Is a rabbit the right choice as a pet?
Many people buy rabbits impulsively. They see cute, furry animals in the store and decide that they will make wonderful pets. It is likely that this is so, but perhaps not for you.
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Before you buy a rabbit, you should know the following things:
Rabbits can easily live for five or more years. They do not belong to those pets that live only a few years, such as mice. They need a good home and a lot of attention throughout their life.
The urine of rabbits is high in ammonia, so it will smell bad in your house if you do not often clean up after the rabbit and do not take care of good ventilation.
Rabbits rarely get along with other pets because they are far below the food chain. A rabbit cannot be left alone with a dog or cat. Even if they seem very friendly to each other, a minute is enough for a dog to curl up a rabbit’s neck. Even a small dog can kill a rabbit, no matter what size it is. In addition, never leave the cage with the rabbit in a place accessible to the dog. The dog can and most likely will kill the rabbit even through the cage.
Rabbits need attention. They do not like to just sit in their cages and do nothing. Rabbits need toys and frequent contact with humans in order to be happy.
Finding a good rabbit veterinarian can be difficult. Many veterinarians know about dogs and cats, but few know about rabbits. Some drugs suitable for cats and dogs are fatal to rabbits. In addition, veterinary services for rabbits are often very expensive, since most veterinarians classify rabbits as exotic animals.
Rabbits need to be fed with special good rabbit food. They cannot live on salads and carrots. Due to improper feeding, they may develop digestive problems.
If you bought a rabbit, you need to sterilize it to prevent unwanted pregnancy and uterine cancer, which is very common in rabbits.
Some males and even females mark their territory. Castration and sterilization usually solve this problem, but it is best to do this before they begin to label.
Rabbits do not tolerate direct sunlight or very high temperatures. They cope better with low temperatures if they are taken care of properly. However, the best place for a rabbit pet in the house is with you!
Many rabbits can be trained to go to the toilet in the tray, but remember that not all, some will never be taught. Even those who go to the tray leave a few dry peas here and there, but they are easy to clean with a vacuum cleaner or sweep.
Rabbits often change their temperament when they become adults. A pretty little rabbit can become a hormonal terrorist when it grows up. It is best to buy a rabbit that is at least 3 months old, and preferably 4 months old. The rabbit reaches puberty at 6 months (except very large breeds that become mature at 8 months).
Rabbits love to chew and dig, so they can cause some damage to your home.
Now that you have learned more about rabbits, you can make a more informed decision. A good choice of animal, the key to your peace of mind.
Some interesting facts about rabbits.
- There are over 45 recognized rabbit breeds.
- Rabbits have a very good memory.
- The average life expectancy of rabbits is about 8-10 years.
- Rabbits have 28 teeth that constantly grow throughout their lives.