Rabbit maintenance in a cage, although practical, it is far from the best way to arrange them in a house. These active, inquisitive, cheerful animals need the greatest possible open space.
Indeed, then our pets are worse than dogs or cats, the maintenance of which in the house has long become commonplace and allowed to move freely?
How to organize the maintenance of rabbits in the home of a person in the best way, while securing the house and protecting the pet itself, we will look in detail in this article.
Maintenance of decorative rabbits: aviary.
This way of keeping rabbits is one of the best since it provides for sufficient space and at the same time is mobile, since the aviary can always be moved to another place, change its shape, make it composite, repeat the bends of the room’s walls.
This design consists of rigid lattice panels that are securely connected and form a wall without a roof. Constructing such an aviary, provide for the height of the panels of at least 1 m, as the rabbits have a fantastic jumping ability.
Moreover, if you place the rest booth near the wall, which is limited only by the grating, the rabbit can climb the box and quickly jump over the fence.
If other animals live in the house, the maintenance of rabbits should be planned to take into account their activity, and it is better to cover the aviary from above to avoid potentially dangerous situations. Besides, a small rabbit, and even more so a young rabbit just arrived in a new house, can penetrate an incredibly narrow gap, which also needs to be taken into account when keeping.
The floor in the aviary is most often covered with linoleum, laminate, plywood or a special mat, and all the necessary equipment is placed along the walls.
There are many ways to equip multi-room and multi-level apartments when keeping a rabbit within the scope of the open-air cage – from installing wooden, cardboard or trellised cubes of various sizes to complex structures interconnected by passages and bridges.
The convenience of a multi-level design, as in the case of a multi-story cage, is the ability to divide the space for rest and feeding, as well as install the tray separately. It will improve the quality of life of the rabbit, and greatly simplify its maintenance, making cleaning more comfortable and more efficient.
The great advantage of keeping a rabbit in a multi-story aviary is the ability to save the occupied space by equipping the second and even third floor.
The occupied area can be changed – it is easy to reduce or increase it by removing or adding one or more components.
It is essential to select suitable materials for rabbits – the use of fine mesh, as well as chipboard with a high content of phenol and other chemicals, is unacceptable.
Eco-friendly, beautiful, but also an expensive option – arrangement of the open-air cage from a natural tree. In this case, the front panel is constructed of transparent plastic, plexiglass, or rigid welded grille.
If there is very little space, this is not a reason to give up and despair. Even in a limited area of a small apartment, if you wish, you can organize the maintenance of your favorite rabbit, equip a small aviary along one of the walls, place a rest corner, a feeding trough, a toilet, and even a little tunnel for research in it. An example of such an attentive and competent approach is in the photo below.
When keeping a rabbit, it is essential to maintain cleanliness, while the smaller the allotted area, the more often the cleaning should be done, otherwise, the pet will be forced to live in the mud, and the owners’ mood will be spoiled continuously due to unpleasant smell and garbage flying in different directions.
A booth and a tray are indispensable elements for the successful maintenance of a decorative rabbit in a house, and they may not be expensive items bought in a store. An ordinary cardboard box can act as an excellent booth, and as a toilet – any plastic flat container with fairly high sides.
Maintenance the decorative rabbit: room and the whole house.
Providing a whole room for keeping a rabbit is a great idea and it’s good if the lover has such an opportunity. If there is no vacant room, a large pantry, veranda or attic will be installed for keeping a pet.
Rabbit room must be adequately prepared before the settlement of the pet. A sturdy, secure door, no gaps or holes, hanging wires, or other potentially dangerous items, such as unglued wallpaper, sticking nails, or battered furniture upholstery. It is important to remember that the rabbit tries to taste everything.
For safe keeping, you need to know exactly what your pet is doing, not entering the room, so as not to frighten and hit it. To do this, the door provides an overview window.
In the corner of the rabbit’s maintenance room, a household department is equipped, in which there is a place for sleeping, a feeding trough, and a drinking trough, and a toilet tray is installed in another corner.
With this method of maintenance, the owner can give vent to fantasy and place volumetric constructions in the room – tunnels for climbing, slides, various useful and interesting toys, of which wooden and wicker are especially important for grinding teeth.
Content of decorative rabbits: safety.
Before giving the rabbit freedom of movement around the room or around the house, you need to make sure that the rooms are safe for the furry pet, and at the same time that it does not destroy the home comfort.
Let us consider in order how to protect the home space in which the rabbit lives and to make its contents in the house as comfortable as possible for him and the person.
Wires are particularly dangerous for rabbits who love to chew on them. It is worth leaving the battery charger for a phone or any other wire unattended for a minute, just like a rabbit, with visible pleasure, will crush it into small pieces.
Such a predilection can be explained by the similarity of wires with the roots of trees, which are well known to an animal digging holes in the wild. Electric wire under-voltage represents a tremendous threat to the life of the pet.
When keeping a rabbit indoors, the wires can be obliterated by lifting them to an inaccessible height and securing them to the walls with staples.
