Rabbits are among the most common pets in North America. We think they’re cute and cuddly and even though they may not be as loyal or affectionate as cats and dogs, we still love them. Caring for a rabbit is somewhat different than caring for cats or dogs and this article will outline some of the necessities of rabbit care.
- Rabbits should live in a cage for several reasons. First of all, rabbits are timid but very fast creatures and they can be very difficult to collect if they happen to get away from you. I’m reminded of a neighbor whose pet rabbit escaped into the neighborhood and wrought havoc on local gardens. It took several weeks for the owner to finally catch her again. A 3 foot by 3 foot cage is sufficient for an average sized rabbit and it provides a comfortable living environment. In addition to their difficulty to catch, rabbits are basically impossible to house train. Giving a rabbit free run of the house will inevitably result in you constantly cleaning up rabbit pellets.
- Rabbits need a solid diet including alfalfa pellets, hay, and green vegetables. Alfalfa pellets provide many of the nutrients that your rabbit needs to survive while green vegetables and hay improve digestion. On occasion you can treat your rabbit with some fruits like banana or apple, but not too often because fruits are high in sugar.
- Rabbit proof a room so your bunny can exercise. You cannot leave a rabbit in a small cage all the time. They like to run and stretch so try to have a room or area in your yard that is safe for your rabbit to exercise.
- Rabbits’ teeth never stop growing so they tend to chew a lot. You can buy some rabbit chew toys or just give them some cardboard, toilet paper rolls, or branches from fruit trees.
Finally, rabbits need love just like all pets. They are social animals and even though they may not be as affectionate as dogs or cats, they still appreciate affection.