Dwarf bunnies are the cutest little creatures you can have as pets, but before we go any further, you also ought to know that they are slightly ‘high maintenance’. If you are ready to take on the responsibility of a dwarf bunny as a pet, here’s all you need to know about them.
A lot of people are pet lovers, and go beyond the regular dogs and cats for pets. If you are looking for exotic pets, then dwarf bunnies are for you. They are cute, cuddly creatures, and as the name suggests, simply smaller versions of rabbits. This species requires care that is different from the regular cats and dogs. Of course, every pet requires good amount of attention, but the care requirements for each pet also differs. As such, knowing the kind of pet you will be bringing home is essential before you decide to have a dwarf bunny as a pet. Presented here are some facts about dwarf rabbits, and how you should take care of them.
Experts suggest that the best time to buy dwarf bunnies is when they are three to four months old. If you are getting a male dwarf bunny, ensure that it is spayed or neutered. Do not fathom keeping two males together as they view each other as competition, even in the absence of a female of the species. On the other hand, you may keep a pair of two female dwarf bunnies as pets. Finally, among the various breeds of this species, the Netherland dwarf bunny is the most docile breed to choose from. The other breeds are known to be more aggressive. With the knowledge of choosing these furry little creatures as pets, here’s a look at some tips on caring for them.
|• Dwarf bunnies require to be caged, as leaving them loose around your house is definitely not a good idea. A wire cage that is 4 feet wide and 2 feet deep and long is ideal for them. The base of the cage should either be covered with a piece of wood, some hay, or a piece of cardboard, and should never be left bare as it can harm your pet’s feet.
• The cage of a dwarf bunny should always be kept indoors, in the shade. They are very susceptible to developing health conditions from exposure to direct sunlight or heat. Furthermore, if kept in sight of a visible or perceived predator, dwarf bunnies can even have heart attacks.
• Dwarf bunnies require litter boxes too, but ensure the ones you provide for them are lined with newspaper or timothy hay. This litter box needs to be cleaned daily in order to avoid the odor it gives out.
• Apart from a litter box, your little pet will require a box where it can dig and hide as it is a burrowing animal and the love for dark spots is inherent in its nature. It will also require something to chew on (phone books, chew toys, etc.) as this is another one of its natural traits.
• The diet of dwarf bunnies mainly consists of as much hay as they like. Timothy hay is the best type for them. Along with hay, they require good quality rabbit pellets. These they can consume in unlimited amounts when younger, while 1/4 cup is suitable for fully grown rabbits. Fresh greens are essential for them, and 2 cups of any such greens such as carrot tops and dark lettuce can be given to them daily. Fruits such as apples and bananas can be provided as an occasional treat. Finally, water is important and a fresh supply is required daily.
• Though dwarf bunnies require to be caged, it is essential to ensure they get a good amount of exercise for a few hours on a daily basis. These pets cannot be left loose without supervision, so ensure you are always monitoring their activities. Keep wires, curtains, and other chewables out of their reach. When outdoors, the space they can play in should be enclosed well, and they should not be allowed to dig too many burrows lest they escape thereon. No potential predators should be in sight.
• When letting a dwarf bunny out of a cage, do not ever lift it by its ears as this affects them emotionally. Let them come out on their own, and hold them with both hands cupped. This shows a lot of affection and gives them the attention they need. Children may be prone to scratches and bites from dwarf bunnies if they do not handle them carefully. As such, make sure your kids are never left alone with them.
• As mentioned earlier, it is possible that dwarf bunnies may develop certain health conditions, symptoms of which they may not show immediately causing the condition to get worse over time. You must really be tuned with their personality and nature to be able to notice any changes in their behavior and point out health problems.
• A Netherland dwarf bunny weighs only up to 2 pounds when full-grown. The life span of a dwarf rabbit ranges anywhere between 7-10 years, though some have known to exceed this range and live up to 13 years. Simply put, the amount of care and affection dwarf bunnies receive is essential in determining their life span.
There are numerous breeds of dwarf bunnies for sale and the kind you want to choose is completely your choice. While this is the basic nature of these animals, there may be slight variations in the temperaments of various dwarf rabbit breeds. Also, these pets require exotic veterinarians, as not all vets are trained to treat them. Ensure such vets are available in your locality before you get yourself a this little pet. So as long as you are ready to give these cuddly creatures all the love and attention they need, they can be one of the loveliest pets you may have ever had.