You can limit access to the wires using a special plastic tunnel that is attached to the wall or baseboard, and the wire is passed through its hollow core. Practical plastic is easily and quickly mounted and can be painted in any color.
If the maintenance of the rabbit is supposed to be in a room with a carpet on the floor, get ready for the fact that this beautiful element will be a constant victim of rabbit teeth and paws.
Burrowing is the natural desire of a rabbit in arranging a safe habitat. Most often, the coverage in the corners of the room, where he begins to dig the ideal, in his opinion, entrances, and exits to the dwelling, suffers.
In such a situation, the owner has to deal with two roots of the problem of keeping active pets: the need for a rabbit to dig holes and the protection of the carpet.
The first problem can be solved by giving the rabbit a cardboard box filled with improvised material — scraps of paper, straw or chips, plastic balls or balls. In this box, you can put funny small toys or a few treats. It will distract, will give the opportunity to dig in plenty and will satisfy the instinct of construction of the dwelling.
Experienced lovers arrange a container for digging from a large plastic container with a lid into which they place clean sand or purchased ground for indoor plants.
A hole is made in one wall of the container, a booth or another box joins it, and the rabbit can dig for pleasure in such a hole without contaminating the entire room.
If the rabbit is still aggressively trying to dig a hole in one of the corners of the room, access to the corner is temporarily closed with something heavy, for example, a board or a bypass tunnel. You can protect the carpet, partially covering it with linoleum, an inexpensive coating or mat.
The best, albeit radical, method is to remove the carpet. It will save expensive interior items and save nerves.
At the same time, technically equipping the contents of the rabbit, do not forget about his upbringing – an intelligent pet is quite able to understand and remember what is possible and what is not.
Sofas and armchairs.
Sofas and armchairs are attractive objects for rabbits when they are kept in a room with furniture. On the one hand, they love comfort and love to relax, play, and even eat on a cozy sofa.
On the other hand, at one point, your pets may decide to try upholstery on a tooth and, suddenly carried away, will begin to scatter the filler, until they have emptied the half-wax.
And that’s not all – the cozy space under the sofa is beautiful to the rabbit, who likes to relax in a quiet, quiet nook that resembles a hole. And naturally, he may have a desire to extend his new refuge inside the sofa.
If the pet began to taste the upholstery on the sofa itself, there are two options for saving the furniture – either remove the sofa or restrict access to it.
If the rabbit is trying to dig a hole under the sofa, the situation is not so critical. The first thing that can be done for its easy maintenance is to lay a tunnel on this site for safe movement and rest. The second option is to block the entrance behind the sofa.
Table or chair legs.
Gnawing wooden furniture legs is a real hobby of rabbits. To protect the legs, they are wrapped with sisal fiber (agave fiber, which is used for washcloths and orthopedic mattresses), cardboard or woven covers. After the top layer is gnawed, it is replaced with a new one.
Some rabbits with amazing perseverance and an enviable constancy are engaged in the walls. They like to peel wallpaper piece by piece until the wall is pristine.
There are several ways to protect walls:
- remove the wallpaper and cover the wall with water-based paint
- cover the lower part of the wall with plexiglass sheets or plastic panels
- install metal mesh along the walls
The maintenance of decorative rabbits: indoor plants.
In the maintenance of rabbits, indoor flowers play a special role. Herbivores will not be able to hold back for a long time, walking past the lush greenery and will surely taste the leaf-two. Unfortunately, many home plants are very poisonous.
Lovers of indoor plants when keeping pets and birds, you need to have plants outside the range of pets. At first glance, a completely safe Croton or bright, beautiful amaryllis, is extremely dangerous, and the level of toxic substances in them is high enough to cause serious poisoning.
The following common, beautiful types of indoor plants are especially poisonous:
- euphorbia (milkweed, croton, akalifa, jatropha)
- Aralia (ivy, fatsy, shefflery)
- aroid (anthuriums, aggloneomes, dieffenbachia)
- Solanaceae (Datura, Solandra, Solyanum)
- amaryllis (amaryllis, hippeastrum, clivia)
- kutrovye (oleander)
Not so poisonous, but still harmful – pelargonium, gardenia, cyclamen, dracaena, yucca, tradescantia.
Decorative rabbits like the delicious green plants themselves, and the pots in which they are planted, and the process of digging a bush.
And, of course, a curious pet will not miss the happy opportunity to turn the pot over and enjoy digging through the loose, fragrant, real earth.
Plastic flower pots of different sizes are wonderful cheap and safe toys that you should definitely use when keeping decorative rabbits.
They eagerly climb into pots, toss them, and if you turn over several of these flowerpots and put something tasty, alluring in smell, your decorative rabbit will enthusiastically search for a treat, playing and actively moving at the same time.
The conditions for keeping decorative rabbits need to be taken seriously, but once you consider important little things, and the stay of a charming pet in the house will turn into a long series of happy moments.