Looking for a Pet: Consider a Rabbit

They can be cute and cuddly. They can be as playful as a puppy or a kitten, but they are as curious and mischievous, and they like to chew. If your children leave their clothes on the floor, if you have tassels and cords hanging from your curtains or furniture, you will quickly learn that chewing is one of your new pet’s favorite pastimes. If the rabbit is a pet, do not leave the rabbit alone without supervision. And if your computer or one of your household appliances stops working, it is a good idea to check if the electrical cord has teeth marks.

You will most likely have a little expense in preparing a home for your new friend. You will need a crib or cage to keep it out of trouble overnight or when you are not looking. Your pet store will likely have an assortment of accommodations in an assortment of prices. Or if you’re handy with tools, build one yourself. Just don’t use wire mesh or place the slats too close to each other; be careful there is nothing with which the rabbit could injure himself. Do not keep your rabbit confined for too long. They are sociable creatures and feel alone.

Other expenses may include the normal health care that you must provide to any pet. Sterilization and sterilization, vaccinations, flea treatment. And don’t forget to watch for other health issues, especially those specific to rabbits.

Rabbits generally do not like to be held, so they are not animals sitting on the knees or a child’s playmates. They are calm, clean, and most like to be left alone. They do, however, like a large area where they can move around and explore. Make sure they have room for exercise. Provide a door to their hutch to allow free access. They are more comfortable if they have a safe place to go.

Rabbit owners are unanimous in praising their pets. Like most other pets, all have different personalities, bond well with their owners, and are easily trained using treats and the same techniques as training a dog.

We cannot stress it enough, do your homework. And if you think a rabbit is an animal you could live with, check out an animal shelter near you. They often have rabbits available.

Remember that every animal needs love and proper care. Due to their nature, rabbits need a little more care than a dog or cat. Make sure you are engaged.

by Fred McDonald

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