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Well, finally, after agreeing with relatives, you still decided to get a decorative rabbit. The first thing you need is of course a cage. The cage should be large enough, at least 80cm by 60cm. Better more and more is better. In nature, a rabbit is a very mobile animal, in addition, actually leading a twilight lifestyle. The lack of movement will adversely affect his health, and a large cage will allow him to at least somehow stretch his legs. The cage must be securely locked so that the rabbit in your absence could not get out of it on its own and naughty in the room. In addition, it should well withstand the incisors of this animal, as well as its attempt to dig a mink.
It is desirable to have a darkened area in the cell, or at least create it yourself. This is necessary first of all after buying a pet, he needs some time to get used to the environment. Decorative rabbits are rather timid and react to sharp sounds and movements. And naturally, the desire here is to hide in the hole, where it is dark. You need to buy a cage before buying an animal in order to immediately place it in a future home. If your pet gets used to running around the apartment all the time, then it will be difficult to accustom him to the cage. In some hosts, rabbits run around the apartment like cats.
You need to put the cage in a quiet place, without drafts. If you decide to ventilate the room, it is better to temporarily move the cage with the pet to the next one. But your own bedroom may not be suitable here. Rabbits are nocturnal animals and can make quite a lot of noise at this time. Well, for example, if he wants to urgently dig a mink, despite the fact that underneath it is half the cage, and not the ground.
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Keep this fluffy animal in a cage all the time is impossible. Periodically, he needs to arrange walks around the room, but be sure to, at least for the first time, under your supervision. The fact is that the rabbit. rodent. He needs to grind incisors and claws, as this is also a burrowing animal. As a result, furniture, shoes, wallpaper and wires may well suffer. And in the latter case, the rodent itself, if the wires are energized. By the way, gnawing wires is not difficult for him. It is better to walk the rabbit in the evening and in the morning, as he is a twilight animal. You can borrow a pet at this time with various toys. ball, wand, box. When caring for a decorative rabbit, you need to teach him to go to the toilet in a certain place. The animal is clean and easily accustomed to the usual cat tray. That’s why a large cage is needed, and this tray needs to be placed in it. If the rabbit lives freely in the apartment, he will still return to the cage to the toilet.
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Rabbits feel comfortable in cold weather until 20, but are extremely sensitive to stuffiness, direct sunlight, overheating. High humidity, drafts, dampness, and high levels of hydrogen sulfide, ammonia, and carbon dioxide in the air are harmful to them. Rabbits tolerate a temperature of 18-20 degrees, with a humidity of 50%. Rabbits do not sweat. Heat transfer occurs through the veins on the rabbit’s ears. If the rabbit does not tolerate heat, rabbit breeders are advised to wipe his ears with a cloth slightly moistened with cold water. By cooling the ears, you can cool the whole rabbit. It is recommended to cover the cage with a wet towel or put a plastic bottle into the cage into which cold water is poured, even with pieces of ice.
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Unlike rabbits bred for meat and fur that live less than a year and their feeding pursues only one goal, rapid weight gain, decorative rabbits live up to 8. 10 years and it is necessary to take care of their health. Combined feed intended for the industrial cultivation of rabbits cannot be used. Naturally, in large cities it is not worth using grass from the lawns to feed the rabbit; it is heavily contaminated with harmful substances.
The feeding bowl should be heavy, the animal tends to turn it over and strong, not amenable to its teeth. It is better to use a mounted feeder. Your pet should have water all the time, especially in the summer, in the heat. With a lack of water, the rabbit becomes lethargic, malnourished. Industrial drinkers with a dispenser are very successful, where water can be poured for several days. Add fruit tree branches to the diet, the rabbit will have something to chew on.
At the content of decorative rabbits it is necessary to maintain cleanliness in the cell. Wash feeders daily and discard any food that has not been eaten. After a day, change the litter in the residential part of the cage and once a week where the rabbit sleeps. At least once a day, or rather, in fact, you need to clean the toilet. Like cats, these animals do not like to go into a dirty tray. Keep the water clean, it is better to replace it more often. Once a month, carry out a thorough cleaning of the cage with disinfection, in this case the cages with a plastic tray are most convenient, it is easier to wash and does not need to be dried, just wipe it with a clean, dry cloth.
At the time of purchase, ask the breeder about the rules for caring for the pet, the features of caring for this breed. Check his pedigree. Buy the appropriate literature on caring for a decorative rabbit, read the information in different sources and do not rely only on the advice of friends.
Rabbits have a certain intelligence. With a long stay in the family of one owner, they are happy to go hand in hand, know their name. They love it when they pat it on the back, on the head and get nervous when they take it by the chin. Rabbits are active at night and hide during the day in the house until 16-17 hours. They should not be disturbed in the daytime. It is not recommended to bathe a rabbit. Washing is allowed only in emergency cases, for example, when diarrhea, when it is hot. He brushes his coat himself. If you nevertheless redeemed the rabbit, protect from drafts. Their fur is thick and dries for a long time. Rabbits sometimes eat their stool. Scientifically, this phenomenon is called "coprophagy." The feces of a rabbit can be different. Night – in the form of soft watery balls, not perfectly round, day – dry, hard, in the form of round balls. Night feces contain 3.5 times more protein, and fiber 2 times less than daytime. The rabbit needs to be vaccinated on time. Be sure to cut the rabbit’s nails with claws.