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10 Reasons Why Bunnies Make Excellent Pets

posted by The Daily Fluff February 8, 2017 0 comments

When you’re considering a new addition to the family, too often the question seems to be “should we get a cat or dog?” They may be the most popular pets but here at the Daily Fluff we want to broaden your mind; because a bunny rabbit may just be the perfect pet for your home and lifestyle.

We contacted some of our bunny friends Amsterdam and Autumn and found there was a lot we didn’t know about rabbits!

Here are the top 10 reasons why rabbits make excellent pets!

  1. They can be house trained, easily
  2. They are intelligent
  3. They can live inside just like an indoor cat or dog
  4. They are clean
  5. They have distinct personalities
  6. They help you stay healthy
  7. They like keeping a routine
  8. They are quiet pets
  9. They help you feel calm
  10. They have long life spans, usually around 10-15 years

And there’s more!

If you’re in an apartment or are looking for a pet that is house trained and quiet, rabbits are the perfect animal for you! You may need to empty the litter daily but they won’t bother the neighbours or wake up little kids with barking or meowing.

Rabbits are great at keeping themselves clean with self-grooming, not dissimilar to cats, so there is no need for baths which is lucky since rabbits generally don’t like water! Their personalities are easy to read – and they are sure to let you know if they are happy and or unhappy.

Our friends Amsterdam and Autumn are great at showing their mum and dad what they are feeling:

We love to run and jump around when we are excited but will turn our backs on you when we are grumpy!

Rabbits are smart and curious creatures and they can even learn their name and come when they are called. Rabbits love human interaction and can work their own schedule around your day-to-day routine! They often have their playtime when their owner is home which makes your mornings and nights so much more exciting! Just like any other pet they will be pleased to see you when you get home from work and since your fridge needs to be stocked with fresh herbs and veggies, they will also encourage you to eat healthily! What more could you want?

Here at the Daily Fluff, we’re pretty convinced that rabbits make excellent pets! But if you’re still unsure we suggest doing some of your own research and follow some pet bunnies on Instagram (like Amsterdam and Autumn) to learn the ins and outs from rabbit owners.

Do you own a rabbit? What are some of your favourite things about them? Comment and share with us below!

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Top Tips For Looking After Rabbits

posted by The Daily Fluff August 19, 2016 0 comments

Rabbits make adorable pets. They are ideal indoor pets and are great for families, couples and everyone in-between. However just like all pets, they have specific dietary, housing, exercise and health care requirements to ensure they are as happy and healthy as they possibility can be.

Read on below for some great tips for looking after rabbits:

Diet:

A healthy rabbit’s diet consists of roughly 80% fresh hay and 20% fresh leafy green vegetables. The best hay for rabbits to eat include: pasture, paddock, wheaten or oaten. The best leafy greens include: cos and rocket lettuce, celery, carrot tops, spinach, basil parsley and mint.

You should avoid feeding your rabbit the following leafy foods as they can be harmful and make your rabbit ill:

  • iceberg lettuce
  • cabbage
  • rhubarb
  • potato peelings
  • raw beans
  • corn
  • grains
  • nuts
  • seeds

Always research any food or check with your veterinarian before introducing any new foods to your rabbit’s diet.

Housing/Bedding:

Rabbits require an escape-proof enclosure with sturdy (not wire!) flooring and an enclosed space or shelter to hide in. They like to arrange their own beds, so it is important you provide the right materials for them to arrange. Hay, straw and hardwood shavings are best.

Materials that are not suitable for rabbit bedding include pine and cedar shavings, ­as these woods contain chemicals that can harm your rabbit or reduce their lifespan.

Exercise/Enrichment:

While rabbits are social creatures and enjoy human interaction, it is important to be careful when handling your rabbit. A few things to remember include:

  • Don’t pick them up too much, as rabbits have delicate spines
  • Be mindful of children handling rabbits
  • Always let your rabbit make the first move, coming to the human first!

Rabbits love to play coy. Wooden logs and hiding tunnels for them to play in are a great source of enrichment. They also enjoy food toys. You can play with your rabbit by rolling it food toys as a source of both exercise and social interaction.

Vet Care:

Rabbits are notoriously secretive about their health. It is extremely important to always keep an eye on your rabbit’s health as visible signs of disease may mean it is too late. One of the major diseases rabbits are susceptible to is called Calcivirus. Calcivirus is transmitted through the bodily secretions of infected rabbits. It can also be transmitted through fleas and mosquitos. It’s important to be wary of your rabbit’s outdoor and intersocial interactions. Calcivirus can be fatal, so watch out for the following warning signs:

  • Fever
  • Lethargy
  • Shivering
  • Not eating
  • Respiratory difficulties

Last but not least:

Rabbits prefer to live with other rabbits! They are naturally social creatures and rabbit loneliness can be an issue. A pair of two rabbits is ideal for owners who can care for two. Rabbits should also be checked on twice a day, and like all other pets need lots of time and attention.

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