Where And How Rabbits Should Live

Where And How Rabbits Should Live
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Pet rabbits require suitable environment to stay safe and feel comfortable in their surroundings. Be it outside or inside the house, a lot of factors matter to make a hygienic and safe environment for living. From right weather to the state of dryness, these make a huge difference towards the health and mental state of your pets. Knowing what you need to do to make a living habitat for your rabbit should be the first step towards taking care of your rabbits and their new born.

Protect Rabbits From Predators

Rabbits are prey animals and they need protection from various wild ones such as raccoons, hawks, cats, snakes, weasels, dogs, foxes and many more. Although, rabbits do get along with dogs but it’s subjective to the breed of the dog and the kind of training the dogs have received. Apart from wild dogs, some domesticated dogs and even cats hunt rabbits. Unless your neighbors are careful about keeping their pets indoors, they could be a threat to your bunny.

If your rabbits love to roam outside or live in an open space, it’s important to ensure they have access to hiding places where they can run if they think they are in danger. Suitable hiding places can be wooden boxes, shelves and drain pipes.

Building a predator-proof hutch made from solid material with strong wire mesh and sturdy bolts will prevent the attacker from reaching inside their safety zone. If your area is known to have hawks flying around, keep an eye on your rabbits when they go out for running and playing. With some investment, you can use motion-activated lights and sprinklers to scare the predators away.

Protect Rabbits From Poison And Other Hazards

Making sure your rabbit’s diet includes organic foods is important. Chemicals and pesticides found in fruits and vegetables can be toxic to your rabbit. When feeding them these foods, make sure to thoroughly clean them and either buy from organic farms or feed them your own farm-grown foods.

Moreover, pets tend to be mischievous and may get in contact with household cleaning products or medicines which are hazardous to their lives. Keep any products that the rabbits can consume and be dangerous for their health out of their reach. Get in touch with your vet immediately if your rabbit consumes anything toxic.

How To Feed Rabbits

Rabbits should have a daily diet of mostly hay combined with a small amount of fresh vegetables and a smaller quantity of pellets. Hay should be the major portion that makes to your rabbit’s daily intake. Grass hay such as oat, timothy is higher in fiber than alfalfa or clover hays, and thus they make the ideal hay type to feed your rabbit. Also, make sure you feed them good quality hay free of pesticides. Buy your hay from your local feed store rather than a pet store since hay at feed store may likely be fresher.

Once a while, add fruits and vegetables to their diet in small quantities. The biggest concern as we all know is excessive feeding of vegetables can give them diarrhea. To prevent that, do not feed your rabbit one type of vegetable every time or multiple varieties at one time. Instead, feed them different types of vegetables at different times in small quantities.

In addition to right food quantities and a balanced diet plan, a constant supply of clean and fresh water is essential for your rabbit to keep them hydrated. Lack in water consumption can lead to gut stasis which in turn can lead to a life-threatening situation. Last but not the least is to learn what not to feed rabbits. Some of these foods are nuts, chocolate, pasta, yogurt, processed foods etc.

Here’s how you can feed your rabbit in easy tips:

  • Have unlimited hay availability to your rabbits
  • Set small volumes of pellets in your rabbit’s diet
  • Add fresh fruits as an occasional treat to your rabbit’s diet
  • Use a sturdy bowl to have water available to your rabbit 24/7

Places For Rabbits To Live, Eat And Exercise

Rabbits need a comfortable spot to make them feel safe and claim their territory. Their living arrangement needs a place to sleep, eat and pee. This spot should be somewhere quiet and not in an active room where the most action takes place. Having more than one spot in the house is a good idea if you have ample space to spare. These areas should be ventilated, dry, clean and cool to make it the right environment for your rabbit to stay in good health.

You can build exercise area which can hold ramps to run on, boxes to climb on and a bucket of hay to eat from. The exercise area can have chewing toys and toss toys for them to have some playtime too.

Suitable Ventilation And Temperature

Rabbits require a cool temperature but not chilly. They do not take nicely to scorching heat, wind and rain. Also, constant changes in temperature can take a toll on their health too. They need a consistent temperature to keep their body in great health.

For too hot weather, having a sheltered running space is a good idea to protect your rabbit from direct exposure to the sun. For too cold weather, insulation is needed to keep the chill out and have a warm climate inside the house. Keeping the house temperature-controlled and having shades added to their outdoor playing areas are the best solutions to keep them protected from extreme temperatures.

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Bottom Line

It’s your responsibility to make sure your rabbit receives good care and that their needs are met everyday. Part of providing a suitable environment is making sure that it is safe, clean and hygienic. Making sure their diet plans are followed and they eat healthy foods is equally important. Here’s what you need to make sure to have a happy rabbit in your home:

A rabbit should have access to suitable places and supplies to:

  • Unlimited grass available for munching – mix it with pellets and occasional vegetables and fruits
  • Clean space to rest and sleep in comfort
  • Ample space to play and exercise
  • Shelters to protect them from wind, rain and sun
  • Safe hideouts from predators when they feel threatened

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

– Can Rabbits play with Dogs?

Yes, rabbits can play and get along with dogs. Although, it’s important to know which breed of dogs are safe for your rabbit and what level of training has been given to them.

– Can I brush my rabbits’ teeth?

No, rabbits cannot have their teeth brushed. Rabbits’ teeth are meant to do constant grinding. Hay is the best option for maintaining the length of their teeth.

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