Keeping rabbits at home

2 rabbits eating grass

If you want to keep rabbits at home, it will be very important to supervise them well, as several things can put them in danger. As he eats everything, he could electrocute himself or even become intoxicated.

In addition, it is ideal for providing a cage for your rabbit. On the other hand, he should also be able to go out every day to walk in a safe room, which will allow him to do his physical exercise.

Place his cage in a lively area of ​​the house. It will help him feel like a member of the family. Also, make sure the cage is away from the TV and noisy devices, as this could cause stress. Finally, her cage should be spacious, and she should measure at least 1.5m by 1m by 1.5m, but you can easily give her an even larger cage.

Substrates

Here are some substrates that can cover the bottom of the cage with the advantages and disadvantages they represent:

  • Wood chips: avoid cedar and pine, as they are irritants. Instead, take odorless white wood, such as aspen;
  • Corn cob: this should be avoided, as molds multiply easily and rabbits can ingest it;
  • Straw and hay: very comfortable, but must be changed frequently, as the rabbit eats it. So it must not be soiled. So it is not the best choice;
  • Newsprint: it absorbs little, and it’s messy;
  • Recycled and compressed paper litter: it is a good choice if it is only used in the litter box; because it is too hard on the feet in the whole of the cage;
  • Paper Chip Litter: This is a great choice because it is absorbent, comfortable, and safe if swallowed;
  • Cat litter: avoid clumping litter in particular. It can cause problems if ingested. It should therefore ideally be avoided;
  • Wire mesh: to be avoided because it injures the animal;
  • Towel or mat: this is a good choice when the rabbit is clean. Make sure he doesn’t ingest it.
rabbits in a barn

Accessories to put in the cage:

  • Food bowl and water bottle
  • Litter box
  • Hay basket
  • Small bed or hiding place
  • Toys

Also, offer it a cardboard, wood, or plastic box to allow it to take refuge there since it will act as a small burrow. Your rabbit can also chip away at wood and wear down its teeth, which is good for it!

Examples of toys:

  • Paper bags
  • Empty toilet tissue or paper towel rolls
  • Natural wicker basket
  • Old magazines or books
  • Parrot toys
  • Plastic toys for children (but beware, they are dangerous!)
  • Plush animals
  • Napkins

Eat about 1 cup of vegetables per kilogram of weight. It is preferable to favor especially green leafy vegetables. In addition, vary them and offer a combination of different vegetables every day, and a small amount of fruit or carrots can be offered each day as a treat (about 1/2 teaspoon per day). Carrots should also be included in the latter category, as they are very high in sugar. Finally, incorporate the new vegetables and fruits gradually and in small portions to avoid causing diarrhea in your rabbit. 

William Eldridge

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