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Rabbits in general
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Rabbits in general
Date: 17/06/06, updated on 19/06/06 (2036 review reads)
Advantages: Great fun to have-very friendly.
Disadvantages: Not for everyone.
However, there is a difference in how much they eat. The normal type of rabbit will generally eat half of a normal bowl a day from what I remember from my rabbit, but it obviously depends on the size of the bowl.
As already said, they eat certain amounts a day, depending on the rabbit. A common rabbit will obviously eat less than the giant rabbit, but it is not hard to do. Bags can be brought from a range of prices and everyday alls you have to do is check the levels in his bowl and when done, fill it back up so it always has a constant food supply. What is easy about this is they will not get underfed. If they get fat then just make sure you stop feeding them treats and maybe then you will have to be more careful-such as putting in less food. A 15kg box of rabbit food (normal-high fibre and made from dried vegetables) will cost about £10 (where I am anyway) and will give your rabbit vital nutrients. What you have to remember though is not to overfeed them with treats or they’ll get unhealthy.
Now, you just need to keep the constant water supply up.
Well, a cage will cost about £35-£40 for a small one but I suggest a larger one for about £60 but will keep your Rabbit occupied. Cover the base with straw and keep it locked up and covered at night to deter predators. In the day you should let it run free in the garden, as long as there are no cats around that is. If so, then make or buy a huge ‘run’ for it outside but covered so it can explore further. Always raise them above the ground on a stand too for further protection.
The cage must be cleaned out at least once a week and straw must be replaced. It can be tedious but it’s worth it for your rabbit.
However, if you have the room, move him indoors because they can be housetrained like a dog and this will increase your fun further due to you being able to play with it a lot more and become closer. Like a dog though, it takes time. I put mine outdoors but we took him indoors a lot.
Obviously all rabbits can get ill-such as a cold but if you notice it not eating or acting different then a trip to the vet may be in order. This never happened with our rabbit or others I know that have owned them though so I think that this is rare. We only took ours to the vet to get its nails clipped because they started to curl.
Rabbits do require lots of attention though or they will become depressed and to do this you just have to play with it. I can only speak from my personal experience but my rabbit was always friendly and close to the family and remained healthy. To do this we just always let him out for exercise and then picked him up and stroked him, or were just in the garden to be near him. I do not know if this is usual rabbit behaviour but he would constantly chase balls when I kicked them and brought them back to me like a dog, which was probably why I was so close to him. This meant you could have fun throwing items for him to chase after and either bring back, or hump. Always give him attention though.
Remember, a Rabbit is for life, not just for Christmas (?) and it does mean you have to give up some things. When you are buying one, leave some time to make sure you want one and are prepared to give it attention and clean out the cage. Problems my family encountered that you might have to remember if you get one is that you always have to come home early to put it away for the night and another is whether there will be someone to look after it when you are off on holiday.
Rabbit prices vary but the common rabbit (around 3-5kg) costs around £20.
I loved having a rabbit. Their lifespan is around 5 years but mine lasted over 6 years since we kept it healthy. I think though that having a rabbit is not for younger children of it will be the adult doing all of the work and the rabbit getting neglected. Since they require attention I suggest over 10’s may be able to handle it with help-such as them playing with the rabbit whilst you clean the cage. If no attention is paid they will get lonely so I suggest you buy two. However, treat one if it is a boy and a girl. If it is two boys they tend to fight too. My rabbit was fine with a guinea pig but if that is so then the cage will need to go indoors during winter because guinea pigs (like mine) die of pneumonia. Although they require attention, it is fun to pay it too them-because it they are great to watch. Just remember to pay them attention but not fuss them too much and you will share a mutual bond making them great pets for all with the time to spare.
Since the Recommend thing always says no-I DO recommend.
Summary: A responsibility but fun.
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