Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Basic Pet Rabbit Care

Owning and caring for a rabbit is great fun and very rewarding, but it is a big responsibility and a long-term commitment in terms of care and finances.  If you own or are responsible for a rabbit, even on a temporary basis, you are required by law to care for it properly.
Rabbits are intelligent animals which are curious by nature. They are social animals and need a lot of interaction with their owner.
Pet rabbits need lots of room to move around. The cage should be large enough to allow your pet rabbit free movement. They are clean by nature and will usually use a litter box if one is provided. Most pet rabbits choose a corner of the litter box to designate as their "potty" area. A well balanced diet is necessary to ensure that your pet remains healthy. Your pet rabbit should have grass hay available at all times. Pet rabbits have powerful hind legs and need to exercise them regularly. They should be allowed to exercise for several hours each day. They like to chew and dig. Suitable toys are cardboard boxes, old phone-books and commercial chew toys for rabbits. Also provide your pet rabbit with a box in which he can dig. Simply fill a cardboard box with dirt or hay for your pet rabbit. Suitable toys gives it an outlet for his tendencies to chew and dig and providing them makes it less likely that your rabbit will engage in destructive behaviors within your house.
Pet rabbits have powerful back legs and they can cause serious injury to their back if not handled properly. When holding your pet rabbit, always support your rabbit's hindquarters with one hand and use the other hand to support his forequarters.Your pet rabbit can be brushed gently to remove loose hair and help maintain his haircoat.Pet rabbits should be spayed or neutered to prevent unwanted litters and helps to prevent spraying in male rabbits while it helps to prevent uterine cancer in female rabbits.

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