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Tips On Taking Care Of A House Rabbit and Rabbit Supplies

Updated on September 29, 2014
Our house rabbit: Amerisa
Our house rabbit: Amerisa | Source

Adopting and Caring For Pet Rabbits, and Bunny Supplies and Toys

House rabbits are pet rabbits that lives inside a person's house, rather than outside in a hutch. Many house rabbits are allowed to come and go from their hutches at will (usually under supervision). Romping around the den, leaping into the air, and turning this way and that are all such fun for a bunny, not to mention for their human companion to observe! Rabbits are very easy to litter-box train. Many even get along well with the family cat or dog! And, they don't bark!!!

My family has had the pleasure of caring for two house rabbits. In this article, I'll tell you about our pet house rabbits and provide you with some tips on the care of house rabbits. You'll also find some Rabbit Supplies and Toys below.

Above you can see a picture of Amerisa. She's our current house rabbit.


The Story Of Benji - Our first house bunny!

My daughter and our first house rabbit: Benji.
My daughter and our first house rabbit: Benji. | Source

Before we had kids, my husband and I adopted a house rabbit during a visit to our state fair. It was my birthday, and the bunnies were sooo cute! Although the rabbit would live at our house, I taught kindergarten and knew my kids would love an occasional visit from a rabbit! It's actually much better to plan for your house rabbit, learn about their needs, and gather the necessary supplies before going to pick out your new rabbit, but it all worked out okay for our rabbit anyway.

Our rabbit's name? Well, that's a funny story. The people from whom we adopted our rabbit assured us that he was a boy, so we named him Benji. Quite some time later, while I was talking to the vet on the phone about some unusual behaviors in our bunny, I found out that Benji was really a girl! The vet said those "unusual behaviors" were "nesting" behaviors! We decided to keep calling our bunny Benji though, as she'd grown accustomed to that name by then. By the way, unlike with dogs, cats, and horses, it's not easy to tell the sex of a rabbit!

Benji, a Netherland Dwarf Lop, lived in the house with us. In fact, her hutch was right there in the great room - in the very heart of our house, which was appropriate because she was in the very heart of us too.

Benji was soooo super sweet! She was a real snuggler! And watching her hop around the living room brought us much joy. She'd leapt up into the air and then change directions before landing again. She'd hop (it was more like zooming, at times!) this way and that across the floor. When she'd get tired of hopping around, she's come over for a face to face snuggle or to munch on a carrot or some kale we had waiting for her.

We were good friends with our bunny-loving next door neighbors, so whenever my husband and I went camping or to Grandma's house for the weekend, our neighbors delightedly agreed to take care of Benji until we returned. Sometimes though, we opted to take Benji with us. Benji's larger cage was fairly big - much too big to put in the car - so we bought a smaller cage to serve as our bunny's home when we were on the go.

Our daughter and Benji.  Benji is in his traveling cage, because we are at Grandma's house for the weekend.
Our daughter and Benji. Benji is in his traveling cage, because we are at Grandma's house for the weekend. | Source

This is our daughter, Jessica, and our rabbit, Benji, with Benji's smaller "traveling cage" that we used when we took her places for the weekend.

The Story of Amerisa - Our Current House Bunny

Soft and sweet!

Amerisa is our current bunny. This time, we visited several different breeders before selecting one from whom we wanted to purchase a pet bunny. Like Benji did, Amerisa lives in an indoor hutch in our living room. Unlike with Benji, she has quite a few other animal "siblings." In addition to Amerisa, we now have two dogs and a cat. We also have two kids.

Amerisa is a very calm bunny. She seems to be a bit more shy than Benji was. But she's super sweet! In addition to hopping all around the living room, she loves to crawl under chairs, playing hide and seek with us. She's a lot of fun to watch as she explores the living room, comes nose to nose with our Cocker Spaniel, and nibbles on carrots and other veggies.

My son and Amerisa.
My son and Amerisa. | Source

This is our son, Alex, petting Amerisa.

Amerisa with our dog, Bowzer.
Amerisa with our dog, Bowzer. | Source

Amerisa and Bowzer

Selecting A Pet

Should you adopt a rabbit as a pet?

To adopt a rabbit or not?

A few things to consider when selecting a pet

I'll leave it to other websites and books to give you information about dogs,cats, gerbils, and other pets, and focus my discussion here on rabbits. In deciding if you'd like to adopt a rabbit into your family, here are a few questions you might like to ask yourself.

