If you are thinking of acquiring a rabbit for your family pet, you likely have concerns about how to care for it and ensure it lives a safe, happy, healthy life. You must understand that you are taking on the care of a living creature for the entire span of its life and that your responsibilities include ensuring that the rabbit has everything it needs not only to live but to prosper and thrive in your care. Although it is a large responsibility, you will be happy to find that caring for such animal is not as difficult as it may seem.
Protecting your bunny from the hot sun is one of the most important things you can do. If the rabbit is outdoors, shade should be provided on any day where temperatures exceed 80 degrees. If the climate in which you live is very hot, you should keep your bunny inside. Overheating is just as dangerous for a rabbit as it is for a human, and when bunnies get hot they become restless. Therefore, it is important to keep your pet away from excessive cold or heat. Extreme temperatures are not any better for pet rabbits–which are less sturdy than wild breeds–than they are for people.
Naturally, you must have a clean, safe cage for your bunny. Many models sold in pet stores are too small, and for this reason, it may take a bit of effort to find a larger cage. If all else fails, order one online or create one yourself. Rabbits need an appropriate amount of space in which to eat, play, and use the litter box. You should also acquire plenty of safe toys for your bunny. To avoid boredom, change the toys from time to time.
It is important to feed your rabbit a nutritionally balanced diet. Fortunately, most commercial rabbit pellets contain proper nutrients for your pet. Using ready-made pellets and offering your bunny vegetable treats are good ways to ensure that your pet remains healthy. You can feed your rabbit treats by hand if you enjoy such interaction.
You must always keep your bunny safe from predators, as well as anything hazardous in your home. If you plan to allow the rabbit to roam around your dwelling make sure you bunny-proof it first. You may also wish to consider giving the bunny one room in which it can run and play with no restrictions.
Just like any pet, your new rabbit will need love, attention, and an adequate amount of exercise and play time. If you get to know your bunny as you would any other type of pet, you will be able to notice any changes in diet, behavior, bathroom habits and other things that may indicate an injury or illness.
Caring for a pet rabbit is quite similar to taking care of any other pet: it is a matter of nurturing and loving your bunny and giving it the proper amount of attention. In return, your pet will love and cherish you back you will enjoy many years of fun and find that your bunny has enriched your life.