Although bunnies are not as common as a pet cat or dog among bikers, I know of some who own a bunny or a pair of bunnies. I have learned that bunnies are great pets because they are not very difficult and expensive to maintain and care for as long as you take time to understand their needs.
Here are some quick bunny facts to help you care for your pet:
- The safest place for pet bunnies is indoors.
Rabbit owners ought to know that rabbits or bunnies raised as pets should be kept indoors. They are different from the wild ones as they cannot tolerate extreme temperatures. They are also at risk of predators outdoors. The sight of other wild animals can easily cause them stress and they can easily suffer from a heart attack and die of fear.
- You need safety precautions if you decide to let them roam inside your home.
If you decide to let your pet roam inside your house, you should make your house rabbit-safe. These animals like to chew on things so make sure that all electrical cords are covered and out of reach. Keep all your floor-mounted cabinets locked to avoid access. Also keep poisonous and toxic materials out of reach including cleaning supplies and insecticides. Some common plants such as Calla lily, aloe, Lily of the Valley, azalea, and philodendron are also poisonous to them.
- If kept in a cage, they need a lot of room for stretching.
If you decide to keep your rabbit in a cage, make it at least five times its size to allow space for exercise and stretching. The cage should also be layered with cardboards and other materials because wire floorings are hard on their feet. Inside the cage, your rabbit also needs a quiet space for hiding and resting. Placing a cardboard box inside the cage can achieve this purpose. Additionally, if kept in the cage, you should let your rabbit out of the cage for a few hours a day for exercise, playing and exploring.
- Rabbits need a balanced diet.
Many health problems among rabbits are caused by feeding them with foods that are incompatible with their digestive system. A basic rabbit diet should be composed of hay, leafy dark green vegetables and fruits such as apples, papaya, bananas, pears, plums, melons and others. Foods to avoid feeding to rabbits include tomatoes, iceberg lettuce, cabbage, beans, peas, corn, potatoes, onions, beets, rhubarb, seeds and grains among others. If you are not sure whether a certain food is okay with your rabbit or not, you could ask your veterinarian for advice. Moreover, there are also rabbit pellets available in the market, but they should only be given in small quantities alongside vegetables and fruits. Your rabbit should always have a fresh supply of clean water.
- Handle rabbits with care.
Rabbits are very fragile and they can break their own spines if they are struggling. That is why you should handle your pet with special care if you have to carry it.
Now that you know these tips, it will then be easier for you to take care of a rabbit as your pet. There is a wide range of breeds that you could choose from and one of the most popular is the lionhead bunnies. Be sure to keep these five tips in mind when caring for your rabbit.