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Super 1 Foods | Posted Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 05:42AM

RabbitsAre you thinking about getting your family a bunny for Easter? They’re cute, fluffy and a springtime icon. Many people do not realize that bunnies are high-maintenance pets. They’re intelligent and energetic, requiring a lot of social interaction. Pet rabbits should be kept indoors away from harm. Their cages should have a solid bottom to prevent injury to their feet. The length of the cage should be at least 3 feet long, allowing plenty of room to stretch out. Have a rabbit condo for your rabbit to go into for quiet time. Make sure to clean their cage once to twice a week. This will give your rabbit the ability to get out and stretch their legs.

Rabbits can actually be trained to use a litter box just like a cat. The best litter to use for your rabbit is either hay or pellet litter. Avoid pine or cedar shavings in your rabbit’s cage. These shavings can cause your rabbit to get sick.

A misconception of a rabbit’s diet is that they eat carrots. Your rabbit’s diet should consist of Timothy grass hay and dark, leafy greens. Your rabbit should always have access to hay and should be fed 2 cups of dark, leafy greens for every 6 pounds of body weight. Some good leafy vegetables are dark lettuce, collard greens and turnip greens. Your rabbit will also need access to water, either in a bowl or bottle. Fresh water should be given to your rabbit daily.  

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