1. Is anyone in your home highly allergic to grass? If so, they may also be allergic to Timothy hay, which is a very important parts of a rabbit's diet. My son and I both react to Amerisa's Timothy hay, but manage fine as long as someone else gives her the hay and cleans her cage.

2. Do you like to go places on the weekends? House rabbits, if left with plenty of water and food, can usually be left alone for an occasional weekend, now and then. Of course, you'd want to leave them in their cage - not loose and running around while you're gone. If you'll be gone for a longer period of time, or gone most weekends, you'll either need to take your rabbit with you, as we often did with Benji, or find a friend to come in and care of your bunny. Please keep in mind that house rabbits depend upon people for more than just food and water. They also depend upon their "people" for companionship.

3. Do you have other pets that might hurt your bunny? Many calm dogs and cats get along beautifully with rabbits..but not all do. One of our dogs is so calm and good with other animals. He gets along well with all of our other pets, including our rabbit. But we've not yet been brave enough to allow our puppy, Ben, to be in the same room with Amerisa when Amerisa was out of her cage.

4. Are you willing to bunny-proof your home? If not, I suggest you not get a bunny, as bunnies will be bunnies...and bunnies like to chew! There are many things you can do to keep bunny from chewing on all your things. But you do have to be willing to take the necessary steps to bunny proof your house!

5. Do you like quiet pets? Bunnies are very quiet. They don't bark. They don't neigh. They don't run around on wheels like a gerbil. With the exception of very soft noises that a bunny makes when it's hurt, the only noises you're liking to hear from your bunny are those made by the water bottle as the bunny drinks, the sounds of your bunny eating, and an occasional thumb of his paw on the floor if he senses danger.

Amerisa

Amerisa
Amerisa | Source

Housing Your Bunny

What type of cage should you choose?

Do you even need a cage?

Housing Your Bunny

Will you need a cage for your house bunny?

For our family, it works well to have a cage for our bunny, but to open the cage door often so she can come out and play. That way, we can keep her safe (and our house safe too) during times when we're unable to supervise her. As mentioned above, bunnies do chew...and can chew electric wires or other unsafe things, potentially causing themselves great danger. We've encased our electric wires in a casing that runs along our baseboards for this reason.

Amerisa in her two level cage. A set of stairs she can climb connects the two levels.
Amerisa in her two level cage. A set of stairs she can climb connects the two levels. | Source

This is Amerisa in her cage. It's a two story cage, with a ramp connecting the two stories. Amerisa can easily go up and down the ramp whenever she'd like.The bottom section has a large door which opens up and can be hooked onto the upper section of the cage to keep it open. This allows our bunny to come and go from her cage as she pleases, whenever we have the door open. The entire top lid of the cage also can be opened, to allow us easy access to Amerisa when she's in the top of her cage, or whenever we want to clean the cage.

In the photo above, Amerisa is eating rabbit food from a plastic container attached to the side of her cage. Her litter box is behind her, There is a chew toy hanging from the top section of her cage. (It's near her head.) On both the top and the bottom levels of her cage, we've placed timothy hay for her to nibble on. Her water bottle is on the bottom level. The entire cage sits in a plastic tray, to help catch anything that might fall out of her cage. (Timothy hay is what falls out the most!)

Although many people have wire on the bottom of the cage, this can be very hard on the bunny's feet. Having to stand on wire all the time can cause a condition called hock sores. For this reason, our vet advised us to use a cage with a wooden board on the bottom, rather than a wire grate. Because our bunny uses her litter box, there really isn't much mess to clean up in the rest of the cage! If you decide to use a wire bottomed cage instead, consider placing a large wooden board (of untreated wood) on at least one section of the floor for your bunny to stand on if her feet begin hurting. (Your bunny may chew a board you place loose in her cage, so please use wood that's safe for her to chew!)

Chow Time!

What do bunnies eat?

Feeding Your Pet Rabbit

Rabbits need fresh water and three types of food every day.

  1. Hay
  2. Pellets
  3. Fresh Veggies

Amerisa enjoying a carrot!
Amerisa enjoying a carrot! | Source

Fresh Veggies - Enough, But Not Too Many

Although your bunny needs some fresh veggies, don't overdo it! Remember how Peter felt after he gorged in Mr. McGregor's garden in "Peter Rabbit?"

