The Complete Rabbit Care Guide
"Discover Everything You Need To Know About Your Pet Rabbit!"
by Andrea Austin

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The internet has a wealth of resources on how to build rabbit cages, including detailed how-to directions and lists of needed materials. The following are great sites to visit if you are considering making your own cage. They will tell you everything you need to know:

http://petplace.netscape.com
http://msstate.edu/
http://sprowtybun.tripod.com

You can find the necessary materials at hardware stores or discount warehouse chains like Costco, BJs Wholesale, Target, Walmart, Home Depot, and so on.


Rabbit-proofing Your House

Just as you would if you were bringing home a newborn infant, you need to make sure that your house is physically prepared for your new pet rabbit. Because rabbits have certain tendencies - chewing and digging, for instance, there are specific ways in which you should rabbit-proof your home to ensure safety and comfort for your pet.

Rabbits can move quickly, of course, and they can squirm into very tight nooks and crannies, so start by blocking off any potential escape routes or tunnels, the spaces under a fridge, holes in your wall, open doors, stairwells, etc.

Rabbits also love to chew, and while this is instinctive and necessary for their dental health, you need to make sure they do not chew on dangerous items. If you have wood or carpet or any other potentially dangerous materials in your rabbits cage or the surrounding area, carefully observe to ensure that your bunny is not chewing on any of it. Cover furniture legs, put away or restrict access to computer cords, phone cords, cables, and so on.

Moreover, as chemicals can be very harmful or even fatal to your pet, make sure you hare your bunny does not get into any cleaning fluids, pesticides, cosmetics, etc.


Some House Plants are Poisonous

When rabbit-proofing, many new pet-owners fail to realize that there is one obvious danger that they fail to protect against. If you have flowers or plants in your house, its important to realize that they can actually be dangerous for your rabbit. Rabbits may chew on plant leaves, dig through dirt, or ingest harmful insecticides that may be sprayed on the plants. So block off access to these types of objects, or remove them from your house.


Preparing Your Kids for the Proper Treatment and Care of Rabbits

Children are naturally innately drawn to cute, cuddle-y creatures, and they will probably want to pick up, stroke and play with your new pet rabbit. But while this may be tempting, its potentially quite dangerous both to the bunny and to your child.

Rabbits are sociable animals and generally like human companionship, but unlike dogs and some cats, they do not enjoy the same type of close contact. They are ground-dwelling creatures and prefer to have all they are legs on the ground. If your child tries to pick up your new pet, the rabbit will likely squirm, claw and perhaps even fall to the floor. Moreover, children may want to rough-house with their new pet, but rabbits can easily be harmed by such behavior, because their bodies are so fragile.


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