Bunny Basics: Pet Care Tips
Rabbits are becoming increasingly popular as pets because of their compact size and social nature. While they seem like the perfect pet for an apartment or a tight city life, rabbits may need some grooming. Here are some basic rules of conduct if you are considering taking a bunny home with you.
Room to roam
Pet stores sell rabbits as an all-in-one package that includes a cage, water bottle, and food. While this is a good place to start, rabbits are best left with some space to run around. This can easily be achieved by purchasing or building a playpen. You can also train your rabbit on trash so that it has free access to roam.
If you do, however, go through your living space very carefully to make sure there are no exposed wires, foreign objects to chew on, or get stuck. If you stick with a cage, make sure it has a solid surface, as rubbed cages can damage a rabbit’s feet. Please keep your rabbit indoors as it is not suitable for extreme temperature fluctuations.
In terms of nutrition, rabbits are strict herbivores with ever-growing teeth. Your diet should consist primarily of hay (timothy or orchard grass are best, NOT alfalfa). Hay is THE BEST food to wear down ever-growing teeth. Next, your rabbit should be fed a wide variety of fresh vegetables and dark leafy greens. Finally, you can get a small amount of pellets per day (usually no more than 1/8 of a cup).
When choosing pellets, stay away from party mixes that contain colorful goodies. It’s just junk food!
Rabbits are relatively clean creatures and do not need to be bathed. You can often benefit from regular nail cuts and occasional brushing to remove excess fur, especially during the change of seasons. If you notice loose stools in the cage or sticking to your bunny bum, call your vet as it could be a sign of a potentially life-threatening condition!
Hopefully this has provided you with some basic information about rabbits. If you want to continue your research, www.rabbit.org is a good place to start to contact your veterinarian.