Dwarf rabbits have gained their deserved popularity as pets, thanks to its beautiful fluffy fur, variety of colors and good character.
However, pets bring their owners not only joy but also care for their content.
Main requirements of maintenance.
Rabbits are quite unpretentious animals when it comes to temperature. Dwarf breeds will feel great at temperatures from +10 to +20 Сº, and – from -10 to +25 Сº.
The most important thing to avoid is drafts and sudden changes in temperature. Also, the increased or excessively low humidity of air is of a particular danger, if electrical appliances or heaters are constantly working in your apartment – be sure to purchase a humidifier so that your pet is comfortable.
Pet’s cage is his home, the place where he eats, sleep, grows, and plays. His home must be kept clean, so you should clean it regularly. If the tray is located outside the dwelling, you can clean it a little less.
You should also take care of the animal itself – combing the fur, brushing and cutting the claws and cutting the fur from time to time, if you are the owner of a long-haired breed.
Rabbits are easy to train, so get them to the toilet is not difficult. It is advisable that you place the toilet outside his home so that you can clean it less often, and the animal itself will not be forced to sleep near the restroom.
To accustom the baby to the tray, you should continuously place his litter in the same place – animals react very strongly to the smell, so after a specific time, your pet will already be able to find the right angle.
The best toilet for the animal will be the usual cat tray with bars. As the filler, you can use sawdust or ordinary filler for cats. Pick up a plastic grid so that the excrement falls through it into the tray itself, filled with sawdust, so your pet will not dirty your paws.
If you love your little pet, you will not make him spend all his life on four walls. Fluffy kids are very active, curious, and friendly – they need fresh air and new impressions.
Allow your pet to freely walk around the room, and let the cage be only a temporary shelter in which the little animal can always hide at the slightest danger. So it will be comfortable for you and your furry friend.
However, remember that rabbits are rodents and it doesn’t cost them to spoil your electrical wiring and expensive furniture, protect yourself and the animal in advance by limiting access to such things.
Speaking of walks, it is not only about free access to other premises of the apartment but also about walking the animal on the street. By purchasing a special collar and leash, you can have a great time with your little friend.
Rabbits are very friendly and socially active animals, so if it seems to you that your pet is sad without a company, you can share the same eared partner with him. However, keep in mind that two males can start a fight for territory, so in this case, they will have to be resettled.
Two little rabbits will get along well together, but it is preferable to contain a sex-sex couple if the male is neutered.
Cell location in an apartment or country house.
The weight of adults of dwarf rabbits, as a rule, does not exceed 2 kilograms. Therefore such a pet is ideally suited for keeping in an apartment. In contrast to the breeds, the amount of food consumed and, accordingly, waste, in dwarf species is much less.
With the maintenance of dwarf species, it is better to build a low podium for the dwelling in the apartment, so that the animal can watch what is happening, but do not feel the danger. Choose cozy, bright, and quiet places, as animals are afraid of loud and harsh sounds.
In the corridor or a crowded kitchen, the animal will be uncomfortable, so it is better to install a house somewhere in the corner of the room. Rabbits are very gentle, sensitive, and peace-loving creatures.
Try to avoid drafts when airing. Do not place animals near batteries, air conditioners or, on the contrary, on the balcony, under the scorching rays of the sun.
Breeds are larger than their dwarf cousins, and they need more space, so a country house will be an ideal place of residence for the animal.
If you plan to settle the animal on a balcony or veranda, then take care that the animal is protected from piercing wind, scorching sun, as well as the harmful effects of the external environment.
The dwelling should have a mesh door, give a flow of fresh air. Animals love the fresh air and heavily tolerate stuffiness.
It is desirable to place a house in the aviary so that the animal can rest in it periodically.
If you buy yourself a little friend, you do not know where and how to equip the cage for your rabbit, so that he was comfortable – let him go for a walk, and in the place that he chooses, and put an aviary.
Sizes for different types of rabbits.
The size of the home for your pet must be selected individually. The weight standard for breeds is up to 5 kg, for dwarf breeds up to 2 kg, respectively, and at home for them should be chosen differently in size.
Another factor is the amount of time your pet will spend in its shelter. If the animal has the possibility of free walks around the apartment, and the house it uses exclusively as an overnight stay – you can pick it up to the minimum size. The minimum cage size for dwarf rabbits is 40×70 cm.
If a cage is a full-fledged home for your furry friend, in which he spends all his time – you should choose a larger model, from 35×85 cm.
The breeds are more significant, so they need more substantial homes. The size of the cage for rabbits varies from 45×80 cm, and as a permanent habitat, it will suit models from 50×100 cm.
But do not forget that the more your house is equipped, the more fun your furry friend will have to live there because in a large model they will have the opportunity to run, jump and entertain themselves in every way. You should not be too strict on the minimum size, because in the choice, the main thing is the comfort of the pet.
The ideal cage is one that is more than four times the size of the animal so that the animal can move freely along it. Height should allow the animal to stand on its hind legs freely. When choosing the size, it should be remembered that constantly being in a limited space, the animal can get the deformation of the skeleton and internal organs.
How to choose a correct design cell?
Pet safety and ease of cleaning – the main conditions when choosing a good home for the animal. The constituent elements should not be pointed or protruding so that the animal does not hurt.
It is necessary that the trough and the feeder also be rounded. The surface of the floor should not be slippery and wet so that your pet does not injure the paws and falls ill. The most convenient option is a floor made of plastic mesh with a pallet.
It is best to choose a model whose ceiling and walls are constructed of rods, preferably galvanized. Often, rabbits gnaw everything that comes their way, so the coating must be stable, durable, and not coated with polymer paint. Ideal option with a lattice body and a plastic pallet with a depth of about 15 cm.
As litter, it is preferable to use sawdust, newsprint, shavings, or straw, in general, all that perfectly absorbs urine. It will save you from unpleasant odors and allow you to quickly and easily clean the floor.
Since rabbits gladly crawl in the litter, it must be changed as often as possible to protect the animal from unwanted diseases and insects. It is not advisable to use peat litter, as it contributes to the formation of large amounts of dust and thus irritates the airways of your pets.
Cage for transportation.
Many owners do not buy the carrier in advance, justifying it by the fact that the animal will not be sick, and no one is going to transport it somewhere. This position often leads to the fact that in critical situations, when the animal is sick, or you need to leave and leave it on the overexposure urgently – the means for transportation is not at hand.
Care should be taken in advance and ensure that your pet is carried. The size of such a bag or container does not matter, as long as the animal is free to fit there, as an option, the cat carriers are perfect. Be sure to lay something soft on the bottom, because the animal’s feet slide across the plastic and he cannot feel calm.
The main thing is pet care.
It is difficult to find a person indifferent to cute and funny dwarf rabbits. Fluffy beauties cause positive emotions, both in children and adults.
It seems that the list of necessary things is very long, but after you have acquired a pet, you are fully responsible for it. So if you’ve got yourself a little friend, you need to ensure that he is comfortable and cozy entirely.