Filed under: General
Posted by: PetGhar
@ 1:41 pm
Rabbits (or bunnies) are growing in popularity as house pets. Social as well as active and playful, they have the potential to be wonderful pets for the prepared owner.
Life expectancy: varies with breed, anywhere from 5 to 15 years.
Pet Qualities (pros and cons):
- Rabbits are social with gentle handling are generally quite tame.
- They are playful and entertaining to watch.
- Being social, they need a great deal of interaction with their owners and/or other rabbits to be happy. Daily playtime and exercise outside of their case is necessary.
- They are not low maintenance - it takes a good deal of work to properly care for a rabbit.
- They can be litter trained.
- They do need to chew, so lots of chewable toys should be provided, and any spaces where the rabbit is allowed to run must be carefully rabbit-proofed.
- They need a relatively large cage.
- While they are generally quiet pets, rabbits are not a good match for active young children who may not be careful enough when picking them up or playing around them.
- Rabbits like to be near people, but they often would rather not be held.
- They will likely require some veterinary care, which can be expensive. They should be spayed or neutered (by a vet experienced with surgery on rabbits) and they may require vaccinations depending on where you live
- Rabbit urine can have a strong odor so expect to change their litterbox frequently (spaying and neutering can help reduce the odor. In addition their urine is high in calcium so can leave a chalky residue when it dries that can be hard to clean up (vinegar is pretty effective for this).
(Countesy : about.com)