Simple Things You Can Do To Care For Your Newborn Rabbits

by Felesha Scott

For reference: A baby rabbit is called a kit or kitten. Multiple baby rabbits are called kits or kittens.

When you have pets, you have to take care of them according to their needs, because all animals are not the same. The care that you provide for a newborn rabbit may not be the same when it’s in its adult stage.

The type of care that a dog needs is not the same for a rabbit. Use the following tips to help your pet rabbits live in a cozy environment that will improve their quality of life.

The Mother’s Pregnancy and Birth

brown pregnant rabbit

Rabbits’ gestation period lasts for around 31 days. The rabbit kits are also known as kits, and they are very vulnerable during the first few weeks of life.

Rabbits (doe) are perfect mothers and will do everything possible to ensure that their young are well cared for but if the mother rejects her litter, they must be bottle-fed and kept warm in a safe place. The newborns will gain strength as the days go by.

What You Need To Do Before The Kits Arrives

black rabbit on green grass

For everything to be in order both before and during the care of your newborn rabbits, several things must be taken into account, especially with the mother.

  • Keep it well fed, with abundant and quality food, where protein and fiber are present, and keep in mind that the food should have as little fat as possible. During pregnancy and after delivery, their regular diet can be supplemented with strips of alfalfa.
  • It is necessary to separate the female from the male for the reason that right after she gives birth, the female rabbit (doe) can become pregnant again before weaning the previous litter.
  • Create a nest for the young before they’re born, as they need a warm place because they are born without hair.
  • The offspring are very sensitive to light when they are born, so put the cage in an area with a little light.

The Checklist You Need To Take Care of Your Newborn Rabbit and Their Mother

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  • Check for the newborn rabbit as they are usually born at night or in the early hours of the morning. This step is vital because some offspring may not have survived birth. When the rabbits are born, you must remove the placenta to maintain proper hygiene.
  • Keep the young warm. If the mother gave birth to any offspring outside, do not be afraid to assist with the birth because the mother already knows your smell. To keep the rabbits warm, you can put a bag with warm water under the towel and bed.
  • Contact a veterinarian if the mother does not breastfeed, if the young are weak, do not respond, have their bellies sunk, or have wrinkled skin. This means that they are dehydrated and that they are not well fed.
woman playing with white and gray baby rabbit
  • Keep their habitat clean as the offspring will defecate and urinate there until they can move around on their own.
  • At about three weeks, the offspring will begin to bite the granulated food, so their diet may need to be supplemented with alfalfa pellets for kittens, romaine lettuce and carrots. Momma rabbit may stop breastfeeding her babies between the time they are five to seven weeks old.
  • Avoid feeding them vegetables for several months because they can lead to digestive problems.

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