Keeping rabbits as pets also helps relieve stress as rabbits are entertaining and playful. They are one of the most noted favorite pets, for their appearance, playful characteristics, and ability to bond with humans. These rabbits are timid and delicate. They have a fragile body, hence require good care and attention, to keep them in their right spirits.
Basic Rabbit Care for Beginners
Usually, the rabbits clean themselves and do not require external help as far as cleaning is concerned. But if you want to bathe him, you can do so, but try to be extra careful and gentle. Don't be surprised if the rabbit goes into his zone or sulks after the bathing session.
Rabbits would need help cleaning their ears, eyes and nails. Rabbits have a whole lot of wax or other goop built-in there. Make sure you check his ears regularly and clean them. You can also see the vet in case of anything serious.
The gunk or dirt accumulated in the eyes need cleaning everyday too. Just wipe it with a clean soft cloth or soft paper napkin. The claws of the rabbit needs to be trimmed and cleaned once in every 4 weeks.
Rabbits are vegetarian, and eat almost every vegetable available. But rabbits being very delicate pets, are susceptible to digestive disorders, hence their diet requires the most attention.
The fresh grass hay is fibrous and provides the necessary roughage for the normal functioning of the digestive system. A young rabbit who is less than 1-year-old can eat pellets or alfalfa grass mixed with the timothy grass, since they are high in proteins and calcium, that provide the necessary energy for the young bunny.
Restrict the amount of pellets and alfalfa grass as the rabbit grows up, as they tend to put on weight and become lazy. The amount of pellets and alfalfa grass should be substituted with a variety of fresh vegetables like carrots, carrot tops, parsley, broccoli, dandelion greens, turnip greens, lettuce and spinach.
For a grown up rabbit, vegetables should make a large portion of their daily diet. It would take a little time for their digestive system to adjust to the new diet, but give them some time. Beans, potatoes, cauliflower, etc., would cause some digestive problems, hence should be avoided.
You can also treat the bunny with an apple twig or other interesting foods. But one has to remember that carbohydrate rich foods and foods containing high sugar content may cause serious digestive problems.
Make sure the cage does not have wired floors or at least get the wired floor covered with a wooden plank, grass or hemp mats. The door of the cage should have smooth edges and should be large enough for the rabbit to get in and out. Keeping the cage clean and tidy is another important aspect of rabbit care.