Keeping the rabbit diet consistent is most important.
A sudden change in amounts or type of food can cause digestive problems from soft, sticky feces to a gastrointestinal stoppage, which can be fatal. Be very careful and follow the feeding instruction. Different rabbits can have diverse dietary requirements and it is very important that you don't overfeed.
Water is extremely important. Be sure the bottles or bowls are filled and refreshed.
Used litter is usually disposed of daily to avoid unhealthy ammonia inhalation.
Keep an eye out for chewing of unsafe items such as plastic, carpet or electrical wiring. Paper and cardboard are safe for chewing.
If a rabbit escapes, never chase, enticement with a favorite food works best.
Keep in mind that rabbits are vulnerable to high temperatures and heat stroke. In weather above 85º F or 29º C, keep their environments cool.
It is very important to know that not all rabbits get along well together. It could result in a fight with serious injuries.
Be sure you handle your rabbit correctly. If the rabbit falls or kicks it can break his spine.
House the rabbit in a dog crate inside your house if you are going to keep it in the house. Be sure to use the bottom
floor pan tray because the rabbit likes to dig. Make sure that your rabbit doesn't ingest any materials, because it can
cause blockage. The rabbit needs room to exercise, explore and feel safe. For the well being of your rabbit, you must
let it get out of the crate for a few hours daily. Rabbits are very social creatures--most will be much happier as a part
of a pair than on their own. Choose a location where it won't feel lonely or abandoned. In the crate, there needs to be
room for your rabbit to move around and lie down, as well as space for food, a hanging water bottle, a small litter box and toys. Rabbits are fragile animals who must be handled carefully. Never pick a rabbit up by its ears.
Let your rabbit get accustomed to being handled. Spaying or neutering your rabbit is very important. Your rabbit is
going to need an annual check-up. Be sure the veterinarian is able to treat rabbits.
Built a cardboard house for your rabbit. Your rabbit likes to chew, dig, shred, arrange and hide. Cutting 2 or more openings on the box should be appropriately sized for your rabbit. Add a toilet paper tube and paper towel tube.
Litter box: having a regular feeding time will help rabbits to use a litter box. Only use shredded newspaper inside the
litter box; it is not toxic. Praise and give your rabbit a treat when you see it using the litter box.
Do not punish your rabbit for mistakes--hold off on the treat and praise until it behaves the way you want. Be patient!
Water: give your rabbit fresh water. On a hot day give your rabbit 1 or 2 ice cubes in the water dish. If your rabbit is not
drinking enough water, with a spray bottle, spray the vegetables all around and give it to your rabbit.
Food: fresh hay should be readily available at all times. Younger rabbits should be fed alfalfa. (Do not give alfalfa to adult
rabbits) because of higher protein and sugar content. Hay is important because it provides essential fiber for good digestive health and
helps wear down a rabbit's teeth. Place hay at one end of the litter box to encourage the use of the litter box. Be sure
your hay is fresh (looks and smells fresh). Always wash the vegetables thoroughly. When introducing new veggies to a
rabbit's diet, try just one at a time in small quantities. Variety is important for your rabbit. Try three different vegetables at a time.
Here are the vegetables your rabbit may like:
Broccoli leaves (stems or tops can make rabbits gassy)
Carrot tops (carrots are high in calcium and should be given sparingly
Lettuce - romaine or dark leaf (no iceberg lettuce and no cabbage)
Here are the fruits your rabbit may like:
Apples (no seeds)
Video on picking up your rabbit correctly: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdt0XKNlfRY&feature=relmfu
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