Our vet recommends two handfuls of fresh veggies every day for a rabbit of Amerisa's size. These can be carrots, dark leafy greens (but never iceberg lettuce), dandelion greens and flowers, parsley, etc. Although rabbits love fruit, fruit should only be offered once or twice a week, in very limited quantities.

Fresh veggies offer your rabbit some nutrients that they don't get in a diet of just hay and pellets. In fact, if your rabbit begins getting teary eyed, or sneezing, ask yourself if you've been giving him or her enough fresh veggies every day. (You may be, as there are other things that can lead to these problems too. But it's one thing you should definitely check, if your rabbit develops these symptoms.)

You can read more about what foods are safe for rabbits via the following website: Safe Foods For Rabbits. This website includes not only fruits and veggies that are safe for bunnies, but also safe trees, shrubs, and flowers, as well as those that are not safe!

Here's another excellent website on Foods That Are Safe For Bunnies. In addition to listing safe foods, it includes a guide as to how much fresh vegetables to feed your rabbit, based on the rabbit's size.

Timothy Hay - very important for the digestive system

Rabbits should have unlimited access to timothy hay or alfalfa hay all day. It helps keep their digestive systems working properly! Our vet told us that alfalfa hay is good for young bunnies, but that once they are adults, they should be given timothy hay instead.

This is the brand of Timothy Hay that we buy for Amerisa. It's worked great for us! Amerisa loves it!

Rabbit Pellets

Bunnies need dry rabbit food every day too. Our vet advised us to buy pellets, in addition to Timothy Hay, for our rabbit. He said to avoid those food mixes that have corn, seeds, and fruits mixed in. He said that although very small amounts of those could be given ever so often as a special treat, they shouldn't be given daily. Unlike hay, rabbits should NOT be given unlimited pellets each day. Amerisa is a small rabbit and is only offered 1/4 cup of rabbit pellets a day. Your vet can advise you on how much rabbit pellets to give your bunny based on your bunny's weight and activity level.

Training Your Rabbit To Use A Litter Box

Yes, it can be done! In fact, rabbits almost train themselves!

Litter Box Training - It's easy to litter box train rabbits!

How we have the litter box set up
How we have the litter box set up | Source

Amerisa's litter box is in the back corner of her cage. When we originally got Amerisa, we gave her two litter boxes, one on each level of her cage. But after a few weeks, we were able to take out one. Since the one on the bottom level of her cage was harder for us to access for cleaning purposes, we removed it and kept the one on the top level of her cage.

To litter box train a rabbit is fairly easy. Watch which corner of their cage they use the bathroom in, and then place a litter box in that spot! Usually, they'll continue to use the bathroom in that same spot, especially if you keep their litter box at least somewhat cleaned out.

Litter Box

Shown here is the style of litter box we selected for our rabbit. Having a high back is a very useful feature of rabbit litter boxes! (In fact, even with the high back, be careful what's behind or beside your rabbit's litter box.)

This high back litter box has two little pegs that hook onto the side of the rabbit's cage to help hold the litter box in place. Rabbits love to toss things around, so being able to attach the litter box to the cage (and unattach it to clean it) is a very nice feature!

Here's what we use in our rabbit's litter box

It's very compacted in the bag, but expands into a loose litter when you remove it from the bag. One bag will last you quite a while. It's soft, highly absorbent, and can even be composted!

Whatever type of litter you use, don't fill the box too full, as the rabbit may spread the litter all around the cage!

Bunny Proofing Your Home

A few bunny proofing tips

Including toys for bunny's entertainment!

Blocking off areas that you don't want your bunny to get into, bunny proofing those areas in which your bunny will be allowed access, and providing plenty of things to chew and play with are keys to bunny proofing your house.

Ideas for Bunny Proofing the house
Ideas for Bunny Proofing the house | Source

Put up makeshift barriers

We put various types of barriers up to keep our bunny in the living room, or to keep her from getting behind the sofa or in other small locations. Here, two notebooks block access to the area behind the sofa and piano. Bunnies do love to go behind things!

Casing to project electric wires...and to protect our rabbit too!
Casing to project electric wires...and to protect our rabbit too! | Source
Casings along the side of the door to house electric wires.
Casings along the side of the door to house electric wires. | Source

Using casings for wires and clear plastic corner protectors for wall corners

It can be very dangerous for your rabbit to chew on electric cords. And it isn't that great for the cords either!

