Like dogs and cats, rabbits too are wonderful pets. Lovingly called bunny, a rabbit is quite, intelligent and adorable. Most of us want to hug this sweet fluffy thing when we see it, but may have never thought about keeping it as a pet. Think about it. Here are few points that will help you choose a bunny for yourself.
Choosing The Right Bunny
There are more than four dozen breeds of rabbit, varying in size, colour, fur, etc. The American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) recognises 48 unique rabbit breeds.
Large or giant breed rabbits have short life span of around 5-6 years, while smaller ones may live up to 12-13 years. Smaller ones tend to be more energetic and strong, compared to their giant counterparts. Moreover, it is advised to keep rabbits in pairs, so that they do not feel lonely.
Top 10 breeds of pet rabbits are:
You should avoid putting your bunny in a cage. Rabbits need a much more healthier living space. Usually untrained rabbits are kept initially in puppy pen puppy pen or bunny condo. After some time, when the rabbits get familiar with the new environment, they should be allowed to roam around freely. This is what rabbits enjoy, and it relaxes them too.
Rabbits Get Bored Easily
Rabbits get bored of same surroundings very fast, so one should innovate in changing the surroundings so that rabbits feel differently. However, too many changes have an adverse impact on rabbits. You should be very watchful when you take them out, cats love to pounce on them.
Research says that 80% of an adult rabbit’s diet should be hay, which contains large amount fibre. Rabbits feast on carrots. You should add lots of vegetables and fruits in their daily diet. Consult a vet to find out what suits their digestive system. Here are few fruits and vegetables that you can give to your rabbit.
Vegetables: Carrot, Tomato (not the leaves), Asparagus, Cauliflower, Chicory, Fennel, Green Beans, Turnip and Spinach (occasionally), Cucumber, Pumpkin, Baby Sweet Corns, Peppers (green, red, yellow).
Herbs: Basil, Coriander, Dill, Sage, Thyme
Male Vs Female Rabbit
There is a quite difference between a male and a female rabbit. Males tend to be smaller as compared to females of the same breed. Females have a large fold of skin below their chin, which is called dewlap. They often become aggressive if they don’t like something. On the other hand, male rabbits are curious, attentive and loving in nature.
Note: Rabbits get sexually active when they are just 3 months old. So male and female babies need to separated at that age. Sadly, 80% of female rabbits suffer uterine cancer by the age of 5. Thus, regular checkup is necessary.