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Domestic rabbits as a pet
Domestic rabbits are not as easy to rear and keep as a pet as you might think. Pet rabbits are not like a cat or dog. Whereas cats and dogs will take an immediate liking to you and not be afraid of you. A rabbit will love you also, but it will take much longer.
Dog or cat can be fed on a variety of things including vegetables, fish, chicken, and meat, making feeding them absolutely worry-free. Not the case with pet rabbits. You try feeding them just about anything, and that will be the end of your pet rabbit. Rabbits have got a very sensitive gastrointestinal tract.
Many have got the misconception that a pet rabbit can be picked up and cuddled like a cat or dog, in fact, pet rabbits are just the opposite - even the slightest mishandling of your pet rabbit could prove fatal. Treating a domestic rabbit gently is very important.
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Lifting your pet rabbit or kits
Your pet rabbit is not a cuddly stuffed toy rabbit. Here are a few tips on how to pick a domestic rabbit up. Never pick up your rabbit so that its hind legs are left dangling. Rabbits have very fragile backbones. The rabbit might kick violently, possibly fracturing its backbone.
Never lift the rabbit by its ears. It is very painful for the rabbit. The best way to lift your rabbit is to put one hand on its hind legs for support and the other below its chest and then lift it. The entire weight of the rabbit must be supported by your hands. As far as possible avoid small children from picking up the rabbit or the kits.
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Rabbits have been around in my life for years When my children were younger there were many wild rabbits with young in their burrows. If you have them when they are very young, you can make them as quite as domestic rabbits, they will eat out of your hands. No problems rabbits are a great pet.
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Diet for pet rabbits
Proper care should be taken that you feed your pet rabbit the correct diet. If feed the right diet it will ensure that your rabbit remains disease free, healthy, and active. Rabbits are herbivores and their primary diet consists of a variety of grass and leaves. Your pet rabbits diet should consist primarily of hay the grass variety. Meadow grass which is naturally sun dried is the best. Suitable feed pellets consist of a wide variety of grasses and herbs.
Do not worry about the rabbit spoiling its teeth with the constant chewing and munching of this hay. Rabbit teeth grow constantly, eliminating the possibility of teeth destruction. Good options are broccoli, cabbage, celery, and most of the greens that are dark in color. Occasionally feed your rabbit fruits such as pineapple or pear. Addition fresh greens will provide the rabbit with water. Rabbit need to have permanent access to fresh drinking water, but you can't force the rabbit to drink.
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Pet rabbits need their own home
A rabbit requires being constantly active. Rabbits love jumping and running around. This helps keep their bodies in shape, keep their minds active and alert, and will help in eliminating a lot of sicknesses that will be present if they are confined to the cage. So make your new pet rabbit comfortable.
Where will the cage be placed?
Make sure it is placed where it will not be in your way. The place should be well ventilated with a free flow of fresh air. Place bedding made of straw in the cage so that the rabbit feels comfortable. Remember that the cage is not a place to confine your rabbit, it is more of a place where the rabbit will retire for the night or whenever it is tired, do not keep the door of the cage shut, always leave it open. Hope this was a little helpful.
Do you think you could have a rabbit for a pet?
Rabbits are not as easy as you may think to have as a household pet, or even an outdoor pet in a cage, they still need lots of loving and special care to survive as a pet. One last thing to think about, you need to keep your pet rabbit away from cats and dogs, until you have trained them all to get on well together.
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