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A Rabbit Makes The Best Family Pet
If you lead the typical modern lifestyle, these days you may feel that there is no room in your life for a pet.
Pets are expensive, demanding, and can bother the neighbors.
But take a few minutes to consider a rabbit:
- Pet Rabbits Are Relatively Undemanding
- They Are Most Active When You Are Most Likely To Be Home
- They Do Not Require Many Trips To The Vet
- Pet Rabbits Are Quiet
- Rabbits Are Easy to Care For
- They Do Not Need To Be Walked
- They Have Wonderful Personalities
A Pet Rabbit Is Not Demanding:
Relatively Speaking Pet rabbits really can be happy without inordinate amounts of attention from you. If you have soccer practice tonight and can't play for an hour, your pet rabbit will be content anyway. That's not true with some other types of pets.
My rabbits definitely prefer me to the substitute caregivers they have when I travel, but they never get sulky over it or have poor behavior because I'm gone.
Pet Rabbits Are Most Active When You Are Most Likely To Be Home:
Rabbits are most active around dawn and dusk. So, if you make your rabbit a small part of your morning routine, he or she should be active and willing to participate. When you get home from work, rabbits are up and ready to play, if you have the time. If you feel guilty about all of the time your pet rabbit is alone, don't bother. He or she was probably napping or at least settled a great deal of the time anyway.
Rabbits Do Not Require As Many Trips To The Vet:
You have a busy life and you do not need any more tasks on your to-do list. That's fine. Rabbits won't add a bunch of trips to the vet.
While dogs and cats require a series of visits as puppies and kittens plus annual checks-ups and expensive heart-worm medication, rabbits do not.
You may want to take your rabbit to the vet to be spayed or neutered.
Your rabbit, like any pet, may develop a condition that should be treated by a veterinarian. But you are not automatically in for a half dozen vet trips just because you adopted a new pet rabbit.
Male rabbits make the best pets:
Male rabbits, especially lop bucks, make the best pets because they are more attentive and affectionate. They make the best pets for kids because they are interactive, curious, and easy to handle.
Spayed female rabbits (does) can also make great pets. Unaltered female rabbits might make good pets, too. It's just a bit more chancy proposition.
Most of my male rabbits come forward to greet me at the cage door. Some of them hum or buzz for me.
Although I have a few female rabbits that will come forward to be rubbed and talked to, none of them buzz or hum. Most of them prefer to be left alone.
Female Rabbit Information:
When a female rabbit reaches sexual maturity, she may begin to view her cage as her potential nesting space and become protective of it. A female rabbit that feels nature urging her to breed can become very testy.
Pet rabbit owners are often confused when their formerly sweet bunny rabbit becomes aggressive, grunts, growls, or lunges towards them. I've heard the story many, many times.
I strongly recommend male rabbits for pet rabbits. If you really want a female rabbit, please give considerable thought to spaying her.
Some people have had female pet rabbits and have never had any problems with them. The odds are just better with a male rabbit.
Do Male Rabbits Really Spray?
You may have heard that male rabbits spray and they can. However, the problem is generally overstated, in my opinion.
Spraying is most prevalent with young breeding male rabbits who are housed close to female rabbits. Male rabbits who are not competing for the attentions of a female are less likely to spray. Most male rabbits who live in the family home never spray.
Personality Is The Bottom Line:
What is the bottom line of all of this rabbit information? Although your odds of having an affectionate pet rabbit lie with a male rabbit, the rabbit's individual personality is a very important ingredient.
One of the benefits of selecting your pet rabbit at four, five, or six months old (rather than when they are just weaned) is that you can better assess his or her personality type. That way, you can choose the best pet rabbit for you.
Where to buy rabbits:
Serious hobbyists and rabbit fanciers are your best source for healthy pet rabbits. Read more to find out why.
No Pet Shops, Please! ( other than those who are reputable- eg: Purley Pets Northmead)
I bought my first rabbits from pet stores. I do not know what breed they were, though I suspect now that one was either a Holland lop or a mini lop and I'm not certain about their gender. You see, the young lady who was working at the pet shop that day really didn't know much about them. And I knew even less.
That situation is not uncommon I have found. Many people have purchased pets from pet stores and then write to ask me questions about their rabbits. They do not feel that the pets shop could or would answer their questions.