We have our electric wires encased in on-the-wall plastic casings that run along our baseboards or up the wall beside doors. These casings can be bought at most hardware stores and are designed to encase electric wires. They even come with a sticky back to enable you to attach them to the baseboard or along the trim running up and over a door.

Benji, our first bunny, liked to chew on the corner of two of our walls, as the corner protruded out into the room. We purchased a clear, corner shaped plastic strip which we fastened onto the protruding corner and that instantly solved that problem. Before she was spayed, Benji also used to dig in the carpet some (it's a nesting behavior). We put other things on the spots where she liked to dig, and had her spayed.


Here's another type of protective casing for wires

As best as you can, keep all cords out of bunny's reach or encased in special casings you attach to the wall, as described in the section above. Yet cords that come directly out of the outlet (and thus are not flat against the wall in a wall casing), may also present a problem. Here's one solution.

Chewing behaviors

Bunnies like toys they can chew. There are things available for bunnies to chew in the rabbit section of most pet stores.

I think grass mats, balls, tunnels, etc, are great for rabbits as they are a play toy, and a chew toy, all in one. Unfortunately, I rarely see these at pet stores..

Rabbits who are busy playing or chewing on safe toys or grass mats are less likely to be chewing on your drapes!

Other bunny proofing tips can be found at Bunny Proofing Tips and Tricks.

Bunny Toys and Grass Mats

SUPER PET 452397 Bunny Flip N Toss Carrot toy for pets
SUPER PET 452397 Bunny Flip N Toss Carrot toy for pets

Many bunnies love toys like this that they can toss around and chew!

 

Grass play toys and other play things for your rabbit

Toys made of grass will be chewed up eventually...but isn't that the point? Much better to have your rabbit chew on these, then on your best furniture or carpet!

In selecting toys for your rabbit, keep in mind their love of tossing things, nudging things with their noses, and chewing on things. They also love to crawl into or through things. For this reason, tunnels make great gifts for rabbits. If it's a grass tunnel they can chew on, it's all the better!

Some cat toys are great for rabbits to toss about, but chose them carefully with safety in mind. The Flip and Toss carrot toy shown here is another option.

Check out the "Original Activity Zone Rabbit Toy" shown here. We don't own one of these, but it sure does look like fun! This toy has very positive reviews! Rabbits can and do hop on top of it, hide underneath it, and play with all the many colorful toys on it! It makes great "bunny furniture" to keep you rabbit entertained and happy. It's designed for rabbits up to 8 lbs.

Not all toys have to be store bought. Your bunny may love crawling into and out of a large paper bag, for example. Just make sure that anything you allow your bunny to play with is safe and non-toxic. (Close supervision is a necessity as well.)




Bunny Blast Yucca Chew Toy
Bunny Blast Yucca Chew Toy

This is great for helping a rabbit wear down their teeth! (If rabbits don't have things to chew on, their teeth can grow too long.)

 

More Bunny Toys! - Most of these toys are for chewing or tossing!

Ware Manufacturing Stick Ball Chew Toy for Small Animals
Ware Manufacturing Stick Ball Chew Toy for Small Animals

Amerisa received one of these for Christmas this year! Great toss and chew toy for rabbits!

 
This is my son holding Amerisa.
This is my son holding Amerisa. | Source

What care do rabbits require?

Nails? Shots? Spaying and neutering?

Rabbit Care

Nails

Our first rabbit never needed her nails clipped, but Amerisa needs hers clipped fairly often. Luckily, she's such a calm bunny, she just lies there while we trim her nails! I wish it was this easy to trim our dogs' nails!! By the way, we just use the same nail trimmer on Amerisa that we use on our dogs.

My son trimming Amerisa's toenails.
My son trimming Amerisa's toenails. | Source

Spaying or neutering your rabbit.

Yes, it is recommended that you have your pet rabbit spayed or neutered, even if they don't have access to another rabbit. Females who are not spayed run a much higher risk of uterine cancer, and both sexes engage in much less spraying and other unwanted behaviors if they'd been fixed. For more information about this, please ask your vet and/or read Altering Your Rabbit's Future.

Flea Protection

If your rabbit gets infested with fleas, please consult with your veterinarian. Do not use flea powders, dips, sprays, drops, etc, on your pet bunny without the recommendation of a vet knowledgeable about the care of rabbits.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are not required for rabbits in the US.

Loose stools

Rabbits produce two types of fecal matter. One type they ingest - yes, on purpose - to gain necessary nutrients.

