So you want a new pet? Well, congratulations! Rabbits are very social and loving animals who needs your affection, time and attention. They can get bored without human interaction. You must always remember that the lifespan of rabbits are around 12 years so be prepared to care for the adorable bunny through the long term. They are the unique and lovable creatures who makes unbreakable bonds with their owners and families.
Caring for adorable rabbits can be a lot of work but it will worth it, there are many things that you should know about them, they are not low – maintenance low pets as, they, too, requires routine vet care, nutritious feeding, etc.
CHOOSING A RABBIT :-
You should do full research before buying a rabbit and you need to consider few things in your mind such as if you want a male or female rabbits however this is a matter of personal preference Male rabbits are more easy going than female ones. Female rabbits are more into digging holes. Whatever sex of rabbits you go for, make sure they are spayed or neutered otherwise they”d have high risks of cancer.
Also before getting a rabbit, make sure if he is healthy by a close look. Check that if his eyes are bright or ears are clean with no built – up of any wax. You should take your rabbit to the vet care after buying for a whole body checkup. Do not be afraid to take your rabbit back to the place from where you bought it if the vet discovers any health problems as most pet shops offers 1 or 2 week of guarantee on the health of rabbit. If you will choose a healthy rabbit, then you might be saved from a future headache.
CHOOSING A CAGE :-
Pet rabbits should be kept in a cage at the home but he must have some freedom to run free in the house but after the rabbit – proofing and proper training. There are many cages available in the market, you can choose any of them. Choosing the right kind of cage is very important. The cages should be large enough, easy to care and easy for your rabbit to get in or get out, so that it will be much easier for you by sharing your home with your pet.
If your pet usually likes to spend his time in the cage then buy bigger – sized cage. The cage should be 4 – times the size of the rabbit as a general rule.
Giving right nutritious food to your rabbits is extremely important, as inappropriate diets can cause serious digestive problems in the rabbits. Generally, they eats veggies or fruits such as carrots, apples, corns etc. But if your rabbit is younger than six months of age then you should not feed them veggies or fruits, however you should feed plenty of timothy hay. If he is older than six months of age, then you can feed them anything like fruits or veggies. Pellets are the main food that you should need in order to feed him however too much of pellets can cause obesity in them.
You should feed them everyday, but you must not feed them too much. You should feed them according to their size or weight, for instance, if you have a big rabbit then you should feed them twice a day. Also make sure to give them fresh water, you should know that they drinks a lot of water.
Exercise is very important for rabbits for maintaing a good health. It helps in preventing from various diseases such as obesity pododermatitis, osteoporosis etc. If rabbit cannot exercise then his muscles will becme weak and underdeveloped, in that case, your rabbit will not be able to face stressful situations like chasing by a puppy or child.
You can let them to go outside the cage. You can also take him to garden or park by putting a leash on them. You should never leave them alone outside as other creatures might harm them. You can also help them to jump and climb.
MAINTAINING HEALTH :-
You should take your rabbit to vwt atleast once a year to maintain a good health. Also if he looks ill and any of the symptoms appear, such as cough ir sneezing, you must immediately take him to vet.
You should NEVER bathe him as water can get into his ears and eyes which can be harmful for them. There us no need to bathe him as they clean themselves.
Now, I hope you have understand all about the basic things about rabbits. They are so cute that you can resist of saying “Awwwwww”. If you will give them your love, affection and care, they will also love you back. But if you do not have enough time to spend with him then I recommend you to not to buy it.