I've also heard from people who bought rabbits that were supposed to stay small and ended up being huge bunnies - not what was desired or expected.
When I first got started as a breeder, I sold bunnies to pet shops twice. I found the experience very undesirable. The shop did not want to know the genders or birthdates of the rabbits. They didn't seem to understand why I was bringing transitional feed to them. I was so dissatisfied with the experience that I decided never to sell to pet shops again.
I have talked with many other serious hobbyist/breeders who had similar experiences. There are always exceptions, of course.
Backyard Breeders, Close But No Cigar:
Backyard breeders may indeed love their rabbits and give them the best care that they know how. But if they are raising rabbits to sell for profit and charge low prices, they must cut corners somewhere.
The first corner to cut is probably the stock they purchased to begin with. Many health issues and health vulnerabilities are genetic.
Feed, housing, and health care are other corners than can be cut.
Avoid breeders who are cranking out rabbits in order to have pets to sell. The quality can be very disappointing.
Serious Hobbyists And Rabbit Fanciers - That's The Ticket!
Hobbyists may also have their bunnies in their backyards or basements or in sheds. To the uninitiated observer, they may look like backyard breeders, but there are several very important differences.
First, hobbyists are breeding to produce the very best rabbits they can. Specialty club membership requires a pledge to work for the betterment of the breed.
Hobbyists compete in rabbit shows throughout the year and each breeding is done in the hopes of producing better show rabbit - rabbits that can become grand champions.
(Rabbits are judged on how well they conform to the standard for the breed. But they are also checked for health issues. Rabbits that are sick or in poor condition do not compete well.)
Sometimes the rabbit produced by rabbit exhibitors do not quite meet show rabbit standards. These rabbits are sold as pet rabbits. They are far superior to the average pet store rabbit.
Pet rabbits from hobbyists come from high quality, pedigreed parent rabbits. They are cared for in the same manner as future grand champions. The hobbyist will spend a great deal of time learning about and caring for their herd of rabbits. They have a great deal of time, energy and money invested in their rabbits.
Pet rabbit sales will never cover their expenses. But it is a hobby and not a business, so they will sell you an excellent pet rabbit at a reasonable price. Making a profit on pet sales was never their goal.
Hobbyists can accurately sex your pet rabbit for you. They can give you an accurate estimate of the pet rabbit's adult weight. They should be able to provide you with your new bunny rabbit's birthday. Also, the hobbyist can answer your questions and point you to appropriate resources for even more information.
If a problem should arise, an excellent hobbyist will stand behind their rabbit and most have replacement policies in case of health problems that should occur shortly after your purchase.
There is absolutely no doubt that taking a few minutes to locate the rabbit breeder hobbyists near you is well worth the time. Or, you have found me here. If i cant help you out, im sure to know someone who can!
Your new pet bunny rabbit!
When you first bring your pet rabbit home, it is best to leave him or her in the cage for two or three days. He or she has a lot to get use to:
New pet rabbit owners have literally stressed their rabbit into serious illness by handling them too much (especially young ones), taking them too many places, and introducing too many changes just as soon as they come home.
Pet Rabbits Recognize Your Voice: Be sure to talk to your rabbit. Your pet rabbit will recognize you by your voice. You will find that your pet rabbit is startled by yells, squeals, and sudden noises, but can often be calmed by your voice alone.
Out Of The Rabbit Cage: When he has had a chance to settle in, you can open the cage door and allow your new pet rabbit to come out on his own. If she doesn't come out right away, just linger outside the open cage door for about fifteen minutes at a time until she determines that you are okay.
As he starts coming to the door, talk sweetly to him and rub his ears, or the side of his cheek, or between his eyes.
How To Hold Your Pet Rabbit: After you have started developing a relationship with your pet rabbit on his terms, it is okay to begin picking him up. You may find that your pet rabbit never really enjoys being held, though. That's not to say that he won't choose to crawl onto your lap!
Rabbits are prey in the wild and their natural instincts tell them that being captured is not okay. You may find that your pet rabbit reacts better if you approach him on his level, rather than from above, like a wolf would.
Try to avoid chasing your rabbit. It is better to give him limited room to roam until he learns to get back into his cage easily. A chased rabbit can get upset enough to have a heart attack or break his back.
