Both children and adults have discovered the joys of owning a pet rabbit. Rabbits make great pets because they are cute, cuddly, smart creatures and are relatively inexpensive to care for. The more you learn about rabbits as a species before adopting a pet, the better you can plan for bringing your new furry friend into your home.
Rabbits are smart and playful animals. They love to play games, jump around, relax, sun bathe, eat, and sleep. Because rabbits are so inquisitive and playful by nature, they can get bored if left to themselves for too long. Rabbits often turn to chewing when they are bored. You can prevent this by making sure that your rabbit has toys to play with and gets enough exercise.
Feeding Your Rabbit
Rabbits have a sensitive digestive system so you have to be careful in choosing what you feed them. Rabbits are herbivores, meaning their diet consists entirely of plants. To make sure your pet gets all of the nutrients he or she needs, it is important to supplement your pet rabbit’s diet with some variety. Most pet stores offer a complete rabbit food pellet and fresh vegies such as carrots can provide important vitamins for your pet. Rabbit hay is an important source of magnesium for your rabbit. A varied diet will also keep your rabbit from getting bored and may help prevent him from developing destructive chewing habits.
Rabbits make convenient pets because they can be housed inside or outside. Whether you are thinking of keeping your rabbit in your house with you, or in an outdoor rabbit hutch in your yard, it is important to make sure your rabbit has enough space. It is usually recommended that you allow three square feet of space for each rabbit living in your hutch.
If you have decided to have your rabbit live indoors, hutches are a great way to expand their living space without just letting him run free in the house. Keeping your rabbit in a hutch will keep him safe and prevent damage like chewed carpet and electrical cords.
Outdoor Hutches and Rabbit Hutches with Runs
Outdoor rabbit hutches and rabbit hutches with runs are a great way to give your pet more space to roam without the danger of being exposed to predators. Oftentimes, a rabbit can start to get depressed if it is kept indoors or confined to a small cage for an extended period of time. Building an out door hutch with a spacious run will allow your rabbit to get exercise and stay healthy.
Keep Your Rabbit Healthy
Rabbits, like peopling, needing to go to the doctor for regular check-ups. Check with your veterinarian to see how often you need to bring your pet in for a physical. Be sure to ask about flea prevention for your rabbit as well as what regular shots and vaccines should be administered.
Rabbits are generally clean animals by nature. However, you can buy a small brush to groom your rabbit. It is an especially good idea to groom long –haired rabbits and keep their coats from developing tangles.
Socializing Your Rabbit
Rabbits are shy and timid by nature. Interacting with your pet and playing with him on a regular basis will make him more sociable and friendly. Housing your pet with another rabbit to keep him company can also make him feel more secure and out-going.
Enjoy Your New Friend
Healthy and happy rabbits make the best pets. By providing proper, food, shelter, and socialization, your rabbit will soon become a well- loved member of the family.