If you are considering keeping a rabbit as a pet at home, be sure to know basic rabbit care to ensure it gets a happy and healthy life.
Whether you choose an outdoor rabbit or an indoor rabbit, rabbits need their own space and will appreciate fresh water, food, sand and protection from predators. But there’s also more to that to learn to take good care of those adorable animals. And today, that’s exactly what we are going to uncover! Happy reading.
Basic Care for a Healthy Rabbit
Basic rabbit care starts with choosing the type, size and activity of your rabbit. You can choose from different types of rodents, such as hares, giant or dwarf rabbits, hamsters, curies or others in this rodent family.
To properly care for the pet, you also need to determine the best home for it. Is it indoors in a safe cage?
Rabbits need a safe place to live. You can adapt a cage that you can place in a large space for this animal to climb and explore. A cat litter box or plastic tunnel will keep the rabbit out of areas that might be tempting to him.
Essential Food and Water
Rabbits must have access to fresh water during the day and night. If they are outdoors, they should have access to a fresh water source during the day and night.
They should also have access to a supply of clean grass and plenty of safe chew toys. Toys that are hard or chewable will stimulate effective chewing.
The diet should not contain additives or chemicals that are harmful to health. In addition, fiber or cellulose and protein should be included. Rabbits like fresh grass, carrots, spinach, celery, endive, dandelion, among others. Some fruits are also to its taste, such as apple, pear, peach, melon, grape, orange… Give it small pieces, let it start to study the ones it likes to eat the most and that do not contain seeds.
Cleaning and Brushing
Rabbits groom themselves, they are very neat. It is not wise to bathe them, unless they are too dirty, and to avoid deterioration of their beautiful fur. Clean some dirt with a damp cloth, if you think it is necessary.
It is important to brush your rabbit frequently, as loose hair and fur can transmit skin diseases. Rabbit care also includes periodic brushing of the teeth, which is very important to ensure that the teeth remain in good condition.
There are many types of rabbit brushes, including metal brushes, wooden brushes, plush brushes and cardboard brushes, and you should try to buy the one that best suits your needs.
An Activity to Keep in Shape
The rabbit is a rodent that needs a good physical activity when kept at home, for this reason it is necessary to allow him to get out of his cage a few times a day so it can run and entertain itself in the garden, avoiding that it consumes products that affect your health.
You must also be aware of giving it love, it needs it. The rabbit is a cunning and very intelligent animal, it likes to explore, you must devote time and have good patience with it.
Health Care for a Rabbit
Apart from the daily hygiene, it is necessary to know that the rabbit must go periodically to the veterinarian, it must be vaccinated and dewormed according to the instructions of the specialist and thus have a rabbit in good health.
Some diseases affect the health of the rabbit, knowing which ones allow you to seek the appropriate treatment, the most common are:
Coccidiosis – It occurs from licking his dirty or contaminated fur, drinking or feeding on bad water. Practice good hygiene of its cage and utensils and keep its coat well-groomed.
Colds – Rabbits can also catch colds and pass them on to each other.
Fungi – Fungi can be transmitted from one rabbit to another. There are different treatments that the specialist can suggest.
Heatstroke – If you notice that the rabbit is panting continuously and lying on all fours, this is the symptom that will indicate heat stroke.
Red Urine – If you notice reddish urine, don’t worry, this occurs when the animal eats a lot of fruits or greens.
Mite disease – These are small red insects that are found in the ears of rabbits. They also appear on the paws or skin.
The specialist will recommend the best treatment if any of the above diseases appear.
Finally, don’t forget that rabbits are living beings that need care such as good hygiene, good nutrition and good physical conditioning. All this for healthy development.
Living with a pet is one of the best therapies to keep us active, have fun, stay healthy and improve our quality of life. Choose the one that suits you best and enjoy it always.
Do you already have another pet? Let us know in the comments how you care for it.