Adopting a small pet – What you need to know about Rabbits
Rabbits, when provided with good care, can live up to 8-10 years. They are very active and need a lot of space to run and exercise. With patience, they can be litter trained which will make a difference when you plan to let your bunny run free in your home. Please bear in mind however that unneutered male rabbits still will spray.
Rabbits are social animals. They are very intelligent and curious and bond strongly with the family. Unneutered males can be aggressive and tend to fight with other males, or even nip and scratch the family members. Unspayed females can be territorial. That is why it is best to have them neutered/spayed at an early age. If you would like to have 2 or more rabbits, best is to have sterilized both male and female.
Being prey animals, they do not like to be picked up. If not handled correctly they can break their spine by kicking back with their hind legs. Always pick up a bunny with one hand under the chest and with the other support the back legs. With this in mind, rabbits might not be suitable pets for younger children that do not have developed motor skills. And because they can bite and scratch, they can be intimidating for small children.
There are many breeds of Rabbits available. From the Dwarf breeds to the giant breeds, these rabbits can weigh 7-10 kg. Most popular breeds are the Hollander, French Ear Lop and Dwarf.
It is important to check the coat of your rabbit often as some tend to get problems with parasites. Something which can be easily prevented.
Longhaired breeds will require brushing at least 3 times per week to keep the coat neat and tangle free. If you give a bath to a bunny, please make sure they are well dried after as they do tend to get cold very easily. Rabbit’s teeth grow constantly and are worn off by chewing. You will need to provide your bunny with chew toys made especially for them. Provide a lot of hay and dry food pellets to help them keep their teeth in good shape and their gut working properly. Check the teeth regularly, as if they are overgrown, the rabbit will not be able to eat. Overgrown teeth need to be trimmed regularly, your vet can support you with this.