Sometimes these fecal pellets become overly soft, almost like diarrhea. This is a dangerous condition if not treated quickly.

Call the vet, and while waiting to hear back from the vet, remove any uneaten rabbit pellet food, but offer your rabbit plenty of water and timothy hay. Sometimes the problem is due to the rabbit not eating enough timothy hay, or eating too much fresh vegetables (especially if you suddenly increased the amount of fresh food you were giving the rabbit), so make sure you offer your rabbit an unlimited supply of timothy hay.

There are other reasons for this condition though, and quick action is required for most of them. You can read more about this health concern at GastroIntestinal Stasis, The Silent Killer.

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Pet Rabbit Manuals

The information on this webpage is by no means complete. I've really just given you a heads up about a few things regarding rabbit care. If you decide to get a rabbit, or if you already have one, I highly recommend you also purchase one or more rabbit books. I own four of them myself!

My two favorites are "Hop To It" and "House Rabbit Handbook." Both have a lot of info and discuss the care of house rabbits in specific, rather than just rabbits in hutches outside. I really enjoyed reading about rabbit body language (such as perioscoping, chinning, bunny air-o-bics, sidewinders, helicopter leaps, circling, etc.) in "Hop To It," and found the information about bunny proofing and playthings for bunnies to be very helpful in "House Rabbit Handbook." Both books also discuss ways to keep your bunny healthy and many other things.

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      JanieceTobey 2 years ago

      Hi Jade, Can you tell us more about your rabbit? Does she bite? Does she avoid people? Where does she live? (Outside or inside? In a cage or free?) Can you tell us more about what you are doing, if anything, at the times she's being unsociable? (Are you reaching your hand into her cage to pet her, for example?)

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      Jade 2 years ago

      I have a baby lop she's about a year old now we've had her since she was a baby but she's very unsociable how can I get get to be abit more friendly?

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      Radgrl 3 years ago

      Good info on bunnies

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      Michey LM 4 years ago

      A rabbit is a nice pet. I don't know how easy is to take care of one.... as I never had a rabbit

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      tillylooloo 5 years ago

      This is a lovely lens. I love the photos. Great work!

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      JanieceTobey 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Tavo, My husband built our bunny house.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Where did you get the bunnie house?

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      magictricksdotcom 5 years ago

      Excellent lens with great information about the proper care of these wonderful pets.

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Another top shelf page! It's so important people do their research before they think about getting a pet rabbit.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      Love the pictures of your house bunnies and all the information that you have provided on their care. Excellent advise to other bunny owners or those considering owning a rabbit.

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      lclchors 5 years ago

      Your lens is very informative. I am on a quest for chocolate covered raisens and landed here (so I'm a little warped) but great lens

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      anc91 5 years ago

      I've had 2 rabbit's before they're great pets to have.

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      Sandy Mertens 5 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Blessed! Please add this to my Best St. Patrick's Day lens plexo.

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      DeannaDiaz 5 years ago

      Bunnies sound like a very nice pet!

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      RCGraphicsDesign 5 years ago

      I had a house rabbit years ago. I was laying on the couch watching TV. He came over, jumped up on the couch, put his head by my neck and body on my chest, and snuggled there. My wife and I thought it was cute. Until I felt my shirt getting wet. I guess I was the litter box. :-)

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      transcriptioncity 5 years ago

      It's amazing how much personality house rabbits have. My sister has one and it is always snuggled up to her!

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      Bash51214 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed your lens.. thanks for sharing it.. God Bless You...

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      Great lens! I might consider getting a house bunny.

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      LooLooBird 5 years ago

      Very nice LotD! Congrats! I was considering a rabbit for a pet for quite a while since I live in an apt and wanted a quiet companion, you've given me much to think about! Thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      nice lens....

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      JanieceTobey 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Ray, Excellent question! I set up a couple of polls on this site earlier today. One of them ask your question! Let's see what others have to say about whether their rabbits respond when they call their name. Thanks for writing!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Do bunnies come to you when you call their name cause my Rabbit, Roonie does not?

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      busterin40 5 years ago

      My wife owns three french loops they are so cute the names Bella,Honey and Jazmin she treat them with a lot of love and compassion,nice pets very well take care dedicated 100% to them she's enjoy taking all of them to the mall,dress up in cute clothing,leashes and antique strollers I would like to send you a video and some pictures and you free to post in your wall they are so cute! she's famous in town for it.

