If you want to make a friend with a cute and gentle animal, the rabbit is a good idea to consider. Every pet owns a unique appearance and the rabbit with iconic ears and twitchy noses steal the heart of many people. Cats and dogs pet can be in your control since they are popular pets, but to care for a rabbit can be hard from the initial days. Before bringing a rabbit to your home, you need to have some basic knowledge and learn how to care for a rabbit.
Rabbit character and behaviour
There are some characters of rabbits you should know before having one. Rabbits are prey animals so that they are naturally used to being hunted. You should not startle them that they’ll be scared and run away. When you approach the rabbit, you should give them a sign or call their name to say that you aren’t a threat and they can approach you safely.
If you want to pet a rabbit, you should know that they can live for 10 to 12 years. They will need a big commitment and responsibility from the owner more than just feeding and picking up after their poop.
Nutrition for rabbits
You may hear the myth that rabbit eats carrot for thousands of time. But in fact, it’s the opposite. It’s essential to understand what is the rabbit nutrition needs for the best caring. In overall, to care for a rabbit, the main diet for a rabbit is fiber. They can nosh on hay grass all the time. Besides grass, the rabbit should have access to other vegetables such as broccoli, romaine lettuce, and parsley. Foods like carrot, apples, and pineapple should be given only once or twice a week for better digestion.
Because the rabbit is a social animal, the location of them can be within your home. You can take the form of a puppy pen, bunny condo, large cage, or just an area with the food, and cardboard castles. You should remember that the rabbit needs a place to relax but is not completely secluded from the family.
An ideal cage to care for a rabbit is a 3 to 4 feet long one with plenty of toys such as cardboard boxes and plastic chew toys. Or else a litter box lined with newspaper and filled with pelleted sawdust litter or grass hay is a great cage for the rabbit.
How to care for a rabbit in the right way
The rabbit can have nervous dispositions and may not enjoy getting a pet unless they’re ready for it. If the rabbit comes to your place, it means that he feels safe and comfortable to play with you.
Like cat and dog, the rabbit also has their favourite areas. They are on the cheeks, forehead, shoulders, and back of the rabbit. These are areas where rabbits usually groom each other, so they will find familiar with you when you petting them here. You can try to pet them in these areas to ensure your rabbit is happy and has a good experience.
You should pay more attention to know whether your rabbit is happy or not. If he is purring and light tooth clicking, this means that he is happy. Or else, rolling over, climbing on you indicate happiness and desire for attention.
Otherwise, if he is growling, grunting, it shows fear or pain. You should stop petting and put him down until he gets relaxed again.