Raising rabbits can be a fun and relaxing thing to do. However, it is not always easy to do especially since rabbits can be quite fragile. Knowing just what to do and how to handle would certainly make things easier, of course. This is why even before you pick up your new pet; you should take the time to learn more about them. Doing so would provide you with all you need to know thus preparing you for the challenges that lay ahead.
Not many people are aware of the fact that keeping rabbits isn't a low maintenance deal. They require plenty of attention, affection and interaction. Some people also think that they are relatively harmless because they look cute and cuddly. Do note the fact that these cuddly creatures have very strong back legs and claws that can cause some real damage in the even that they feel threatened or simply don't want to be held by anyone. There are several things that one should consider before making the decision to start raising rabbits. Here are a few:
- Rabbits vary in terms of size. There are cuddly small ones that would be perfect for apartment type homes because they won't take up or require so much space. Bigger rabbits would be more comfortable in a big family home because there would be plenty of space to run around in. These rabbits love to run around and are always exploring so providing them with the area to do these things would definitely keep them happy and healthy.
- Rabbits are vegetarians and whilst the regular fare of carrots and other chewy veggies are nice, many people would also recommend giving them rabbit pellets because these contain more complete amounts of the nutrients that your pet needs to grow stronger and become healthier. Do note, however, that these pellets or rabbit feed do have a tendency to spoil and grow mold so always check before you give the food to your pet. Others also suggest a supplementary diet of hay or alfalfa to complete their diet.
- Is your rabbit going to be an indoor or outdoor pet? If you plan on keeping your pet prancing around outdoors, make sure that you provide them with a protective and comfortable shelter. Cages would do just fine but another form of housing would be better. Wood houses aren't always recommended because rabbits will eventually chew on the wood. Indoors, you can also keep your pet in a comfortable cage or house during the evenings. This is to make sure that they don't roam around and encounter any accidents.
As you can see, raising rabbits isn't exactly the easiest thing in the world to do but in the end, it is all worth it. Rabbits are very affectionate creatures and they do like to be cuddled. So there you have it, just a few tips and things to consider when it comes to raising rabbits.
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