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Monday, October 23, 2017
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Rabbits

Care and feeding

rabbits image courtesy: http://www.jaredstory.com Your rabbit's cage or hutch should be four times the length of the rabbit stretched out when it is full grown and high enough to allow the rabbit to stand on its hind legs without its ears touching the roof. Rabbits are playful and enjoying running and jumping and will therefore also need a safe exercise area with plenty of room that allows them to do this daily.

Thirsty little creatures, rabbits need constant access to water, and you can make sure they get all they need by providing a water bottle attached to the side of the cage or hutch. Also, a heavy food dish made or porcelain or steel is less likely to be tipped over than a plastic one.

Feed your pet with vegetables and fruits, but be careful not to give it potatoes, potato tops, apple seeds, rhubarb leaves and tomato leaves. Hay, grass and pellets that you can buy from the pet store are also tasty treats from time-to-time. Don't be alarmed or go 'ewwww' when they eat their droppings - that's perfectly normal.

Here's a secret - rabbits would much rather sit beside you than have you lift them up and fondle them. They rarely bite, and if you must pick them up, place one hand under the chest, the other arm over the body of the rabbit and under its bottom supporting its hind legs, and then lift it up.

Visit the vet with your rabbit at least once a year, and if you suspect that he or she is ill (the rabbit, not the vet!), don't perform your Dr. Dolittle routine. A real vet is your best bet.

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