Our pet rabbits are super adorable and it’s really difficult to say no to them. But it’s just as important for owners to be discipline in their caregiving to ensure they live a happy and healthy lifestyle. Here’s some common mistakes owners made when they love them a ‘little’ too much.
THEY LOVE IT! SO I MUST GIVE IT!
Owners often over-indulged in treats because their rabbits go nuts over them. Most are sweet and flavored but they are actually not very unhealthy for them. They are hard to digest and often the cause of GI stasis. If you really must, consider fresh fruits which are more natural. An inch of apple or a couple blueberries every other day should be more than enough to pamper them.
THEY HATE TO BE CONFINED SO I LET THEM ROAM ALL DAY!
While it’s a great idea for a rabbit to be allow free roam, most rabbits are not so discipline when they are given too much freedom. For example, their litterbox habit may go haywire, they may forget to drink their water, and they may reduce their hay consumption. It is important to ensure your rabbit is discipline with their habits before you allow them that much freedom.
THEY DON’T LIKE TO BE CARRIED SO I DON’T TRY!
It is true that rabbits do not like to be held due to their prey nature. But as the owner, you have to be able to handle them to groom their fur, cut their nails, and medicate them when they are ill. Even with the shyest rabbit, it’s important to build trust with them. Routine massage and gradually lifting them close to your body can eventually get them used to you. Positive reinforcement through treats does help!
I LOVE THEM TOO MUCH TO PUT THEM THROUGH MEDICAL PROCEDURES!
A well-informed owner should know the benefit of veterinary care and not make decisions based on pure emotions. This include bringing him for regular health checks, getting him sterilized and seeking medical treatment when he is unwell. Not obtaining professional help when needed can result in his suffering and shortens his lifespan. Don’t be an ignorant owner. Be an educated one.
We are definitely guilty of spoiling our rabbits at the wonderland. However, we do try to stay discipline to ensure they do not suffer unnecessarily. Especially since they can live for 10 years, being diligent will ensure they remain happy and healthy. We hope these tips can help you and your rabbit in the long run. Good luck!
(Photo courtesy of Belinda, adopter of our rescued rabbits, Mik and Mack)