Why do rabbits gnaw a cage? Such a question often appears in novice rabbit breeders, but experienced owners of these animals know that this may be due to a number of reasons.
Throughout their lives, the rabbits continue to grow the teeth that they need to grind.
Is it dangerous?
In fact, nothing wrong with that. But to ignore this fact is not worth it. The animal will not do something just because he has nothing to do. Most likely, it is trying to somehow show the owner that something is wrong with him.
In addition, there is another reason to think about the behavior of eared pets. Today, rabbits are not only valuable fur and 3-4 kilograms of dietary, easily digestible meat, but also the best friends of children, practically family members. In many houses you can find decorative rabbits, which differ from their relatives only in size. They have the same habits, rabbit. And if the animal, which the owner grows in an aviary, gnaws a cage, then it damages only the cage. The maximum that can end the case is an unauthorized escape from the house. But a small, fluffy creature that lives in an apartment and looks at the world around it with beady eyes can deliver many unpleasant moments to its owner, especially at night. It is about the habit of the rabbit to gnaw a cage. When the heart-rending gnashing of rabbit’s teeth on the metal bars of the cage is heard at night, there’s definitely no time for a sweet dream. The owner has a reasonable question – what is missing the animal. Why does he gnaw a cage?
What is the reason?
Hunger is one of the reasons why a rabbit starts to chew on a cage.
By nature, rabbits are rodents. In total, the animal has 28 teeth: 16 above and 12 below. It has more than 1,700 taste buds and is capable of making 120 chewing movements per minute.
It is not surprising that he needs to nibble something all the time. In addition, front teeth (incisors) grow in rabbits all his life.
That is why they have to grind all the time on hard objects, otherwise the incisors would grow so that the eared pet could die.
If the rabbit has a habit of gnawing a cage, then he simply tries to cut off the incisors. This behavior is most often manifested in those situations where there is not enough solid feed in the diet. Instinctively the animal tries to fill the gap and is taken to the cage.
When the animal is hungry, he tries to fill his stomach with something. This is another reason why a rabbit nibbles a cage. Often, a special desire for something to bite in animals comes when there is a shortage of nutrients in the body.
It can be both vitamins and mineral salts. If there is a small amount of salt in his diet, then the rabbit will begin to nibble the cage, especially those parts of it that are saturated with urine, in order to at least somehow compensate for the lack of salt. That is, if the rabbit gnaws a cage, then this may indicate the mineral starvation of the body.
In order for the rabbit to stop chewing the cage, it can be smeared with onion juice.
In this case, you should throw in the diet a few branches with leaves and look at the reaction of rabbits. Perhaps such changes in nutrition will be to their liking, and they will stop sharpening their home.
It is possible that this behavior is caused by puberty of the animal. Rabbits are not just voracious animals, capable of sharpening their teeth about something solid around the clock, they also grow very quickly, acquire the ability to reproduce quickly. And for this you need to fully eat. In the wild, the animal instinctively chooses what it needs for proper growth and reproduction.
It can be leaves, roots, seeds, shoots of bushes, grass. At home, you have to be content with what the owner offers. And if he is not a very experienced rabbit breeder and doesn’t know how to feed the animal properly, then the rabbit has to take care of itself, that is, to nibble what it turns up under its paw.
If young animals behave in this way, then most likely they will soon be ready to enter adult life. In this case, you need to revise their diet, increase or diversify it.
As green fodder you can use grass, tops of root crops, cabbage leaves, Jerusalem artichoke stalks, corn, sunflower. Rough feed includes hay, straw, branches of trees and shrubs. Mineral feeds include chalk, salt, bone meal. Juicy feeds for rabbits are root crops, silage, various waste of garden and melon crops (apples, watermelon rinds).
The granulated and concentrated feeds include fodder grain and its waste, mixed feed, fish and meat and bone meal. Receiving good nutrition in the right quantities, the rabbit will stop nibbling the cage. And in order for him to grind down the incisors, it is necessary to offer dry twigs, apple bark, grapes to the animal. Rabbits love cones very much. All feed needs to be alternated, then the animal will receive all necessary and will stop nibbling its own cage.
If the decorative rabbit delivers trouble, then another way to make the rabbit do not make noise at night is walking before bedtime. It is necessary to give him plenty to run around the apartment, then he will make a lot less noise. You can try to cover the cage at night with a cloth, as well as review the pet’s diet.
If all this does not help, experienced breeders are advised to lubricate the cage with something tasteless, such as onion juice.
Rabbits do not like him, so stop nibbling the cage.