They might be harder to read, but like any animal, your rabbit needs to thrive for its wellbeing. Here's how to help make your rabbit a happy rabbit!
A rabbit’s behaviour is arguably much more complicated to decipher than that of a cat or dog, but they still provide indicators about how they’re feeling. This means it is possible to analyse a rabbit’s behaviour to detect potential problems.
Let’s discover some simple ways to keep your bunny happy.
A good diet is the key to a happy rabbit
As with any animal, the key to a rabbit’s happiness predominantly lies with a good diet. Giving your bunny a diet adapted to their needs will keep them in good health. The recommended diet includes: vegetables, seeds, bread, and hay. Vegetables are vital, especially carrots and cabbage.
It’s also important to remember that a rabbit needs to gnaw away on its food in order to look after its teeth.
Naturally, water is also a vital resource for rabbits. They need to stay hydrated throughout the whole day. They can drink out of a bowl or through a feeding bottle, as long as it’s filled regularly; it’s really up to you to choose what suits them best.
Warning: certain foods such as potato can be harmful for your rabbit. Be sure to talk to your vet about what you can and can't give your rabbit.
Your rabbit needs space to breathe
Space is an extremely important concept for a rabbit. Generally speaking, rabbits live in a cage. However, it must be noted that the size of a rabbit's living space can have a big impact on their happiness. Rabbits need space to use up their energy and to roam freely.
Many rabbits who live only in cages show signs of stress and sudden aggressiveness. A number of owners let their rabbits wander around their house freely. If this is a possibility in your home, it may be the best way to keep your bunny happy.
It goes without saying that they need to avoid hazards around the house, and so cables, wires, etc. will need to be tied up and kept out of reach of prying bunny eyes and teeth. Apart from the inconvenience to you dealing with chewed and non-working cables, it can pose a dangerous risk to your pet.
If you don't have the option of letting your rabbit roam freely about the house, set them up with an area of their own where they can live peacefully. Taking them out for daily supervised roams can also keep bunnies stimulated and exercised.
Show your rabbit some love
Cat, dog, or rabbit, all our pets need love and affection. Even though rabbits are renowned for their independent nature, they still appreciate time spent with their owners.
Affection shown by way of cuddles, stroking, and playing will be very well received, even if you don't see a tail wagging or hear a purr. The earlier you start the better. These moments can help strengthen the bond you share, create a warming atmosphere in the household, and even help your rabbit's coat become softer!
For more information about keeping your rabbit happy, we recommend reading our article on rabbit sterilisation.
So, what do you do to make your rabbit a happy rabbit?