As your pet grows older, he or she may develop a range of diseases and conditions associated with aging, such as obesity, diabetes, arthritis and kidney disease. Despite the health problems often ...View Article
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An appropriate diet is absolutely essential to a rabbit’s health and overall well-being. Rabbits require a lot of dietary fiber in the form of fresh hay and vegetables, with a limited amount of pellets.
Enclosure – Rabbits may be housed in wooden or wire hutches as long as they have a solid bottom. Soft bedding should be used to line the bottom of the cage - avoid wood shavings such as pine or cedar. Litter boxes should be provided and cleaned regularly — most rabbits will urinate and defecate in a corner of the cage. The enclosure should be kept in the coolest, least humid area of the house, with an ideal temperature of 60 -75 degrees F.
Cage furniture – Adding wooden or cardboard boxes can provide places to hide and perch. Depending on the height of the cage, shelves may be added to create different levels within the enclosure.
Rabbit Proofing – Realize that rabbits can and will chew on absolutely anything. Therefore, it is imperative that household hazards are avoided at all costs.
Rabbit Toys/Enrichment – Many wooden and plastic toys are acceptable for rabbits, as long as, they are not ingesting the material that they are chewing. Some acceptable toys include: untreated wicker, cardboard boxes, wooden blocks, phone books, and some hard-plastic toys.
Rabbits are naturally prey animals and prefer to be handled differently than dogs and cats. Try to avoid introducing your hand directly in front of a rabbit’s face and always avoid touching them directly on the nose. Instead, approach them from the side and pet them along the top of the head/back.
If you need to pick up your rabbit, support their entire body while picking them up or gently wrap them in a towel and scoop under their body with both hands. They have lightweight-fragile skeletons and may injure their backs or limbs if they struggle or are dropped.