A summer retreat for rabbits and Guinea pigs | animals

free run in the countryside is for many small animals a treat. Rabbits and Guinea pigs need there is always a shadow place in the a - proof and escape-proof enc

A summer retreat for rabbits and Guinea pigs | animals

free run in the countryside is for many small animals a treat. Rabbits and Guinea pigs need there is always a shadow place in the a - proof and escape-proof enclosure.

Berlin (dpa/tmn) - Fresh air, new experiences, natural and feed all the rabbits and Guinea pigs get when they are allowed to breathe in the summer garden air. Especially if the animals live in the rest of the apartment, is free-wheeling in the countryside a welcome change. "To even browse the most Natural thing you can offer them," says Alexandra Stoffers, rabbit expert at the shelter, Henstedt-Ulzburg, in Schleswig-Holstein.

should be noted, However retaining inside holder and a couple of things, before their animals are released in the summer fresh. Rabbits are generally considered to be little sensitive to the cold. Animals that are otherwise held in the apartment, feel at home with a temperature of ten degrees in the Free well.

Guinea pigs are a little more sensitive. "You should just be on the grass if you feel yourself over a longer period of time outside barefoot, well," advises Claudia Michel, Chairman of the Association, Guinea pigs help in the Swabian town of Ostfildern.

before you move on to dandelions and Grass

accustom So fond of rabbits and Guinea pigs to graze - especially if you actually live in the apartment, you should run slowly on Grass, dandelions or herbs approach. "The composition of fresh Green is different than the usual supermarket fodder", is Anja Ewringmann to bear in mind. The veterinarian performs in Berlin, a practice that specializes in small animals.

"If the animals are not accustomed to the digestive disorders. Before setting them the first Time out, you should get therefore green fodder in small quantities into the house."

Especially in the case of rabbit farmers should also think about vaccination: long-ears can. with the virus RHD and myxomatosis disease contagious - especially when wild rabbits are staying in the area "They should definitely be vaccinated," says Ulrich Ewringmann - this also applies to animals that live only in the apartment.

No contact to Thuja, yew, Oleander and Co

caution is also required in the case of garden plants: the Better it is, if the animals get out there in the first place, the opportunity to nibble on Thuja, yew, ivy, cherry Laurel, or Oleander. It is best to put you in a cage and when you can't supervise around the clock.

Important it is to stand there first of all: Neither rabbits nor Guinea pigs are sun worshippers, you need, on the contrary, in any case, shadow. "In the blazing sun can quickly lead to a heat stroke," says the Guinea pig expert, Claudia Michel. "The animals need for hours of partial stay outside in the shade, retreat opportunities and plenty of water." As a shade, only small wooden houses, in which heat may even build up range. The best of the natural shade of a tree.

Instead of the small animal enclosure, a puppy grid positioning

The enclosure itself should be as large as possible, says rabbit expert Alexandra Stoffers. The conventional enclosure from the pet store thinks she's too small. An Alternative puppy grid, which are up to a Meter high, and put a spacious outlet can be.

of Course you can build an enclosure also made of wooden frames and, where possible, tightly-woven wire. It does not have to be in any case - and escape-proof so that the occupants little episode simple and at the same time, no predators such as cats, dogs, raccoon, or birds of prey can get. "It is important to have a stable cover that can withstand, for example, if a cat jumps on it," says Claudia Michel. "Only a network of lattice elements is not a stable version, if the animals are left unattended on the Lawn."

Updated Date: 29 May 2020, 00:34

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