Unusual Pets – Caring For Your Rabbit
You may not think of your pet bunny as being especially unusual, however caring for a rabbit in New Mexico has its challenges. Bunnies have special dietary and lifestyle needs that your local rabbit veterinarian can help you determine.
Here are some basic bunny facts and tips on bunny care.
1. Bunnies have a lot of personality and are great companions. They are intuitive, intelligent, sociable, and affectionate. Bunnies can be trained to use a litter box, they’ll come when called, and may even learn to play tag with your other pets.
2. There is a lot of variety among domestic rabbits – more than 60 breeds in the United States, many of which derived from southwestern states. Breeds include the very popular Dutch bunny, the droopy-eared German lop, and furry Cashmeres.
3. Rabbits and children may not mix. Always keep an eye out, as bunnies have large teeth and may kick hard.
4. You must be prepared to care for your new rabbit friend, outfitting yourself with a cage, a carrier, and a litter box. You will also need food, toys, and treats. Remember to have a certain amount of money set aside for potential veterinary needs.
5. Adopt a bunny – your local shelter has many bunnies looking to come home with you.
6. Keep your bunny indoors. An outdoor rabbit hutch is dangerous for a bunny as it is exposed, which no real way for a bunny to escape. Also, rabbits should not be housed with other rabbits unless all are spayed and neutered. Bunnies can be territorial, and they reproduce… like bunnies.
7. Rabbits need plenty of room to run and exercise. You should let your bunny have some serious playtime at least once per day for several hours at a time.
8. Bunnies eat hay, nutrition pellets, and greens and root vegetables. You should have all on hand at all times.
A rabbit friend is a great companion. This list should get you started on caring for your new pet. All rabbit care questions can be directed to your local New Mexico veterinarian.