A GUIDE FOR A FIRST-TIME RABBIT OWNER
Was it the fluffy tail? How about their cute little paws? Perhaps it was their energetic personality that caught your eyes. Whatever it was, you are now the proud owner of an adorable rabbit. Your new furry friend is going to need some proper love and care. However, as a first-time rabbit owner, where do you start?
Start by Making Them Feel at Home
Rabbits make great house pets. However, as with any pets, you have to ease them into their new environment. Keeping your rabbit comfortable is not as hard as you would think. It starts with the cage.
For rabbits, cages are their bedrooms. So, you have to be sure that they have enough room move and lay in them. A good cage is about four feet wide, two feet deep, and two feet tall. You can go a little bigger if you want to spoil them.
The bottom of their cage should be lined with some form of flat surface and hay. If you have a wire bottom cage, line it with wood planks. A flat surface prevents them from getting their feet caught in the bottom and the hay is comfortable enough to sleep on.
A Rabbit Owner Needs to Keep Their Pet Safe
Rabbits like to move around outside of their cage. They are fast moving and energetic creatures, so it’s to be expected. You are going to want to keep them safe from their own curiosity. If you want to know where they are at all times, then use a gate so you can know where they are at all times.
Rabbit-proof the areas of your home where you let them play. That means keeping small objects, dangerous chemicals, and other hazards away from them. If you have electronics with wires, buy cord protectors to prevent them from chewing on them.
Give Your Rabbit Space to Do Their Business
Everybody has to go at some time. If you have had your pet for a few days, then you’ll notice that they like to do their business in one spot of their cage. Don’t let them sit in their own filth. Clean it out occasionally. If you need to easier, buy a small litter box (filled with hay) and place it in that same spot. This should keep them comfortable and happy.