Pet Rabbit Care in Winter

Rabbit care in Winter

When winter begins to take place, rabbits also prepare themselves for the cold season. This is by developing thicker fur and fur pads on their feet. However, even though these changes take place, they still need support and help in keeping their bodies warm during the winter season. Special care and attention is needed, so make sure to provide them with the care they deserve.

Outdoors

It is best to bring your bunny indoors at night for warmth. However, if that’s not possible, make sure to modify his cage to suit for the cold weather. Check the roofing, the sides and railings, and the flooring. Check out for any holes, broken parts, or any other things that needs to be repaired. Protect your bunny against predators. Also, check if the cage is protected from snow or rain. The key to a good outcome is anticipation.

You may cover his cage at night with a cloth or a waterproof material to shield from the cold wind, but make sure to leave enough space where air can flow in and out freely. Inside the cage, a box or an enclosed material can also be placed where the rabbit could sleep or rest. A bunch of straw and hay may be stuffed inside to add warmth. A warm bedding should be provided. Don’t forget to add a litter box and change it frequently.

Do not stuff the cage with unnecessary things. It is true that the rabbit needs warmth, but warmth doesn’t mean a crammed environment. Provide space where the bunny could still stretch its limbs and move around freely. This will prevent development of sores in his paws.

Provide the rabbit with plenty of pellets, fresh water and vegetables. Keeping it strong and healthy will help prevent development of illness from the cold weather. Clean the left-overs every after meals to keep the environment hygienic. Changing the water frequently or using warming devices will address the problem of water freezing.

Indoors

Keep the rabbit indoors as much as you can. When loose inside the house, make sure to keep an eye on it because rabbits love to chew on anything, even on the electric wirings. Keep him inside the cage when not supervised. When you have warmers inside the house, it might not be necessary to follow the changes made in the outdoor cages. Just make sure that the rabbit has a comfortable and snug environment. Keep his cage clean and dry.

Provide plenty of pellets, vegetables and fresh water. It is also needed to let the rabbit take its exercise frequently. This will help promote good blood circulation and warms the body naturally. Don’t let the rabbit stay inside his den or on its bed for too long. If you notice any unusual behavior or manners, be sure to address it immediately.

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