A Quick Guide to Caring for Your Bunny
Posted by petsavenuevet on May 8, 2015 in Pet Healthcare | No Comments
Whether you’re a new owner or thinking of getting your first pet bunny, here is a rabbit care manual that you may find useful in helping you know more about what it takes to own one.
- Rabbits are lagomorphs (logos = hare, morphe = likeness) and not rodents.
- They ore most active in the early morning hours and in the evening
- They con live for 8- 10 years on overage.
Housing for Indoor Rabbits
- You may choose to let your rabbit roam around freely in certain areas of your house but it is important to first rabbit-proof your home as rabbits are natural chewers.
- A cage provides your rabbit with the security it needs. An example of a suitable cage is one that is generously sized.re from sturdy rustproof wire and has flooring that does not hurt your rabbit’s feet. The litter box can be placed inside the cage and your rabbit can be trained to use
- Ensure that your rabbit gets plenty of exercise daily outside of its cage.
- Fresh hay is the basic staple in your rabbit’s diet and it provides your rabbit with the fiber it It is recommended that you give your rabbit an unlimited supply of fresh, high-quality hay. Timothy hay is generally the best choice.
- Pellets should make up a small portion of your rabbit’s diet. For a 2.25 kg rabbit, you may teed it 1/8 cup of pellets twice a day.
- A variety of fresh vegetables should be provided daily and they include leafy greens like kale, Romaine lettuce, watercress, basil, bak choy. Spinach, parsley etc. and non-leafy vegetables like carrot, broccoli and celery. For a 2.25 kg rabbit, you may feed it 2 cups of fresh vegetables a day. Avoid feeding very young rabbits vegetables.
- Natural treats are healthier compared to commercial treats and may be provided in moderation. Natural treats include fruits like apple, banana, papaya, pineapple etc.
- A constant supply of clean drinking water should be provided.
- It is recommended that you brush your rabbit’s coat at least once a week. Regular grooming prevents mats from forming and excessive fur from being swallowed.
- Use a clipper to trim your rabbit’s nails when they are long. Be careful not to cut the quick in the nail that con be seen by holding the nail up to a light.