A decorative home rabbit was bred specifically for living in human housing. He has a fairly peaceful character and, with proper treatment, is completely harmless. The quality of care completely determines how much the rabbit will live and how the rabbit will behave at home. Even the presence of disease in an animal is completely dependent on this factor. Subject to the rules of care, domestic rabbits can bring joy and happiness to the family for many years.
Is it possible to keep a rabbit at home
Those varieties that are specially grown for meat can be aggressive to humans, while decorative ones have a peace-loving character and quickly get used to their hands.
The main obstacles to keeping rabbits
First of all, you need to understand that a decorative rabbit at home requires care. Regardless of the breed, the rabbit loves freedom. Without periodic walking, he will be depressed and even the largest cell will not be able to replace him with free movement. It is necessary to think in advance whether it will be possible to periodically release the animal at will – then it will be maximally disposed towards people. The walking area should be isolated from any items that might be nibbled. Wires, wooden furniture legs, shoes, floor carpets – these and many other items can become “prey” for the big-eared.
Important! Small children and non-trained domestic animals can create problems when keeping rabbits. Children under 7–8 years of age are strongly discouraged from making physical contact, as long-eared ones are very sensitive to touch and require careful handling.
What you need to keep a rabbit in the house
To keep a decorative rabbit at home, you need to stock up on inventory that includes: a cage, a feeding trough, a rabbit house, toys and a filler.
It should be spacious enough. The adult rabbit has considerable dimensions and loves freedom. Most use models with a pallet, in which there is no grill. They allow you to keep the litter in its entirety, providing a sufficient level of comfort for the rabbit. The only minus – when using such models, much more replaceable filler leaves.
Note! For eared models from metal and porcelain are used.
Good options for feeding, which have a relatively large weight and volume – it will be difficult for the animal to turn it over. A separate feeder is purchased for hay. A nipple drinker is best suited for water supply, it will keep the liquid in its pure form.
It is included in the list of optional items, but is bought in most cases. The house can partially compensate for the lack of a natural habitat, especially for females that already have or will have offspring.
If there are none, the animal will play with everything in the cage. In this case, she will not last even a year.
Note! The product must be made of edible materials for the rabbit (wood or straw).
The natural need for keeping many animals clean. In the case of a rabbit, large wood shavings are the best option.
Rabbit in the apartment: pros and cons
Note! The content of the decorative rabbit has its positive and negative sides.
- it cannot be left without attention for a long time;
- he has a moody character;
- has a specific smell;
- the cage should be large;
- often this animal becomes the cause of childhood allergies;
- often molt (1 time for 3 months).
Rabbit in the apartment
- long life expectancy – from 10 to 15 years;
- very clean, does not require frequent washing;
- quickly accustomed to the tray;
- has a peace-loving character and quickly gets used to hands;
- food for it is relatively inexpensive.
How to train a rabbit
First of all, you need to take care of the development of a peace-loving character in a pet. To do this, you need to periodically release him and show an affectionate attitude. It is also very important that the animal feels comfortable in housing. Before you train a rabbit at home, you need to make sure that all these recommendations are followed and that the rabbit is not afraid of people.
Note! Training a dwarf rabbit can be very easy and fun, the main thing is to timely secure the necessary skills with a treat.
At the beginning of classes, the pet should be a little hungry. In the learning process, in no case should you speak in a raised tone and hurt the pet. Even a light slap can offend a moody creature.
Usually, at the beginning of training, the rabbit is trained to the tray. It is necessary to observe in which place the pet relieves the need and put the prepared tray there. The used litter should be transferred every day early in the morning, so that the animal by smell determines where to relieve the need. You can put the baby in the pot, neatly and unobtrusively, pronouncing the voice command (“on the pot”), in a pleasant gentle tone. After a few days, the pet will unnecessarily relieve the need for the tray, after which you can start other exercises.
The main thing in the process of training is to observe several important principles:
- The beginning of the action to be worked out must be confirmed by top dressing in order to interest the rabbit;
- The trick itself needs to be divided into several stages, at each of them it is necessary to feed the animal;
- During the exercise for the first time, you need to very carefully adjust the eared position with your hands. The next step is to let the rabbit repeat the action without any help, providing food when each stage is successfully completed. It is recommended that you plan ahead how much feed will be spent in class.
Breeding decorative rabbits at home
Breeding decorative rabbits at home
Domestic rabbits, as well as their wild counterparts, can give offspring up to 8 times during the year. High fecundity is due to the large number of predators in the natural habitat. The minimum age suitable for breeding in small breeds of rabbits is 6-7 months, and in larger individuals it is several months longer.
Note! There are special cages for rabbits, which are necessary for the mother to feel comfortable and take care of her offspring in the future.
The location of the cell must be protected from unwanted influences in the form of loud sounds and extraneous interference.