Welcome to The Rabbit shelter, here you can read facts about rabbits, types of rabbits, rabbit accessories and much more.
Rabbits are wonderful pets. Unlike dogs and cats, they don't make a lot of noise or mess or need too much maintenance. They can be kept indoors and outdoors. Some run free in large areas, and others are kept in hutches. Rabbits are not expensive pets, either. Simple hutches with hutch covers are readily available, as are cheap rabbit hutches. Some people even like to go colourful and modern, by buying rabbit accessories, like collars, tunnel systems and rabbit litter trays.
What do rabbits eat?
To have a happy and healthy pet rabbit, you need to give it as much things as possible that it would get it a natural rabbit habitat; for example, space to run around, dark places to hide and feel safe, and lots of fresh green grass to eat. One thing that is not always easy to give a pet rabbit is other rabbits. They are very sociable animals that live in large groups, and they also breed very easily. However, this is often inconvenient for pet owners.
For people who are thinking about getting a rabbit as a pet, a little research is a very good idea. They need to learn a few facts about rabbits and the different types of rabbits that are available. One of the most important facts is their dietary needs. What do rabbits eat? Not carrots! Looney Tunes Bugs Bunny has a lot to answer for, because feeding them carrots will hurt their tummies. In the wild, they do not dig carrots up, so why would it be natural for them to eat carrots? They eat grass, leaves and hay. As pets this is not always available, so giving them rabbit food is good enough. Being rodents, their big front top teeth never stop growing. In nature, the teeth are kept from growing too long by the animals eating and eating all day long. If kept as pets they still need something to constantly chew on. Don't be surprised if they try to eat plastic, wooden or metal parts of their little rabbit houses. This is natural for them. If they can't chew on something, their teeth will get too long and that can give them mouth ulcers, bad tummies, make them sad, and eventually kill them.
So, if you're still thinking about getting a pet rabbit for your kids, check which breeds are best adapted to your country's climate and the kind of space and environment you can give it. Some people pop down to their local rabbit shelter and save one that needs a home, while others are happy to spend money on an especially cute breed. There are pet shops all over the world as well as mini lop breeders and breeders of most other popular variations. Just be sure that your home is set up to give it a loving home for a long time.
One of the most successful mammals, with regards to its integration after introduction to new locations, is the common or European rabbit. Originally, several thousand years ago, the natural rabbit habitat for this the most common species was North-Western Africa and Iberia (Spain and Portugal) but over time humans have moved the fast-breeding and adaptable little mammals to almost every continent in the world.
When getting a rabbit as a pet, there are three or four different categories for which to describe the living quarters, or rabbit houses, for these loveable little mammals. To begin, none of them have done anything wrong, so to be confined to a small living area just for the convenience of the owner seems a little cruel. However, many rabbits are cruelly tested on in laboratories or farmed for their meat or fur, as well as those in the wild which succumb to disease and predation, so it could be argued that any pet rabbit is in a much better situation.