Owning a Rabbit


Owning a Rabbit

Owning a Rabbit: Rabbits are small mammals with fluffy short tail. There are more 30 species in the world. Rabbits and hares are in the same taxonomic family, Leporidae, but in different groups.

Rabbits are very sharp and quick, run in a zigzag pattern at the speed of 29 km/h. Rabbits are wonderful indoor pets. They are adorable and full of personality with distinctive long ears. A male rabbit is called a buck, a female is doe, and young rabbit is a kit or kitten.

Rabbits are very social and make special bonding with their owners. Rabbits can be a wonderful and energetic pet for children and adults alike. They come in many different breeds like Lionhead, mini lop, mini Rex, rex, lop, Dutch, English spot and hotot.

Domesticated pet rabbits and wild cottontail rabbits are technically different species even though they are distant relatives and from the same animal group. Per rabbits are called Oryctolagus cuniculus, while wild rabbits are Lepus Sylvaticus.  

Rabbits are fascinating as well as complex animal with many characteristics, so we have put together them to help you learn about your beautiful furry pet.

Size

Rabbits are in different sizes, not all are cute and tiny. Some rabbits are as big as a size of cat, and some can grow as a toddler. Small rabbits, such as Pygmy rabbits are small in size of 8 inches, and their weight is less than a pound. Large rabbits, such as Flemish Giant Rabbits grow up to 22 inches and more than 4.5 kilograms in weight makes them world’s largest breed.

Breeding

Rabbits usually breed three to four times each year. The average size of a rabbit litter is between 4 and 12 kittens but only 15 percent of baby rabbits reach to their first birthday. Pregnancy period fall in 30 days.

Male rabbits can reproduce at the age of 7 months, and females as early as 4 months. This means a female can produce almost 800 children, grandchildren and great grandchildren in one year. Rabbits have become a symbol of fertility in many cultures and religions.

Diet

Cartoons show that rabbits can easily survive on a diet of carrots alone, but actually it is important to give them proper nutritious food throughout the life. Rabbits are herbivores. This means that they eat only plant material and do not eat meat. Their natural diet includes leaves from plants/bushes, grasses, weeds, clover, fruits, roots and tree barks. You can also give carrots to your pet rabbits as a snack time to time.

Rabbits need to eat small meals frequently, like 30 feeds each day. Proper nutrition is essential for a rabbit’s wellbeing, so must be fed a high fiber diet to your pet rabbit. You must include fresh green vegetables such as cabbage, lettuce, broccoli and celery in their daily diet. Pet rabbits need a full tablespoon of commercial rabbit nuggets/pellets once or twice in a day.

Life Span 

Generally a rabbit’s life span is about 5 to 8 years depending on their environment and breed. Those who are spayed or neutered can live up to 12 years.

Behaviour

Each rabbit has its own unique personality, behaviours mean the same things of rabbits to show that they are happy, sad or scared. Rabbits are social animals who want companionship with other rabbits and humans. They are very sharp and active that need exercise and play regularly. Rabbits are very curious and determined animal,it is natural to chew on things. If they are bored, they will get into trouble. They are not travel friendly, they get very stressed out when travelling.

If your rabbit is happy, he might run to you and start jumping. They enjoy petting and start purring and lick your hand.

Ears

Rabbits can rotate their ears 270 degree and detect sound from close to 2 miles away. The big size ears keep rabbits cool down in hot environment.

Teeth

Like human fingernails, a rabbit’s teeth never stop growing. A rabbit’s diet in the wild includes a lot of sandy and hard to chew plant food that gradually make thinner and short a permanent set of teeth. The domestic rabbits who do not eat harsh food can suffer from overgrown teeth that can make it difficult for them to eat. Rabbits don’t enjoy chewing, while they need to chew to keep their teeth short.

Vision

Rabbits have nearly 360 degrees vision, which allows them to see what is coming from behind them, above them and from the sides without turning their heads.

Hares born with open eyes and hair covering their bodies, rabbits on the other hand are born blind.

Owning a Rabbit

They live in warrens

Rabbits dig compound tunnel systems called warrens, where they nest and sleep. Some warrens are as large as tennis court and almost 10 feet below the surface.

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They can’t Vomit

Rabbits are very hygienic like cats. They keep themselves clean all the day by licking their fur and paws. While a cat can vomit a hairball after a long day of self-grooming, a rabbit cannot because their digestive system is incapable of moving in reverse.

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