Essential Care Tips For Pet Rabbits

05/19/2014

Essential Care Tips For Pet Rabbits

 

If you currently have a rabbit, the following tips may give you some helpful guidance in how to care for it so he remains healthy and happy. Caring for them takes time, patience and love, and it’s not for everyone. But if it is right for you, you’ll get a lot of enjoyment from your pets.

If you are considering getting one, you should know first of all that they do not make good pets for young children. They are very timid and can even die from fright. While bunnies are cute, they are very fragile and must be handled carefully. They are not likely to be happy in a home full of small children, and they really aren’t cut out to be pets for little kids. All in all, this is not a good situation for rabbits.

Keep in mind that they love to be out and about, with the people they love. Many people let them roam the house; they follow their people around like dogs, but with the advantage that they, like cats and unlike dogs, can be litter trained. That said, it should be either in a large cage or in a rabbit-safe, closed-off room when you’re not around to keep an eye on him. Like cats and dogs, they get into stuff. And they love to chew, so you should be very cautious about anything in the room that it could chew up and cause harm to himself or your belongings.

As you would expect, it needs to have constant access to fresh water, and have fresh food available. They can drink from a water bowl (get one that won’t tip easily) or from a water bottle attached to the side of the cage.

What do they eat? Well, don’t rush out and buy a head of lettuce for your bunny, because that kind of lettuce has very little nutritional value. Pellets from the pet store are a good staple, along with some fresh hay (not too much), and occasional treats of leafy greens, apples and of course carrots. While it will eat almost anything, you should feed the foods that provide god nutrition and don’t upset his sensitive digestive tract.

If you can provide a calm environment, room to roam, a good, safe place to sleep and spend spare time, and the right food, it will have almost everything it needs. The only thing lacking will be your love and attention, which you are no doubt ready to give in huge quantities.

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