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Rabbits are Low Maintenance Pets.

Updated on October 24, 2014

Rabbits are Communal Animals.

Rabbits are among the most 'low maintenance' pets they are extremely cute, and like most delightful pets.

They're charming, soft and they exhibit a surprising array of amusing behaviors. Lengthy sensitive ears that can be turned in any direction, a short tail and twitching nostrils are all feature of the rabbits. Rabbits are very communal animals. Rabbits become part of the family, like dogs, cats, birds and other pet animals do, and habitually get along well with these other animals. These rabbits are available all over the world. Many were released into areas by Maritime explorers so that there would be food in that territory should humans decide to return!

Surviving in groups in underground burrows, rabbits, as a habit, hit their feet to warn the herd that a killer is on the stalk. Rabbits are faster than cats, running at speeds of 35 miles an hour, hardly amazing since their survival often depends on their escape speed!

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Rabbits
Rabbits

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About Rabbits

It is not uncommon to see a house rabbit grooming the other rabbit or another pet animal. Socialization takes time, specifically between two rabbits, where the development is called bonding. Till two rabbits are friendly, they tend to be distrustful and can be a threat to each other. In the wild, a rabbit's normal life span is a year, but the animal can live for up to 10 years in captivity.

The rabbit's reproductive rate is well known. Rabbits breeds from February to October; its time of gestation is 30 days and there may be 5 to 8 young in a litter. In most regions its numbers are kept low by its several hunters, such as badger, fox, and birds of prey. But, when household rabbits escaped, they had few common enemies; they ran wild and stripped the countryside of vegetation in many places. They were brought in part under control by the non-natural introduction of a viral disease

With 28 teeth - that grow continually throughout the animal's life, the rabbits two large front teeth have been celebrate in Disney's popular character - Bugs Bunny. A rabbit's teeth in no way stop growing and one way they keep them under control is to bite on things.

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Rabbit As A Pet

Most people would guess house rabbits are just kept in a cage and nourished once or twice a day. If that's the case they are fail to spot out on a best friend. Rabbits can run around and communicate pleasure. A rabbit's necessities at least two hours per day of out-of-cage period in a safeguarded surroundings. The strong muscles in his back legs will grow weaker if he is not given chances to jump, run and play. Once a rabbit plays, it will repeatedly do a binky, which is a pleasurable dance where he will jump into the air, turn around, and take off running. This is similar of a dog's tail wagging or a cat meowing. Once cool and being petted on the head, it will quietly grind his teeth with enjoyment.

A pet rabbit of course learns his pet name and comes when called. Quickly learn other little tricks like begging and jumping hurdles. Every single rabbit has its own personality. If you keep a rabbit as a pet, you will notice that they dislike to be picked up, but they will sit beside you quite happily, so long as you don't try to put them on your lap.


House rabbit societies caution that a rabbit does not make a worthy pet for small kids because they don't know how to remain quiet moderate around the rabbit.

Children, over nine years old commonly having the wisdom required to care for a rabbit.

Your Rabbit Care

The Rabbit Handbook (Barron's Pet Handbooks)
The Rabbit Handbook (Barron's Pet Handbooks)

An engaging and informative book on pet rabbit care. This highly informative pet care book gives you all the features about caging, nursing, litter discipline, state of health care and much more.

 

Feeding

Feeding the Pet Rabbit
Feeding the Pet Rabbit

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A few of the vegetables that rabbits enjoy are romaine lettuce, escarole, turnips, collard, kale, parsley, thyme, cilantro, dandelion, and basil. The green, leafy tops of radishes and carrots also are first-rate sources of nutrients-more than the vegetable itself. New vegetables are familiarized slowly since rabbits have gentle digestive systems.

You'll also need to nourish your bunny with good-quality rabbit pellets. Choose for a formula with at least 15 to 19 per cent protein and 18 per cent fibre. Up until your pet is fully grown (around six months), he can have all the pellets he wants. After that, pellets should be restricted to 1/8 to 1/4 cup per day per five pounds of bunny body weight. Pellets should be at its best and plain, without seeds, nuts or colored titbits.

Pellets made from timothy grass supplement a house rabbit's food. This disagrees from commercial rabbits, where pellets account for a much larger quantity. Pellet amounts are definite by the weight of the rabbit and are listed on the back of the manufacturer's packaging. Different pellets for rodents, rabbit pellets do not contain nuts, which contain more fat than rabbits can easily metabolize and can cause health problems such as fatty liver. If fresh grass or hay is not available, a high quality pellet is sometimes used as a fallback instead of hay as the staple food. Cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage are keep away from rabbits because they cause gas and can lead to gastrointestinal stasis, which can be fatal. Starchy vegetables such as potatoes and corn are also averted.

