I adopted a rabbit: How can I take care of it?

We are used to people having cats and dogs as pets in the house. However, rabbits are also good companions. It is a friendly, fluffy, small animal that does not require special care. In this way, you will be able to attend to it daily and continue with your daily activities.

Rabbits are undoubtedly a good alternative for those who want to adopt a pet. While it is true that, like any domestic animal, it requires certain types of attention with regard to its diet, exercise, health and rest, this is definitely not a task that escapes our hands.

Rabbits are a good companion for both the big and the small ones in the house, as they are mischievous, playful animals and quite reciprocal in their tokens of affection. When selecting the one you will take with you, you will find that there are many breeds with particular characteristics. However, the steps to be taken to keep them healthy and happy usually do not vary.

Steps to take care of a rabbit at home

Keep in mind that once you adopt a rabbit, it immediately becomes an active member of the family, so it will need care, love and attention. You can?t just buy some model of rabbit cages, fill the containers with food and lock it in the structure. The rabbits can become depressed or stressed and it is necessary to keep an eye on their mood changes.

In addition, they require an annual medical check-up, balanced diet, hydration and, although they sometimes like the quietness of their burrow, they also love the contact with the people around them. If you want to know more about the correct way to take care of your new pet, you can’t miss the steps we have prepared to guide you in this important task.

Get the ideal cage

If you thought that you only had to select the best rabbit cage at the moment according to the purchase opinions of the users on some web site, we must tell you that you are making a serious mistake. Of course, you must take into consideration the quality indicators of the materials used for the manufacture of the structure, the method of opening to clean the tray and of closing to prevent the rabbit from escaping.

However the first thing to evaluate is the dimensions of the cage,because what is needed is that the rabbit has a spacious surface on which it can stretch and move comfortably. For example, if your pet weighs an average of four kilograms, then it will need a structure with a minimum height-width format corresponding to 60 x 100 centimeters.

Similarly, make sure you equip the cage with a container for food, another for hydration, a nest for the animal to rest in and a small sandbox for the animal to relieve itself. In addition it spreads over the surface a robust layer of shavings composed of hay or pine which allows the rabbit to cover itself with it without any limitation.

Contact a good vet

You can’t wait for your pet to show some symptoms of discomfort before going to the vet, so you’ll have to visit the specialist before taking him home. At the beginning he will evaluate the condition of the rabbit and give the first vaccinations, which will then be given at his annual check-ups. This is of great importance because with them we are preventing myxomatosis,a fairly common disease which is caused by the bite of mosquitoes or fleas,but which fortunately has treatment and it is in your hands to prevent it from affecting the health of the rabbit.

On the other hand, there is the issue of sterilization. The veterinarian is in charge of determining the age at which it is convenient to carry it out, since if this is not done, tumors could appear in the female. In the case of the male, unfavorable changes in his behavior would begin to be noticed.

Provides a balanced diet

As with all living things,rabbits require nutrients to grow healthy and strong and it is necessary to provide them with a balanced diet. It is an herbivorous animal that eats turnip greens, grass, hay, dandelion, oats, spinach, fennel and watercress, as well as pieces of carrot, apple and celery. It is important that you avoid giving him broccoli, because it contains too much calcium and could lead to stones.

Also,never give him sweets which we usually consume,because keep in mind that rabbits are intolerant to refined sugar. Specialists recommend supplementing your diet with a daily portion of herbal pellets.

Takes care of your personal hygiene

Rabbits, just like cats, do not need a bath, but it is necessary to brush their fur periodically. Buy a special comb at a department store, with which you can massage the scalp, untangle its hair, and prevent it from swallowing, which could cause hair to accumulate in its stomach and cause vomiting. In addition, during the summer season you should moisten both their ears and the back of their necks to keep them cool.

Cares for your growing teeth

A particularity of rabbits is that their teeth never stop growing, but rest assured that this is not a situation you should worry about. Of course, as long as you take some measures to control the growth of the teeth. So cut small pieces of virgin wood and place them in the cage so that the rabbit will bite them and in this way help to gradually wear out the teeth. The pellet consumed daily also fulfills this function, as it is of medium hardness.

Promotes outdoor exercise for the rabbit

Rabbits are animals that require movement and exercise. So it will not be enough to provide them with a spacious cage where they can move from one end of the tray to the other, because you also need to allow them to get out of the structure to run and jump freely. But be careful, as they’re usually pretty naughty and you don’t want to find your favorite shoes with a few bites. Also, keep in mind that lack of exercise promotes obesity in the animal and it may even become depressed due to confinement.




Mehul D

I love pets especially dogs and cats. I have created this website to spread useful information about pets and to help people to take care of their pets in a better way.