With your new rabbit now safely in your hands, you may find yourself with a lot of questions. This is why we are here – to help you in every aspect of rabbit ownership, from what to buy, how to buy it , who to buy from, which breed is the perfect bunny for you, purpose of ownership – pet, breeding, showing, or meat and fur production- to housing, feeding, grooming, day to day life, health checks, decisions regarding breeding, sanitation, investments of costs as well as time and work, and pretty much any other rabbit related topic that you can imagine.
Contrary to what a lot of other sources are saying and noting, rabbits can and do live equally very well in outdoor hutches as much as they do indoor cages. In fact, the only key element to out-door vs. in-door life is to be prepared and know what and how to set up and maintain a roomy, sanitary, perfectly safe housing environment. Also, while many feel that rabbits living outdoors do not get any attention; the same can be said for many bunnies that live indoors. The simple truth is that you, as the owner, are the only one who can determine how much attention your rabbit is given and regardless of if your bunny lives indoors or outdoors, he needs quality attention – every single day.
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Rabbits are very sociable animals; not only are they dependent on their human counterparts to feed, water, and clean up after them, but they also need to have a basic exam every day. If you do not have ample amount of time to spend with your bunny, you may want to consider getting him/her a bunny-friend.
Since rabbits are naturally prey-animals, they are astonishingly good at hiding any symptoms of health problems. It is also true that most rabbits do not enjoy being picked up, and are not truly lap-babies. Due to their highly inquisitive nature, they also get bored quickly. Additionally, providing them with ample space to roam around and have things to do, such as providing pet-safe toys, will results in a very happy bunny. Truth-be-told, rabbits that do not regularly receive these needs often become un-sociable as well as un-healthy.
Rabbits are quite intelligent. They are capable of learning to respond to their names and other basic commands. They also can be trained to do some tricks. And – regardless to whether he/she has been neutered/spayed – your bunny can also be litter box trained. This is also contrary to what other sources may report, but with years of experience in raising rabbits indoors and outdoors, the results are always the same; sexual alteration has nothing to do with the fact that rabbits are typically clean animals and when presented with the right training, they will all-but litter train themselves.
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Understanding what good quality feed and treats are for your new fuzzy friend will greatly benefit your pal. As it is with most animals, some food items that are given as bunny treats are toxic to rabbits and should be avoided at all costs. While some treats are safe, and ok to give in moderation, ideally, rabbits receive all of the protein, fiber, calcium, and other nutrients needed in quality, fresh pellets. Furthermore, they require an unlimited amount of fresh hay, and clean drinking water. Without water, rabbits will not eat, which naturally could turn into disaster.