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Welcoming a New House Rabbit

 


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Rabbits can make delightful pets. Beyond their soft fur and adorable appearances, they can also be intelligent, entertaining, and friendly companions. Many people do not realize this, but they can even be litter trained, much like cats. Because of this, pet owners have the option of allowing their rabbits to roam part of or the entire house, rather than keeping them changed for most of every day. Anyone who is considering bringing home one of these delightful pets should be forearmed with the following tips.

One of the most important things you can do for a new pet is prepare your house before he or she even moves in with you. With small mammalian pets, one of the biggest dangers is posed by their instinct to chew as often as possible. Not only is this bad for your furniture and carpets, but biting into an electrical wire can be deadly.

Therefore, the very first step is to place as many wires as possible off the ground. If this is not possible for some of them, plastic tubing is available at more hardware stores. If you use this option, be sure to check the tubing regularly to see if your pet has begun to chew through it.

You will also want to provide your new pet with as many chew sticks, bunches of hay, and other toys as reasonably possible. An occupied animal is much less likely to be destructive; additionally, toys give animals a safe target for their chewing instincts. Of course, you will also want to move any possessions that you want to protect out of jumping range; and remember, a healthy adult rabbit can jump up to three feet!

You will also want to provide your pet with a suitable home. Although many rabbits do enjoy exploring, they also require a safe, enclosed space in which to sleep or hide from dangers. You can make such a space with a pet carrier, a cage (just leave the door open), a custom designed enclosure, or even a large cardboard box. When your pet is in his or her safe place, make sure you never reach in to grab him or her, or do anything else that could be upsetting, except in emergencies.

If you plan on giving your bunny free range, you are probably interested in litter training. Fortunately this is quite easy with most rabbits. These animals have a natural tendency to leave their droppings in one place. Just keep a new rabbit confined to one room (preferable covered in newspaper) until you have determined where he or she likes to leave droppings. Then place a covered litter box right in that area. Ta da!

For more information about rabbit care, contact your local San Francisco veterinarian clinic .

Joseph Devine

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