....eat a relatively small amount of food (approx a hamster bowl a day) (I feed mine on pellets - provides complete dietary requirements - without temptation of only eating sweet, unhealthy flakes present in mix food + leaving the pellets they need to stay happy + healthy.)
basics for daily requirements are as follows:
- fresh dust free meadow hay
- complete rabbit pellets / mix
- clean water changed daily
- at least 2 types of fresh Veg, in small quantaties ie dandelion, cabbage, greens, carrot tops - great fun if hung up quite high so your bunny has to work for his reward!
(never give large amounts of anything new to your bunny for the 1st time, as it may upset your rabbits sensitive digestive system, causing upset tummys - introduce slowly + in small amounts gradually increasing over approx 2 weeks.)
New things are a great way of keeping your rabbit interested, just remember to introduce them slowly + in small amounts.
... attention + lots of exercise
... will enjoy things to play with / throw around / chew etc... bored rabbits are more susceptible to picking up bad habits, becoming overweight, anti-social + eventually (understandably) aggressive towards anybody who dares try to handle or touch him.
Teeth are constantly growing - upto 1/2 an inch every month!!and if not provided with basic essential nutrition, forage, food + gnawing logs / toys - they will quickly become over grown + if left untreated will eventually make eating impossible + cause painful tears inside bunnies mouth - causing unneccesary suffering + a undeserved decline from starvation .
Claws are also continuously growing + will be worn down naturally, if the rabbit has the room + a hard surface (a patio/slab/block of wood - untreated/breeze blocks are EXCELLENT to allow ur bunny to gnaw on + also scratch away at.
Claws sometimes do still need clipping - this is best left to the vet or knowlegable rabbit keeper (ie breeder/rescue centre staff im sure would be happy to help) , well at least for the 1st time its done anyway.
If you ask the vet when there to show you how to safely hold your rabbit still as his claws are trimmed, I see no reason for them to refuse, this is a valuable lesson to learn - in future you can do the claws at home, without the stress of travelling to n from your nearest vets + the money you will save can be spent on your bunnies creature comforts!
Rabbits are intelligent animals and need a stimulating environment to live a long + happy life.
Please DO NOT go out + buy a rabbit, if you believe it to be the easy option - simply locked in a bland cage, thrown a handfull of food + when the water is empty it may eventually be topped up again.
This is by far the worst assumption some adults / parents still believe to be correct + acceptable.
RABBITS DESERVE TO BE CARED FOR PROPERLY + TREATED WITH RESPECT + KINDNESS
Put yourself in a rabbits paws (shoes) for what its worth + imagine living in the surroundings that you are willing to provide. THEN if you feel happy that all needs are covered + life will be sweeeeeet ..... Your new bunny will be - well as happy as a bunny can be!!!
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