About Bunnies as Pets
A colleague was asking for my advise about the type of pet she should own. Recently broken up with her boyfriend, she said that a pet would make a perfect companion for her. It would also help reduce the loneliness in her apartment. I don’t know what made me think about bunnies since I have never owned one before. But she was delighted and is now the proud owner of a Lionhead bunny. I didn’t know a lot about bunnies back then but after doing some research I found that they make excellent pets. Here is some of the information I found about keeping a bunny pet.
Bunny breeds can be classified as a pure breed or cross breed. Pure breeds as their name suggests are offspring from a buck and doe of the same breed. Cross breeds on the other hand are offspring from two different breeds. Although pure breeds are commonly kept as pets, cross breeds are increasingly becoming popular. The reason for this is that breeders can be able to create a kit that has desired qualities such as size, coat and eye color. In addition, the cross can be less susceptible to certain diseases. However, majority of these cross breeds aren’t recognized by authority bodies such as the ARBA in America. In general bunnies are friendly, loving and active. There are however some breeds which prefer being left alone and tend to bite and scratch if they feel intimidated by your affection.
Bunnies come in different sizes and weights. The weight range is between less than 4 pounds for small bunnies to over 12 pounds for giant bunnies. The size of the bunny plays a huge role when deciding which one to own as a pet. small size bunnies although easy to maintain will work best in a home without children and other pets as they can experience rough handling. Larger bunnies make great family pets but will require more space requirements and have high maintenance needs.
The body of the bunny is covered with fur or wool. In instances of cross breeds, the bunny’s body can be covered by both.
Maintenance and care
Bunny front teeth are continuously growing. The food you provide should not only provide nutrients but also provide a means of filing down the growing enamel. If possible, you can provide a piece of wood that the bunny can gnaw on regularly to keep the teeth in check.
Your bunny’s grooming needs largely relies on the type of coat she has. Wool coats require regular grooming to prevent tangling.
You should always provide a diet rich in fodder such as hay and low in protein and fat since bunnies are naturally herbivores. In addition, always provide clean drinking water for your bunny to prevent incidences of diarrhea.
Like other pets, your bunny will need regular visits to the vet. In addition, vaccinations against common diseases that affect bunnies will be necessary.
The bunny is a highly active pet. You should provide enough space for exercise.