House rabbits are provided a limitless amount of fresh water, mostly in a water crock, tip-proof ceramic pet dish, or hanging water bottle. Rabbits on a reliable dietary regimen of fresh vegetables will drink less water, obtaining it instead through their greens.

The Bunny Lover's Complete Guide To House Rabbits: The Ultimate Handbook for Successfully Living Indoors with a Pet Rabbit
The Bunny Lover's Complete Guide To House Rabbits: The Ultimate Handbook for Successfully Living Indoors with a Pet Rabbit

This book gives you step by step instructions on all things from selecting a suitable pet rabbit to teach your bunny with color photos and details. A wonderful companion for bunny lovers.

 

Housing for Pet Rabbit

After you get a rabbit as your pet, you always have the preference of letting it run at liberty around your home. On the other hand, even if you let your rabbit have free control of a room or house, be sure to set up a rabbit cage anyway. Rabbits require a field that is at least 4 times the length of the rabbit. Distinguishing enclosures are x-pens, multiple-level condos, large dog cages, a room, and even a whole house.

A pet rabbit is simply trained to use a litter box, particularly if spayed or sterilized. When placed in a new space, it is customary for a rabbit to mark the area with his droppings. After he gets acquainted to the area, they in nature starts approve a certain place. A litter box filled with about one inch of non-toxic litter is positioned there. Cat litter boxes are generally used; also, pet stores sell small animal litter boxes marketed toward small rabbits and ferrets.

A puppy training folding fence 26 or more inches tall offer as a plain pen, called an exercise pen or X-pen. It gives more free space and is comfortable to clean than some standard cages. Several x-pens can be attached to increase the enclosed area. An x-pen's movability is reasonable for travel with rabbits and for beginning and bonding. Maintain the rabbit in the cage for the first day or two. Once you want let the rabbit out of the cage, be definite that the cage is open and easily accessible. Store your rabbit's food and litter box in the cage. This will give your rabbit a safe space within your home, and uphold a greater sense of hope and console within the home.

Offer him with a relaxed environment, and let him take charge of your socializing. Over time, your rabbit will look forward to your friendship, and you will love spending time with your pet.

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Rabbits are very tidy by nature, and will do their best to keep their living areas clean. Most rabbits will select one corner of the cage as a toilet. As soon as your rabbit's selection is clear, put a newspaper-lined litter box in that corner. Fill up it with timothy hay (or any other grass hay aside from alfalfa) or pelleted-newspaper litter. If the litter box is replaced daily, your rabbit's home will stay at its best and odor-free.

Don't use pine or cedar flakes! The fumes may disturb your rabbit's liver enzymes, which can cause difficulties if the animal needs 'anaesthesia' for surgery. Get out of using clay cat litters (both clumping and non-clumping), as these may result in respiratory or gastrointestinal troubles.

Please note, rabbits should not be accommodated with other rabbits unless all are spayed and neutered. Insertions are often problematic and injuries can result, so please introduce them in neutral territory, under watchful supervision.

How to Choose a Healthy Pet Rabbit and Grooming Tips - Vid - Choosing a pet rabbit or any small animal is not as easy as it seems

List of Various Breeds

Do you live in a small place? Think about a Dwarf Rabbit. Is the rabbit for you?

Once you decide to bring one of these amazing house rabbits home, remember you have many choices to pick from.

Here below the list of the various breeds.

American

American Chinchilla

American Fuzzy Lop

American Sable

Belgian Hare

Beveren

Blan de Hotot

Britannia Petite

Californian

Champagne d Argent

CheckeredGiant

Cinnamon

Creme d Argent

Dutch

Dwarf Hotot

English Angora

Englis Lop

English Spot

Flemish Giant

Florida White

French Angora

French Lop

Giant Angora

Giant Chinchilla

Harlequin

Havana

Himalayan

Holland Lop

Jersey

Wooly

Lilac

Mini Lop

Mini Rex

Mini Satin

Netherland Dwarf

New Zealand

Palomino

Polish

Rex

Rhinelander

Satin

Satin Angora

Silver

Silver Fox

Silver Marten

Standard Chinchilla

Tan

Thrianta

 

Rabbit - General Care

Rabbit Care
Rabbit Care

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Rabbits can be dirty, so you'll have to clean your pet's cage once or twice weekly. Place your rabbit in a protected room or alternate cage as you sweep out the cage and brush the floor with warm, soapy water.