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      Craftybegonia 5 years ago

      Loved your lens! When I was a child I had two bunnies as pets. A black and a white one. I have a soft spot in my heart for rabbits!

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      kateclough lm 5 years ago

      Memories! My first house rabbit was a New Zealand I dressed in baby clothes and pushed around the neighborhood in my doll carriage! True story. Many years later I had Jackson B. Bunny who slept with his head sticking out from under my 230 lb. St. Bernard's jowls! They were best buds and always slept together. Great lens! thanks for the memories! :)

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      DebtHarassmentLawyer 5 years ago

      Nice lens containing lots of useful information for people who are considering adopting a bunny. Friends who have adopted house bunnies also told me that they "like to chew". I suspect this is putting it mildly.

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      PaulWinter 5 years ago

      Nice lens. It reminded me of the house rabbit we used to have when my children were small.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice lens, and beautiful pictures.

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      RomanaSwan 5 years ago

      Awesome lens! Very informative!

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      cweshen1 5 years ago

      @WaynesWorld LM: that's a cute story! One with a good ending.

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      alexaa7x 5 years ago

      Nice lens!

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      Nspired2 5 years ago

      Awww! This lens really takes me back to my childhood & my bunny, Mr. Fuzzy (later discovered "he" was a she...that's a long story, LOL!) Great lens & congrats on LOTD!

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      vividviolet 5 years ago

      great lens! this will be useful someday...

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      WaynesWorld LM 5 years ago

      My wife told me her niece wanted a rabbit for her birthday, so we went looking. We found a little country animal feed place that had some rabbits. Nice cute little $20 dollar rabbit, then we needed to get a cage and some other stuff, food, bedding etc. Around $140 later the niece had her birthday gift.

      *"Houston we have a problem."

      The wife decided that she liked our nieces cute little white bunny so much she wanted one, too. Another $140 later, wife has a bunny and I have one more feeding chore and cleaning the cage. "Did not know you could litter box train a rabbit, that would've been nice."

      *Niece's rabbit needs company, we're sick of our rabbit so we bring it to her house." Evidently our rabbit was a female, hers a male. Hers died, our had babies. Niece's mother found a home for the whole works. We lived happily ever after.

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      I had a roommate once with 3 bunnies. They were so much fun when they got cranked up and chasing each other around. I truly enjoyed them. Great lens.

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      DiscoverWithAndy 5 years ago

      Thanks for this post - I used to have a Netherland Dwarf myself. His name was Bluebell and lived to a ripe old age of 13! This page brought back a lot of good memories of that silly rabbit :)

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      bmthour 5 years ago

      Loved reading your lens on house bunnies. We've had house rabbits for years now, and they are delightful and each one has their own personalities and querks. Thanks for sharing.

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      nestboxes 5 years ago

      I want one! Lovely lens page

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      Deborah Swain 5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      wonderful lens - congratulation on LOTD! i had a polish white as a child...

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Congratulations on a well deserved LOTD

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      I miss having bunnies. Congratulations on LOTD!

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      Lynnzee 5 years ago

      I enjoyed you stories about your house rabbits. I have been thinking of getting one but at this time I have 5 cat fur-kids and not all are overly friendly. therefore I shall wait. I have had bunnies in the past but never realized what care went into them. Thank you for writing this.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      What sweet bunnies! Great information here on caring for them.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      beautiful bunny..thanks for sharing

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      What precious little house bunnies ~ a lovely pet page, many thanks :)

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      Patricia 5 years ago

      Cute bunnies! Great tips if I get one. Congrats on LOTD!

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      ptnjust007 5 years ago

      rabbits look better than cat & dogs

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      nightbear lm 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed your house rabbit page, Congrats on LOTD and the Purple Star!! Blessed

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      Deb Kingsbury 5 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Congrats on LOTD! Well deserved. I do love bunnies, but unfortunately I'm allergic, especially if I touch one and then touch my face. Funny, that's the animals I'm most allergic to, while some--like dogs--I'm not allergic to at all. So, no house bunnies for me, I'm afraid.

