Rabbits for sale
Rabbits for sale,rabbits are a very popular pet for children and adults alike. They are relatively inexpensive to keep, easy to house and feed, and can live for over 10 years if well taken care of. Rabbits also tend to be hardy little animals and don’t easily contract diseases.
It is a common misconception that rabbits are rodents – which they are not! Rabbits actually belong to their own order called Lagomorpha.
Rabbits are timid and non-aggressive, sociable with each other, although the males will fight each other after maturity. They require cooler temperatures than most other laboratory mammals; between 61-72 degrees F is considered optimal.
They eat continuously throughout the day and food is provided ad lib, usually pellet form feed. They consume up to 120 ml/kg a day of water; excreting up to 50-75 ml/kg daily. They can play with both food and water supplies/equipment so need to be monitored to be sure basic needs are being met.
Rabbits are generally quite docile to work with but handlers will need special training; they usually thrust vigorously with their hind legs when taken from the cage or restrained and if not properly held, will break their back.
Care and feeding of Rabbits for sale
In their natural environment they eat large quantities of leaves and grasses, and occasionally browse on flowers, fruits, and vegetables.
The important foods in the basic rabbit diet are grass hay, green foods, and cecotropes. Rabbits have an wonderful digestive system with a very unique ability. Their digestive tract develops a special dropping called ‘cecotropes’. The cecotropes contain organisms rich in additional nutrients which the rabbit eats directly from the anus. In this way rabbits get the most nutrition out of the foods they eat. Cecotorpes are an essential part of the diet and you will generally not notice these special dropping in the cage.
Green foods are just as important in their diet as hay, containing a wider variety of micro nutrients as well as water.
Greens can be fed to any age of rabbit starting with weaning. Feed one packed cup of greens for each 2 pounds of weight per day, more is fine. If you rabbit has not had green foods, they may get soft stools while their digestive tract is adjusting but this is not a health problem, just a bit messy until they are use to it. Start them with hay, and add the greens gradually.
Some green foods include broccoli, brussels sprouts, bok choy, kale, cabbage, celery; romaine lettuce, water cress, and dark leafy greens like swiss chard, mustard greens, dandelion greens, parsley, and the tops of carrots or beets.
You can offer some supplements such as flowers, fruits, and vegetables too. These are also great as part of a reward or training system.
These foods should be feed sparingly, at about 2 tablespoons for each 2 pounds of weight per day. Some fruits and vegetables you can offer include apples, pears, peaches, bell peppers, carrots, squash, bean sprouts; some berries such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries; and some flowers include roses, pansies, and snap dragons.
Social Behaviors of Rabbits
Rabbits for sale.Rabbits are very sociable creatures and love to hang out with a friend or group of friends. Most rabbits will get along fine together, but there are some exceptions. Males that have not been neutered will almost certainly fight (especially if there are females around). But if they are neutered there is generally no problem. Females almost always get along.
Before putting two new rabbits together, let them get acquainted with each other first so you’ll be sure they will get along. A good way to do this is to put their cages next to each other so they can see and smell each other, but not touch each other. This way you can be sure they won’t get into a fight.
Rabbits are great companions for children, and it’s okay to have only one rabbit as long as it is given a lot of attention. They should be kept away from other household pets unless they are well acquainted with each other. They can become good friends with cats and dogs on occasion, as long as they are supervised and you are sure they will get along.
Rabbits just want to have fun
Rabbits are intelligent animals that need plenty of exercise and room to run around to keep them mentally and physically stimulated. You should make their environment as interesting as possible and provide opportunities for running, jumping, and digging on a daily basis.
Ideally, your rabbit will have the chance to exercise in a safe, protected grassy area every day – though you will need to supervise to make sure they don’t escape and are safe from possible predators. Otherwise, you can housetrain your rabbits and let them exercise in your home.
Make sure to spend dedicated time with your rabbits every day, to groom them and play.