Groom your rabbit on a regular basis with a soft brush to remove excess hair and keep his coat in sound condition. While brushing - brush from the back of the head down to the tail. Inquire your veterinarian how to clip your pet's nails.

Pick up your rabbit by backup his forequarters with one hand and his hindquarters with the other- failure to do so can be consequence in spinal injuries to the rabbit. Under no circumstances pick up a rabbit by his ears; this can cause very grave injury.

Health and Veterinary Care

Rabbits are normally healthy animals, but, rabbits can develop, hairballs, diarrhoea, bacterial infections, respiratory or intestinal complications, and respiratory smash up - caused from wood chip fumes. If you think your rabbit might be sick, get in touch with your veterinarian. Rabbits should be spayed or neutered by a veterinarian proficient with rabbit surgeries. Spaying or neutering averts unwanted litters, spraying in males and uterine cancer in females.

You should bring your pet rabbits to the veterinarian for a check-up once a year. If your rabbit halts eating or moving his bowels for 12 hours or longer or has watery diarrhoea, don't wait, seek knowledgeable veterinary care straightaway. More signs of illness include runny nose and eyes, dark red urine, lethargy, fur loss and red, swollen skin.

Having and caring for a rabbit is greatly enjoyable and very rewarding, but it is a big duty and a long-term responsibility in terms of care and finances.

Feeding Your Pet Rabbit - Vid - PDSA vet advice on feeding your pet rabbits

Precision Pet 37 by 18 by 21-Inch Rabbit Resort, Large
Precision Pet 37 by 18 by 21-Inch Rabbit Resort, Large

The speciality of this rabbit cage is it's metal pan slides for quick cleaning, and you can pops up and folds down the cage quickly. This heavy duty metal enclosure is a ideal place for your rabbits.

 

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      Jim 2 years ago from Kansas

      We had some many years ago. Might try them again someday.

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      Merry Citarella 2 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      They are so cute! I've never had a rabbit for a pet, but can see that they would be irresistible!

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      Barbara Walton 3 years ago from France

      Rabbits make great pets if you're prepared to look after them. They can be really affectionate and tame if you take the time to be with them. Great lens.

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      My daughters have asked me many times if we can get a pet bunny rabbit, and I tell them that it wouldn't be safe since we have two cats. In the future we are planning to get rabbits.

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      cmadden 4 years ago

      All I know is, my brother and his family came visiting with their bunny, and the somebunny ate the little buttons off the remote.... ;->

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      They sure make nice pets, nice job!

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      JoleneBelmain 4 years ago

      Just stopping by again to sprinkle a little angel dust.

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

      ~BLESSED~

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      I have friends with bunnies and it surprised me how aggressive could be. They are cute, but we should learn a lot before getting one for ourselves. This lens is good first step in right direction.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens about rabbits. Blessed!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens about rabbits. Blessed!

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      soaringsis 5 years ago

      Great lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      ForestBear LM 5 years ago

      This is a lovely lens, I very much enjoyed my visit. Thank you Sukkran

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      FallenAngel 483 5 years ago

      Really thorough information here. I like the Dutch ones best they are so friendly. A couple of things I would add; When you put a bunny back in its cage do so bottom first so it can't kick upwards and hurt itself and second the giant breeds have real problems cleaning their underparts as they get older making them really vulnerable to fly strike. If you own that type of rabbit be prepared to bath it regularly to help it keep clean. Fimally white rabbits have very sensitive skin and if you let them outside they are going to need animal safe suncream on any exposed skin like their ears. Happy rabbit ownership everyone.

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      marsha32 5 years ago

      I really miss raising rabbits. They were cute and fun...and I even make money selling the bunnies.

      I laughed out loud on the picture with all the bunnies and then the cat in there wearing bunny ears!

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      Brian Stephens 5 years ago from France

      The only thing I would say is don't separate 2 males, keep them apart for a while and then try and put them back together. Because the end result might be a big fight. They are fine if never separated from young. Great lens though.

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      AnimalHouse 5 years ago

      Great lens with a lot of helpful information.

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      Bill Armstrong 5 years ago from Valencia, California

      I remember my little rabbit snowy as if it was yesterday, had her for years :) Thanks for sharing this lens. Pinned a Tweet on Google+

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Lovely lens dedicated to the care of bunnies as pets. Our local SPCA often has bunnies available for adoption.

