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THINKING OF A PET BUNNY?

By JULIE McCORMICK

There are over forty recognized breeds of rabbits ranging from twenty pound giants to two pound dwarfs. Rabbits come in a variety of sizes, colors and personalities. They are warm, gentle creatures that require time, commitment and care. The more affection you lavish on your bunny, the friendlier it will become. If you're patient, gentle, loving and kind, a bunny just might be the pet for you.

Rabbits make wonderful companions for the right people:

Basic Bunny Facts There are serveral places you might go to find your new pet:
Wherever you end up getting your bunny, here are some things you should keep in mind as you look:
Before you go off and actually get your new bunny, you should make sure that you think ahead as to what your new pet will need.

Housing

Your new bunny is going to need a place to call home and it is your responsibility to make sure your new pet has a clean, secure place to live. There are a wide variety of rabbit cages on the market. Make sure your bunny has plenty of room to move around in. The cage should have a removable tray that catches droppings and urine and can easily be cleaned.

Here is some additional reading on housing your bunny:

Food

This is a topic of debate among many bunny owners. Some people believe in strictly adhering to a pellet-only diet, while others will only feed fresh food. Whichever way you go, you should be prepared with food for when your new bunny arrives. Check with whoever you are purchasing your bunny from and get the same food that your bunny has been eating. Changes in diet should be gradual, not sudden. If you find that a certain food causes diarrhea, discontinue feeding that food immediately.

Whether you feed your bunny pellets, fresh foods or a mixture of the two, you should always make sure that your bunny has access to clean, fresh water at all times.


This brief article in no way covers everything you will need to learn. Please, take the time to read up on owning a rabbit. There are some very good books available in your local libraries and bookstores. The House Rabbit Handbook is a good place to begin. The time you take now will help you later, when you finally have your furry little friend safe at home. Good luck!

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