Thinking Of A Pet Bunny? What You Need To Know

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Bunnies are so cute and adorable, but if you're thinking of grabbing baby peter rabbit out of his burrow and keeping as a pet, you may want to rethink that idea. Wild rabbits are different than a domesticated rabbit. They may carry diseases such as rabies and should be left alone in their burrow. If you are interested in owning a pet rabbit, talk to your veterinarian about where is the best place to adopt or purchase one. Usually a farm or even a pet store is where you can find rabbits. Read on for more information about rabbits before you think about bringing one into your home.

Larger Breeds Are Better For Children

Smaller breeds are usually the type you find in your yard, but the larger breeds are a bit bigger, have larger, floppy ears and are less anxious than the smaller breeds, which makes them better for children. Larger breeds are usually easier to handle than smaller breeds.

Rabbits Need Space

Rabbits should have a crate, not a cage so they have room to roam a bit. Be sure to give your rabbit a crate that is large enough that your rabbit can hop around inside, eat, drink, exercise and have toys inside. A smaller cage is not going to be big enough. If you aren't sure about having a large crate in your home, a rabbit may not be the ideal pet for you.

Rabbits Have Special Diets

Rabbits eat more than just pellets. According to Clovis Veterinary Hospital P A, they need hay to keep their teeth healthy and to keep them worn down. Be sure there is enough hay in the crate for your bunny. They also eat other things such as fresh berries, bananas, lettuce, dandelion leaves, kale, apples and carrots. Rabbits also need to drink plenty of fresh water, so be sure the water in your rabbit's crate is freshened daily and you check it throughout the day if your rabbit needs more.

Rabbits Need Exercise

Rabbits can get bored and need exercise and toys to play with. A toy can be a house inside the crate, or you can bring your rabbit out of his crate to hop around. If you do this, be sure to keep an eye on your rabbit as they like to chew on things such as electrical cords. Also watch your other pets around the rabbit and small children as well to prevent injury to the rabbit or others. 

If you're thinking of getting a pet rabbit, you may want to think about how much care this animal needs. He is going to need love and attention just like any other pet. Be sure to also visit the veterinarian with your pet rabbit to be sure he has his shots and has an exam/checkup.