What to Expect with Rabbits

Filed Under: Pocket Pets, General Care, Rabbits

Rabbits—social, playful and active—can be wonderful pets, as long as you know what to expect from them, and how to take care of them.

One fact prospective rabbit owners should learn quickly: rabbits are not low maintenance pets. To be cared for properly, they require attention and work. You should have your rabbit spayed or neutered—check to see if your veterinarian is experienced with rabbit surgery, or if they can recommend a surgeon who is. Rabbits can be litter trained, but their urine has quite a strong odor, and will need to be changed very frequently. Spaying or neutering can help to reduce this odor. Have your vet make sure the rabbit gets all required vaccines.

With time and gentle handling, rabbits can be very tame. To be happy, rabbits need plenty of social interaction, with owners and other rabbits. They do like to be around people; however, rabbits don’t generally like to be held for any extended period of time. They also need a lot of exercise; this helps them stay in a good mood. Their cages should be very large, but even a large cage is too small to hold a rabbit for 24 hours. Rabbits should be let out daily for playtime and exercise. Any place a rabbit is left to run free should be rabbit-proofed: no small openings the rabbit could get stuck in, and nothing left out that you don’t mind being chewed. Give your rabbit lots of chewable toys to keep in their cage.

If you’re looking for a rabbit as a pet, check with your local humane shelter or animal rescue center to see if they have any rabbits. Older rabbits can easily bond with new owners. Adopting is an excellent opportunity to give a new home to a very special rabbit, and welcome a new member into your family.

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