Many children enjoy keeping rabbits as pets because they are adorably cute and incredibly fun. Who can pass up the chance to touch a soft, furry rabbit, with their beautiful coats and long, velvety ears?
What many people do not know, however, is that proper rabbit care can be pretty demanding. It is not as simple as keeping them in a cage and petting them when you desire. Rabbits need much more to become suitable house pets.
While they can be less troublesome than a dog at times when it comes to walks and vet costs, rabbits have their own share of issues that must be addressed in order for the animal to be a good house pet. There are a few things that you can do to ensure that your furry little friend will be a happy and enjoyable pet for years to come.
One of the most important aspects of rabbit care that must be considered is the fact that rabbits have and always will be regarded as prey for many larger animals. You should provide appropriate housing for your rabbit either in your home or in an enclosed shelter. Make sure that all doors and windows are tightly sealed when closed.
It is not only the threat of predators that can be a major concern when caring for a rabbit. The natural elements must also be considered. Depending on where you live, you need to ensure that it is not too hot or cold for the rabbit. The last thing you want is to have the rabbit to die from exposure to either the heat or cold. Domestic rabbits are not as adaptable as their wild counterparts, for this reason it is best to keep them indoors and save the rabbit from undue stress.
You will want to make sure that your home or area where you let the rabbit roam is safe. Rabbits are extreme chewers and can actually do an awful lot of damage or harm themselves. Some common objects that pose a danger to your rabbit are electrical cords and poisonous plants.
Make sure you have a safe and open area for the rabbit to roam and play should you elect to have it un-caged. It is always a good idea to supervise your pet rabbit when not caged as this could save the house and the rabbit’s life all at the same time.
Should you decide to have the rabbit roam free in an area in your home you will most likely need to teach them to use a litter box. This is actually no more difficult than teaching a cat to use one.
Feeding is one of the less demanding aspects of proper rabbit care. They are avid leaf eaters so plenty of greens will suffice. Carrots and other various vegetables will work fine too. You will want to ensure a constant and steady stream of fresh water for the rabbit as well. Make sure that you do not leave rotting or older vegetables in the food dish, as this is harmful to the rabbit. Not only is it unhealthy for the rabbit, it may invoke feeding problems down the road that you will want to avoid.
These are just some of the basics of rabbit care. For a more detailed treatment of the subject, visit How To Train & Care For Your Rabbit.
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