The dwarf rabbit or domestic rabbit: adopting and raising a rabbit at home

 The dwarf rabbit or domestic rabbit: adopting and raising a rabbit at home

The dwarf rabbit or domestic rabbit: adopting and raising a rabbit at home

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After the hen, the rabbit is undoubtedly the most popular domestic animal in the garden: it can be installed in an outdoor hutch, but it can also be a so-called dwarf rabbit which will be more popular in the living room. and children as a pet because he is calm and affectionate.

Moreover, the rabbit has become one of the most frequently encountered pets in homes.

Everything you need to know about rabbits

The rabbit is not a rodent at all, it is a herbivorous mammal of the Leporidae family, which can live for several years, even ten years if it is not the victim of myxomatosis, a fatal viral disease. who touches rabbits.

All rabbits come from the wild rabbit, by its scientific name Oryctolagus cuniculus, and many breeds exist today, developed for intensive farming in particular. The Flanders giant, as its name suggests, is the largest of the rabbits with its 8 to 10 kg for 1 m long while the dwarf rabbit will weigh between 1 and 2 kg maximum. Between the two, the average domestic rabbit will have a weight varying between 2.5 and 5 kg. The color of the coats can range from white to black, passing through gray, brown, red, and spotted. Some rabbits have a special coat such as angora hair: in brinbreedingeeding, it will be used for the textile industry, and for the dwarf rabbit, it will be a little more aesthetic!

As some colloquial expressions suggest, the rabbit is an impressive parent: the doe who has a gestation of one month can make up to 5 annual litters knowing that these will count to between 7 and 12 young rabbits maximum! This is why we never leave a male and a female in the same cage... When they are born, the young rabbits are not very beautiful: they look like little abortions with closed eyes, without hair. They snuggle up warm under the belly of the doe they suckle for about 1 month. Be careful, the mother can be aggressive during this period.

Raising a dwarf or domestic rabbit in the garden or at home

Care should be taken with the food of rabbits, which are easily fragile on this side. Apart from myxomatosis, diarrhea, colds, ear mites are common diseases of rabbits... But most of these diseases can be avoided if you provide this ball of fur with an irreproachable lifestyle!
As we said, the rabbit is herbivorous: if you have a garden, it will eat cut grass, vegetable peelings, and seeds; hay during the winter when fresh grass is more scarce. Hard bread is not a food to give to rabbits contrary to a widespread idea.

Never forget to keep the water trough filled with water because the rabbit drinks a lot. He doesn't like being cold either. Also, be vigilant about noise because the rabbit is fearful, he needs peace.

They are, moreover, also demanding on the cleaning side: the litter must be fresh, so it will have to be changed regularly. But the rabbit is clean and always poops in the same place.

In nature, rabbit predators are snakes, cats, raptors, weasels, and other small carnivores, but also cars, agricultural machinery, and hunters! If you have a domestic rabbit, don't let it loose, it risks its life...

On the other hand, you can make him a cage on wheels in wire mesh allowing you to put him on the lawn, in fine weather, so that he "mows" and feeds, and you will move this mobile hutch over the days. The more daring will create a shelter at one end so that the rabbit can protect itself from the weather in case of rain and put itself in its dry litter.

At home, your rabbit will certainly be in a cage, but nothing prevents you from letting it run free inside. Be careful when buying your rabbit: too many individuals buy a dwarf rabbit and end up with a domestic wild rabbit after a few weeks!...

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