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RABBIT CARE
HAVE A PET RABBIT OR WANT ONE?

The popularity of rabbits as house pets is on the rise due to their social, active and lively nature. If you are planning to adopt a pet rabbit, then these are a few facts you should be aware of before taking the plunge…

• Rabbits are easily tamed and they are social and interactive. It is a treat to watch rabbits at play as their gimmicks are entertaining.
• By temperament rabbits are quiet animals. They don’t demand a lot of attention, but a dose of daily exercise and playtime out of the cage is a necessity.
• Provide your rabbit with a large cage, so it is comfy and able to move around well.
• Rabbits can be potty trained.
• They need and love to chew, so be sure to provide lots of chewable toys.
•Rabbits are fairly calm and easy to manage; however, it’s not a good idea to trust active young children with them as the latter may hurt them by dropping them. Children must be trained to handle rabbits with care.
• Rabbits like to be near their people, but they often prefer not to be held.
• They generally tend to remain healthy and do not require vaccinations, but they should be spayed or neutered.
• Life expectancy varies with breed, but on an average it could be anywhere from 5 to 15 years. As a general rule, the larger breeds tend to live longer.
 
ENRICH YOUR PET RABBIT’S DIET

As in the case of us human beings, a fibre rich diet is a necessity for the normal functioning of the digestive system in rabbits. Their anatomy is so designed that rabbits can consume and digest a high fibre diet.

Sources Of Fibre…
The mainstay of your rabbit's diet should be hay and vegetables. Anything beyond this should be should be fed in strict moderation. Suggested vegetable include carrots (of course!), carrot tops, parsley, broccoli, lettuce and spinach. Beans, cauliflower, cabbage, and potatoes should be ideally avoided as they are more difficult to digest.

Quantity Of Food…
Your pet rabbit should be fed 2-4 cups of fresh veggies a day; of course the size of the rabbit should be taken into account. A variety must be fed daily to ensure a balanced diet. Spinach should be fed thrice a week and not more.

A Quick Byte…
When introducing new veggies to your rabbit’s diet, it is wise to add just one new vegetable at a time so if that if the rabbit has difficulties it will be possible to pinpoint the defaulting vegetable.
 
 

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