Something went wrong with my cats. No, in childhood I, of course, loved them. But with age I realized that the wool on the sofas, meow in the morning and the daily change of the tray - not mine. But children need a pet - that's for sure! Caring for a pet, children grow up with a kinder attitude towards the world. Therefore, a search was announced for the best "family" friend without any negative features. And soon we saw a woman selling decorative rabbits. Understanding the responsibility of the acquisition, they did not immediately make the purchase. Let's go home and start to study the topic. In this article I will tell you what are the advantages and disadvantages of a rabbit as a pet.Decorative rabbit - the pros and cons of a pet
What kind of animal is a decorative rabbit?
A decorative rabbit is an interesting enough animal. Depending on the breed, it can be large, medium-sized or very small. At the same time, fold, dwarf breeds, individuals with snow-white, beige color, chinchilla color are most popular.
Being smart enough, rabbits easily become attached to the owner, respond well to training and become part of the family. But each of them has its own character! And it depends not only on education, but also on breed and gender. So, according to my observations, girls are more playful and friendly, easier to go on hand. Boys do not like to be picked up, although they sincerely become attached to their master.
Rabbits are touched. Although large breeds, even small ones, it is impossible to look at them without emotion. But if improper care is applied or the pet does not have enough attention, the animal begins to rebel and behaves "not cute": pound its feet on the floor, pull the cage.
Rabbits need communication and space. They must run around the house for at least two hours a day. In this case, the surface of the floor should not slip, otherwise the legs may form incorrectly in the animal.
Before you start a rabbit, you need to think carefully. Like any other animal, it has its positive and negative features, which you will not only have to put up with, but also make up for them.Decorative rabbits should run around the house for at least two hours a day.
Advantages of a decorative rabbit as a pet
Rabbits are silent animals. With good content, they do not make sounds. Sometimes individual individuals purr like cats - this suggests that they feel good.
Domestic rabbits are easily trained. If you give them enough time every day, they become completely tame and can carry out certain commands.
You can teach such a pet to the tray in just a week. Moreover, if he walks around the house freely, going to the toilet in a cage is not a problem for him. Changing the toilet for a rabbit is not necessary every day. If you buy a good filler, it lasts a long time.
The rabbit is reasonably inexpensive to feed. However, he should always have water, dry vitamin food and hay or grass.
The rabbit does not need walks on the street, and their choice is wide enough today. There are a huge number of breeds that differ not only in size, color, ear length, but also in behavior.
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Cons of keeping a domestic rabbit
Rabbits are social animals, they need your attention. However, you will not receive affection in response, especially if it is a boy. Girls are more tender. If you train them, they will go hand in hand and even watch TV with you. Males are sure that they are the owners of the house.
Rabbit boys, like cats, mark territory. Special glands are located on their muzzle, so you can see how they rub against objects with their chins. But that is not all! If the rabbit has not been in any part of the house for a long time or is entering the territory for the first time, he will definitely leave a couple (and sometimes more, depending on his mood) of peas.
If you feed the rabbit with hay (and this is not necessary), small pieces scatter through the walls of the cage, polluting the space around.
The constant growth of the rabbit's teeth provokes him to bite something all the time. At the beginning of its development, he can nibble wires, wallpaper. But if you let him know that you don’t like it and add twigs to the feed, he will grind his teeth about them and forget about the wires.
The rabbit needs a big cage, and it takes up a lot of space. But this is not enough - he must warm up every day, freely walking around the house.
Rabbits can get sick. Afraid of drafts. But if the cell is put in the right place and vaccinated on time, trouble can be avoided. Domestic rabbits live for about 12 years. So, when buying a rabbit, you need to tune in for a long co-existence with him.Domestic rabbits live for about 12 years.
Some notes from personal experience
Often there are negative reviews of domestic rabbits on the Internet. If you carefully read them, you can see that the failure in raising a pet is related to the fact that the owners were not ready to spend their time on it. Hence the rebellion and harmfulness.
A domestic rabbit is a social animal; it cannot live without communication and education. If you do not teach him the correct, in your understanding, behavior, he will behave in accordance with instincts, for example, nibble wires and spoil the wallpaper. If you let him know that you don’t like it, he will quickly understand and stop skoda.
There is a very common disease transmitted by airborne droplets, rhinitis. The rabbit sneezes, flows from his nose. Often rabbit farmers and veterinarians say that this is not treated. In any case, this was the case with us. But, in fact, it is enough to puncture the animal with the right drugs and everything goes away.
The rabbit's menu may include different herbs, vegetables, and fruits, but not beets or cabbage. A little and rarely is possible, but only a little and rarely. From them, the belly swells in the animal, diarrhea begins - the rabbit can die. In addition, you should not buy food with grain - rabbits simply do not eat it. No need to feed them from your table - they like cookies, they can eat a piece of cheese. I heard that some people even eat borsch (I have no idea how?), But this is by no means useful to them.
It is correct that the cell always has water, dry food, hay or grass, and tree branches that are not related to stone fruit. We give willow twigs to our own. In addition to sharpening his teeth about them, he also disinfects his intestines.
If your pet has a white color or the color of a chinchilla, you need to be careful in choosing vegetables with bright colors. From an excess of carrots or red pepper, the rabbit’s muzzle will turn into untidy yellow or (we had it) a blood-red color, the animal will look ugly.
To prevent his paws from yellowing, put a layer of hay on an absorbent bed. Then contact with the "toilet" will be minimized and the legs will remain a natural color.
Dear readers! A rabbit is not an animal for every family. If you don’t have at least a little time every day, you don’t need to start it - you will be in conflict all the time. He will persistently ask for attention with methods available to him that are most likely to annoy you. If you are ready to devote time to him - this is a nice creation, he will give you a lot of positive emotions!