Are you considering investing in a rabbit for you or your children to have as a pet? Would this be your first time having Roger Rabbit as an in-house pet? If so, then you need to learn a bit more about keeping rabbits as pets before purchasing one.
As with any animal, there are pros and cons to having one. Pet bunnies can bring a lot of joy to your life, but you need to be ready to care for them appropriately.
See below for several tips and information that you need for keeping rabbits as pets. This will help you prepare for the fulfilling furry friendship ahead!
1. What Do Rabbits Eat?
It’s common knowledge that rabbits are herbivorous animals. However, that still leaves plenty left to the imagination.
Sure, you know that they eat plants, but what kind of plants are you supposed to give them? Not only that, but how often are they supposed to eat to remain healthy and live a long and healthy life?
First, you should know that pet bunnies aren’t picky. They’ll eat almost any kind of plant or vegetation that you give them. However, as their owner, it’s suggested that you keep them as close to their natural diet as possible.
That includes things like weeds, blades of grass, plants, and even the bark from trees (on occasion) if you can believe it. There’s nothing wrong with substituting these for a few carrots or celery from time to time each day.
As far as when to feed them, rabbits eat in very tiny amounts. They’re naturally used to eating in small windows, numerous times each day. For that reason, it’s best to keep food readily accessible to them, such as giving them some lettuce or celery for them to nibble throughout the day.
2. What Is the Average Pet Bunny Lifespan?
If you’re going to invest in a pet bunny, you will want to know how long to expect the bunny to live.
Many people make the mistake of investing in small animals such as rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, and mice without realizing how long they can actually live. Rabbits can live anywhere from 8 to 12 years.
Compare that to wild rabbits, which typically only live around 2 years or less, most of that being due to the natural food chain and the harsh sustainability of the wild.
Prepare to have the same bunny for 10 years or more. View every purchase that you make as a long-term investment for your rabbit.
For example, make sure that you invest in a large high-quality rabbit hutch for your furry friend to stay comfortable in as he/she continues to grow. You can even turn this into a DIY project if you have the essential tools for the job.
Try to establish a routine for cleaning your rabbit’s hutch, giving him/her food to last throughout the day, and bathe them appropriately (more on that below). Rabbits require far fewer maintenance than most household pets. In no time at all, you’ll find that caring for them becomes like second nature.
3. How Should I Bathe My Rabbit?
This should be prefaced by saying that you shouldn’t bathe your rabbit unless it’s an absolute necessity. Even then, you should never get them fully wet.
As you might imagine, rabbits have a lot of fur, which means it takes them much longer for their hair to dry. Since the fur takes so long to dry, they can easily catch a cold or get severely sick.
To avoid that, be sure to give them as dry a bath as possible. Place them on your lap with a dry towel wrapped around them (for comfort). Take some cornstarch and gently massage it into the dirty area.
If the area you’re trying to clean remains sticky or dirty, then you might you might need to (carefully) trim off that area. Don’t worry, it will grow back quickly with a healthy diet!
4. How Often Should You Clean Its Cage?
Imagine being forced to live inside the area that you eat, poop, and pee in. How would you feel if that area was cleaned only every so often? Odds are, you wouldn’t be very comfortable. The same goes for your bunny.
Some bunny owners only feel it necessary to clean the cage once every week. Others feel it necessary to clean it once every day. The truth is, that you should aim for somewhere in the middle.
Try cleaning it every other day, or whenever you feel that a quick cleaning is necessary. If left unkempt, the cage will quickly start to smell and fill your entire house.
5. How to Keep Them Social
Believe it or not, rabbits crave social interaction. They have a natural desire to live in groups. For that reason, you might consider purchasing at least two rabbits, who can keep each other company.
If having two rabbits isn’t feasible for your situation, then you and your family will need to do your part to keep them company.
Take them out of their crate to let them run around (safe from larger animals such as dogs and cats). Get them a few toys (yes, rabbits have toys) to place in their cage while you’re away.
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