Rabbits can make great pets. They're intelligent and affectionate creatures that do well in homes with children. But proper care and handling is necessary to have a healthy pet rabbit. Therefore, it’s vital that you have a basic understanding of their needs before you welcome one into your home. By being adequately prepared and educated, you can provide your furry new family member with the best life possible, as well as make your life as a rabbit owner more fulfilling and enjoyable.
Basic care tips for a healthy pet rabbit
- Cage: Your rabbit’s cage should be at least five times larger than he or she is. The rabbit should be able to move about freely, stretch his or her legs out and stand on hind legs. If your rabbit will have to spend extended periods of time confined to the cage, then you should try and get the largest cage possible. It should never be made from wire since it can hurt rabbits' feet. Include a litter box, plenty of hay, food and an enclosed den/box that he or she can retreat to.
- Exercise: For a healthy pet rabbit, it's important that he or she is allowed plenty of time outside of the cage every day to explore and play.
- Preventing boredom: If you and your family have busy lives and aren’t home too often, you may want to consider getting a second rabbit, since they're social creatures and thrive on companionship. You can also buy chew toys to promote healthy teeth and to keep your bunny stimulated.
- Diet: Feed your rabbit a diet of high-quality pellet food, as well as plenty of fresh produce like carrots, kale,lettuce and apples.
- Grooming: Rabbits are quite clean animals and shouldn’t require baths very often, but you can use a soft pet brush to make your pet's coat nice and shiny. Nails should also be kept trimmed, as long nails can become uncomfortable.
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