Dwarf rabbits as pets

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Dwarf rabbits, with their extremely playful and active nature and adaptation to all kinds of environments, make great pets. Dwarf Rabbits are well-natured and docile and get along well with kids and other pets.

Caring for Dwarf Rabbits as pets is essential to ensure that the rabbits live a healthy life for around 8 to 13 years.

The major aspect of caring for dwarf bunnies is setting up the cage and bed for them. Dwarf Rabbits are extremely tender and hence it is not advisable that they are left to run free in home. Dwarf rabbits must be provided with adequately spaced cages with a solid bottom. The bunny cages must be atleast 4 feet wide, 2 feet tall and 2 feet long. The base must be covered with plenty of straw or wood shavings. Using extremely fine sawdust will lead to eye irritation to the rabbit and hence must be avoided. Also soft hay and straw must be put in the bottom so that the feet of bunny is not ulcerated. Wire bottom cages thus, must be first covered with thick layers of cardboard and then with straw. Dwarf rabbits may die of heart attacks at the sight of predator and hence rabbit cages must be kept indoors.

Rabbits must be provided with a litter box after they are litter trained. The litter box must be changed everyday to avoid the unpleasant odor in cage. The rabbits can also be provided with cardboard boxes and ramps which the rabbits may use to entertain themselves. It is instinctive for dwarf rabbits to dig and chew things. The rabbits should be therefore, provided with chew toys and other things that are safe to nibble on. Boxes kept in the cage also provide the rabbit an ideal place to hide in and makes it feel secure. It must be ensured that rabbits have 4 hours of exercise daily. If the rabbits are taken outdoors, they must be supervised as rabbits get scared very easily. When scared a rabbit may fall and break a limb or impart worse consequences on itself.

dwarf rabbits as pets

Another aspect of caring for Dwarf rabbits as pets is feeding them with proper diet. All types of dwarf rabbits essentially have the same dietary requirements. Rabbits must be fed with ample amount of hay supplemented regularly with fresh fruits and vegetables that provide them with vitamins and proteins. Within a year of age the dwarf rabbits must be fed carefully with high fiber and mid-protein diet. Fully grown rabbits can be given 1/4th cup of pellets as food supplement but the food must be very high in fibers and low in protein and carbohydrate. Dwarf rabbits must be always supplied with fresh and clean water.

Rabbit litter must be constantly monitored to ensure that the rabbit is not having any digestive problems. They must be taken to the vet regularly to check for GI stasis, hairball or other digestive and dental illnesses as these are fatal to the rabbit. The dwarf rabbits must be spayed and neutered by the vet.


 
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