Dwarf rabbits are great pets! Nice, funny, affectionate ... But it is important to know well the care they need, since they are quite sensitive animals and that they could get sick if they are not given what they need. Therefore, we have advice for you about the care of dwarf rabbits. Keep reading!
Caring for dwarf rabbits: feeding
feeding It is one of the most important care of dwarf rabbits. It is necessary that they receive all the nutrients to be able to develop correctly and stay healthy.
Dwarf rabbits they are herbivorous animals. It is best to give them a good quality feed specially developed for them. It is better to avoid foods intended for other larger rabbits, since they could have too many fats and get chubby.
Hay is very important for rabbits: consumed along with the feed, it helps them digest it and it is also a good method for them to wear their teeth.
Dwarf rabbits they should eat a couple of times a day, the best is in the morning and in the afternoon, always at the same times.
1.- Hay acts as a regulator of the digestion of rabbits and they should always have it at their disposal.
2.- Dry feed contains green plants, cereals, seeds, dehydrated vegetables and vitamins.
3.- Depending on the size of your dwarf rabbit you should give 3 to 4 tablespoons of dry feed daily.
4.- In your diet we should always include juicy vegetables, such as carrots, and green plants such as dandelion and parsley.
5.- The pieces of fruit tree branches are an excellent material to crack.
6.- Feed them always at the same time and if possible twice a day, in the morning and in the afternoon.
7.- Give them dry food in the morning and fresh in the afternoon.
8.- Never offer dirty, past or moldy food. Every morning you have to remove the remains of fresh food from the previous day.
9.- Every day you have to fill your drinking fountain with clean water.
10.- If we give them wild plants we should not collect them on the side of a road or in fertilized fields.
1.- The cage destined to accommodate two rabbits Dwarfs should measure at least 90 cm in length, 50 in width and 45 in height.
2.- Choose a model with galvanized fence. If the bars are covered with plastic, the rabbits They will soon gnaw them.
3.- The soil bucket must have a maximum depth of 16 cm, the cuvettes of more than 25 cm depth do not allow the rabbits Look on the sides of the cage.
4.- In the cage we will place two feeders, a trough and a rastel for the hay.
5.- To rabbits They will like to have a flat roofed house.
6.- To cover the floor we can use wood shavings covered with straw or with pellets of straw for pets.
7.- In a corner of the cage, place a cat tray or a special “sink” to rabbits.
8.- Put a straw-coated adobe block on the tray so that rabbits wear your nails when trying to dig.
9.- The cage should be in a well-lit and ventilated place, but not exposed to drafts, direct sun or near a heat source.
10.- In summer you can have your rabbits in an outdoor corral or on a conveniently protected terrace.
1.- To rabbits Short hair should be brushed during the change using a soft brush made of natural bristles. To the rabbits Long hair should be groomed twice a week with a special metal comb.
2.- Clean the skin folds of the genital region with a cotton ball soaked in oil for children.
3.- If the nails and the incisors grow too much it will have to be taken to the veterinarian to be cut.
4.- If the hair of the anal region sticks, we will clean it with a towel dampened with warm water.
5.- Wash the feeders daily with hot water and let them dry.
6.- The drinker must be cleaned several times a week with a brush.
7.- The substrate (of the cage and the “sink”) must be renewed twice a week. The straw should be removed a little every day.
8.- When renewing the substrate we will use to wash the bucket with hot water.
9.- If urea inlays are formed in the cuvette, we will clean them with citric acid or with vinegar (1 tablespoon in 1 liter of hot water) leaving the product to act for one hour. Then you have to rinse well with running water.
10.- Once a month you have to thoroughly wash the fence and the booth with boiling water.
If you want to know in depth everything you need to take good care of a dwarf rabbit, we recommend the publication Mi rabbit enano y yo by the Editorial Hispano Europea:
Latest Comments on this article (7)
By Nieves19 on 06/08/2013 at 19: 11h
the rabbits enenes are shorthaired
and a cage like this:
is enough for one
By keydi16 on 02/22/2013 at 11:21 p.m.
Really thanks for sharing (:
By coopersara on 05/01/2013 at 21: 45h
We planned to buy a dwarf bunny and two days ago through an ad they offered us a free one with a cage and everything, we went to meet him and we saw that it was a rabbit 1 year larger than we thought, even though we loved it and We left, we went straight to the beterinary and after seeing that everything was fine we brought it home. During that afternoon he was docile and did not put problems in caressing and catching him, we installed him great with all the things that you indicate in the article but from the next morning he shows arisco and elusive, even when I went to take it he bit me (no strong) but it scared me, in fact I took a little scary. Is this behavior normal? How to get this quiet and comfortable. If anyone can give me your opinion. Thank you
By shineki on 12/14/2012 at 00: 32h
THAT CUTE will do my best to keep my rabbit happy: D!
By legosama on 08/28/2012 at 7:50 p.m.
wow I did not know that it required care hehe I have it in the yard and there is happy, thanks your advice will be very useful
How your habitat should be
You may find it useful to know what your new partner's home should be like. You must remember that it must be at least 6 times the size of an adult dwarf rabbit. It must be a cage with galvanized bars, this to prevent the rabbit from gnawing.
If it is of the cages that at its base are like a tray, the height of the cage should not exceed sixteen centimeters. This so that your rabbit can observe different environments and be relaxed, you can also see when you approach what will be very happy. Remember to place a feeder, a trough and that like cats makes their needs in a hygienic tray, which you must place in one of the corners of the cage. The floor of the cage should be covered with sawdust.
Remember to place the cage in a bright and ventilated place, but where the sun does not hit directly.
Choose the dwarf rabbit cage
Another care of the dwarf rabbit that we must take into account is the Choice of your cage, not worth anyone! If you are going to have only one rabbit, Ideally, a cage of at least 90x60x50 cm, although it is bigger, better! More space will have to move freely. Avoid cages with plastic covered bars, because Rabbits can gnaw them very easily.
Although they can move inside the cage, it is important to take them out a couple of times a day so they can exercise outside, although always under surveillance and in a room where there is no danger.
On the other hand, A very important care of dwarf rabbits is brushing their hair. At a minimum, it should be done once a week, although if it is more often, much better. With brushing, dead hairs are removed, preventing the formation of knots and that the rabbit can swallow them. In addition, it stays healthy, soft and shiny.
They should never be cut or bathed. In case they are very dirty, they can be washed only with water, being careful to dry them then very well, especially the folds of the genitals and the belly.
The teeth of dwarf rabbits
Rabbits' teeth also require attention. They need to crack frequently to wear them out, because they never stop growing! Providing your rabbit with things to gnaw, you will avoid diseases like dental malocusion.
So that your rabbit can gnaw, the best is untreated wood, cardboard or sprigs of fruit trees. But never of cedar! It is poisonous.
Does your rabbit already have dental malocusion? Go to the vet as soon as possible! This excessive growth makes it very difficult for him to eat and could end up starving.
The dwarf rabbit at home
If you have several rabbits, you should be careful to give everyone their space. They can live in company, but they are territorial. At least, Each male should have their own space or they could become aggressive and give problems.
Apart from all this, Caring for dwarf rabbits is not complicated. They are docile animals and easy to maintain. With love, proper food and good veterinary care, your dwarf rabbit will live very happy and for a long time!