Rabbits are really cute and sensitive animals and nowadays, a lot of people love keeping them as pets. Taking care of a rabbit isn’t a difficult task as long as you dedicate the necessary time and energy to take care of them. It is important to know what to do and what not to do when taking care of your rabbit.
How Do You Take Proper Care Of Your Rabbit?
Rabbits are really sensitive pets and they require unique products and care to enable them to be healthy. Below is a list of things you need to have for taking care of your rabbit:
- Litter box
- Rabbit feed
- Eating and water bowls
- Rabbit toys
- Play space for your Rabbit
- Grooming tools
Guidelines For Taking Care Of Your Rabbit
“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen” – John Steinbeck 1
- Provide Proper Food: As it was mentioned earlier, rabbits are very sensitive pets and they also have a sensitive digestive system. Your rabbit needs to eat healthy so that it’ll live longer. For adult rabbits, oat hay and green hay are good options for them to eat morning and evening. Your rabbit might want to eat more than it should but don’t let it because it doesn’t need to eat more than twice a day. Also, at intervals, you can feed your rabbit vegetables and fruits to also keep them healthy. Feeding your rabbit pellets is good but whatever you feed them to let it be in moderation to avoid your rabbit getting indigestion. If you have a baby rabbit, alfalfa is the best food for it and as time goes on, you can introduce hays to them. It is really important to note that everything you feed your rabbit should be in moderation and in the required quantity. You can also decide to get feeding bowls in the appropriate size to help you remain consistent.
- Provide A Spacious House: For your rabbit, you need to have a spacious indoor shelter for them. Keeping your rabbit outside should not be an option because of the weather and possible predators. Your rabbit’s cage should be big enough for them to hop inside. The room in which you decide to keep your rabbit should be well secured to avoid it spoiling things around. Your rabbit house should be in a room where people stay sometimes. It keeps them happy and active too. Also, don’t forget to take your rabbit out frequently every day so that they can exercise.
- Provide Fresh Water Always: Providing fresh water is also really necessary. Do not leave your rabbit’s water for too long in the bowl, change it frequently to avoid contamination. This is a major guideline on its own because water has a lot to do with the digestive system of your rabbit. Water enhances metabolism and with the hay and pellets your rabbits eat, it needs enough water to help digestion. Also, having fresh water helps them to feel refreshed and happy. Who wouldn’t want to have a cheerful pet? Leaving stale water for your rabbit isn’t good because they wouldn’t want to drink it and that won’t be healthy for it.
- Groom Your Rabbit Frequently: Grooming your rabbit is very important to make sure that it remains clean completely. Rabbits are really fury and the naturally shed hair so it’s important to get soft brushes to brush their fur regularly. As it was mentioned earlier, rabbits are neat pets but they still need help to stay tidy. Do not make the mistake of forgetting to brush your rabbit’s fur or else when it starts shedding, the fur might get into their food and cause health issues. It also causes extra work for you because it’ll leave fur all over the house. Also, clip your rabbit’s nails regularly because they grow fast. This will prevent them from scratching the walls and spoiling furniture.
- Take Your Rabbit To A Vet Often: It is important to take your rabbit for checkup regularly because they don’t show symptoms of illness easily and you might not know. Taking them to a vet to check for illness is necessary to keep them healthy. Also, prolonged sickness can kill your rabbit. Try to learn about rabbit behavior so that when you notice that it’s acting a certain way, you can take it to a vet. You can tell if your rabbit is sick from how it eats to its pee and poop. Well, you can’t really say that all rabbits act the same which is why you also need to monitor your rabbit and learn specific behaviors it exhibits.
- Create A Secure Play Area For Your Rabbit: Apart from having a spacious rabbit cage, it’s important to have a play area for it. This is because rabbits love to move around and be free but you wouldn’t want them to spoil anything. Your rabbit needs a specific play area created so that you’ll know that there’s nothing to worry about when it’s playing there. In its play area, you’ll be sure to make it rabbit proof so that nothing will get spoilt.
