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Fluffy fur. Energetic personalities. Irresistible twitches of the nose. What’s not to love about rabbits? These endearing animals make fantastic pets for both children and adults. From their hilarious binkying jumps to their soothe-your-soul snuggles, life is just more fun with a bunny!
In this in-depth blog post, we’ll cover everything you need to know about welcoming one of these captivating creatures into your home. Get ready to dive deep down the rabbit hole and discover what makes bunnies such special companions. Let’s hop to it!
Choosing Your Breed:
With over 50 rabbit breeds to choose from, picking the right bunny for your home is an adventure in itself! Do you prefer tiny dwarfs that fit in the palm of your hand? Giant Flemish Giants that are the size of dogs? Lops with ears that drape over their face? Upright ears that stand at attention? Whichever you choose, know that all rabbits can bond equally with their owners. Here are some popular breeds and their traits:
Dutch: Striking black and white markings and friendly personalities make Dutch rabbits a top choice for families.
Lionhead: Their mane of fur around the head gives Lionhead rabbits a bold, wild appearance. But they are gentle and laid-back companions.
English Lop: With ears that can grow over a foot long, these giant lap rabbits love lounging with their humans.
English Angora: Fluffy cotton ball describes this breed, which requires regular grooming to prevent matting of their long fur.
Rabbits need plenty of space to demonstrate their energetic antics. The average rabbit enclosure should be at least 4 times the size of your bunny. This gives them room for their favorite activities like binkying (joyful leaping) and circling. Wire bottom cages should be avoided as rabbits can injure their feet. Instead choose solid flooring lined with hay or paper. Also be sure to “bunny-proof” any rooms they will play in by removing electrical cords and toxic houseplants.
The Ideal Diet:
As herbivores, rabbits thrive on a plant-based diet. Up to 80% of their nutrition should come from unlimited amounts of hay, which promotes healthy teeth and digestion. Next they require a variety of fresh vegetables and limited amounts of rabbit pellets and treats. Be sure to introduce new veggies slowly to avoid upsetting their sensitive stomachs. Also have clean, fresh water constantly available.
All rabbits require regular brushing to reduce shedding and keep their coat clean and free of mats. Long haired breeds like Angoras need daily grooming. Also check inside your bunny's ears weekly for wax buildup and debris. Trim nails monthly taking care not to clip the quick.
Understanding Rabbit Behavior:
Rabbits have expressive body language. Learn your pet’s cues to understand their mood and needs:
Tooth grinding or purring shows contentment
A nudging nose or nip says “pet me!”
Circling feet indicates it’s playtime
Thumping back feet conveys alarm
Lying down flat demonstrates relaxation
Lunging or growling signify aggression
Rabbit Health and Veterinary Care:
Find a veterinarian familiar with rabbits to establish annual wellness exams. Monitor your rabbit’s eating and bathroom habits closely as GI issues are common. Spaying or neutering around 6 months of age prevents reproductive cancers. Be prepared for potential dental issues, respiratory infections, and parasites as well. Pet insurance can offset costly vet bills.
An intelligent, inquisitive animal, rabbits need daily stimulation. Let them explore bunny-proofed rooms when you are home to supervise. Provide chew toys made from timothy hay and apple tree branches. Teach them tricks for mental stimulation. Set up cardboard box tunnels and hide treats inside. Your rabbit will love popping out to discover them!
The Joys of Rabbit Companionship:
Once you form a bond, rabbits become loyal, affectionate friends. They’ll light up when you enter the room, begging for head scratches and cuddles. Nothing beats arriving home to silky bunny kisses on the nose. Watching your rabbit flop over in pure bliss or bounding through the house brings endless amusement. For all they add to our lives - the mischief, the laughter, the unconditional love - rabbits are simply irresistible.
Disclaimer: We are not professional veterinarians or medical doctors. We created this blog based on our experiences with pet rabbits, experienced peers, volunteered hours in the rabbit shelter, and extensive pet product research. The purpose of this blog is to provide information about properly taking care of rabbits. Please know that it is still best to visit the vet regularly. For medical emergencies, contact a rabbit-savvy vet. Always observe your rabbits around new products or environmental changes.
Raising rabbits rewards the heart and soul. Their playful spirit and quirky antics provide constant entertainment. Caring for a rabbit deepens our capacity for nurturing while their peaceful presence soothes us after a long day. When you welcome one of these delightful creatures into your home, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without a bunny!
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