Rabbits love to run, are very sociable and intelligent.
When deciding whether a rabbit is the pet for
you, keep in mind it requires daily attention and care much
like the demands of a dog. A rabbit should get lots of exercise,
live in a dry spot around your home and not simply live in
a cage. Keeping a rabbit caged will affect its intestinal
But, a word of caution -- watch your bunny when
it is not in the cage. Make sure your house is free of dangling
wires and other dangers. Rabbits will chew anything that feels
good for their teeth, so you should have toys around for chewing.
Like birds, a rabbit will molt. That's the process
of shedding their coat. The areas that shed will grow again
so don't attempt to help your pet with this process. Just
let the natural progression take place.
Rabbits are farsighted and don't see directly
in front of their face because their eyes are positioned to
the side. Remember that when you approach your pet and avoid
For first-time rabbit owners, Dana Johnson,
the chapter manager of the House Rabbit Society in Miami,
Fla., suggests buying a rabbit with short hair. They are easier
Buying a bunny at a pet store will cost $20
to $35. Or, you can adopt one from a rescue society such as
One costly, but important, factor to consider
when buying a rabbit is neutering. An adopted bunny will most
likely be neutered, but that's not always the case with a
pet store purchase. The cost of this procedure will fall somewhere
between $90 and $200.
A healthy rabbit will need to see a veterinarian
about once a year. The cost will be around $125. Be sure your
veterinarian is an expert in rabbit medicine.
Keeping your rabbit fed is about the most expensive
part of caring for this pet.
"Fresh Timothy hay, good quality pellets
and fresh greens and herbs will cost a couple hundred dollars
annually," says Johnson.
has cages for $39.99. Those with good ventilation are better
than glass cages or aquariums and to protect your bunny's
feet, pad the cage with a towel or newspaper and keep it dry.
Your pet rabbit will live for eight to 10 years
and, if well cared for, will make an excellent companion.