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What You Should Know Before You Start Raising Rabbits, Tips For Happy Bunnies.

By Tim Bell

Many things spring up on the list of ‘what you should know before you start raising rabbits’, but none more important than knowing not to mix up wild rabbits and domestic ones. You may from time to time find a wild rabbit, maybe even a kit (baby) in your garden, the best thing is to leave them alone. Their family will be close by and they will not need ‘rescuing’.

So if you have set your heart of having a fluffy friend, how do you go about housing him or her? You can house bunnies a variety of ways, and we will focus here solely on indoor rabbits. Outdoor rabbit variants are available.

Undoubtedly the nicest way to house your rabbit is to provide them with a permanently bunny proofed zone. Read on for bunny proofing ways! If you are able to afford your rabbit that much freedom, make sure there are strategically located litter trays, food and water zones and a nice cardboard house to let them have privacy or naps.

If having a room set aside just isn’t practical in your house, then you’ll probably have to invest in or build a cage for your rabbit. If this is the way you will be housing your bunny, make sure that the cage is the largest you can afford and fit into your intended spot. Rabbits need lots of room to lie down and roam around inside the cage, and there must also be room to have plenty of water, food and a litter tray. Also, it’s worth providing lots of toys inside the cage for your bunny to play with. Make sure as well that you don’t shut the little fluffy one away in a room where they will feel lonely!

Think carefully about bunny proofing your house! Rabbits naturally need to dig and chew objects, so care should be taken to ensure they don’t carry these acts out in a destructive way. The wires behind your television and hi-fi are prime candidates for damaged if the bunny is left unchecked, as they love to chew through wires with their sharp little teeth.

At worst, they could be electrocuted, so cover all your wires under the carpet, or protect them with flexible tubing or hard wire conduits. Provide your rabbit with plenty of toys too to keep them occupied and stop their destructive inclinations. Block off tight spaces and move easily damaged objects higher up on shelves, as some bunnies can unbelievably jump up to 36inches high!

Every home needs greenery and houseplants to liven up rooms and freshen the atmosphere, however many plants can be extremely poisonous to rabbits, especially plants like holly, tomato, tulips and poinsettias, but make sure you check which plants you have around the home and search on the web to see if they are dangerous to rabbits.

In terms of what you should actually be feeding your rabbit, a mixture of fresh clean hay, fresh pellets – go for high fiber and low protein varieties, and lots of fresh vegetables like romaine lettuce, carrot tops, broccoli leaves and water cress. You can definitely introduce the occasional piece of fruit as a treat, maybe strawberry pieces or apple chunks.

If you are searching for more information on pet rabbits and cages then be sure to check out TW Bell’s site. TW Bell has been involved in the animal business for two decades. Stop by to see our multi level cages to see if they fit in your home.

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