Although rabbits usually live outside, they make great pets, and more and more people keep them indoors.
The idea of keeping rabbits at home, like dogs and cats, is not new, but it has become increasingly popular lately. The first to do this was the Americans in the 1980s. In addition, in some countries of the world, such as Sweden, it is too cold for rabbits to be kept in the open air. Rabbits enjoy living indoors, provided that their cage is spacious enough and they receive the necessary load. A cage is indispensable: your pet will need a quiet and peaceful place to relax. Rabbits are easily accustomed to the house and become devoted and faithful companions.
They are very curious, love to play, climb and explore. They like to nap by the fireplace, sleep on the couch opposite the TV and at the feet of the hosts at night.
Keeping rabbits at home is difficult, but interesting. Both you and your rabbit will benefit a lot from this. If you have only one rabbit, provide him with the maximum attention and communication that he needs.
Choose a domestic rabbit
Any rabbit, regardless of breed, can become a pet. All of them are very well and quickly adapt. If you have a large family, it is better to have a large rabbit: it is easier to spot and harder to step on.
In addition, large rabbits are calmer and harder to raise, which means that the likelihood that young children will drop them is less.
Adult rabbits adapt no worse, and perhaps better than young ones. At least it’s much easier to accustom them to the toilet.
Rabbits and other pets
Introducing your rabbit to other pets should be gradual and in compliance with all precautions. The sharp claws of a cat can easily injure a baby rabbit, so it is better to postpone acquaintance with a cat. Acquaintance with a dog depends, first of all, on its temperament.
Most rabbits get along well with other animals and become real friends with them.
A bit of peace and quiet
Your rabbit’s cage should be in a quiet place, away from the TV and stereo system. It must not be placed near a battery, in direct sunlight, or in a draft. It is best to put it in the room where you spend most of the time so that your rabbit always has company.
Your rabbit’s cage should be his home, not his prison. Do not forget to let out a rabbit when he wants to play.
Preparing cages for rabbits
Of course, you can just move the street cage home, but as a rule, such cells are too large and bulky. Special home cages are lighter, but should be large enough to accommodate a toilet, a bowl for food, toys and leave some more space for games. The cage should have a large door so that it is easy for the rabbit to enter and exit it.
It is best to take a cage with an easy-to-clean plastic tray.
As a rule, domestic rabbits get used to their hands faster than living on the street, because they communicate with people constantly. In addition, you don’t have to run out into the cold to feed the rabbits and clean their cage.
If we talk about the health of the rabbit, then life in the room should not cause him any problems, provided that his diet will have enough vitamin D and calcium, and the diet itself will be based on hay with the addition of dry store food for rabbits. If you have a garden, no one bothers you from time to time to let the rabbit out for a walk.
Domestic rabbits are usually tame and affectionate.