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      cleanyoucar 5 years ago

      These rabbits look adorable, thanks for the tips for the would-be rabbit owner

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      BuddyBink 5 years ago

      I had a pet rabbit once, but the dog and cats did not get along with him so he was given to a family who could take care of him. Nice Lens, thanks

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      jimbarnes lm 5 years ago

      great lenses, reminds me of being a younge fellow

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      sidther lm 5 years ago

      I just put our little bunny (Backsplash) back in his little house for the night, then saw this was LOTD! Congrats! Amerisa is just too cute! I LOVE your bunny cage- so much nicer than the one we got, and then the one we tried (and failed) to build!

      You are so right about the wires, we had one stray wire hanging down from our shiny new Mac that we did not notice and in one bite.... we have since built a desk that houses every single wire inside so it will not happen again!

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      fugeecat lm 5 years ago

      This is a great article on bunnies. And a very important point is made about rabbit proofing your house.

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      Alyce2 5 years ago

      Nice Story

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      Lorrie45 5 years ago

      I had a House Rabbit named Thumper. LOL Thumper was a gray mini Rex and he was litter box trained also. I moved and couldn't keep him. Took him to a School for the Disabled and mentally impaired who loved him and took care of him till he died. Thumper was allowed to roam the whole school. Spoiled Wabbit.

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      Delia 5 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! I love the photo in the beginning of the lens...your daughter Jessica and rabbit Benji are adorable! Interesting and very informative lens on house Rabbits.

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Great lens with such beautiful pics and gorgeous children to enhance it. Congrats on LOTD. Blessed and featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012 and also on Squidoo LOTD Lenses 2. Hugs

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      LisaDH 5 years ago

      Very good info for anyone wanting to get a rabbit. And your bunny is SO cute!

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      bigjoe2121 5 years ago

      what a great lens! we currently have our bunny, Cat, confined to an area that she can play in when I am there, but when we own our own home I hope to have an entire floor or room for her to hang out in. I love bunnies. We used to have a bunny, Cherry, on our kitchen counter. She was tiny, and it was a big counter. We would let her out of her cage on the counter when we were in the kitchen. she was the sweetest thing ever

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      Love your lens! I fostered a rabbit once and he became my basset hound's best friend. I fell in love but knew that he'd have a better life with another family. So off Thumper went to live another great 6 years. Blessed and congrats on LoTD.

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      Eileen 5 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

      Great lens ... enjoyed reading it .

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      girlfriendfactory 5 years ago

      What great info on bunnies! I adore bunnies - all kinds! I have a question but it's for Amerisa... Did you get any special treats since Janiece's lens (that featured lots of cute pictures of YOU, which must have helped) received Lens of the Day?

      This terrific lens is more than worthy of a Flyby Winging and it can be found among the other blessed lenses for today at Have Wings Will Bless! They may call me an aimless wanderer, but not all who wander are aimless and I'm glad my aim was good when I wandered upon this. ~Ren

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      ngio64 5 years ago

      Congratulations on being selected as LOTD. Your lens brought back fond memories of our house rabbit, Snowball. He was neutered when he was young and had digestion problems on and off from then on. Maybe he was still too young. Anyway after the 4th time of needing subcutaneous IV fluids and enemas at the emergency vet, he finally lost his will to live at 1 year old. We still miss his cute behaviors and his loving behavior. I feel guilty for getting him neutered, but that is the recommendation for them to live a long healthy life. Your bunny sounds sweet. Snowball had the run of the house too, but he would leave little "presents' when he ran. It was no problem to get them picked up. I offered a nickel per dropping and they always got picked up by my 3 and 7 year old!

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      eblack88 lm 5 years ago

      Very nice lens! I've always been kind of afraid of rabbits - don't they bite?

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      Sara Krentz 5 years ago from USA

      We've been considering adopting a bunny for some time now. Thanks for the excellent information, and congrats on LOTD : )

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very informative and detailed, if I were thinking of getting a rabbit this would be very helpful

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Interesting subject. Congratulations on the LOTD!

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      emmaklarkins 5 years ago

      Great info here! I agree on the chewing bit. Everything is fair game - including the buttons on your remote!

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      Heather Burns 5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Congrats on this awesome LOTD! I've raised many a rabbit, and they ran all over our house. Got along fine with our cats and birds. But now I have 2 dogs and the Yorkie would not let us have any rabbits now, I'm afraid. Our house rabbits were dwarf ones. I've also had a big rabbit outside in a hutch. They are so adorable I can't resist.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I was recently here with angel dust when this has front page honors, so happily hopping over to congratulate you on LotD!

