On the first part of this topic we talked about some of the most common accidents and immediate rabbit death causes such as unsuccessful acclimation, flea infestation, mishandling of kids, becoming afraid, and the behavior of other pet animals towards them.
(See: Common Accidents and Rabbit Death Causes Part 1) Apart from these causes, there are still more reasons why there is premature death cases in rabbits. To continue this topic, below are some of the verified and most common rabbit death causes you need to prevent to prolong the life of your pet rabbit.
Common Accidents and Rabbit Death Causes
1. Toxic element inside and outside your home
What are these toxic elements for rabbits? You may be unaware, but inside your home there might be more toxic elements than the things outside. These include the cleaning products you use for your things, the insecticide spray, and other pest control products. If you let your rabbit freely roam your house, you have to make sure that this kind of products are out of reach or beyond their curious grasp. If you have indoor plants that may pose harm to them, keep them away as much as possible as they may chew on these plants and mistake them for food.
Same goes outside your home, there are many wild plants out there that can pose danger to their health. These wild plants include daffodil, dahlia, poppy, ivy, lily of the valley to name a few. If you have a wide backyard with several plants in there, make sure that these plants are safe for rabbit consumption.
2. Swallowing of objects or small toys
A domesticated rabbit is one of the most curious creatures created as pet. This kind of behavior leads them to trouble especially when they use their chewing habits in their curiosity. Small objects that are not chewed off may get inside their system causing indigestion.
Rabbits, unlike cats and dogs, don’t have the ability to spit out foreign objects in their digestive tract, even cats and dogs have hard time doing it so what more for rabbits. As much as possible keep away anything small that they can possibly swallow to prevent immediate death from indigestion or intestinal blockage.
Small objects present at home may include small toys, pieces of broken glass, rubber, wire pieces, fabric pieces, and more.
Indoor rabbits are prone to this especially if the pet owner is unable to completely rabbit-proof his or her home. Live wires of appliances and electrical objects must be enclosed properly using hard plastic tubing that your rabbit may have difficult time to chew. Electrocution can kill rabbits or any house pet in an instant.
4. Escaping from cage
When your rabbit escape from its cage there are many dangerous possibilities that could happen like escaping from your home and wandering outside. The possible dangers when they are on the loose is that they can be killed by their predators such as wild dogs, bird of prey, snakes, and other aggressive animals. Unlike dogs, domesticated rabbits don’t have the ability to come back to their home when they get out from their cage and start wandering around outside. For this matter, it is important to always secure their cage as well as the area of your home where they are kept. Always close windows and doors that could possibly lead rabbits outside of your home.
Rabbit is quite sensitive as pet as they could easily get stressed, afraid, anxious, and they can also get lonely. Sometimes they can be a good solitary pet but that won’t stay for long as they will eventually need companionship if not from their own specie, perhaps companionship from another animal may do so as long as this animal is gentle and won’t give them too much stress to begin with.
If you plan to take another rabbit to pair up with your pet but you don’t have plans to breed them, spaying the male rabbit is recommended or they can both undergo organ alteration to reduce their negative temper during breeding season and both animals can get along well with each other. Doing such procedure can also make them healthier and extend their life.