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      eccles1 5 years ago

      Great lens!!

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      Spiderlily321 5 years ago

      Very good lens. I love rabbits! Thanks for sharing the great info!

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Great lens with lots of valuable information. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012-2 and also on Pet Rabbit Miracle. Hugs.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Informative, accurate and sweet. Love the little bunny hopping around your lens. Angel blessed!

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      wecomparebooks 5 years ago

      I'm not a fan of rabbits, but aww... they are sooo cute...

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      bechand 5 years ago

      very good quality lens - Blessed - Has everything you would need to know to decide on getting a bunny for pet.

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Great lens! I had a dwarf bunny as a pet in our condo. He thought he was a puppy dog most of the time - begging for treats and hopping in circles at the front door if someone rang the bell.

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      HarrietC LM 5 years ago

      really pretty lens.

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      JoleneBelmain 5 years ago

      Such a cute lens.... thanks for sharing information about this beautiful pet. They truly are precious :)

      ~BLESSED~

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      my1eye 5 years ago

      Great lens. I've seen some pictures of really massive rabbits - wonder which breed they were?

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      I'm glad you wrote this article about having rabbits as pets. The outdoor pens were a good idea also. I never did that with mine, because I never even thought about it. I wish I had.

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      queenofduvetcover 5 years ago

      I love rabbits and I wouldn't mind having one as a pet. Great lens! =)

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      Excellent and comprehensive information. I'd love a house rabbit.

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      A very educational and informative lens. I have to read it again with my husband and then we'll decide whether or not to get a bunny =)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great Lens, very informative!

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      Jeanette 5 years ago from Australia

      I've never had a rabbit, but maybe one day.

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      iMANDY 5 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Great Lens, very informative!

      We have a pet bunny named Shadow, our three children adore him.

      He has a lovely nature and provides us with lots of entertainment.

      Although, we are lucky to still have him as he chewed through a power cord in our undercover area outdoors while I was cleaning his hutch.

      He got electrocuted, triggering our safety switch to go off, but he was totally unharmed, luckily, just sat up licking and preening his mouth for a while, then off he hopped!!

      We have learned a lesson and our yard is now Bunny proof :)

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      Jethro 5 years ago from Philippines

      I love rabbits, bunnies or whatever name you call them. Nice lens. Keep it up! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Stopping by to sprinkle a little angel dust over your low maintenance rabbits as pets. They are delightful pets with dear personalities.

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      Craftybegonia 5 years ago

      I had bunnies as pets as a child and I love them still today!

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      efriedman 5 years ago

      I love rabbits, occasionally see a wild one in the yard, but do not have one as pet. They are adorable. Thanks for the information here.Maybe someday we will get a pet rabbit

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Ah, I love rabbits for pets. As a child, we had a New Zealand bunny named Bun Bun.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      We raised rabbits when I was a kid. Lots of fun! Later I had a house rabbit, which my cats were intimidated by. They are great pets.

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      BEDDING-SETS 5 years ago

      I love bunny rabbits. Don't have any because I have a cat, but adore them just the same.

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      DIY Mary 5 years ago

      What a cute and charming lens! There are a bunch of rabbits that have been roaming our neighborhood for years (especially during the warmer months), and I've adopted as "wild pets" the ones that most frequent our property. Your tips on rabbit food are quite useful and I will be sure to keep them in mind once our friendly neighborhood rabbits start making the rounds again.

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      gamecheathub 5 years ago

      I always wondered about rabbits as a pet. It was interesting to read about the different vegetables they like and their daily habits. Not sure I will ever get a rabbit, but I know what to expect when I visit my friend's house (he has 3)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Now I am thinking about getting one again, I have a Big enough Yard for a couple of them! :)

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      Very good information on bunnies here. Lots of things I didn't know at all.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Growing up, we decided to let a litter of bunnies have run of the yard and they were like beautiful lawn ornaments, all were white. The only problem came when our neighbor called to say they had found her garden. You mention the back legs muscles can be weakened without being able to run. On the opposite side, if you let your rabbits have free run for the summer, they get very strong and. We sure had a time catching them all and it took several hours, whew!

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      LouisaDembul 6 years ago

      Good lens, it is very important to know how to take care of your pet. It is not just to buy one!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      A really great lens with lots of good info. It's very important that potential bunny owners know exactly how to care for these sweet animals

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Nice rabbit lens.