables or chair legs.
If you want to give your rabbit more space than its hutch when you are not at home, consider a pet pen or a children's play pen. You can combine it with a hatch to give your rabbit a large space to exercise and play.
When your pet rabbits are out, they should have the opportunity to dig and feed. They should be confined to a closed area and should not be allowed to roam freely. The backyard of a safe house where no other animals (especially cats or wild rabbits) can enter is great, but a grassy enclosed area is also nice.
Make sure that if you leave your rabbits outside for long periods of time, they have access to a weather proof area with their hutch or bed so they can rest.
Exercise your rabbit
Rabbits need daily exercise. If your rabbit is living in a minimum size hutch, make sure it has a safe exercise area. Your rabbit needs access to it for at least four hours a day. Toys, barriers and food are environmental enrichments that encourage your rabbit to exercise when you are not at home.
Companionship for your rabbit
Rabbits are social species and like to live in groups. If you decide to keep rabbits, always keep at least 2 rabbits. However, if you do not have room or time or money to keep two rabbits, you will need to be your own rabbit companion. This means that if you stay away for long periods of time (more than 4 hours a day) you will need to provide your rabbit with enrichment activities and toys to keep them busy and prevent them from becoming lonely or stressed. Stop
If you have 2 or more rabbits, it is important to avoid unwanted pregnancies. Separate the males and females into different pens or have them sex with your veterinarian. If introduced at an early age, men are less likely to fight each other. Females and males can get into fights, so make sure you help new rabbits get used to each other in a supervised environment or through a mesh fence before they get used to each other. Do
The attitude of your rabbit
Rabbits are lively and inquisitive and need encouragement from other rabbits or humans and their environment. They are active animals that need regular exercise and play. Making sure your rabbit is active is an important aspect of caring for your rabbit. This can be achieved through environmental enrichment.
Rabbits are most active in the early morning, late afternoon and evening. This is the perfect time for you to talk to your rabbit.
Fragrance is an important source of communication for rabbits.
Rabbits are a predatory species, they are animals that are caught and eaten by other animals. Therefore, rabbits naturally hide from things that scare them. Your rabbit environment should suit this. You need to provide space for them to hide.
This is natural for rabbits:
Chew things (it keeps their teeth in good health)
Nest (Build nests using your own fur, grass and other materials around which they are found lying)
Play with objects.
Contact your doctor if you notice a rapid change in your rabbit's behavior, such as:
. Excessive cage or chewing gum
. More than preparation
. Changes in feeding or toilet
. Playing with water bottles
. Repeatedly circling the wall.
. Drink more
. Aggression when you try to touch or lift them.
Rabbits suffer from a number of health problems, especially diseases such as Myxomatosis and Calicivirus. These diseases are usually fatal to pet rabbits. They have been introduced to control wild rabbit populations in Australia. Unfortunately, pet rabbits are just as sensitive to them. Try to reduce the risk of mosquito bites on your rabbits as mosquitoes can carry myxomatosis from wild rabbit populations to your pets.
There is a vaccine for calicivirus. You can get your rabbit vaccinated against this disease every 6 months by your doctor.
Rabbits can cause dental problems. It is important that they are constantly chewing on something, either grass, hay or a chewing block. Their teeth grow at a rate of 2 to 3 millimeters per week. Overeating teeth can lead to weight loss, severe pain and discomfort. If you think your rabbit's teeth are getting too long, talk to your doctor about some suitable options for reducing their length and maintaining proper length.
Rabbits are susceptible to particle infections. Symptoms include hair loss and itching. Thoroughly clean and disinfect the hatch. Rabbits should be treated by a doctor.
Consult your local doctor about any health problems your rabbit may have.
Take care of your rabbit
Rabbits are the best pets for children. However, they are fragile and should not be handled by young children. They can hurt a rabbit by accidentally picking it up, squeezing it too hard, or dropping it. When talking to children and in the case of older children, rabbits should always be monitored.
Rabbits should be handled properly so that they do not scratch or bite and thus establish a positive relationship with humans. Handle rabbits regularly, especially when they are young. Sit while handling the rabbit so that the rabbit does not fall. The rabbit should be lifted with both hands. Keep them close to your chest or on your lap so they can rest their feet and feel safe.
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