how to raise a happy and healthy rabbit
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How to Raise a Happy and Healthy Rabbit
- Housing

    Please don’t get a rabbit if you are going to keep it outside. They just can’t handle the temperature extremes. Temperatures from the mid 60’s to low 70’s are the correct range. Rabbits can’t pant to cool themselves down. All they have are their ears and heat can do them in quite quickly. They just can’t regulate temperature enough to deal with outside conditions. You will see a noticeable change in behavior as the temperature rises. They will become lethargic and limp. As Spot has gotten older (above 10 years old) she now likes it a bit warmer than she once did. Now anything much below 70 and she fluffs up in the ‘chicken’ pose but we are still careful to keep her below the mid 70 range.

    They need a good sized cage, large enough at a minimum to allow them to stretch out full length. There are a lot of good source to purchase cages from. We went with the do-it-ourselves approach seen at: http://www.therabbithouse.com/indoor/rabbit-cages-cubes.asp    They do take some fine tuning to figure out just how big to make openings and shelves so that your rabbit can get around. Spot has a multi-floor condo that is several feet high. It has grown over the years, partially because she now needs smaller jumps between floors. Eventually we will have to reduce it to just one longer area as she gets older and can't jump as well.

    If the cage has a wire floor then give them something smoother to stand on in at least a decent sized section of the cage. Their feet are very susceptible to sores and they can quickly become infected.

    Rabbits really like to go to the bathroom in one area so they are an easy animal to potty train. Spot quickly started using a litter box in the bottom corner of her cage. If we are playing with her at the far end of the house she will make every effort to get back to her cage to go the bathroom. If you keep their litter box and cage clean it will help them want to keep using the box too. I’ve heard enough bad things about pine shavings causing health problems that we use the shredded paper litter. Plus the shredded paper isn’t as easy for her to track out of her cage.hideaway
There is a great product called ‘freshayre’ that is non-toxic and kills the urine smell quite well, without covering it up.Also Urinegone works very well for those instances when she doesn’t quite make it back to the cage. Usually I skip the “as seen on TV” products but it really seems to work.

sleeping bunnyRabbits also like having a place to feel safe when just hanging out. Your bunny will tell you what they like. Spot likes the Hopper Hideaway as shown at the right. They now come with a tunnel that has a floor but we cut that out because spot always likes to try to pull the tunnel through the side pieces and that is good exercise. It looks nicer than old cardboard boxes in the middle of the living room and she loves flopping in it, and sometimes part in part out of it. We even take it on trips with us to give her a little bit of home. The funniest was the first time at the hotel when she ran in one side and came out the other side and stopped with a puzzled look, apparently thinking that this isn’t where the tunnel usually leads. She is also fond of any table that is open at the bottom that she can stretch out under.

    Spot used to like paper grocery bags. They like having places to hide. Rooms feel safer for them if they know there are places they can get to quickly for shelter. Coffee tables that are open underneath and even open leg chairs make great places to flop. You'll often see your rabbit check out all the corners of a room, they are looking for places to hide in an emergency.





 

 

        
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