Rabbits make terrific pets, but unlike Bugs Bunny they are delicate creatures, so providing proper care is essential for their health and survival.
It’s important to learn the ins and outs of a healthy rabbit’s diet, exercise, handling and tooth and bone care. Remember your pet rabbit must have veterinary check-ups for vaccinations and you need advice on medications, many of which can be toxic to rabbits.
1. Is a rabbit right for you?
The first thing to consider is that rabbits have a long life span, so be prepared to care for your pet rabbit for many years. They are also unique creatures who form tight bonds with their families. 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.
2. Choosing a healthy rabbit
A fairly quick look at a 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, we 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.
Find out more on how to keep healthy rabbits.