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Pet Rabbit Care

What do pet rabbits eat?

Rabbits would eat just about anything so be careful what you give them. They need to have Timothy hay at will and some Timothy based pellets every day but not more than a quarter of a cup daily. Also give them a handful of greens daily such as spinach, parsley, broccoli and celery. Fruits should be given in moderation as treats. Never give them cereal bars,salty or sugary snacks,nuts or corn.

Should you give a pet rabbit to a child?

Most of the times rabbits are given as easter gifts to young children. Unfortunately, kids loose interest in the rabbit after a few weeks and it is unrealistic to expect them to handle the care. This is the reason why most rabbits ended up at animal shelters. Only adults are able to fully understand the animal needs and should be the primary care giver for the rabbit. Children may dislike the fact that the bunny wont play with them like a dog or a cat.

Can pet rabbits be kept outside?

Unlike what most people think, domestic rabbits are much better off inside rather than outside. Outdoors rabbits are not doing well in wet, cold or hot temperatures. They can overheat very easily. Also predators such as cats,dogs, pray birds or raccoons can scare them to death just by being around them. They will be prone to diseases and fly bites and their life expectancy will be greatly reduced. Limited space and boredom will make their life miserable.

Does a pet rabbit smells and makes a mess in the house?

Rabbits are very clean and tidy animals. They can easilt be litter trained like a cat when they are spayed or neutered. They also clean themselves like cats and their fur smells nice. Get a good absorbent litter made of recycled newspaper and scoop out the litter box every other day and you will never have urine odors in your house. Stay away from scented wood chips that can be toxic for the rabbit.

How much does pet rabbit care cost?

If you were told that rabbits are low cost maintenance pets, you will soon find out the opposite. A pet rabbit cost as much to care for than a cat or a dog. They need to be spayed or neutered and to be taken to the vet once a year. Food ,hay,litter and vegetables costs slowly but surely add up to. You also need to find a vet that is specialised in rabbits, not just dogs and cats

Author: Nathalie Veilleux

4 comments to Pet Rabbit Care

  • emily

    not all rabbits need 1/4 of a cup of food because it depends on the breed and i know this because i an a rabbit breeder. not all adolts know abbout rabbit care some kids know more then adolts. some rabbits do better out side plus when it is hot out we give our rabbits frozen water bottles and when it is cold/cool out thay are fine but when it is rilly cold/freezing out we bring them in sidde. not all pet rabbits need to be spayed/neuterd.

    arba (amarican rabbit breaders asoseation) member
    Emily risberg
    ps i am 13

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  • lyndsie

    I have a question I have a Palomino Pet Rabbit named coco he is a male and spoiled to boot. The problem is when people come close to me he tries to bit them and I don’t want him to do that. How can I make him understand that he can not do that without breaking his spirit?

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  • lauren

    Rabbits probably rather it outside. Because it would be more natural to them if they were in the wild. Our rabbits love it in the grass but when its snowing we have to bring them inside and at night we lock them in their hutch. And inside they only have a tiny bit of space.

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  • Lyndsay

    Depending on breed, rabbits need anywhere from 1/4 of a cup of feed (for your small breeds) to 1 cup (for the very large breeds). Quality feed will also help your rabbit. You need to make sure the protein is around 16% so they are putting on muscle and not fat. A fat rabbit is not a healthy rabbit. Most baby rabbits should have feed available at all times from when they start eating food until they are about 10-12 weeks old. Hay is optional, not a necessity. If a rabbit is getting good quality feed, they do not need greens daily. The most important thing you can do for your rabbit is make sure they have clean, fresh water at all times. We water ours once a day, and if it is hot, up to 3 times a day. Rabbits do well inside or out, as long as they have shelter where they can be out of the rain, snow, sun, and hide from predators. One of the worst things you can do for your rabbit is bring to switch environments on them when the weather is at an extreme. If it is hot and you bring them to air conditioning, or cold and you bring them into the heat, it will stress them out to go back. More rabbits die from stress than just about anything. Rabbits can be great pets if you don’t expect too much out of them. They are far different from owning a dog or cat, but can be a lot of fun.

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