Domestic rabbits are delightful companion animals. They are inquisitive, intelligent, sociable and affectionate. But did you know that cute baby bunny you’re thinking of buying for your child on Easter may still be around long after your child has grown into a teen? Rabbits can live as long as small dogs. Should the novelty wear off, you’ll have an adult rabbit in the house that needs your care and attention every day.
Before you fill your Easter basket with a live bunny, check out our top tips for how to take care of a pet rabbit.
- Rabbits are physically delicate and fragile, and require specialized veterinary care.
- Where’s the only place for your rabbit’s cage? INDOORS! Rabbits can die of heart attacks from the very approach of a predator.
- Rabbits can be trained to use a litter box.
- The most important component of your rabbit’s diet is grass hay, such as timothy or brome.
- The best place to get your bun? Adoption is your first, and best, option! There are many homeless companion rabbits at shelters and rescue groups all across the country.
Go to your local shelter or rescue group and find out how to adopt a rabbit (or even better, a bonded pair). For info on bunny care and rescue groups, head to the House Rabbit Society.
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