INTRODUCTION TO YOUR FIRST RABBIT, CARE ESSENTIALS
Rabbits are popular household pets, although they do require more attention than other animals. To provide him with everything he deserves and needs, you must first understand the rabbit as a wild animal. As a result, you should have a thorough understanding of the rabbit's needs.
In order to assist you and ensure that you have a happy rabbit at home, we will discuss how to care for a rabbit and everything that comes with it in this article.
Having a rabbit as a pet is a great idea
Many owners mistakenly assume that the rabbit is a rodent that, like any other, requires a cage, food, and nothing else owing to a lack of understanding. However, this is not the case. In reality, the rabbit's taxonomy is extremely different.
The rabbit is a lagomorph, a placental mammal that is distinguishable from rodents by having two pairs of continuously growing incisors, as well as other morphological and behavioral characteristics that need specific care, in contrast to hamsters and guinea pigs.
Aside from these obvious distinctions, we must remember that the rabbit is an animal that, when left free, runs all day, burrows, and likes the scent of plants and flowers.
Rabbits are also sociable animals who want affection and care from their owners. You will have an excellent buddy with long ears and silky fur at your side if you take care of him and devote enough time to him.
To begin with rabbit care, it is just necessary to point out that all of these factors are equally essential, and that devoting time to our pet will improve its longevity, quality of life, and happiness.
What is the average lifespan of a rabbit?
Rabbits have a life expectancy of 6 to 8 years on average, although some can live up to 10 or 12 years. Everything will be determined by how we care for our rabbit, as well as its hereditary circumstances, as certain rabbit breeds live longer than others.
Due to predators and untreated illnesses, wild rabbits have a lower life span of around 3 to 4 years.
Working on the nest
Your rabbit's nest will be the cage, where it will sleep and spend the majority of its time. As a result, we recommend that you give it a cage that is as large as possible so that it may move about freely.
Because the size of the cage is strongly connected to its quality of life, we recommend that it be at least 80 cm2 and kept in an area free of drafts and direct sunlight.
More smaller cages are available on the market, but we do not suggest them since they might induce anxiety. Because of their inherent demands for space, some people even allocate entire rooms to them.
Rabbits are sociable creatures, so if you want to keep a few of them, you'll need at least 4 m2 of room (as recommended by animal associations).
What should be in the rabbit's cage?
We'll have the following items inside the cage:
For our beloved friend, finding the proper cage and supplying it with all it requires is crucial. Rabbits can grow anxious if they are kept in a small place for an extended period of time.
Rabbits eat a variety of foods
Some of the foods that rabbits can eat are:
Apples, pears, peaches, melons, grapes, oranges, and other fruits (always without seeds) Give him little bits so he may start investigating which ones pique his interest the most.
Tomatoes (just the flesh, as the leaves are harmful to the rabbit), endive, cabbage, cucumber, spinach, carrots, beans, broccoli, or alfalfa are examples of vegetables. Try to figure out which ones they like; each rabbit is unique!
Although certain fruits are appropriate for rabbits, they should be given only on occasion since they contain a high amount of carbs (i.e. sugars), which might cause substantial weight gain.
Curiosities of the rabbit
Is it true that rabbits recognize their owners?
Rabbits are extremely clever creatures that can identify their owner, their name, and learn to perform multiple tasks in exchange for little pieces of fruit or vegetables.
Also, rabbits are highly social and like playing and being seen, so if you surround them with love and time, they will not only remember you, but will seek you out to play and ask for cuddles.
Rabbits also miss their owners if they are gone for a few days, demonstrating how much rabbits may love humans!
We hope that with this post, you have a better introduction to your first rabbit, and you can give him all the attention and care they need. In them, you will discover a very particular but very affectionate pet!