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"Discover Everything You Need To Know About Your Pet Rabbit!"
by Andrea Austin
Key Points Summary
Just like most animals, rabbits like the occasional variety in their diet - celery one day, carrots the next, for example. But for the most part, rabbits like to have schedule for feeding, and they like to stick to it. Sudden changes in diet or in feeding time can have negative consequences, so develop a schedule early on, and then stick to it.
Follow the guidelines in this chapter so that you know how much to feed and when. I have given you many suggestions on the types of food you can provide, from pellets to hay to veggies to treat fruits, but just as you would devise your own personal menu for your children, you should feel free to devise your own menu for your rabbit.
But in general, I personally feel that natural is best. After all, rabbits have survived in nature for years eating a steady diet of grains, grasses and veggies. So consider making hay and veggies a major part of your pets diet, and reward him with nutritious bits of fruit now and then instead of store-bought treats.
At the same time, science has developed pellets that contain just as many nutrients, in an easy-to-administer form. Given in moderation, and supplemented with other natural sources of nutrition, a pellet-based diet can also be successful.
Whatever route you choose, get a feel for what your rabbit prefers and what he dislikes. You want to keep him healthy, but you also want him to enjoy his food, too.
LITTER BOX TRAINING
Many of us already know how trying it can be to litter box-train dogs. So it may come as a pleasant surprise that rabbits are actually quite easy to litter box-train! You can start training your young bunny, or you can train an older rabbit. Rabbits of all ages are receptive to training and will respond to your patient efforts to show him what to do and where to do it.
Before you start, you should be well prepared and have all the necessary materials on hand.
First things first, though. It will be much, much easier to train an animal who has been neutered than an animal who is sexually mature. Like dogs, bunnies may stake out their territory by urinating in particular corners or spots of the cage or your house. So if your animal is of the proper age (about half a year for females and about 4 months for males), make sure he or she gets spayed or neutered before you start training him or her.
Now that you have got that out of the way, here are the materials you should have at the ready:
-Fresh litter that is safe for bunnies/rabbits (preferably organic)
-A few (3 or 4) bunny litter boxes to put in the cage as well as other parts of the exercise area (wherever the bunny is allowed to roam). Make sure the sides of the box are low enough so that the bunny can get into it.
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