Rabbits are popular among pet parents. They have good fame for the cuddly look and providing close companionship with a human. The small body is a plus bonus for those who live in apartments.
However, like other animals, it requires consideration to adopt a bunny. It takes time to provide proper rabbit care. Before understanding what you are going to face, any decision on an impulse will lead to miseries on both you and the poor bunny. Follow this article, be aware of some of the rabbit’s habits and the required preparation will help you create a good fit.
Personalities of rabbits
A rabbit can live between 8 to 12 years old, which means you can have a long-time companionship with a bunny. Like other animals, a rabbit has its personality. A bunny with the timid feature may stay at the corner of her box all day long, while an energetic one can behave friendly towards your petting. If you take proper care, they will be more adaptive to your companionship as the age grows.
Rabbits are self-groomers as they can clean themselves like cats. However, like a dog, a bunny requires a regular nail trim to avoid deformity. For those long-hair breeds, you need to remove the loose fur as they won’t vomit like cats.
Do some preparation
- Prepare a litterbox
Demands for an ideal litterbox is to be large enough, be steady, and is easy to clean regularly. Choose organic material so that toxic substances won’t cause harm to the bunny. If you want to create one by yourself, the newspaper is an excellent choice to use, as well as citrus, wood, and paper. It is a wise decision to place several litterboxes in different corners so that your rabbit can roam freely in your house. The smart creature learns how to use litterbox quickly.
- Prepare accountable access to sunlight
Although rabbits usually live in an indoor environment, sunlight is a detrimental source of nutrition for them. Lack of sunlight exposure can lead to vitamin D deficiency. There are several solutions to ensure the affluent bunny sunlight. You can place her house–the litterbox we mentioned above–in a corner near your window. You can also train your bunny to sit with you in the lawn.
If not feasible, at least prepare a veterinarian for recommendations.
- Prepare a long-term commitment
A long lifespan means the requirement of continuous interaction and handling. Rabbits are among the animals who love investigating the surrounding, instead of the all-day confinement. You should ensure her enough room to run, jump, and explore. It is better to keep two rabbits together so that they have companions to interact.
It is tricky to pet a bunny. Rabbits get startled easily and are somewhat fragile. If you pick a rabbit up in a wrong way, she can break the spine by struggling. Never lift a rabbit by the ears; place your hand in front of her stomach.
Keep your rabbit healthy
- Feed her properly
Being different from cats or dogs, a rabbit can be rather picky towards food. Fresh grass is a good source of fibre. Improve your cuddly pet’s life quality by providing a continuous supply of fresh grass so that she can always graze on something.
Ensure the food supplement of leafy greens and vegetables. They are essential in a bunny’s diet as they offer nutrition like vitamin, fibre and minerals. Broccoli, Spinach, and celery are typical food for rabbits.
- Regular medical care
There are some tips on check the rabbit’s health condition by yourself. Her teeth indicate if she needs to lose weight–long teeth indicates potential obedience. Bacterial infection inflects on the area around the nose and eyes. Showing aggressiveness or tiredness can be a sign of a tumour. Besides, get vaccinations to combat fatal diseases.