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Choosing Your Rabbit

Introduction: Rabbits make excellent first time pets for children. Unlike other small animals, like hamsters and guinea pigs, they have far less tendency to bite and because they are larger can be more easily handled by even by a small child, under adult supervision.

Dwarf Rabbit

Big Bunny – Little Bunny
Generally speaking rabbits come in four sizes, small, medium, giant and dwarf, although there are several variations within each size. There are long haired rabbits and lop eared rabbits, each breed having different personalities and degrees of care. The larger breeds have a life span of 6-8 years and are relatively laid back in their demeanour, whereas the smaller breeds have a life span of up to 12 years but can be highly strung and resistant to rough handling. When thinking of getting your rabbit, decide whether you want a baby or an established adult. Babies are sold when they are around 8 weeks old and will need regular physical contact with a human to form a trusting relationship, and are ideal if you want your child and rabbit to form a strong bond. However, just like humans, rabbits can go through a teenage phase between the ages of 1 and 2 and may be resistant to handling or training. From the age of 3, a rabbit is far more laid back and will tolerate moderately robust handling. So if you think an adult rabbit may be the answer to your prayers check out the many rabbit rescue centres, there is bound to be one in your area.

Home away from Home
The size of your rabbit will determine the size of your rabbit hutch and there are many designs on the market. Even if you are considering house training your rabbit to a litter tray so it can have the free run of your house, you will still need to set aside an area or have a hutch or cage for your rabbit to sleep in or go to when it needs to feel safe. When house training your rabbit do not use cat litter as this may harm your rabbit.

When you bring your rabbit home, be patient. Allow your rabbit to explore his or her new surroundings gradually it its own time. To ease the transition into its new home, it is wise to continue feeding your rabbit with the same food it has been used to, at least for the first couple of weeks, and then gradually introduce different, suitable foods.

You will obviously have chosen a rabbit that looks healthy; however it is always an excellent idea to register your bunny with a vet and have an initial check-up to make sure there is nothing you may have missed. You may also want to talk about having your rabbit neutered and your vet will advise you on whether this is the right option for your rabbit.

Conclusion: Rabbits are sociable animals, and just like a cat or dog, will need physical human interaction to become well-adjusted. They are intelligent and as such may become bored if left to their own devices for long periods of time. So toys, and cuddles are a must.

One Response to “Choosing Your Rabbit”

  1. Val says:

    We just got a bunny for our daughter and she has absolutely loved it. It’s been a fun experience for the whole family to learn more about rabbits too. Plus they are easy pets to keep. Once you get a rabbit hutch you are pretty much set so there’s not a lot of work to it except for cleaning up their poop! :)

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