How-to Prepare Your House For a Rabbit
What do you think of when you imagine introducing a new pet into your home? A cat, a dog, a fish, a bird? Not many people think of a rabbit as this is an animal traditionally kept outside in the garden, in a hutch or pen.
In actual fact rabbits can provide a great amount of company. They're affectionate, undeniably intelligent, full of personality and have very similar habits to cats (including cleanliness).
Making sure your rabbit gets on in your household is easily done if you know how and are willing to do things properly. You'll need to prepare for the new arrival way before they arrive by making sure all electrical wires are either out of reach, tucked away or tacked to the walls. It's been established that bunnies instinctively think wires are plant or tree roots which are invading their 'burrow'. So for example if there's a laptop cable running right across the room don't be surprised if they chew through it at lightening speed...they're just trying to tidy up! You would also be surprised at how rabbits manage to avoid electric shocks.
Secondly you must make sure that you have no animals already in the house likely to be predators. This includes cats and dogs. Rabbits and cats are known to actually get on very well but the introduction must be done very carefully and it's best if they are both very young.
Your rabbit's environment is their kingdom. These creatures thrive on a sense of hierarchy so you need to give them their 'own' patch of land and that should be their cage. House rabbit cages are available from most pet superstores and several places online. They need to be quite big though so remember to leave a space for it where it won't be in the way. Of course your main worry will be how to litter train bunny. For the first 2 days you should be keeping the rabbit inside his cage and just letting him observe the world around him. This will force him to go to the toilet in his cage and voila! You've established a toilet. If you have a male bunny who is un-neutered then you may find you have a few 'accidents' (i.e. peeing to mark territory). To avoid this take a little bit of the soiled shavings and place them in another part of the room in a cat litter tray. He should start using this.
Finally, remember that bunnies love to climb, hide, jump and squeeze so make sure there are no little cubby holes or nooks that they're likely to get stuck in. There's nothing worse than a defiant bunny rabbit who's hiding in a corner, refusing to go in his cage when all you want to do is go to bed!
I hope you find these pointers helpful in preparing your home for a rabbit invasion. There are a lot more where they came from, so watch this space!