If you are planning to take home one of these fluffy creatures, you should first consider its specific needs and if you are capable to provide these. Rabbits will have different needs from your usual cats and dogs but once you know how to take care of them, you can be assured of a long-lasting relationship with a happy and healthy bunny. Here are a few tips on caring for these gentle pets.
- Give your rabbit a safe home
- You can decide whether your rabbits can live free-reign, in a pen, or a rabbit cage. If you opt for a free-reign rabbit, remember to bunny proof the room. If they will be put in a cage, make sure that they have enough space to hop around. You can also purchase or build outdoor hutches that are sturdy enough to protect your rabbit from predators and the weather. You should opt for solid bottom cages or hutches as wire bottoms can hurt their feet. Rabbits need exercise so you can also let them out of their cages a few hours a day.
- Rabbit proof your house
- Provide enough space for your rabbit to hop around and explore. If you let them out of their cage, ensure that the room is rabbit proof to keep them safe and protect your belongings. Cover or hide things that might get chewed on like wires, carpets, furniture, house plants and the like.
- Spend time with your rabbit
- Just like all other pets, rabbits need to interact with other rabbits and people. They are highly social animals and should not be left alone for too long. You can get a companion rabbit but you will still need to play and spend time with them. You can also put the cage or pen where they are not isolated such as the living room. Rabbits have a fragile body so be careful when handling them.
- Give them plenty of toys
- Rabbits can also get bored so you need to prepare activities that could provide mental stimulation. There are toys available in pet stores but you can also improvise from everyday objects such as cardboard boxes. You can build cardboard castle for your rabbit where they can spend their time chewing windows and doorways.