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How to Take Care of a Bunny

Getting the bunny is one thing, taking good care of it is another!
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Nina P

on 11 December 2012

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How to Take Care of a Bunny By Nina P Food is extremely important for bunnies. There are many different types of foods to feed to your rabbit. Hay is a very popular food choice for any bunny. When choosing hay, never choose brownish or moldy hay. It must smell like fresh cut grass, and should be a light tan-ish color. Bunnies are very particular. :) Adult rabbits should be given
~Timothy hay
~Grass
~Oat hay
Baby rabbits should only be given Alfalfa hay. Adults cannot have Alfalfa hay because of the high protein and sugar included. Vegetables are essential in a rabbit's diet. Veggies to get are listed:
~Basil
~Bok choy
~Broccoli leaves (stem and tops are not good for the rabbits)
~Celery
~Cilantro
~Clover
~Collard greens
~Dandelion leaves
~Dill
~Kale (sparingly)
~Lettuce(romain or dark leaf)
~Mint
~Mustard greens
~Parsley
~Water Cress Water is obviously crucial to a bunny's diet. Fresh water is a must, so check the bowl/bottle daily. On hot days, place an ice cube in the bowl to keep it cooled off. Pellets are a good treat to have for your pet. These should be purchased fresh, because bunnies will turn their nose up to stale pellets. Look for pellets high in fiber yet low in protein. You will need to limit your rabbit's intake of pellets as he/she ages, because it is very common to have an overload of protein. Treats are always something to lighten your rabbit's mood. Do not feed your rabbit treats that are high in carbohydrates such as...
~Bread
~Crackers
~Pretzels
~Cookies
~Chips
~Pasta
~Cereal
Even an item branded just for rabbits may be unhealthy. Items like yogurt-chips that are high in sugar and fat can lead to obesity. Chocolate is toxic and should never be given to rabbits. Fruit is the best option for treats, but should only be given in small amounts due to the high sugar content. Fruits to give are listed below:
~Strawberries
~Rasberries
~Bananas
~Pineapple
~Apple (no seeds) Finally, carrots are the most popular food for any rabbit. When the rabbit is still kind of getting used to its cage, there is a certain way to hold the bunny to feed it if it won't eat from a food bowl. As shown here: Housing is extremely important. You need to know what type of cage to get and how big it will be, depending on the size of your bunny. Cages are not a good option for your pet. They provide the least amount of room for your pet to move around. What you want for housing is either a wired pen or a cardboard castle because it allows your pet to roam freely but in an enclosed environment so you can keep track of your bunny. A good suggestion is to keep the pen inside so that you don't have to worry about severe weather conditions or predators. Also, it gives the bunny a better experience to socialize with the family, allowing him/her to become more like a member of the family than a pet. Litter training can be a piece of cake or a terrible chore. It requires patience and concentration, but once your bunny is litter trained, everybody's happy! The first thing you have to do is set up 3 or 4 different litter boxes around your bunny's general roaming area. Then, after a few weeks, you will begin to notice 2 or so litter boxes that the rabbit uses more than the other boxes. Take away the unused litter boxes and keep noticing where the bunny goes. If the bunny does not go in the litter box, move the little box to that area. Do not scold your bunny. The next thing you will need to learn is how to "bunny proof" your home so that your pet cannot destroy your belongings. Bunny proofing is very easy. To bunny proof, you just have to notice the types of things that your bunny will try to get into. Remove all wires before letting your bunny out. If you can't, just put plastic tubes around the wires so your bunny can't chew through the wires and electrocute itself. The next thing to do is to clear out an area for your bunny to hop around in. You don't want your bunny crashing through your furniture! Clear out an area so its broad and flat, then put some chew toys around it. That will give the rabbit room to roam, but also something to do. Now that you know how to bunny proof your home, the last thing you need to know is how to trim your rabbit's nails. It is very important that you know exactly where to cut, because cutting too far into the nail will cut the quick. To cut your bunny's nails, shine a flashlight over the nail. You will see a vain. That is the quick. The quick is very sensitive and if you cut it, the bunny will be overwhelmed with a huge amount of pain. If you do, however, cut the quick, immediately dab the nail with flour or styptic powder to stop the bleeding. Some bunnies are too startled by the sound of the clip, so you may have to file down the bunny's nails. It takes a long time, but it ensures a lesser chance of hitting the quick too fast. Now that you know everything there is to know, you're ready to take care of a bunny! It's a lot of work but... Timothy Hay Oat Hay Grass It's a TON of fun! The End!
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