Tips you should consider before Buying or
adopting Pet Rabbits
Some things to consider when buying/
adopting bunnies is that having him or her neutered or
spayed will make caring for them better and easier for you.
Bunnies are like cats they can be litter box trained and I
have found it's easier when they are altered. Having your
bunnies litter box trained will make cleaning their cage easier
and less smelly for you as their owner. Some good options for
materials used in the litter box is hay, wood chips, or
non-harmful litter box material fillings. Your Bunny will
chew what is inside there litter box so make sure it's bunny
safe if digested when you use it.
Something very important to know
about rabbits is that they need hay everyday and all day.
Rabbits are grazers, and also hay helps them digest their food easy
through their body. It's one thing they cannot go without!
They also need good amounts of Veggies in there diet as well
to expand their diets to get all the nutrients they need.
Pellets are good but veggies are also just as important.
Some veggies to consider are collard greens, parsley,
romaine( best of the lettuce group, iceberg is ok but has no
nutritional value), dark leaf lettuce suck as red leaf or
green leaf, basil, and dandelion greens ( too much can cause
soft stools, feed this in moderation)
Tip 3. Before getting a bunny make sure you
have a veterinarian that is familiar in caring for bunnies.
Bunnies are not like cats or dogs so making sure they know
about bunny care is also important.
Tip 4. Another
thing is if you plan to have more than one rabbit get a pair
that has already been bonded
and are also altered. Bunnies are complicated when trying to
bond because you cannot have two unaltered males together
as they will fight and can get seriously injured and females
tend to fight sometimes as well. But if altered it is easier to bond them but sometimes
may take time to achieve this.
Tip 5. Also, when buying food for your
bunny always make sure its not high in proteins and calories as this can contribute to obesity in your rabbit. One example
of food to high in proteins and calories is alfalfa pellets
and hay. This has been thought to contribute to obesity in
many rabbits. Timothy brand pellets and hay is best for
rabbits. Check the content of the food when getting it, and
make sure the protein and calories are low. Also,
carbohydrates and sugar is bad for them as well.
So don't give them too much fruits and if you do use fruits
just use a very small amount. Rabbits cannot digest sugars
like humans can but just like humans they crave things they
aren't suppose to have!
Tip 6. When arranging you rabbits cage make
sure what ever you place inside is bunny safe. Any rug with
a rubber bottom is unsafe as your rabbit may chew and ingest
the rubber which will cause GI complications in your rabbit
making him or her unhealthy and sick or could kill your
rabbit. If you place anything
plastic inside just make sure its safe and cannot be eaten
or choked on.
Tip 7. A VERY IMPORTANT FACT is that bunnies teeth continually grow and therefore need to chew on
safe wood blocks which keep the teeth filed
down. I would suggest you check their teeth at least
every other week or monthly to make sure they are not growing
out of control.
Tip 8. Just so you all know now that
bunnies love to chew and to explore their surroundings. When
you let your bunny play and run around your home make sure
your house is bunny safe. Don't leave something in their
reach that can harm them such as electrical wires. You can
solve small wiring issues by cutting some fish tubing and
coving the wire with the tubing. Also, don't leave your
plants in reach of your bunny as he or she will munch on
them as well.
Tip 9. We prefer
for all rabbits to be house rabbits, but if you choose to
raise your rabbit outside, or maybe just spend some time
outside for playtime and exercise, make sure your rabbit is
in a secured area, away from potential predators.
On the product page you can find a harness and a pen, rabbit
hutches and runs which you can use if you plan to watch and
give your rabbit free time to run outside. Don't have
your rabbit in direct sunlight as that can cause heat stroke
and well cause illness. Your rabbit could develop a head
tilt due to environmental stresses which may or may not be
curable Also, if you have your rabbit inside don't leave him
or her under the air conditioner as dust can irritate the
respiratory track and they can get sick.
Your rabbit will need at least two
hours free time to run around and play. They need exercise
to prevent obesity and it's great to watch them play. And
enjoy having your bunny being apart of your family. They are
great pets to have to be apart of your family.
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