Hiya. I've been doing some research about rabbits and am thinking of adopting one from a shelter (that's two hours away from where I live). A neutered/spayed single or a bonded fixed pair.
Is a C and C cage good? a two level one or would the Martin's rat playpen be better?
Do rabbits drink from a water bottle or bowl? Which do they prefer?
What's a good den for them? A cardboard box - is that good and is there any modifications I should do to a simple box?
Can rabbits live alone and be happy or is a pair the best thing for them? I'm getting a lot of conflicting information on this.
How active are they when they have free range of the house? Like new puppy wild or curious as a calm cat?
Can rabbits really have heart-attacks if faced with a predator or is that a myth?
How hard is clipping their nails without injuring them? Does it get easier each time or is it hard to not get clip the quick by accident? Is there an alternative to clipping nails? Like with rats you just use a brick under their water and food so they naturally file down
What kind of twigs do you use as chew toys? I read apple twigs are good, and other fruit branches. But do they go bad? Can I stalk up on hay without it going bad?
Will the smell of the rabbit's cage effect my rats? And vice versa.
Diet: Depending on weight, feed a certain amount of high fiber pellets daily. Have timothy hay out at all times, mostly in the litter box. Is that right?
Outdoors: Can I get a dog playpen and use it as a rabbit playtime? I'm afraid of the rabbit getting to wires if I let him freerange the house. Of course the rabbit would be indoors, in it's cage when unsupervised.
Or can rabbits not go outside at all? I live in the desert so there's no vegetation to eat. Just sand. And more sand.