In our recent article, we agreed that pets are part of our family and we can’t imagine our life without them. Also, we mentioned that rabbit toys have great benefits for both our bunnies and our surroundings. That being said, we are aware that the way we care for our pets is extremely important in order to keep them safe and happy.
That is why our dear friends need to be treated according to their needs. With this in mind, it is advised you do a bit of research on what to expect when getting a certain pet. While caring for a cat or a dog is more familiar to us, this is not the case with other animals. In this article, we will present you a few things to take into account before adopting an adorable rabbit.
Long term plans
Did you know that rabbits can live for 10 to 12 years? So, when adopting a rabbit you enter a long term relationship which requires a lot of your time and attention. To care for a rabbit implies plenty of daily and weekly tasks in order to keep your furry friend healthy and strong. Also, depending on your child’s age, your pet might live to witness the transition to college.
That is why adopting a bunny should be a family decision. Rabbits are adorable little animals – with their iconic long ears and their hoppy legs they can make anyone (and we mean anyone) fall in love with them. Your children might promise to take proper care of their little bun bun, but remember that you are looking at 10+ years.
You have to think that your children might go off to college or university, or they might even start working. Which means that there must be someone else who has to look after the bunny when the kids are gone. These are important aspects that need your utmost attention because you don’t want to let down either your children or your beloved pet.
The ideal house
It is recommended that rabbits exercise four hours a day in order to stay healthy and in good shape. Their daily activity also helps their digestion and is essential for their mental health. It is easy to imagine that keeping them in a small cage all day long will have a negative impact on their overall health. If you have enough space, you can prepare a room just for them.
But, you have to bear in mind that rabbits are social animals who love to interact with other rabbits, or with people. So, it might not be a good idea to keep your bunny’s home isolated from the rest of the family. Your bun bun needs to feel safe and protected, and if he/she is alone he/she might feel abandoned and depressed.
That is why, a cage big enough – at least five times the size of your rabbit, on both horizontal and vertical – placed somewhere close to where you and your family spend most of the time, might be a great idea. This way, your bunny won’t feel lonely and you can enjoy his/her presence all the time.
We have discussed how important it is for your bunny to have plenty of space in order to stay happy and healthy. But, what happens if you don’t have enough space to offer your bun bun a room of his/her own or a cage large enough? Well, your other option would be to let him/her wander freely in your home which you might find to be a bit challenging.
Now, you need to learn how important it is to protect the space your bunny is exploring because rabbits are very curious, and besides that, their teeth never stop growing. That is why they will chew on almost everything – from computer cables and wires to furniture. And this means that you have to make sure that you protect those areas as soon as possible.
You can use plastic tubing around cables, or you can use tape to position them somewhere out of your bunny’s reach. And, if you are concerned about your new wood furniture you can protect it with wood or plastic coverings. Also, rabbit toys can help your bunny satisfy his/her strong need for chewing.
Food is an essential part of our lives, and the same goes for our beloved furry friends. They have specific nutritional requirements in order to enjoy a long, healthy, and happy life. Your bunny’s diet must consist of plenty of fiber, and that is why he/she needs to have unlimited access to grass hays.
Contrary to popular belief, rabbits need much more than carrots in order to get all the necessary nutrients. They need small portions of fresh vegetables like kale, romaine lettuce or broccoli and carrots should only be given as a treat once or twice a week. Also, some rabbits are allergic to grain or gluten which means that they need special nutrition.
Nowadays, there are plenty of foods for rabbits in order to meet the needs of every single one of them. Also, there are some foods that are poisonous to rabbits and you need to do your research before treating your dear bunny with the first meal in his/her new home.
Rabbits are not very fond of visiting new places, and they can get very disturbed when they find themselves in unknown environments. Furthermore, there are multiple airlines that don’t allow bunnies to fly in-cabin within the USA or abroad.
That is why, if you are one of those people who love traveling, it is mandatory you have an exceptional pet sitter. One who is available every time you decide to go on your next adventure. Also, if you are not used to living in a place for too long, you should reconsider the adoption of rabbits because they are more steady animals who don’t enjoy moving around very often.