Angora rabbit care
Angora rabbits are not only beautiful but are relatively easy to care for. Their long, fluffy coats make them one of the cutest rabbits for a pet. All Angora rabbits need is a cage, grooming, exercise, a well- balanced diet and lots of love. Of course their coat needs special attention and should be harvested for their lovely wool coats which they shed on their own approximately three to four times a year. Here are some of the care tips that need to be applied to Angora rabbits.
Angora rabbits can be kept outside or inside depending on how you want them to be maintained. Cages are a personal choice with the amount of different cages that are available. Regardless of the type of cage you choose, there are basic cares that need to be applied to your rabbit’s cage.
Usually cages come with a drop pan to catch their urine and feces. These need to be removed and washed at least every second day. Rabbits do not like the smell and neither will you. To keep your rabbit happy keep his cage clean. Make sure you provide a cage large enough to give him the room he requires to hop around as this will help prevent him from becoming bored and depressed.
Wool block is when a rabbit ingest too much of their hair while cleaning. They can develop digestive problems the same as cats do. This is why it is so important to try and remove as much of their hair as possible. Rabbits cannot bring up the hair balls like cats do and this can lead to many digestive problems. The signs can be loss of appetite and will not drink water. This can lead to serious problems if left untreated.
Angoras need extra protein due to the heavy coats they produce. Actually they need approximately eighteen percent protein in their food. When your rabbit is young you can feed him pellets and timothy hay whenever he feels like eating but after he passes six months of age, you need to cut back on this and feed him a well balanced diet. Rabbit food may be purchased at any pet store.
Timothy hay is very important to your rabbit’s diet as it helps to prevent wool block by providing them with roughage in their diet. Try and limit the treats for your rabbit to one or two times a week. Have fresh water in easy access at all times.
Grooming is very important to your Angora rabbit. You need to brush and comb out your rabbits coat at least every two days to keep it from matting. This can be achieved with a wire-bristle brush and a small-tooth comb. If your rabbit is matted in places you will need a pair of scissors to cut the mats out.
It is important to remove all their loose hair to prevent wool block. Some owners use a blower to keep the hair in good condition but this would depend on if your rabbit is intended for a show rabbit, for his hair or just your pal. Show rabbits need blowers to keep the volume of hair they have. A pair of nail clippers to trim their nails is also a good idea.
When you see rabbit hair on the sides of your cage or clumps of it being dragged behind your rabbit he is in his shedding stage. It is very important the loose hair be removed on a daily bases during this process. This is when you can step up your grooming and give your rabbit a hand in dispensing of some of his hair.
Angora rabbits are just the cuddliest, cutest pets you could ever wish for. Providing a good cage, keeping him on a well balanced diet, watching for wool block and attending to grooming is the main care that needs to be given to your rabbit. By providing this it will all help to make your Angora rabbit stay happy and healthy far into the future.