Taking Care Of Rabbits

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Rabbits can be cute and gentle pets but caring for them will require an understanding of their behavior. These soft and lovable animals are unique from the usual cats and dogs but they also require the same loving attention to become health and happy. Here are some tips to build a great relationship with your rabbits.

  • Provide fresh food for your rabbit
  • Rabbits eat mostly hay so keep lots dry, clean hay accessible to them through a hay feeder. Baby rabbits and adult rabbits may have different needs so do your research and check with your veterinarian. You should also provide fresh vegetables, fiber-rich pellets, and clean water. Rabbits are usually portrayed to eat carrots but these should only be given occasionally because of its sugar content. The same goes for different kinds of fruits.
  • Set up a litter box
  • Rabbits, like cats, can be trained to use a litter box as they are naturally inclined to poop and pee in one area. You can use a cat litter box or a shallow storage container with recycled newspaper pellet litter and put this near their water and hay feeder.
  • Groom your rabbit
  • Rabbits are naturally clean and do not need regular baths. They will spend a fair amount of time grooming themselves but you may need to brush their fur regularly. Rabbits have shedding cycles and it is important to remove the excess fur so they will not ingest it and cause digestive problems. You will also need to trim their nails to prevent it from curling into their paws and getting snagged on other things.
  • Check the health of your rabbit
  • You can take your rabbit for a regular check up to ensure that they are in good health. If there are any sudden changes in your rabbit’s behavior, if they are not eating, drinking, pooping, or peeing, talk to a veterinarian immediately.
  • Understand rabbit behavior
  • Rabbits have a different way of communicating from dogs and cats. You should learn to understand their language and behavior to address different kinds of needs. They will nudge or nip you for attention and may binky and run around the room when excited. Rabbits will growl or grind their teeth when stressed or uncomfortable and they will scream when in extreme pain. Pay attention to your rabbit’s behavior and you will learn that they express themselves in their own unique way.

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