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"Discover Everything You Need To Know About Your Pet Rabbit!"
by Andrea Austin
Key Points Summary
In this section I have given you the basics of rabbit behavior and handling. As you have read, rabbits may be cute and cuddly, but they are not necessarily as willing to be picked up and handled as other animals. Some rabbits, especially those who are used to being handled, may not be so threatened by close human contact, but others will become frightened.
Moreover, rabbits bones are very fragile, and their entire bodies are easily hurt if you are not careful. Its important never to pet them too hard, or to roughhouse with them the way you might with a dog.
Rabbits temperaments are also generally a bit more fragile than those of some other common household pets. You should perhaps not get a rabbit if what you want is a pet who will thrive on entertaining you, performing tricks, attending to your needs and constantly trying to obtain your affection. While rabbits are loving creatures, they can sometime be nervous, and they can also prefer a generally more calm and gentle atmosphere. Keep this in mind while considering your decision to bring home a pet rabbit.
None of these warnings are meant to scare you. However, I just want you to know the basics so that you always approach your rabbit with respect and an understanding of how he may respond to you.
FEEDING YOUR RABBIT
One of the most important aspects of properly caring for a rabbit is providing him with a healthy, satisfying, and well-balanced diet. Fortunately, doing so is relatively easy, since there is general consensus about what is good for rabbits and a wide range of great food pellet options. Rabbits can also eat many of the fruits and veggies that you probably have on your dinner table every night (see below for recommendations and portions).
Rabbit pellets, widely available in pet stores and on the internet or through mail-order, can be a backbone of your pets diet. They provide many nutrients in a dense fashion, and they make your job as a feeder so easy. However, you do not need pellets to keep your rabbit healthy. Hay, veggies and the occasional treat of fruits can be an equally or even more effective diet. After all, rabbits in the wild subsist on hay, grass, and veggies ...why should domestic rabbits be any different? On the other hand, pellets are easy and widely available. The choice is really up to you.
If you do choose to feed your rabbit pellets, alfalfa pellets are recommended, as are the excellent rabbit pellets offered by Oxbow (Bunny Basics), Purina or Manna Pro. Feed your rabbit a small amount twice daily (morning and night).
Purchase in small bags if possible (not jumbo size) to ensure that they are as fresh as possible by the time your bunny actually gets to eat them. Rabbits are widely known as picky eaters who respond badly to sudden changes in diet, and they may balk if you try to feed them pellets that are spoiled or that have gone rancid or stale.
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