How to Care for Your Rabbit

How to Care for Your Rabbit
If you have a rabbit or are considering buying one, there are many things to take into consideration. If you are going to have your rabbit outside, you should makes its cage as much like it’s natural habitat as possible. Remember, it’s a lot of effort to be caring for a rabbit. So if you’re only keen on holing yourself up in the room playing Clash Royale on PC all day, then maybe the rabbit isn’t your best option. Right, now back to the topic!
No matter if you buy or build the cage you want to be sure that the bottom of the cage is suitable for your rabbits feet. The spacing of wire should be as close to the size of your rabbits feet as possible, you don’t want their toes or feet to fall through because it can cause injury to your pet. If you build the cage yourself, chicken wire is good to add to the sides so your rabbit cannot get out of the cage.
Putting the cage up off the ground is best so snakes and other predators can not get in the cage or near to your rabbits, a rabbit can be stressed to death by other animals. Bedding for the cage will keep your pet safe from the wire and will help make it comfortable in its environment. During the summer months fresh grass clippings work great as a bedding, also great for your rabbit to eat. During the winter months you could use hay or straw as a bedding, hay is preferred because it is more insulated and is better for your pet to eat. A nesting box should always be provided no matter if your pet is inside or outside.
When considering a nesting box, one with a hinged lid is best to be able to check on the rabbit. The hole to get in the box should be roughly the size of your bunny or an inch to two inches larger. The inside space of the box should only be a few inches taller than your rabbit and a squared foot wider/longer. Putting hay or straw inside the box will make a more burrow like habitat. Food and water for a caged rabbit are very important. If you give your bunny rabbit feed then grass should also be offered for the extra nutrients. Tame rabbits, just like wild rabbits love their grass, dandelion and clover are some favorites. It is good to feed grass to your pet daily but is not necessary if you give your pet rabbit feed.
When giving your rabbit vegetables, do not give lettuces, for that can cause a belly ache, diarrhea, or even kill your rabbit if too much is given. Carrots, and fruit such as apples are good snacks to give. Try not to give snacks daily, once or twice a week is best. Always be sure that your rabbit has fresh water and the water dish is clean. Old water can develop bacteria and can cause diseases, fresh water should be given daily. This does apply to an inside cage as well. Lots of love and attention is just as important as food and water. When handling a rabbit always beware the back feet, all a rabbits power is in it’s jump.
It is good to trim your rabbits nails, but just like clipping your own nails you can clip to far and cause injury to your pet. At the toe there is pink in the nail this is called the “quick” never clip the quick. Trimming just the tips of the nails should do just fine to keep from being scratched when handling. Some rabbits can be put on a harness and leash and can actually be walked. Never leave the rabbit in the harness or on the lease unattended they can and will chew through it and get loose. If your rabbit is an inside pet it is good to brush and bathe. Just like any other animal they do shed and do get fleas.
A good flea bath once a week or so with the proper shampoo is best. For an inside rabbit, change bedding weekly to keep from odors and unwanted mites or bugs. Your rabbit can get sick from sitting in its own leavings, always keep a clean environment for the best of health. Just like any other pet it is a good idea to take your rabbit to the vet to be sure it is in the best of health.

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