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9 Rules For Raising Healthy Rabbits

Last Updated: 22.10.19

 

 

If you want to offer your bunny the utmost comfort, you have to be careful when choosing his/her new home from all those multiple types of cages for rabbits. Also, the right rabbit diet is extremely important because it will help your little friend stay healthy and strong, both physically and mentally.

When adopting animals we take full responsibility for their well-being because they will rely on us to make the best choices on their behalf. That is why we need to do extensive research to find out all the necessary information in order to keep them healthy and strong.

 

A well-balanced diet

Food plays an essential role in everyone’s life, including our bunnies. When they are young, they need specific nutrients in order to enjoy proper growth. And, when they are adults they have specific nutritional requirements, which, if not met, can lead to severe health issues. And, we are aware that some nutritional deficiencies can even lead to death.

That is why your rabbit needs a complete and well-balanced diet packed with all the necessary minerals and vitamins that will help him/her thrive. Also, in order to have a healthy digestive system, your bun-bun requires high amounts of fiber.

 

The proper home

Rabbits are social creatures that need to be surrounded by other rabbits or people in order to feel safe and protected. That is why it is better to have a cage in your living area so that your bunny can be part of the action. Your bun bun needs plenty of space in order to do his/her day-to-day activities.

This means that the cage must be large enough – five time the size of the rabbit at a minimum. Also, the cage needs to be tall enough so that your bunnies can stand up on their hind legs without hurting their head.

 

 

The right environment

It is recommended that you keep your rabbit in a cool environment, which has a low level of humidity. More exactly, the ideal temperature that will provide your pet the needed comfort should be around 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit (15.5 – 21.1 degrees Celsius).

And, if you have other pets like dogs, you should first familiarize your bunny with the house and then introduce him/her to the new friends. This introduction needs to be done gradually so that none of them will be taken by surprise and react in an improper way. Also, you should not leave them by themselves without proper supervision.

 

Rabbits are coprophagic

This aspect is very important for the overall health of your bunny. Animals are different, and they all have distinct characteristics and needs. Rabbits, for example, consume their own feces in order to properly absorb and digest certain nutrients from foods. It is essential we know this, especially when cleaning out the litter box.

So, instead of removing everything, make sure you choose only the dry feces and leave the cecotropes (soft feces) behind. Your bunny will thank you for that, and you will be happy to admire your healthy, beautiful, and strong rabbit.

 

A clean and safe environment

Your rabbit needs to live in a clean environment, and that is why you should clean his/her cage once every week. Also, your bun bun’s litter box should be cleaned with white vinegar, or if it has deep and visible stains you can even soak it. But do remember that spot cleaning must be done daily, in order to offer your bunny a nice-smelling and safe habitat.  

And, in order to prevent any allergies or health issues, you should clean your bunny’s food bowl every day. Bear in mind that his/her food needs to be changed daily as well.

 

Vaccination and medication

When it comes to vaccination, rabbits need a couple of vaccines to get protection from rabbit haemorrhagic disease and myxomatosis. And, there is a similar case with the medications – there are only a few of them that are specifically meant for rabbits. That means that you must know as much as possible about potential diseases and ailments.

If you need to medicate your bunny, be careful because the wrong dosage can have a negative impact on his/her health. It is important to know that the proper temperature for healthy rabbits ranges from 101.3 to 104.0 degrees Fahrenheit (38.5 to 40 degrees Celsius). Also, the resting heart rate is 180-250 beats/minute.

 

 

A proper litter box

There is a wide selection of litter boxes available on the market, and it is up to you which one you find more suitable for your bunny’s needs. Rabbits have the tendency to do their business in one specific spot, which allows you to set up their litter box right where they need it. You can even get away with a medium-size cat litter box or a shallow storage bin.

Also, the best place to put it should be near their food or water container or near their hay feeder because they usually like to eat and do their business at the same time.

 

Grooming

Rabbits are very independent when it comes to keeping themselves clean because they do not need much help from their parents. But, even if they wash frequently they still need regular brushings during their shedding periods in order to remove all the excess fur. Otherwise, there is a risk for them to ingest it which can lead to serious digestive problems.

Also, you should remember to clip their nails every few months. And, if you notice that your bunny’s fur is a bit dirty, you should spot wash it with a wet towel and that is pretty much everything.

 

Transportation

If you’ve decided to take your bunny for a ride, make sure that he/she is placed in a secure pet transport container. The container must have the proper size for your rabbit – he/she must be able to turn around and lie down. Also, when you put the bunny in or take him/her out it must be done without causing him/her any discomfort or injuries.

And, another important aspect is to offer enhanced protection against wind, rain, and extreme temperatures during transportation.

 

 

 

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