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Q: home for a bunny

October 31, 2009 | By Anonymous | 5 answers | Expired: 1613 days ago

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I am thinking about opening my home to a new bunny. but I have never had one before and am doing my research. Does anyone have any advice? what should I expect? Does anyone have bunnies and indoor dogs? anything you could tell me would be a great help. Thanks a bunch.

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Angklin
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Nov 07, 2009

I have had one indoors before and have had many out doors in cages. I prefer the out door rabbits in cages. I have never litter trained a rabbit . When I had one indoors it was kept in a cage and I let it run around. You have to clean the cage about every day so it does not stink. I prefer having them outside since they are an out door animal. If you have one outdoors you can make or purchase a good cage and make your own yard for them to run around in with a top so other critters would not get to them, Cleaning their cage once a week is good for out doors.

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Tricia L.
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Nov 02, 2009

Hi! =)
We had rabbits when we were little. They really werent much fun. Dont play like cats and dogs..
And you have to clean their cage out alot so they dont stink.
But my sister has a ferret and I love him. He plays with the dogs like he is one of them. hehe
good luck! =)

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Ragdollkitties
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Nov 02, 2009

I had a house rabbit for years. There is a lot to know about rabbits, so make sure you research their care, health, diet, housing, exercise requirements, behavior, and enrichment needs thoroughly before bringing a bunny home. They are considered "exotics" as far as veterinary care is concerned, so finding a vet that treats a lot of rabbits is very important. Also, spaying or neutering the rabbit is very important, not only for health reasons, but also to help curb hormonal behaviors. The cost of neutering was over $100 when I had my rabbit neutered five years ago. Rabbits can make wonderful pets for well-informed people who are willing to meet their unique health and behavior needs. The House Rabbit Society website is a great resource. The website is www.rabbit.org. Good luck with your research.

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Naturegirl112106
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Nov 01, 2009

I used to have a himalayan rabbit my advice to you is that if you are going to allow it to run around your house that it be litter trained. If you are planning on keeping in a cage make sure you allow it to run around outside it's cage for about an hour everyday so that it gets enough exercise and attention. My dog loved to clean my rabbit but it depends on your dog on how well it will get along with the newest member of your family. Every animal is different but you have to give your dog time to get used to the new bunny and you will have to teach him what not to do to it. I hope you enjoy your new bunny.

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Michele Z.
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Nov 01, 2009

There have been quite a few "questions" pertaining to rabbits as pets. If you do a "search" of rabbits in the Zootoo "Answers" section, you should be able to find a lot of interesting points about pet rabbits that can help you make the decision.

For one thing, you need to realize that rabbits LOVE to chew and WILL chew on just about anything--and can cause a lot of damage if kept indoors (where, I hope, you would intend to keep the rabbit). Rabbits also need a large cage plus supervised exercise outside of the cage several times a day.

Rabbit "droppings" can be (well, ARE) numerous, so you'll have a lot of clean-up to do. Rabbits can be litter trained, but there is still a significant amount of "maintenance" work you would have to do. Actually, once the "novelty" of having a pet rabbit wears off, you are mostly left with a "cute" pet that requires a lot of your time (and labor).

Rabbits also need fresh vegetables, which can be quite expensive, especially during winter months. A diet too high in calcium can result in kidney or urinary stones, requiring surgical removal. Depending on where you live, you might have difficulty finding a good veterinarian who specializes in or will at least treat rabbits.

I suppose a dog could be "friends" with a rabbit, but a dog may also want to chase the rabbit, causing the rabbit great stress. I can't predict how your dog would respond to a rabbit--that's something that you'd have to discover for yourself.

I always suggest that anyone thinking about getting a pet rabbit first get a "foster rabbit" from a shelter. That will give you an opportunity to help your local shelter plus give you an "insider's" view of what it is like to have a rabbit without making a long-term commitment. (Rabbits usually live 5-10 years.)

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