Rabbits can make a great domestic pet and are a great hit with children of all ages, but there are a few useful tips about caring for your animal that for a relatively small amount of time and money will keep your bunny sunny.
First it’s vitally important that your rabbit feels at home and relaxed in its surroundings. Always keep the rabbit hutch clean and looking good for the rabbit. To do this you will need the following : good quality straw, hay, sawdust, and a supply of newspapers. Clear the old bedding, and any droppings regularly so that your rabbit has a comfortable place to eat and sleep. Make sure there is sufficient newspaper, sawdust and hay in place, and clear out the straw and replace daily. Your rabbit will arrange the hay it the way it wants.
It’s fine to take your rabbit out of the hutch for grooming and stroking, as well as some gentle exercise, but if you are holding it, ensure it is well supported and held just tightly enough so that it will not try to leap away. Rabbits enjoy being stroked, and groomed with a brush, and this gives the owners the opportunity to check their coat for any unwanted dirt, droppings or even fleas that may have gathered there. You can also use a special grooming glove on your animal, which both grooms and shines the fur.
There are many types of rabbit food available and you should try to pick one that gives your animal a healthy balanced diet. Although rabbits are notorious for working their way through vegetable patches, and are certainly partial to carrots, it is preferable to give them a mix of prepared food rather than single salad items such as lettuce.
When grooming your rabbit, take the opportunity to check for any problem signs –first with the ears to make sure there is no discharge or any flaky skin which might be a sign of a tick infestation. Check the eyes to see that they are clear and not discharging any fluid. Next check the claws on both front and back paws to ensure there is no sign of infection, or if clipping is required. You can also check the tail to see that it is clean and free from dirt.
If you have any concerns about your rabbit’s health, please consult a qualified vet.