Rabbits are cute, furry, and fluffy that can be amazing to have around just as any other pet such as cats or dogs. That being said, rabbits are easy to love but they are difficult to care for. People who take the time to learn about the needs of these lovable, social animals will find them to be great companions. 

While caring for these cute creatures isn’t difficult, rabbits have a long life expectancy—more than ten years—and a variety of unique needs. Before deciding on a rabbit, anyone considering introducing one to their family should conduct extensive research into rabbit care books and websites.

Consider Adoption

If you have chosen to bring a rabbit into your home after much thought, please adopt from your local humane society or rabbit rescue organization. Rabbits can live up to ten years and require regular examinations by a rabbit-experienced veterinarian. Bunnies need a lot of attention and can become withdrawn and depressed if they are not given enough affection and companionship. To add on, if you have other pets such as cats or dogs, Rabbits will get along with them if they are properly socialized.

If you’re thinking about having two rabbits, a neutered male and a spayed female are typically more compatible than two set same-sex bunnies. It’s important to have your new pet spayed or neutered right away. Otherwise, males will mark their territories, females will be at increased risk of uterine cancer, and the already serious overpopulation problem will worsen.

Rabbit-Safe Environment

Rabbits cannot withstand excessive heat and must be protected from the elements. They tend to live indoors, where they can engage in their caretaker’s daily activities, but there are a few things you should do to ensure your new friend’s protection and happiness before allowing him or her into your home.

Bunnies are natural chewers who enjoy playing, so make sure there are plenty of toys available. Bunnies are attracted to electrical and phone cables, books, baseboard molding, door jams, and plants, despite being given toys such as untreated wood, straw, wire cat-balls, keys, paper towel rolls, and strong, plastic baby toys.


Before taking your bunny around, you’ll need to cover or redirect wires and move the rest of these things up and out of the way. You can also prepare a big box or basket filled with shredded paper for your new pet to dive into. Rabbits aren’t always pathological diggers, but those that are will use their natural digging instincts to ruin your rugs and other belongings unless you have an alternative digging spot.

When you’re setting up, keep in mind that rabbits need a safe, quiet environment, such as a cardboard box or plastic carrier with a towel inside. Wire cages aren’t the perfect choice for bunnies.

Training For Litter

Since rabbits prefer to relieve themselves in one place, litter training can be done at any age, and older rabbits are usually better students than younger ones. Even if you want to give the bunny free reign of the home, you’ll need to start litter training in a small area. Put paper pulp litter in the litterbox. 

Clay is harmful to rabbits’ digestive tracts, so don’t use it! In the corner of the cage or room, position the litter box. Put some of your rabbit’s droppings in the box, or use Timothy hay or treats to encourage your rabbit. Rabbits are quick to learn, and you’ll soon be able to position litterboxes in various locations throughout the building.

Rabbits Are Vegetarians

Grass, timothy or oat hay, and fresh vegetables can make up the majority of a rabbit’s diet. You might also try feeding him a small number of pellets and a small amount of fruit. Bananas, apples, pears, and pineapples are all fine options, as are dark leafy greens, broccoli, carrots, parsley, watercress, and bananas.

Iceberg lettuce (too much water) and cabbage in large quantities should be avoided (can give a bunny gas). Rabbits, including dogs and cats, can be susceptible to begging at the table. While it might be tempting to give your rabbit a taste of whatever you’re eating, rabbits’ digestive processes are easily compromised, so stick to his or her regular diet. Before adding any additional treats, consult your veterinarian.

Handling and Grooming Care

While rabbits clean themselves similarly to cats, they lack the ability to cough up hairballs, so grooming your rabbit at least once a week is necessary. Most rabbits enjoy being groomed, and it helps them escape stomach issues later in life. 

When rabbits are taken off the ground, they become anxious. Struggling rabbits can potentially break their own backbones due to the fragile nature of their spines and the strength of their leg muscles. Lifting a rabbit by the ears or with only one hand under the stomach is never a good idea.

Rabbits, unlike cats and dogs, dislike being brought around. It’s better to deal with them on their stage, but if you do pick your rabbit up, make sure you’re supporting his or her hind legs and rump at all times and supporting his or her chest with your other hand. Bunnies will come to you, hop into your lap, and even sleep with you until they’ve become accustomed to your home.

Exercise

Your rabbit will get most of her exercise just jumping around in her hutch if she stays in a big hutch. She’d like to take a look around the house as well. Check for something she might chew on in any room where she will be roaming: electrical cords, wooden ornaments, shoes, accessories, furniture, and woodwork. If all else fails, a big playpen with a litter box may be used as a secure playroom. 

Some rabbits love throwing balls around, nosing them, and kicking them. Households with multiple rabbits may also find that they play with each other.

Conclusion

To conclude, rabbits are the same as cats or dogs on the pets list as they are more complicated and require knowledge to be able to keep one as a pet. Given reasonable attention, rabbits can be easy to care for and make wonderful cuddly pets that can keep you company.

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