Rabbits need your attention every day. You need to make sure that they always have fresh water, that their cage is clean, and that they are healthy. You also need to give them the right types of food.
Most pet shops sell a variety of different dried food mixes for rabbits. These contain grains, pellets, and dried vegetables, such as peas. Experiment by buying small amounts of different type until you know which kind your rabbit likes best. Small rabbits eat about a teaspoon of dried food each day. Large rabbits eat twice as much.
Hay is an essential part of your rabbit’s daily diet. Nibbling hay keeps his teeth and jaws strong, and provides a lot of fibre to keep his stomach healthy. Put the hay in a hay rack to stop him soiling it or walking on it. Make sure you give your rabbit hay that is dry, clean, and free from dust, mould, or parasites. Buy rabbit hay from a pet shop or a good farm
Your rabbit can also eat a small amount of raw, fresh fruit or vegetables every day. Most rabbits like crunchy foods such as carrots, celery, and pears. Wash them first and cut them into pieces. TO give you an idea of the right amounts to give, a small rabbit might eat a carrot and a small piece of pear each day. A large rabbit could have two celery sticks and half an apple.
If people eat snack foods too often, they get overweight and suffer from tooth decay. It is the same for rabbits. Too many treats can also give rabbits serious stomach problems. Pet shops sell a wide range of treat foods for rabbits, but not all of them are good for your pet. Ask your vet before you buy treat foods from a pet store. Or stick to healthy treats such as broccoli, a few raisins, a strawberry, or a raspberry. Many rabbits like to chew on mineral blocks from pet shops or fresh bark from apple tree branches. These are good for rabbit’s teeth, but avoid wood from cherry, plum, cedar, or redwood trees.
Rabbits must always have a constant supply of clean, fresh water. Most people attach a plastic bottle to the side of the hutch. This type of bottle drips water when the rabbit puts its mouth to it. Don’t forget to attach a water bottle to an outside run too-your rabbit needs water when she is exercising. Check water bottles at least once a day, especially in summer when rabbits may drink a lot of water because it is hot. In winter, water in bottles on outdoor hutches can freeze and that means your rabbit has nothing to drink. Solve this problem by wrapping some padding or thick cloth around check it every day.
An important part of looking after your rabbits is keeping their hutch clean. Rabbits are tidy animals but they need some help from you. Remove rabbit droppings from the cage or hutch using a plastic scoop and flush then down the toilet. Remove wet bedding and any dirty flooring, and replace with clean stuff. Change the litter in the rabbit’s litter tray every day. Throw away any stale, uneaten food from the food dish and wash them and dry the bowl. Once a week, you need to clean out the cage or hutch completely. First, put the rabbit somewhere safe, such as in a run. Scrub the hutch with warm soppy water or water mixed with a mild pet disinfectant. Make sure you clean the corners. Rinse the cage with clean water. Wait until it is completely dry before you put in clean bedding and flooring material.