An Introduction to Rabbit CareThe first lesson about rabbit care should be centered around your breed (see Rabbit Breeds). You need to mold your grooming, diet, and exercise habits around the breed.
If your rabbit has long hair, for example, you want to brush it frequently so that it stays healthy and clean. One show of care is getting a hutch for your rabbit to be secure and safe (see Rabbit Hutch).
Study the personality of your bunny, and make sure you know its limits. If it doesn’t like something, try to make an active effort to avoid doing that. Allow it to feel safe and secure inside of its home. You should try to make sure that it is leading a happy and healthy lifestyle under your guidance.
Rabbit Care – Grooming Habits
- You always want to have soft brushes when you brush them to avoid damaging their skin
- Short-haired ones can be brushed only during shedding time, but long-haired ones will require daily brushing
- Show discretion for the coat. Use a smooth, fine-toothed comb afterwards
- Purchase an ear-cleaning solution from your veterinarian to get rid of waxy buildup, if you notice some during routine inspection
- Have your veterinarian supply you with flea medication, with chemicals that are safe to use on rabbits
- Trim their nails when they are getting too long, but do not clip too far, or you will cut to the quick
- Bathing rabbits is always unnecessary
Rabbit Care – Choosing a Healthy Bunny
- When choosing a rabbit, examine the coat, and see if you find any insects
- There should be no discharge around the eyes
- It should be a weight that looks healthy for its size
- The ear canals should be bright pink
- Check the teeth for protrusions, and the gums for any signs of infection
- Look at its living conditions, and if they are unclean, do not purchase
- If the rabbit seems evasive of you, consider getting another one
- Make sure it can move well
Rabbit Care – Diet and Feeding Needs
Because rabbits are herbivorous, feed them only leafy vegetables, and occasionally fruits without seeds or pits. These include all kinds of greens, pumpkin leaves, peppers, squash, wheat grass, watercress, radish tops, parsley, kale, endives, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, pea pods, and several others.
Suitable fruits include blackberries, pineapple, melon, pears, strawberries, plums, peaches, and papaya. Never give them grain, nuts, or legumes.