Attention New Pet Rabbit Parents! This Is A Checklist You Need to Know
As one of the most popular pets, the rabbit may not need as many cares as cat/dogs do. But having a rabbit at home is not that easy. Here comes the rabbit supply list that SFP prepare for the new parents like you. Make sure you are ready to offer the rabbit a welcome home.
The size of the cage must provide adequate walking space and lying down space. It does not mean the bigger the better, because the large-sized cage may make it difficult to clean. You can also pile up with board to build a cage but make sure the rabbit is not able to jump out.
Don’t buy the dog/cat cages with metal wires at the bottom. The rabbit's feet will hurt.
2. Water Dispenser
It is highly recommended to have a water dispenser for your rabbit instead of a water bowl. Remember they drink a lot of water, so buy a big one. Easy access to water should always be available.
3. Litter Pan
A triangle-shaped litter pan is a great choice to place at the corner of the wall. As the rabbit grows, a larger sized litter pan may be necessary to replace the current one.
You can choose to use the regular bedding or small animal bedding. Change them more often as it gets dirty. Don’t use cat litter as the bedding. It may cause life-threatening danger if swallowed by the rabbits. Keep the bedding clean is quite important!
Rabbits are herbivores, which means they should only be fed plants, never meat. Their meal should be a combination of hay and some rabbit food. Adult rabbits love Timothy hay, and little rabbits under 6 months eat Alfalfa hay.
There are special snacks designated for the rabbit. Don’t feed them too many snacks.
You can also make some dried fruit as snacks for your rabbits by using an air dryer at home.
Try not feed you rabbit with the dried fruit bought from the supermarket, which may contain additives, artificial flavours, pigments or preservatives. They are all bad for the rabbits’ health.
Supplements are not necessary but if budget permitted, it will definitely provide more nutrition support.
OXBOW has several types of supplements series for the rabbits, including multi-vitamin, probiotics, urinary support, joint support and etc. Feed your rabbits following the instructions.
A healthy rabbit normally doesn’t need much supplement. If they are sick, see a vet and seek advice from them.
8. Vegetables and Fruits
Vegetables and fruits are good natural snacks. However, high water content can easily lead to diarrhea. Don’t give too much to them.
Some great vegetables for rabbit are listed below:
· Water Spinach
· Perilla Leaf
· Carrot Leaf
Don’t feed the rabbit with the vegetables with pungent smell such as garlic, peppers, onions, shallots, ginger, leeks, etc. Root veggies like potatoes or sweet potatoes are not good for them as it may cause flatulence.
In addition, everybody knows that carrots are rabbit’s favourite. But you have to be aware too many carrots may cause vitamin A poisoning and diarrhea, especially for the rabbit with digestive problems.
With rich minerals and vitamins, cat grass will help to digest the fur and make it perfect a rabbit snack choice.