Many families, in order to please their child, decide to have an unusual animal. Recently it has become fashionable and even prestigious to have a decorative rabbit. The decision to take a rabbit should be balanced and thought out. What are decorative rabbits: care and maintenance of the animal at home – issues that require considerable knowledge, responsibility, a serious approach to solving this problem from the owner. No wonder it says: "We are responsible for those we tamed."
We are responsible for those we tamed – rabbits in the basket
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.
There are different rabbits: with erect ears, “lop-eared rabbits” – “rams”, dwarf rabbits. Species: dwarf lions, Angora lions, dwarf foxes. Rabbits with long hair are very beautiful, but they need to be combed daily. Think about whether you will have time for such a procedure. You need to comb carefully, starting from the ends, rising to the roots of the hair. If you do not perform such work, then the rabbit will appear tangle – tangled wool. But the tangles can no longer be combed, since this is a painful procedure for a rabbit, they need to be cut with a machine in special salons. With short-haired rabbits, there are fewer problems in this regard.
Finally, the decision is made, the rabbit is acquired.
The further life and health of your pet is up to you. Care for decorative rabbits is simple. Subject to certain rules, the rabbit will give you, your family only joy and happy moments.
First buy a cage and all the necessary equipment for it, and then only a rabbit, and not vice versa!
Colic grows quickly, immediately get a large cage, four times more than a rabbit. The cage should allow the grown rabbit to lie full-length, stand on its hind legs. In addition, there should be a place in the cage for the rabbit’s house (he needs a break from everyone), for the tray, a manger for hay and a drinker. A cage is bought with a plastic tray, not a trellis one. The rabbit’s paws are not adapted to the net. The automatic drinker is fixed to the bars of the cage
How to care for decorative rabbits?
Caring for a rabbit consists in organizing proper nutrition, walking, keeping in a cage, and preventing diseases.
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.
They look so much like a rabbit and a toy. But the rabbit is far from a toy
In the apartment, the rabbit is best kept in a cage. The animal is very shy and timid by nature. You need to hold on very tightly. Jumping from a height from a person’s hands can become fatal. He has a fragile spine. Isolate the rabbit from communication with the dog and cat. They can catch up with the rabbit, for which such a marathon can be harmful to health. Do not get a rabbit when the family has a small child. Children are curious by nature and can grab a rabbit by its vulnerabilities: ears, skin on its back. From such a nervous situation the little rabbit will get sick and wither.
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
A rabbit cage must not be placed in the sun. Decorative rabbits are gentle creatures. The stuffiness is fatal for them, and the draft instantly causes a cold. Fix in the cage a manger for hay, a tray, a feeder for grain – otherwise get ready for an early rise, the rabbit likes to make noise. Unattached equipment will become football for him. Litter of sawdust or straw is laid on the bottom of the cage and must be constantly dry. Litter cleaning and replacement is recommended 3 times a week, at least. Wet and dirty litter most often causes stomach problems. The tray is washed daily, rabbits love cleanliness. The little rabbit will not go into the dirty tray, but will arrange a toilet nearby. Many cite rabbit odors. If the pet is properly cared for, there will be no odors.
The animal needs movement. If housing conditions permit, let your pet go for a walk daily. First, make sure that the animal has nothing to chew on. Every animal has instincts. The rabbit’s instinct is to gnaw everything that gets in his way: wires, shoes, wallpaper. Therefore, it is necessary to take care of the safety of the territory for pet walks. Do not leave the little rabbit alone, it can, frightened by something, get into any gap. Getting it out of there will be a problem for you. During the walk, take your pet in your arms, stroke it, talk, call by name. He should get used to you and respond to the nickname.
The main product in rabbit nutrition is hay. Take his choice with all responsibility. Hay should be dry, pleasant to smell, without rot, charm and mold. Hay nurseries should always be filled with them. Some advise leaving hay for food on the floor. Strongly forbidden to do so. The hay from rabbit feces quickly deteriorates. The rabbit likes to eat its waste, therefore, it is fraught with diseases. The bowl for grain feed should be heavy, as the rabbit likes to turn it over.
Combined feed, feed mixtures, and oats also serve as feed for the rabbit. New feed is introduced gradually, mixing with the usual food. You can gradually introduce dry buckwheat, oats.
Rabbits are herbivores. Hay must always be in the rabbit’s manger!
The rabbit stomach is susceptible to any malnutrition. Body Reaction – Diarrhea
What causes rabbit diarrhea?
- moldy bread;
- dry feed infected by weevils;
- spoiled feed;
- premature introduction or large volumes of vegetables and fruits;
- a sharp change in feed;
- viral infection;
- gastric diseases;
- unsanitary conditions in the cell.
give the rabbit a solution of pharmacy chamomile. You can enter forcefully using a syringe by removing the needle;
clean the litter;
disinfect the cell;
lay a new litter;
remove all food except hay and water.
As a prophylaxis, give once, twice a week, a weak solution of potassium permanganate or a decoction of pharmacy chamomile, or iodine (1-2 drops per 1 liter of water).
In case of prolonged diarrhea, consult your veterinarian urgently. Procrastination can cause the death of a pet.
A couple of decorative rabbits may unexpectedly surprise their master
Males are more aggressive and impulsive than females. The rabbit, moreover, marks the territory, unlike the rabbit. Rabbit urine produces a very unpleasant odor, which is difficult to get rid of. The rabbit can find a replacement for the rabbit by choosing your favorite slippers, a child’s toy or even your foot as an object of love. In order to avoid such unpleasant moments – take care of his castration in a timely manner.