|Hello, rabbit lovers, wherever you are!|
|So, you are thinking about getting a rabbit.|
|LIFE SPAN - A rabbit can live up to 12 years but the average life span is 6-7 years.|
The first thing you need to consider is whether you are hoping for a house bunny or not. They can be litter-tray trained, as proved by one of my bunnies, Digger. However, do be warned that they are very inquisitive and will nibble lots of things in the house (skirting boards, wallpaper, electric wires, etc.) so make sure you supervise them whilst they are hopping around. Whatever you decide, wherever your rabbit will be spending the majority of its time needs to be large enough for it to sit up on its hind legs and lie down in comfortably. Obviously, the bigger an enclosure possible the better. Unfortunately, most hutches for sale are far too small to accommodate this active, inquisitive animal and it may be better to have a hutch built for you. A good investment for you and the rabbit if its going to be its main home for up to 7 years.
Proof that they can be litter
|Rabbits rarely make an audible sound. Their body odour is minimum. They are fun to watch.|
|A house bunny can cause a lot of damage if not supervised when its hopping
around your home. An outside bunny should only be allowed to exercise
in a secure garden or yard as it can move quickly and loves digging.
Even when litter box trained you still find droppings everywhere.
|Rabbits should be cleaned out as often as required, usually at least twice a week. If a litter-tray is used this should be refreshed at least once a day (I line mine with newspapers and top it with recycled shredded paper which is a relatively cheap way of doing it). The surface areas should be thoroughly cleaned using a detergent after scrapping off and removing any impacted droppings, and floor covering (sawdust, hay, carpet (yes, mine have a piece of carpet to lie on. They use to have hay for their bed but treated it like an extended litter-tray) should be replaced. The real cleaning measure is whether it is clean and comfortable for the rabbit.|
|The main disadvantage in getting your pet a companion is that it will
not rely on your attention as much as you may want it to. However, you
cannot spend 24 hours a day with your pet and there are times when it
will get lonely and depressed. The advantages in getting your pet a companion
is in watching the interaction between them and seeing them behaving naturally.
My two bunnies, Bugsey and Digger, spend hours grooming each other.
The rule for rabbits is:-
It is worth noting that female rabbits who have not been neutered are at risk of dying young through ovary cancer.
|Rabbits are entirely herbivorous, living only on plant food. Their diet
should consist of a dried rabbit food mix, green vegetables, root vegetables
such as carrots and hay, all of which should be of good quality. They
also enjoy some fruits such as apple. Digger has just discovered yummy
pecan nuts and is given a couple at bed-time each night as a treat.
Do not forget to give it fresh water each day. It may be prudent to invest in a rabbit water bottle as they are prone to soiling or knocking over a water dish.
|A caring owner will always notice a difference in their pet's well being,
whether it be in it's personality, eating habits or toilet duties. Never
ignore changes. Rabbits have very poor recuperative powers, and failure
to seek prompt veterinary advice whey they display symptoms of disease
can often be fatal.
This is a severe viral infection spread quickly amongst wild rabbit populations by the rabbit flea. The virus multiples in the skin around the eyes, nose, face, soft skin inside the ears and also the skin around the anus and genitals of the rabbit. The rabbit looks like it's got flu and is very docile. If you live near wild rabbits or if your rabbit goes out into the garden for a hop around, it will be worth talking to your vet regarding vaccination and flea control generally.
VHD - VIRAL HAEMORRHAGIC DISEASE
A Rabbit loves having its head tickled (ears, eyes, etc.), they go into ectasy!
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