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Rabbit Care Guide

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Rabbits make great pets. This care guide will help you get the most enjoyment out of your rabbit.

1. Is a Rabbit Right for You?

Bunny With a Girl
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The first thing to consider is that rabbits have a long life span, so be prepared to care for your pet rabbit through the long term. They are also unique creatures, who form tight bonds with their families, though they have some quirks you should know about. They also require some routine vet care from a good rabbit vet, and are not low maintenance pets. If you are prepared for all the unique qualities and needs of rabbits, you will best be able to fully enjoy the wonderful companionship they can offer.

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2. Choosing a Healthy Rabbit

Young Grey Bunny
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A fairly quick look at potential pet rabbit will help you sort out if there are any obvious signs of illness or other issues. While there are no guarantees, avoiding rabbits that have common signs of health problems can save you a lot of heartache in the future. By having a close look at a rabbit you are considering, you also get a chance to see the personality of the rabbit.

A note on where to find rabbits: if you have decided to add a rabbit to the family, I highly recommend you start out by looking at your local shelter or rabbit rescues. There are lots of rabbits who need a second chance at a forever home.

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3. Choose a Rabbit Cage

Choosing the right kind of cage for your rabbit is extremely important. Cages that are spacious enough, easy to clean, and easy to for your rabbit to get in and out of, will make sharing your home with a rabbit so much easier. A cage that is large enough is important for the well-being of your pet rabbit, but is is no substitute for exercise and social time out of the cage.

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4. Feeding Pet Rabbits

Rabbit And Carrot
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Even the best quality rabbit pellet is not adequate on its own as a diet for pet rabbits. Plenty of fresh grass hay is very important in a rabbit's diet, as are fresh greens and vegetables. The right diet is critical to keeping pet rabbits healthy -- find out the scoop on feeding your rabbit a well balanced and high fiber diet.

 

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5. Toys for Rabbits

Binky - Netherland Dwarf Rabbit Picture
Photo © Alex

Rabbits are playful, active, and curious, and need a good variety of toys to keep them occupied (and out of trouble!).

 

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6. Rabbit Training and Behavior

Specky - Rabbit Picture
Photo © 2006 Lianne McLeod
Rabbits are really quite trainable, but it may take some patience, especially when it comes to litter training and redirecting very natural behaviors like chewing and digging. The following articles can help you understand why your rabbits do the things they do, and ways to train them to do some of the things you want them to do:

7. Grooming Rabbits

Find out why regular brushing is a must, bathing is out, and the low down on nail trims.

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8. Rabbit Health

You should try to find a knowledgeable rabbit vet, to spay or neuter your rabbit and to call on if your rabbit develops health problems. In some parts of the world, rabbits are vaccinated as well, so find a vet and check with them about a preventative health plan for your rabbit.

 

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9. Rabbit Care Videos

These videos, by Dr. Rebecca Campbell (of Symphony Veterinary Center in Manhattan), show some very helpful aspects of rabbit care in visual format:
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