Making Your House Safe For Your Rabbit
Rabbits can get really inquisitive which is why it is necessary to know how to secure your house in a way that your rabbit won’t get hurt or damage things. Rabbits like to chew on things including wood and wires. With this knowledge, you need to either completely make certain areas like the kitchen inaccessible or take protective measures. For wooden furniture, you can use cotton socks or clothes to wrap the part that your rabbit can reach. Keeping an eye on your rabbit is very important so that you can catch it whenever it’s trying to spoil something.
Also, properly hide wires from your rabbit to avoid them chewing on it. Wires should not be allowed to show forth or else your rabbit might see it and get tempted to pull it out and chew it. Chewing wires can electrocute your rabbit which brings us to another important step. Try as much as possible to put of sockets so that in any case your rabbit finds a wire, it won’t get electrocuted. This is another reason why you need to get chewy toys for your rabbit to keep it distracted.
Lastly, if you have kids at home; it’s not advisable to leave them with the rabbit because they might not know how to handle it. Rabbits are quite delicate and they need to be handled with care so, if your kids are grown enough, you can teach them how to handle the rabbit. They shouldn’t be played with roughly to avoid them getting hurt.
Things To Know When Taking Care Of Baby Rabbits
Taking care of a baby rabbit is different for taking care of an adult rabbit. Specific caring tips for baby rabbits include:
- Feeding them with pallets and alfalfa.
- Regular checkup up as they mature because of the changes in their digestive system.
- Intense monitoring when they eat and poop to detect any symptoms of illness.
Taking care of a rabbit, you need to have patience because right from when they’re babies, they need to be monitored closely. As they start maturing, their system begins to change and they might start having some minor symptoms which need to be treated accordingly.
Things To Know When Taking Care Of Adult Rabbits
As your rabbit gets older or comes into your home mature, there are a few specific things you also need to know when taking care of them and they include:
- Feeding them hay and pellets with moderation
- Making sure you give them fruits and vegetables
- Frequent medical checkup because they easily get kidney problem
- Watching them closely because they hide symptoms of illness well
Adult rabbits need to be watched closely because they move around more and can get access to harmful objects or food. Keeping a close eye on your rabbit is really important.
How Can I Know if my Rabbit is Healthy?
Rabbits are skilled when it comes to hiding sickness and this sometimes can make it difficult to know a healthy rabbit. At the pet store, you can still tell when a rabbit isn’t healthy. You should be able to know if a rabbit is healthy through the following ways:
- Their eyes shouldn’t have any discharge or weak look. A healthy rabbit has really vibrant and bright eyes.
- A healthy rabbit eats and drinks consistently. When a rabbit isn’t eating or drinking well then it’s sick.
- A healthy rabbit twitches its nose all the time. If it doesn’t twitch, then it isn’t healthy.
These are three major ways that you can know if your rabbit is in good health. You can even choose to go to the pet store with a rabbit expert to help you choose a healthy rabbit because you might not know a sick rabbit when you see one.
How Can I Keep My Rabbit Occupied For A Long Time?
The more occupied your rabbit is the better for you but this doesn’t mean that you can leave them unattended for a long time. You can keep your rabbit occupied by:
- Allowing them to play with the kids with adult supervision is a good way to keep them occupied
- Getting them different chew toys an also keep them busy. Chew toys fascinate them so much and their love for chewing makes it more interesting.
Building cardboard houses is another way of keeping them busy. Most times, they end up chewing the cardboard but they can’t chew it all so that takes their time too. Having a rabbit can bring joy to any home which is why a lot of people now decide to keep them as pets. Caring for a rabbit might seem like a lot of work but it’s not because you get used to it fast. It is important to get a healthy rabbit at first to avoid spending extra to treat your rabbit. With this information, taking care of your rabbit should be easy
As a personal note, it is very important you speak with your Rabbit and try to be as loving with them as you can. Try to understand their needs and their behavior. They like their daily routine. If you pay attention to them and try to communicate with them, you will be amazed at how intelligent they are. Our Rabbits “House” and “Gus” are very communicative always asking for love and want to be with us. If you just leave them in their cage and don’t speak to them they will become frightened if you come close to them.