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Choosing a pet rabbit

By Edited Aug 14, 2015 0 0

So you've decided to get a rabbit as a pet!

However, there a few things that you need be aware of, before you choose a bunny.

Think about what sort of rabbit appeals to you!  Rabbits come in all shapes & sizes.

Different breeds not only have different features but often have different character traits as well. For example, dwarf or dwarf x rabbits are wonderful for children as they are active, friendly, small & have relatively few health problems. They are easy to house & not too fussy about their feed.

Pure bred rabbits are more likely to have health problems. Often New Zealand Giants have a shorter life span due to their large size & Lops have ear problems due to the shape of their floppy ears, but both these breeds are popular due to their gentle natures.

Do your research!  Go online, talk to the local pet shop, talk to your vet, breeders & friends about their bunnies & decide what breed is right for you.

Once you have decided on the breed, choosing an individual is easy!

If choosing from a litter or cage, sit quietly near or in the cage & see which bunnies are curious enough to approach you. A sick bunny will often sit away from the others. Look for a rabbit that has bright eyes, silky fur, has no discharge from its eyes or nose & no obvious health problems. A healthy bunny's ears are NOT hot!(unless it's a very hot day!)  They are usually a few degrees cooler than the rabbits body. Gently feel the ears, hot ears could be the sign of a sick bunny. 

Lift the rabbit & gently supporting it, look at the rabbit's tail area. Make sure the bunnies anal & genital area is clean.  If the rabbit has faeces sticking to its fur or is soaking wet, then it is suffering from some sort of urinary problem or may have a food intolerance.

Lastly hold the bunny against your chest or on your lap. Most rabbits will stay reasonably still when patted. Stroke the bunny. If it is comfortable with you ,then this is when you can be sure that the bunny is ready to come home with you.

 

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