There have been a growing number of people who own rabbits as pets. Who wouldn’t be enticed to raise rabbits? They are fluffy, cute and adorable. Compared to other pets, these long-eared creatures are quiet to keep. They don’t make a noisy ruckus. On the other hand, other people raise rabbits for livestock. If you don’t know, rabbit meat is quite healthy. Their meat contains high levels of protein but low cholesterol and fat levels.
Breeding rabbits is relatively low maintenance and economical. Rabbits reproduce quite easily. In fact, rabbits are said to be receptive to mating about 14 of every 16 days. If you want to breed your rabbits as many as they could be, you could successfully achieve it if you know how to keep the pregnant rabbits safe, healthy and warm. Of course, the momma rabbit needs to get lots of love from you in order for her to deliver cute and little newborn babies.
Keep her in a safe and cosy hutch
Mommy rabbits need a safe and comfortable place to stay. To keep them away from potential predators outdoor, pick a rabbit hutch to house your pregnant pet. Finding the perfect rabbit cage for expectant mommies would enable them to guard their health until they deliver 4 to 12 rabbit babies.
Choose a rabbit hutch for sale that is complete with bunny amenities such as waterer and feeding bowls, litter box for them to poop, nest boxes and exercise areas. The pregnant doe would need all of these amenities in order for her to have a safe delivery of her kits.
Give the pregnant doe with lots of food and water
If you have already prepared rabbit hutches for your pregnant pets, providing them with food and water is also a must. Just like human mommies, rabbit mommies also need to eat and drink something to nourish their babies inside their tummies.
Rabbits generally take 31 to 33 days to deliver their babies. During the pregnancy period, be sure to give them extra nutrition. She’s carrying several babies in her tummy, remember? Aside from the unlimited amounts of fresh and clean water, give her more rabbit pellets. You could also add tomatoes, parsley, lettuce, celery, carrots, hay and cucumber to her regular diet. It’s alright to feed her more since her body demands more nutrients.
Two or three days before her delivery, gradually cut what she eats (around 50 percent). This is to prevent the mother rabbit of developing medical problems such as mastitis and ketosis. Though you have cut her diet down, it is okay for her to have unlimited sips of water.
Remember that before you place the waterer and food bowl back to her rabbit cage; clean the bowls first to avoid unnecessary acquisition of parasitic worms and infections. Anything dirty is a no-no for expectant mommies.
Provide her a clean nest box to lie on
If the rabbit hutch you purchased has already a nest box in it, then you’re good to go to prepare hay, straw or even strips of paper. Stacking the box with hay would serve as the delivery centre of your pet rabbit. The hay would keep the pregnant doe warm until she delivers her kits. The kits are usually borne blind, deaf and naked. Aside from keeping the mother doe warm, the hay would also help regulate the temperature of the naked kits.
Be sure that when you house your pet rabbit in a hutch, it should have a nest box made out of clean wood. Never buy a hutch that has a particle board or plywood nest box. Why? It’s because the said materials are toxic to your furry little pet. The pregnant doe might be intoxicated with the materials’ high level of formaldehyde.
Make yourself aware with rabbit pregnancy problems
Among the common problems associated with rabbit pregnancy is the development of mastitis. It simply means the infection of the mother’s mammary glands. As the mammary glands of the mother rabbit is filled up with milk, the more prone it is to catch infection. Your pet may get this problem if you let her stay in dirty rabbit hutches.
When mastitis occurs, the mother may be able to pass infected milk to her babies and they’re likely to die. Kits are very fragile, so utmost care and attention is needed. You could start this by caring for their mother rabbit first. If mastitis occurs, consult your vet to give antibiotic treatment. To prevent this problem, always keep your pet’s enclosure clean.
Another common rabbit pregnancy problem is ketosis. This condition occurs when the mother rabbit does not eat before or after kindling. Its predisposing factors include obesity or a lack of exercise. So it is very important for you to watch your pet’s weight before they get pregnant. Ketosis might lead to death due to lack of glucose inside their body.
Do you have something to add on how to keep pregnant rabbits safe, healthy and warm? If it’s your first time taking care of a pregnant rabbit, these tips would surely help!
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