Pet Rabbit Care
Beautiful Bouncy Bunnies
Pet bunnies can become surprisingly affectionate especially if all their needs are taken care of. Invest a little of your time in you pet rabbit care and you will soon be on the way to having a delightful, comical and loving companion.
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The three main needs of your bunny are...
Rabbits are naturally very clean pets, so do them a favour and keep their homes clean.
- Wash their food bowls out daily and clean out their water bottles at least twice a week.
- Fluff up their bedding everyday and replace it with fresh bedding once a week.
- Litter boxes will also need to be washed once a week.
- Every now and then it is a good idea to do a spring clean and wash the whole cage.
- Part of hygiene is grooming, although rabbits spend a great deal of time and effort on grooming themselves, brushing helps to remove all that fluff they have a tendency to leave behind on your clothes.
Start this process early, the earlier in your union the better, it will get the bunny used to it and a lot of them end up loving the brush. Before you start you must introduce your bunny to the brush, let him sniff it once he loses interest in it you can then brush him.
- The nail clipping, there are several reasons we cut a pet rabbits nails. They are not digging and burrowing as they would be out in the wild which would work as a natural nail filing system. Check out this story about bunny warrens sent in by one of our readers.
If their nails get too long they cannot move around easily on certain floors and may slip, and with the harder floor surfaces they may even break a nail.
It also saves your skin, imagine having a rabbit leap out of your lap by thrusting his hind legs into your gut with the force of a sledge hammer, imagine now that the sledge hammer has nails, OUCH.
Be careful when trimming their nails, inside the nail is a channel that contains vessels and nerves. I use one of those headlight torches because it frees up my hands plus I am as blind as a bat, it helps you to see the quick, which you must avoid.
If you have a mishap and accidently cut into the quick, don’t panic, just apply some corn starch to the end of the nail and make sure to keep an eye on it.
Good Food = Good Pet Rabbit Care
Feeding your bunny correctly is one of the most important things in pet rabbit care. A healthy diet means a healthy bunny.
The most important ingredient in a rabbit’s diet is hay. This must be available all the time, it serves two purposes, one it is a form of entertainment for them, they love to rearrange it and throw it around and two, it aids in the proper digestion of their food.
So water and hay available at all times, then other feed must be split into two, one in the am and the other in the pm. This naturally mimics their eating patterns in the wild and also is more convenient for you, their food supplier.
Pellets do play a part in a healthy diet as they supply essential minerals and vitamins that may not be available in the fresh veg you are offering your bunny, but do not rely solely on pellets as they have been designed for breeding programs and have a tendency to make bunny fat.
Babies must not be separated from mom before they are seven weeks old.
Initially they must be fed on a diet of special pellets for baby rabbits and of course hay.At about 3 months you can slowly start to introduce fresh vegetables, but do it one at a time so that you can make sure your new baby does not react badly to it.
From 7 months onwards you must gradually start decreasing the amount of pellets and increasing the amount of fresh vegetables till they reach one year then a normal diet plan will be as follows
Rule of thumb for pellets is that they must constitute no more than 8% of the daily diet with hay being at least 60%.
- Large breeds approx 1 cup per day
- Medium breeds approx ¾ cup per day
- Small breeds approx ½ cup per day
- Dwarf breeds approx 2 tablespoons per day
Fresh Vegetables and Greens
Only ever introduce one new vegetable or green at a time, this helps you to make sure that the little bouncer does not have a reaction to a particular food. Give them a mix of three chopped veg and whole leaf greens a day.
One of the following in a day as they contain Vitamin A
- Pea Pods
- Carrots and carrot tops
- Beet tops
Add one or two of the following to the mix-
- Celery Leaves – you can give them the stalk but make sure to cut it up into small pieces. Celery stalks have a tendency to be a bit stringy.
- Sweet Potato Tops
- Mulberry Leaves
- Turnip Greens and Chicory- these are high in calcium so don’t feed them to the rabbit more than once a week
Between 2 to 4 cups of fresh veg a day should suffice.
Fruit must only be given as treats and not too often. Apples and bananas are particular favourites of theirs.
The most important and rewarding part of caring for your pet rabbit is the loving. Once they get the hang of the petting thing they will be very demanding in their need for love so be prepared.
They will chin anything they consider is theirs, marking it with their scent and they may well include you in this ritual, don’t pull away as this is a sign of ownership for them.
They love having their chins massaged and being stroked down their backs.
Not so hard is it. All that is needed for pet rabbit care is cleaning, feeding and loving and then you will have a beautiful bright eyed bushy tailed happy little bouncing bunny.
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