If you start off with healthy rabbits, then you likely won't have any problems with them in the long run, as long as you keep them in good condition.
Observe your rabbits. If they get sick, you will be quick to see abnormal behavior. The best you can do for your rabbits are prevent problems, by making sure your cages are clean, and that they have fresh water avalaible to them at all times. Never feed your rabbits as much as they can eat. They will get diarrhea and die, but you can give them a little now and then. Greens include lettuce, carrots, cabage, ect. They should have timothy hay available to them all the time as well.
A rabbit that is raised on a dirty solid floor is likely to get ear canker. Ear canker is caused by tiny mites that burrow inside the rabbits ear. A rabbit that has ear canker will shake its head and scratch at its ears often, and the inside of the rabbits ears will look dark and crusty. The mites can easily be treated with common household oils. Mites breath through pores in their skin...when they come in cotact with the oil, it blocks their breathing pores and they soon die.
1~ Use an eyedropper to put several drops of mineral oil, olive oil, or cooking oil into your rabbit's ears. Gently massage around the base of the rabbit's ears to help spread the oil around.
2~ Use cotton swabs to remove the crusty material from the rabbit's ears.
3~ Repeat this treatmaent for 3 days, wait 10 days, and repeat the treatment for 3 days. Wait another 10 days, and repeat the treatment for 3 days again.
If you see ear mites in one of your rabbits, check your other rabbits. Mites are more likley to appear on rabbits that live in dirty cages. So to prevent this problem, keep your cages clean.
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On the rabbit's front paws and hind feet, sometimes the fur wears away and the unprotected skin develops sores. A sore hock can cause much discomfort. Sore hocks almost always come from a solid hutch floor with wet (from urine) bedding. Suspect sore hocks if your rabbit shows signs of being uncomfortable when it moves. If you suspect sore hocks, remove the animal from its cage and examine its hock area. Are there places where the hair has worn off? Are these place bleeding and infected? If so, sore hocks can be treated by rubbing prepration H on them twice a day. While the rabbit is recovering, make sure it has a clean solid floor to stay on. Sore hocks take a while to heal, and if untreated can become infected. The sooner you start treatment the better your chances of sucsess will be.
So, it really all comes down to keeping your hutches clean. From expirience, I would say that an all wire floor would be better for your rabbit than a solid one. Its easier to clean, but if you do have a solid floor for your rabbit, thats ok as long as you keep it clean!
We have raised many rabbits and cats, and in the five years that I have been raising rabbits, I think that a rabbit would be a better indoor pet than a cat. Most people, when they start off with one of these pets, normally get them when they are little, right?
A kitten is very playful, and can get into a lot of things. Knocking down plant pots, climbing on your counters when you aren't looking, triping you when maybe you have been shopping, and come in with an armload of items. If you have a tablecloth on a table, a kitten loves to pull on it and put holes in it. They also love to climb up screens if you have a screened in porch, and that, of course, will put holes in your screen as well! If you have little children who will want to play with the kitten, kittens can get very feisty, and bite and scratch. And that's not all! If your kitten is litterbox trained, a lot of times a kitten will go poo in the litterbox without covering it! And that can get very smelly- very fast! So that means you will probably need to clean up the litterbox every, Single, Time your kitten goes poo. Oh, and by the way, adult cats can do that too! So its not something they will grow out of!
A bunny is very different. Although they like to play, they are a lot more calmer than a cat! Bunnies cannot climb on your counters, and they never run out to your feet and trip you. Of course, you want a friendly rabbit!? But a friendly rabbit is not like a friendly cat, where they will run to you every time they see you. And if your rabbit does run out to you, they usually are more timid and shy. So they won't get in front of you, and enjoy walking on your feet, or being scooted around across the floor like most cats do. And a bunny does not have the nature to stalk and grab like kittens do, so they won't be bothering your table cloth, or climbing up your screens, either! Rabbits usually don't bite, and they normally don't scratch. If they do, its definetly not on purpose. Rabbits can be easily litterbox trained, and their manure does not smell at all. They are very sweet, and love to be petted. And with a little time and handeling, they can be held like a baby!