What Points Should i Consider Now While buying Rabbit

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    If they are babies: Give them good quality junior pellets for about a month, then begin mixing adult pellets with their existing pellets until they are adjusted.
    Do not begin giving them greens until adjusted to adult pellets, too many quick changes can severely upset their digestive system.

    Every rabbit: I clean the water in their bowls daily, bottles make it much more difficult to get a good amount of water, but I use mine as a backup just incase the bowl runs out.
    24/7 hay is essential, a hay feeder and a pile on the floor is best I think.
    Do not give carrot or fruit daily, only as a treat.
    Daily greens once adapted, kale is my rabbits favourite
    Lots and lots of exercise and space to move, do NOT keep them trapped in a cage. Cage cannot have a wire bottom.

    Some of this may seem like I’ve gone overboard, but it’s surprising how many abused rabbit’s owners didn’t know these. Best wishes, please adopt from a shelter, they will have been looked after and any medical problems will be known in case this happens again Xx
     
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    Most important for rabbits are no huge chances of their diet and make sure your rabbits are at least 8 weeks when you buy them. If you give them suddenly a new diet which they aren’t used with it can often go bad and the rabbit might die. Had a rabbit that died when I changed his hay to another source. So rabbits have really sensitive digestive system.

    Rabbit should have access to hay or grass, depends on what they are used with. Also getting an older rabbit will make it easier when it comes to feeding, kits have more sensitive stomach because they haven’t gotten the right bacteria flora.

    If you could get the same pellets as the breeder give the rabbits then that’s great, and slowly change it to the brand you want to give. But rabbits dosen’t need pellets as long they get all the nutrients they need in their normal diet.
     
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    Based on the experience you had (reading your other thread), I imagine it should go without saying that you'll be looking to get your rabbit from someone else.

    I think it would also be wise, if you haven't already, to do some further research on the care of rabbits in general. Rabbits have particularly delicate digestive systems and knowing what to feed, what not to feed, and how much of what to feed are all critical facts to know.

    The age of your rabbit is also critical to know. Young rabbits have different dietary needs than adult rabbits. (They are considered adults at 6-7 months of age.) And as has been stated, look for one already 8 weeks of age at least.

    If you are planning on getting a young rabbit (I assume there are not rabbit rescues there that sell already fixed rabbits?) then I would encourage you to get just one. If you get two, they may not get along once hormones kick in.

    I don't know if the breeders there offer any sort of guarantee either. I would think a breeder would take responsibility for rabbits that die within 4 days -- provided they were cared for as instructed.

    When you get your rabbit, ask lots of questions...
    how old is this rabbit?
    what has he been eating?
    how much?
    can I have some of the pellets he has been eating? (where do you buy them?)
    has he been fed any greens?
    has he been eating hay? (where do you buy your hay?)

    As for preparing for the rabbit before you leave home, during the ride back, and once you get home, please take a read on this page for details.
     
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