Rabbits make a lovely pet. They need special care to live a healthy, joyful and long life. A well nurtured rabbit can live from 8 to 12 years of age. If you are planning to own a rabbit, there are some recommendations you will have to follow to create a healthy habitat for your pet.
Is rabbit an idea pet?
Yes, a rabbit makes an adorable pet like cats and dogs. Therefore, rabbits also require an equal attention to live happy and healthy. Like any other pet at house, rabbits also need good quality rabbit food, water, treats, toys, exercise and a litter box. You can leave the rabbits free in a secured room or arrange an indoor rabbit cage. If you are confining them to a cage, ensure that the cage provides enough space for them to hop around. It is necessary that you let them free outside everyday for some time to give them an exercise. It is also essential that you do not isolate the cage; keep it around your living space so that the rabbits feel your presence.
Bunny proof your home
When you are keeping the rabbits indoor, it is recommended that you make your home bunny proof to protect your rabbits from risks. Ensure that you cover all the open electric wires with flex tubing or raise them 3 or 4 feet from the floor so that the rabbits do not bite them. You will also have to curb the access of rabbits to bookshelves, things coated with chemical paints, beds and other stuffs as rabbits can chew these stuffs. In general, the rabbits have the tendency to chew anything they come across.
Become their buddy
Rabbits seek companionship especially if they are your sole pet. You will have to spend minimum of three hours daily with your rabbits. Give him things like cardboard tubes and rolling toys to play around. If they do not get enough companionship from you they develop depression. If you do not find enough time to spend with your rabbit, get another rabbit for a companion. You will have to keep the new rabbit separately until they bond well. Rabbits do not like share spacing until they bond well. On the other hand, rabbits do not like too much of cuddling or hugging as they get frightened. When you lean on the ground to pick them up, they feel like they are getting hunted by some eagle or hawk. Some rabbits like stroking them for long and some only prefer it for a short time. So, you will have to personally identify the taste of your pet and treat it accordingly.
A balanced diet
It is very important that the rabbits are fed with a balanced diet that includes the right proportion. Rabbits develop health issues when the foods are incompatible with their digestive system. The daily diet of the rabbits should contain the following foods – hay, pellets, vegetables, fruits and treats and water. Rabbits below one year of age can be fed with alfalfa as it is rich in protein and sugar. Adult rabbits can be given the same occasionally; if not they will grow fat and develop health problems. Generally, rabbits are fed with Timothy grass hay that is rich in fiber. This keeps their digestive system healthy.
Leafy green vegetables like lettuce, cilantro, parsley, collard greens, dandelion greens and more can be given in combination of three different vegetables on a daily basis. Carrots can be given as treats occasionally not daily as they are starchy. The other treats that your rabbits can relish are apples, papaya, peaches, plums, melon, pears, strawberries, blueberries, melon and plums. High sugar treats like grapes and banana can be given occasionally. There are also some foods that your rabbits should completely avoid eating like chocolate, tomatoes, corn, potatoes, onions and human foods which harm their digestive health.
Rabbits should be supplied with sufficient fresh water on a daily a basis. You can dispense a water bottle inside the cage and refill the bottle in intervals. Ensure that you clean the bottle and remove any clogging of dirt. Maintain the cage and remove litter on a daily basis to provide a healthy environment to your rabbit.