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My Best Advice For People Getting A New Rabbit

My site and new book, "The Bunny Lover's Complete Guide To House Rabbits" were created to get the vast amount of knowledge I have gained from being a rabbit educator to as many people in the public as possible. Whether you are a novice or had rabbits for decades, I have found that you can always learn more about these mysterious creatures. I hope to take some of that mystery out of living with a pet bunny for you by sharing with you the secrets and tricks that will help make your life with an indoor pet rabbit better and more rewarding.

I can tell you from personal experience that no matter how long that you have pet rabbits, you will never learn about them about proper care. It is impossible, without actively seeking to do so. Waiting for your rabbit to teach you how to properly feed and take care of him is like trying to get your 2 year old child to teach you how to raise children. It is not going to happen and you are bound for failure.

So many critical things, such as how to tell if your bunny is sick or how to litter box train your rabbit must be learned from others who know how. This is why I have chosen to be a rabbit educator. We need more people out there teaching the public the right way to live indoors with a pet bunny.

There are three ways to learn about pet house rabbits and they are:
  • Take a rabbit class at a local shelter or House Rabbit Society chapter.
  • Get a good book about them (make sure that it was written about HOUSE RABBITS, not rabbit breeding).
  • Join the House Rabbit Society and use their vast educational resources available online.
  • You can learn quite a bit about the subject from sites on the internet, but you need to be very careful where you get your information. I have found a lot of the myths and bad info are perpetuated online and have even read bad stuff on veterinarian websites. Be very sure that your source is a trusted knowledeable source, when you are researching about house rabbits.

    When you have decided to get a pet rabbit, there are several things that you should do BEFORE bringing one home. The first thing you will need to do is obtain supplies for him. You will need an x-pen, litter box, absorbent material (such as CareFresh), a supply of hay (not rabbit pellets or alfalfa hay) and a heavy crock water bowl (rabbit tip over other types of bowls).

    You will also need to school yourself on how to properly feed your bunny and set-up his litter box. Rabbit can not eat nuts, beans, corn, peas, potatos and many other foods. Anything with sugars and starches in them are to be avoided, such as fruits and any kind of cereals or human chips.

    Rabbits need a very high fiber diet, which is why almost 90 percent of their diet should be grass hays. A small serving of greens should be given once or twice a day. The amount of daily greens should be no more than twice the size of your rabbit's head. Be careful about introducing new or unfamiliar greens to your rabbit. Even though a green is OK for your rabbit, he can experience intestinal discomfort from something new.

    All rabbits adore their treats. To say that they have a sweet tooth is an understatement. Don't be drawn into the "treat trap" by allowing your rabbit to constantly beg treats off you. When a bunny learns how to "push your buttons", they will be asking you for another treat every 15 minutes. Learn to control your urge to give in to his cute begging or you risk training him to beg all the time in hopes of getting more.

    Healthy treats are the best ones to give. Avoid sweet or sugary treats, even though they will be your rabbit's favorite. Once a bunny is spoiled by these type of treats, they will shun the good ones, like a sprig of fresh parsley or cilantro. Most rabbit treats sold in pet stores are the worst. Yogurt drops are not good for rabbits, but you will find them all the time in the stores.
    A very important step in bringing home a new bunny is finding his rabbit specialist vet BEFORE you bring him home. What if the stress of moving to a new home sends your rabbit into a bout of GI stasis or bloat. You do not want to be searching online or calling new vets when every hour counts. This is something that should be done prior, just in case. The wrong time to be shopping for your rabbit's vet is during a crisis.

    It goes without saying that you should never buy a pet rabbit. When thousands of rabbits of every breed, color and size are being euthanized daily because there are not enough homes for them all, this is a no brainer.

    When you buy from a pet store, you are supporting unneccessary rabbit breeding, which is all too common in most communities. Backyard breeders churn out thousands of baby rabbits each day to sell for a mere $10-20. Most do not know what they are doing, as evidenced by the horrific genetic issues that we deal with all the time in vet offices and at the shelters, where many of these poor animals end up. If people would stop buying rabbits from breeders, then they would stop breeding because they are in it for the money.

    When selecting your new rabbit, do so by the bond that you feel with him and not because of his size, breed or color. While some breeds do have a reputation for having distinct personality traits, I have found exceptions to all of them. So do not get a lop ear rabbit because your last rabbit was one and he was sweet. Maybe your next loppie will be sweet, but maybe he won't. You want to pick your bunny by a mutual attraction for each other. I have seen difficult bunnies who were unfriendly to almost everyone, suddenly warm up to someone that they meet and go home with them. Just as with humans, there is some bunny out there for everyone.


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