It is now in fashion to start decorative rabbits. They are soft, gentle, interesting, and so like the kids. Before you get such an animal, you need to prepare everything for his comfortable living. Read specialized rabbit care literature, watch a video. If you have a pet for the child – this should be a conscious step, understanding that he will need care and guardianship.
When buying, pay attention to the appearance of the rabbit, it must be active, playful. Do not take a sleepy animal, very small (up to one and a half months), too fat. The coat should shine and have no bald spots. Damage to the skin, purulent formation and swelling are unacceptable.
Which breed to choose
Decorative rabbit breeds are often kept in apartment conditions. To spend less time and effort on caring for an animal, it is better to opt for a shorthair breed.
Rabbits are devoted animals, distinguished by devotion, gentle disposition and noiselessness. On average, an individual lives about 12 children. Castration of males will save you from unnecessary troubles and problems. Do it at an early age.
- "Rex" – soft, plush wool.
- “Colored with short hair” – the fur glistens, the ears are small.
- “Lop-eared sheep” – ears hang down, temperament is flexible, hair is short.
- "Angora" – fluffy, long-haired, require constant and thorough care.
- "Germelin" – the fur cover is very thick, does not tolerate heat, it is difficult to keep in apartment conditions. They are characterized by laziness, females – by a complex character. For beginners, it is better to abandon the content of a rabbit of this breed.
What you need to know when buying a rabbit, video
Decorative rabbits care
Decorative rabbits can tolerate low temperatures, up to minus 20 ° C. Hot and stuffy weather is unfavorable for them. They can not be left in direct sunlight, overheating is allowed. Draft, dampness and high humidity will also be harmful. Optimum indicators for the content:
- The temperature in the room is 18-20 ° C.
- Humidity – 50%.
Rabbits do not sweat, heat transfer is carried out on the ears and veins. During the heat, you can cool the animal in this way:
- Wipe the ears with a towel dipped in cold water. With this procedure, the entire rabbit is cooled.
- Put a bottle of ice water in a cage, you can with ice cubes.
- Cover the cage with a wet, cold towel.
Decorative “pussies” are somewhat similar to a toy, but it is impossible to allow the child to actively squeeze and drag the animal.
In the apartment, the rabbit is kept in a cage. The animal has a calm disposition, fearful. When you pick it up, you should not take root firmly, if the pet jumps off your hands, this can kill him (they have fragile vertebrae).
Communication with other pets is excluded. They will certainly want to play, run, and this will harm the health of the rabbit.
Young children do not understand how destructive an active game with an animal can be, they can pull it sharply or pull it by the ear. This behavior will lead to stress, the pet will languish before our eyes. Ornamental rabbits are brought up in the family where the child understands how to handle it.
"Eared" smart enough. Over time, they get used to the owner, recognize him by sight, joyfully go into their arms, and even respond to the name. Loving a lot of affection, they take pleasure in stroking the back and head, show dissatisfaction when they touch the chin.
Activity manifests itself in the nighttime, during the day the pets relax. No need to wake them up and slow down.
Bathing for a rabbit is not advisable. They do this extremely rarely and if necessary: intense heat, got dirty due to diarrhea. If swimming has taken place, beware of drafts, the coat is thick, and dries for a very long time. Rabbits can take care of themselves, brush their hair.
Do not be alarmed if you suddenly see that your pet eats its own bowel movements – this is a normal phenomenon, which has the scientific name "coprophagy".
Rabbits should be vaccinated.
How to care for a decorative rabbit, video
As mentioned above, rabbits do not tolerate heat, so the cage does not expose to the sun. Animals by nature are very tender, high temperature will lead to death, drafts to colds.
In the cell set:
Rabbits get up early and love to make noise. If all the equipment is not carefully fixed, then an active game with kicking inventory will begin in the cage.
