Do You Have A Beauty Bunny?

Do You Have A Beauty Bunny?

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Rabbits may be easy to love, but they’re not quite as easy to care for. These lovable, social animals are wonderful companions for people who take the time to learn about their needs. Though providing care for these adorable creatures isn’t difficult. Anyone considering adding a rabbit to their family should carefully research books and web sites on rabbit care before making a decision.

Common Behavioral Traits: 

A rabbit will rub the underside of its chin against something to mark it with its scent and claim their territory.  A rabbit may even chin a human. A rabbit will thump a hind foot on the ground when it feels there is danger around, to warn other rabbits. When your rabbit runs around your feet or around another rabbit, he is displaying his intention to mate or is trying to get your attention. A light grinding or 'munching' of teeth indicates your rabbit is happy, for example when you are stroking them.  A heavier grinding can indicate pain or discomfort and will generally be accompanied by other symptoms. Let's hope you never hear this.  A rabbit will only scream or squeal if it is in extreme pain or fear e.g. when it has been caught by a predator.

Lifespan:

Your rabbits life span will vary depending on whether you have your little friend inside or outside. On an average, the rabbits life span is 7 to 10 years. Outdoor rabbits live a little less (I’m sorry to say) depending on their surroundings and how well they are cared for. Since outdoors rabbits spend less time with their human companion, illnesses are not detected as easily as an indoor rabbit. Indoor rabbits interact with their human companion easier and more frequent so if he is sick, it is usually caught sooner.

Size:

While many people think rabbits are about the size of a cat, some rabbit species, such as the jackrabbit, can grow to be as big as a small child. Small rabbit species can be as little as 8 inches (20 centimeters) in length and weigh less than a pound. Larger rabbits grow to 20 inches (50 cm) and more than 4 pounds (1.8 kilograms).

Diet Of Your Bunny:

1. Hay and grass - most important part of diet : Hay is the most important part of a rabbit's diet and should make up 80-90% of it and buns need to have access to UNLIMITED fresh hay all day. There are lots of different types about with varying colors of green so you'll be sure to find one your rabbits love. Mix a few together to give your bunnies a range of textures to help wear their ever-growing teeth down.

2. Pellets: Pellets are recommended over a food mix, especially for rabbits feeding together as it prevents selective feeding. This is when rabbits pick out their favourite bits of rabbit mixes and leave out other nutrients, and two or more rabbits together eat different components of the mix. Pellets are high in fibre and contain an even spread of nutrients in each pellet.

3. Vegetables: Rabbits love variety and fresh vegetables are a great source of nutrients for them. Introduce new vegetables slowly and a little at a time, giving your rabbits breaks if there is any sign of digestive upset. Try to select a minimum of 3 types of greens daily. Each type of veggie will provide not only different nutrients, but also different chewing motions to aid with wearing teeth down. Remember to thoroughly clean all produce to get rid of pesticides. Try giving a wide range of vegetables and mix it up throughout the week.

4. Fruits: Fruits should be classed as a treat - even though it's nutritious, it's also high in sugar which can upset their stomach. Therefore it needs to be fed in moderation, roughly up to 2 tablespoons worth per day.

5. Treats: Rabbits have a sweet tooth and love treats. They would happily eat them all day instead of their hay so you must refuse their cute begging faces and make sure they get a balanced diet! They will readily take human food from you even though it is very bad for them, so please don't allow them to eat any human food or starchy goods such as bread, rice, potatoes, biscuits, chocolate, sweets, crisps etc.

6. Water: Rabbits should have access to fresh water all day every day. A ceramic dish is best as it's harder to tip over, and the more natural way they can drink from it (compared to a bottle) usually encourages them to drink more.

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