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Owning a Pet Rabbit
Rabbits

General Information

Rabbits make a nice alternative to a dog or cat. They are usually not aggressive, don't have to be walked, and usually learn to use a litter box quite easily. Their average life span is 5-10years old, and they reach breeding age at 6 months of age. Early spaying and neutering at 4-6months of age is recommended to decrease both medical and behavioral problems. Rabbits are known for their easy breeding abilities; pregnancy lasts about 30 days and the average size litter is 4 to10 bunnies.

Proper handling of rabbits is important. Rabbits have a lightweight skeleton compared to most animals. Their powerful back legs allo... Read More

Litter Box Training your Pet Rabbit
Rabbits

This information is from the House Rabbit Society website at www.rabbit.org.

Introduction

By nature, rabbits choose one or a few places (usually corners) to deposit their urine and most of their pills (term for rabbit droppings/feces). Urine-training involves little more than putting a litter box where the rabbit chooses to go. Pill training requires only that you give them a place they know will not be invaded by others. Here are some suggestions to help you to train your rabbit to use the litter box.

Does age make a... Read More

Housing your Pet Rabbit
Rabbits

This information is from the House Rabbit Society website at www.rabbit.org.

Is it OK to keep my rabbit in a cage with a wire floor?

Rabbits were not designed to live on wire floors--they're hard on their feet (which have no pads on the, like cats or dogs). If you must use a cage with a wire floor, you need to provide your rabbit with a resting board or rug for her to sit on; otherwise she will spend all of her time in her litter box.

You can find cages with slatted plastic floors, which are more comfortable, or you can use a solid floor. ... Read More

Feeding your Pet Rabbit
Rabbits

The majority of the house rabbit diet should be composed of grass hay (any variety) which is rich in Vitamin A and D as well as calcium, protein and other nutrients. Eating hay promotes healthy teeth and gastrointestinal tract and should be available to your rabbit at all times. Varying the type of grass hay or mixing hays is a great idea (such as timothy, orchard, brome, etc). Avoid the use of alfalfa hay as the primary source of hay due to the fact it is very high in calories and protein, far more then the average house rabbit needs. Alfalfa is not a grass, but rather a legume (in the pea and bean family).

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