Straw and sawdust are placed at the bottom of the cage. Such bedding should always remain dry. Change it every other day. If necessary, more often. Raw litter, the presence of dirt on it will lead to diseases of the gastrointestinal tract in the animal. They wash the tray every day, refuses to walk into the polluted rabbit, and relieves the need near it. "Eared" are very clean.
Some complain that there is an unpleasant odor coming from rabbits; if you take care of it properly, this will not happen.
Animals are very active, require constant movement. When housed, the rabbit is released from the cage every day. Be careful, “pussies” like to chew on everything, so if possible, hide wires, valuable objects, etc.
Decorative pet feeding
You need to feed a decorative rabbit correctly, give a balanced and fortified food. Improper nutrition leads to disease and obesity.
The teeth of the animal grow throughout life. They need constant sharpening, therefore, branches of various trees (willow, linden, maple, apple, pear, maple, acacia) and chalk are introduced into the diet. Cherry, apricot, cherry, plum and apricot are not recommended. Oak and alder branches are extremely rare when a pet has an upset.
The basis of the feed is hay, they are stored in unlimited quantities year-round. His kids and adults eat it. It is very convenient to prepare hay yourself. Take grass in places remote from roads and urban smog. Such food will be fresh, healthy and aromatic.
Cereals are added to food (corn, barley, oats), hercules flakes, slightly dried bread is allowed. Greens – dandelions, young nettles, burdocks, plantain, clover and thistle are used as goodies. They like fruits and vegetables (carrots, beets, pears and apples), and even bananas. It is better to refuse potatoes and cabbage.
Many give animals granular feed – this is not worth doing. Mineral and vitamin supplements must be administered. In large quantities, they are necessary for babies, pregnant individuals and nursing mothers. Benefits chalk, yeast (beer), salt.
Feeding is carried out up to three times a day. Water must be in the cell constantly, and be fresh. If you want to change your diet, do it gradually. Tighten fresh grass before serving.
Some are of the opinion that rabbits are stupid enough animals. In fact, this is not so; they are very sociable, understanding, and smart. For training, you need to work hard, then your pet will go to the tray, respond to your name, resort when you call him, you can freely walk the pet on a leash. He will understand the command "fu".
From the first days, the rabbit staying at home, not carrying it in his hands, he is gently stroked, affectionately communicating, paying attention, treating with goodies. After a while, the pet can be picked up, holding the tummy and hind legs. It should be more often called "fluffy" by name.
After the animal begins to respond to the nickname, it is released for a walk around the room. Initially, not much space is allocated, toys are given. Breeders recommend installing a patch in this place and teaching the rabbit to walk in it. A couple of repetitions, and the pet will independently go to the indicated place to help.
Trained rabbit, video
When buying a rabbit, look at his health. A healthy “eared one” is immediately visible by several signs:
- Actively moves, jumps around the cage.
- Interested in everyone around.
- With a good appetite.
If you saw a lying rabbit – this does not necessarily indicate poor health, he could jump and lie down to rest. Watch him a little.
A rabbit hiding in a corner of the cage that does not respond to toys and the environment may not be healthy. Pay attention to the fur and eyes of the baby. In healthy individuals, they shine, and no discharge oozes from the eyes.
The subtleties of care
The animal independently cleans its coat, so it should not be bathed. Once a day, you can comb. Choose a comb with soft cloves.
If necessary, the animal can be bathed, for example, after a street walk. If you do this often, the protective skin soy is washed off, which will lead to peeling, dulling of the coat. Shampoo for bathing is selected specialized, designed specifically for decorative rabbits. Wash it well. Do not use regular hair shampoos.
If the rabbit’s claws grow, it can be injured. They should be trimmed. The procedure is carried out every 20 days. It is better that the cutting be carried out by a specialist. He will show how to do it right. The rabbit’s claws are designed so that capillaries can be easily touched – this will cause bleeding and pain.
Keeping rabbits, video
Before buying a decorative rabbit, get all the necessary equipment for the cage, as well as a comb, toys, tweezers for cutting claws.