If you are considering a rabbit as a pet you may want to look at the mini lop rabbits. They are known to be highly intelligent animals that, when young, are very easy to train. Mini lop rabbits are very sociable animals who respond to attention and affection. They can be trained to adapt to an indoor environment with positive reinforcement and praise.
Early on mini lop rabbits respond to training. They learn quickly to interact with humans and other pets in the household. They become very attached to their primary care givers but also to not object from attention from others in the house or even guests. Since they are social creatures it is best to have your mini lop ear rabbit live inside and litter train them. Mini lop eared rabbits should not be given run of the house because of chewing issues, but they can be let out frequently in supervised situations. Given proper care they fare well living indoors in their own cage.
Unless you are planning to breed you mini lop rabbit you should have your rabbit spayed or neutered by the veterinarian. Fixing you rabbit is better for the rabbits overall health and eliminates a myriad of behavior problems Mini lop rabbits mark territorially like male cats ; neutering them takes care of this issue. Spaying and neutering also cuts down on aggression and chewing in both male and female mini lop rabbits.
Mini lop rabbits have docile personalities most of the time. Early socialization allows them to get along with dogs, cats, and children. Still each rabbit has its own individual personality and it can be influenced by a wide variety of social interaction early in life. It is not uncommon for mini lops rabbits to become fast friends with the family dog. No pet rabbit should ever be left unsupervised with another pet or a child, because all animal behavior can be somewhat unpredictable.
To keep your mini lop rabbit happy you will need some of the following supplies a large cage, water bottle, and some sort of chew resistant food bowl. You will need a litter box and litter as well. Most owners also recommend you obtain a cat carrier for trips to the veterinarian and grooming tools like a brush and nail clippers. Mini lops ears rabbits need toys to chew on and play with that do not become choking or potential intestinal blockage problems.
Housing you mini lop eared rabbit is fairly easy, they will fare very well in a cage that is chew proof. You should provide a large cage with a litter box at the far end to promote cleanliness. Mini lops eared rabbits also need to have a safe space to run outside. They need sunshine and outdoor exercise when the weather is moderate. Rabbits do not sweat so they should not be outside on extremely hot days of they may overheat or dehydrate.
You can use a variety of wood chip bedding to line your rabbits cage. You should avoid scented rabbit bedding as it can cause respiratory problems for your rabbit. You should change over all bedding once a week and use an organic rabbit hutch deodorizer. The litter box you provide the rabbit can have the same type of wood chip bedding, it should be cleaned daily and you should avoid deodorizing products as they can form harmful fumes when mixed with the ammonia from the rabbit’s urine.
Your mini lop rabbit should have a diet based on grass or hay. They should receive moderate amounts of a high quality rabbit pets. You can feed your rabbit veggies as soon as they reach at least four months of age, but avoid lettuce as it can lead to digestive issues and loose feces. The goal of mini lops rabbit diets are to mimic the natural alteration of greens and grass that occur in the rabbit’s diet in the wild.
Mini lops eared rabbits live up to ten years of age so they can provide you years or affection and companionship.