Make Your Bunny Happy! Five Things You Can Do For and With Your Pet Rabbit!
Just as kittens and puppies need time, love and attention…your pet rabbit does too! In order to have a happy and healthy bunny you need to provide the proper care (and I mean more than just food, water, shelter and medical care…playtime is just as important!). If possible, make time for your pet rabbit every single day. Even if you can only spend thirty minutes with your bunny, some time is better than no time! After all, what is the point of having a pet (whether it be a kitten, bird, dog or rabbit) if you aren't going to devote time to your furry (or feathered) friend!
So what can you do to make your bunny happy? Well, believe it or not, there are several things you can do to entertain your hoppy friend. As with any animal, the more time you spend with them, the stronger the bond you will form (and who doesn't want to form a strong bunny bond!). First of all, if you want a happy hopper (not to mention healthy) feed him a daily diet of FRESH hay and greens. Hay is probably one of the most important parts of your rabbit's diet; therefore, you must give him the RIGHT type of hay. Rabbits eat GRASS HAY (such as Timothy). It should also be noted that the hay you feed to your bunny rabbit should be FRESH! Just as fresh, homemade dog treats make dogs bark with joy, fresh Timothy grass hay will have your bunny hopping with glee! Rabbits also enjoy fresh greens such as parsley, kale, and dark leaf lettuce.
If you have a pet rabbit, it is a good idea to keep a reference book handy!
Exercise that Rabbit!
No, it is not a good idea to take your rabbit to the gym however he does need plenty of exercise in order to live a happy and healthy lifestyle! It is very important that your pet rabbit spends plenty of time OUTSIDE of his cage. Rabbits, like kittens, are very curious and enjoy the opportunity to romp and explore. Make time for your rabbit and set him free (and I don't mean literally) at least three to four times per week (for an hour or two at a time). So why is it important for your bunny to get plenty of exercise? Well, there are many reasons! Exercise helps to keep your rabbit in shape (prevents obesity) and also helps to keep your bunny's spirit up! Just like people get depressed your rabbit can too! If a rabbit is confined in a cage for too long without the opportunity to stretch and explore…you will have one sad hopper on your hands. Exercise also can help to prevent gastrointestinal problems, and improve urinary function!
Just as you don't like to live in a messy environment, your rabbit doesn't either! If you want a happy bunny make sure you clean his cage thoroughly at least ONCE per week (and when I say clean…I mean CLEAN AND DISINFECT). Keeping your rabbit's cage neat and tidy will not only make your hopping friend happy, it will keep him healthy as well!
Not only does your rabbit need time for exercise, he needs time to play as well! Yes, people, rabbits do play and in fact, they enjoy playing with toys and engaging in rabbit games! Keeping your bunny physically fit is very important but it is also necessary to keep his mind stimulated as well (a bored bunny is an unhappy bunny!). There are several toys that your bunny will enjoy that you can make at home (a great way to save money). For example, place a box of shredded paper in your rabbit's cage…why? Well, rabbits love to jump and dig and shredded paper is safe and fun! Rabbits also enjoy nesting so throw a few old towels into his cage (just make sure he doesn't eat them). Another inexpensive toy that will keep your rabbit entertained…..paper towel and toilet paper cardboard tubes (ask your friends to save the tubes after the toilet paper and towels are gone). These tubes will provide hours of mental stimulation for your rabbit as he chews on them and rolls them around.
No matter whether you own a rabbit, kitten, bird or dog….all animals depend on their PEOPLE for love and care. Their happiness depends on US! Though exercise, playtime and a clean cage all play a very important role in the well-being of your bunny, the most important thing you can do is spend QUALITY TIME with your pet! Rabbits are social creatures. They NEED and CRAVE social time with YOU! Make time for your bunny each and every day. Whether you simply pet him while watching television or let him run around the room while you talk on the phone….the best thing you can do for your furry friend is to spend time with him. So there you have it….five simple things you can do to ensure that your hopper is happy!
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