Rabbits make wonderful pets. Each rabbit has a distinct
personality, just as different people or dogs or cats
do. Rabbits can be trained. They can learn commands,
games, and even to use a litter box.
So, you think you would like to have a rabbit? Perhaps
you are planning to add a new one to the household.
As pets, rabbits are great companions who want to have
fun. However, there are aspects of a rabbit's personality
which are not so appealing. For instance, rabbits love
to chew and have to be monitored and trained so that
they do not chew on carpets, furniture and electrical
wires. Some rabbits do not like to be cuddled; others
are easily frightened, and may bite or run as a result.
Is your family ready for a
Before adding any pet to your household,
be sure that you and your family are ready for the financial
and time responsibilities. Rabbits should NEVER be
obtained on impulse.
Ask yourself some honest questions.
TO ASK YOURSELF BEFORE GETTING A RABBIT
||Which adults in the family will be the primary
||Are you prepared for a possible 10-year commitment
to this rabbit?
||Does everyone in your family want a rabbit?
||Are you prepared to provide proper veterinary
care, including the spaying and/or neutering of
your rabbit, and any necessary vet visits?
||Do you have an appropriate cage and supplies?
||Is your home "bunny-proofed"? (cover
wires, keep away poisonous plants, etc)
||Do you have animals that could endanger the rabbit?
(Rabbits can die even when only frightened by a
||Will you be able to supervise any children around
||If you move, get married, have a baby, or if the
kids lose interest, are you prepared to keep your
||Can you adopt a rabbit from the SPCA instead of