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      singlewahm 5 years ago

      I stopped by following the Lens of the Day recommendation. Are there any tips you can give for litter training? I remember having a bunny when I was a kid that we let run around the house and she always used the newspaper Mom had spread under the coffee table. I recently became caregiver to a bunny, and she just goes wherever she wants to. I've had to start locking her up most of the day because she's pottying on the couches and beds. Help! She misses her free time and so do I!

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      Mary Crowther 5 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Great lens and congrats on LOTD!

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      We never had a pet rabbit but you make it look like something we would like-congratulations on lens of the day!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      My daughter and her family had a bunny for years. They named her Roxanne and called her Roxie. To their surprise, as you said in your lens, they discovered "she" was a "he", so they had to change the name to Rocky. He was a good bunny and was much adored. This is a beautiful lens about the care and keeping of bunny rabbits. Blessed.

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      Terrie_Schultz 5 years ago

      These are great tips! I love bunnies but I've never had one as a pet.

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      Excellent lens. I enjoyed reading it and I learned a lot. For instance, I never knew that you could litter train a rabbit. I thought they'd go all over your house. Congrats on the well-deserved LOTD. Blessed. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      Congrats on LotD! :)

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      Wendy Leanne 5 years ago from Texas

      I'm allergic to cats, but just can't get my husband convinced that we need a house rabbit. Congrats on a well deserved LOTD.

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      faye durham 5 years ago

      I enjoyed reading your lens. Congrats on being selected as LOD

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      hirephp lm 5 years ago

      nice lens and i love white rebbit

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi Janiece I had never thought that you could litter train them and I didn't know that they ingest faecal matter for nutrients, a really good story

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      congratulations for winning the LoD trophy for this lens. it really deserves the prize. your rabbits are so cute. more power to you. *blessings*

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      Hopped in to congratulate you and your house rabbits for Lens of the Day! Adding my blessings and a bit o' sunshine too. I have a coworker who has house rabbits, will forward this page to him.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      What a wonderful lens! Angel Blessings to you and your furry friends, and congrats on LotD!

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Awesome to see this wonderfully crafted lens receive a well-deserved LOTD. Just back to say "congrats!"...stay blessed! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      It was interesting! Nice read. Congrats on LOD.

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      MobileAppMan 5 years ago

      Now here's a Lens that anyone could be proud of. Well written, informative, fun too. Great job. Congrats on LOD too.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I know someone who has a pet rabbit, and these are excellent tips!

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      agoofyidea 5 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! I learned a lot. I don't know if I would get a rabbit, but they are very cute. Nice lens.

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Excellent lens - I had a dwarf bunny for awhile that thought he was a dog. You definitely learn in a hurry that they will chew anything (especially cords!)

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      athena2011 5 years ago

      I currently have a pet rabbit who we keep in our home. He is so adorable. He and my dog are best buddies ( I think he loves the dog more than the other way around). Hid name is Doby, he is approximately 8 years old this year. My vet had told me that rabbits only usually live to 6 years so I'm thrilled that he is still with us. I think it's because he gets so much love from us and our dog and also the exercise he gets outside everyday playing and running around with the dog. I thoroughly enjoyed your lens.

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      MyTimeAlone 5 years ago

      Wish this lens had been around 15 years ago. I had two rabbits, both adorable when separated, but terrors when they were together. Our house looked like we had recreated the Berlin Wall. There was no trespassing into the other territory. We loved having them, thanks for reminding me of some great memories.

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      SecondHandJoe LM 5 years ago

      I had so much fun reading this great lens and remembering our bunny that used to dance to it's favorite radio station in the morning. Congratulations on LotD!!! This one sure deserves it!

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      Frischy 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      One of the teachers at our school had a bunny who hopped around the classroom. It was very cool. Congratulations on LOTD! That's very cool too!

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      Zut Moon 5 years ago

      Nice lens ... way better then a lens on biology ....

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      Nirmal Shah 5 years ago from India

      A very cute lens.. Rabbits are so adorable anyone would welcome them in their homes :)

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      jeremykim2011 5 years ago

      We had rabbits when I was young(er). But I get sad every time they catch eye infection/sore eyes because I know what's gonna happen next. :(

      Anyway, congratulations for the LOTD / front-page honors!!!!!

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      This is a lovely and adorable lens, I love rabbit, I had a few when I was still a teenager. You make me recall back all my sweet memories. Thanks!

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      Petstrel LM 5 years ago

      Great bunny lens. Congrats on the LOTD.