When you hold her, bring her close to your body and hold her snuggly without pressing too hard. Just like babies, pet rabbits feel more secure and scramble less when they are held confidently. You can hold a pet rabbit in the crook of your arm on his back like a baby. You can hold him firmly on your chest or in the crook of your arm with his face tucked in. This hold is especially good if he's nervous.
It is fine, and sometimes a good idea, to hold a rabbit's ears firmly while you hold him. He's not likely to want to leave those behind! However, never, ever let your rabbit's weight be held by his ears.
Some some pet rabbits are snugglers. Others like to hop on and off your lap on their own schedules. Still others will always want to have their feet on the floor when they interact with you.
Be patient and invest time into your rabbit. Make a body massage (not just petting the fur) be a part of your interaction. Your rabbit will love you for it.
Feeding Your Pet:
Transitional Rabbit Food:
Along with some sound pet rabbit care advice, a quality breeder will provide you with transitional rabbit food when you purchase your pet rabbit. That particular rabbit food should be used for the first day or two. After that, you should begin gradually mixing in your new rabbit food until he or she has changed completely over to the new food over the period of about a week.
Change Rabbit Food Slowly:
Pet rabbits, indeed all rabbits, are like babies and do not always deal well with changes to their diets. So anytime you change or add something in your pet rabbit's diet, you should do so gradually, one food at a time, and look for adverse reactions, such as low appetite or loose stool.
Which Rabbit Food Is Best?:
Purchase a high quality rabbit food for your pet rabbit. For the little bit of difference in price, you will notice a big difference in your rabbit's coat and flesh condition.
I feed my rabbits a 16% protein rabbit pellets. For pet rabbits, I recommend 15% or 16% protein. Too much protein without the need for it can cause imbalances in the rabbit's delicate digestive system. Red urine is a sign of undigested protein; you may want to consider using a rabbit food with lower protein if that occurs frequently.
Besides Pellets , "What Do Rabbits Eat?":
If you decide to feed your rabbit a large amount of low carbohydrate vegetables on a daily basis, besides introducing them slowly, you may need to reduce their pellet ration.
Although rabbit pellets are the main rabbit food, fruits, grains, and vegetables may also be used. However, many rabbits live long, healthy lives on hay, pellets, and water alone.
Grains, especially, should be limited to 1 tsp. per day and should be whole grain. I do not recommend corn for rabbits.
Avoid head lettuce, white potatoes, (limit sweet potatoes), green beans, anything that grows from a bulb, rhubarb leaves, grass or dandelions that have been chemically fertilized or sprayed for pests, and avocadoes. Limit spinach and kale to one large leaf per day.
Chickory, carrot tops, and parsley are loved by rabbits and pose very little threat of causing digestive problems.
Fruits are also easily overfed, causing imbalances in the digestive system. One strawberry, two or three raisins, a slice of apple, or a small chunk of banana is enough fruit for one day for an adult pet rabbit.
Rabbits enjoy hay and it has many benefits. Chewing hay helps rabbits deal with stress. Hay adds fiber to your pet rabbit's diet, and rabbits need a very high fiber diet to maintain their health.
Although pellets contain fiber, rabbits need the long fiber found in hay or straw.
I also believe that the fiber in the hay helps keep their hearts healthy. Just like humans, their arteries can become clogged and that can shorten their lives.
Chewing hay also helps to keep their teeth worn down (chew sticks can also be used). Rabbit food pellets are packed with nutrition, but they do not require the chewing that a natural wild diet would.
Also, pulling strands of hay helps your rabbit fight boredom. I feed hay to my show rabbits daily. Your pet rabbit should receive hay or hay cubes (Timothy hay, not alfalfa) at least every other day.
I use oaten Hay
Hay should be relatively dust free, free of unknown weeds and thorns, mold-free and at least slightly green, with a pleasant, fresh smell.
Your Pet Rabbit's Water:
Your rabbit needs a fresh, clean supply of water at all times. You can use either a crock or a water bottle. There are advantages to each. Crocks are easy to fill and easy to clean. But they can be stepped in or turned over. They can collect hay or rabbit food and become murky. And they can be fouled with urine or fecal matter. Bottles remain cleaner, but they are harder to clean and rabbits have to work a little harder to get a big drink in hot weather.