Essential Care Tips For Pet Rabbits

If you currently have a rabbit, the following tips may give you some helpful guidance in how to care for your rabbit so he remains healthy and happy. Caring for rabbits takes time, patience and love, and it’s not for everyone. But if it is right for you, you’ll get a lot of enjoyment from your pets.

If you are considering getting a rabbit, you should know first of all that rabbits do not make good pets for young children. Rabbits are very timid and can even die from fright. While bunnies are cute, rabbits are very fragile and must be handled carefully. Rabbits are not likely to be happy in a home full of small children, and they really aren’t cut out to be pets for little kids. All in all, this is not a good situation for rabbits.

Keep in mind that rabbits love to be out and about, with the people they love. Many people let their rabbits roam the house; they follow their people around like dogs, but with the advantage that rabbits, like cats and unlike dogs, can be litter trained. That said, your rabbit should be either in a large cage or in a rabbit-safe, closed-off room when you’re not around to keep an eye on him. Like cats and dogs, rabbits get into stuff. And rabbits love to chew, so you should be very cautious about anything in the room that your rabbit could chew up and cause harm to himself or your belongings.

As you would expect, your rabbit needs to have constant access to fresh water, and have fresh food available. Rabbits can drink from a water bowl (get one that won’t tip easily) or from a water bottle attached to the side of the cage.

What do rabbits eat? Well, don’t rush out and buy a head of lettuce for your bunny, because that kind of lettuce has very little nutritional value. Rabbit pellets from the pet store are a good staple, along with some fresh hay (not too much), and occasional treats of leafy greens, apples and of course carrots. While a rabbit will eat almost anything, you should feed the foods that provide god nutrition and don’t upset his sensitive digestive tract.

If you can provide a calm environment, room to roam, a good, safe place to sleep and spend spare time, and the right food, your rabbit will have almost everything it needs. The only thing lacking will be your love and attention, which you are no doubt ready to give in huge quantities.

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The earliest historical evidence of people carrying
a rabbit's foot for good luck
is from around 600 B.C.