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"Discover Everything You Need To Know About Your Pet Rabbit!"
by Andrea Austin
Buying from a private breeder can give you the advantage of knowing exactly where your rabbit comes from. You can see the parents and know what your rabbit will look like when he is all grown up. But buying from breeders can also have the unwanted effect of fueling an industry that is all about producing bunnies for profit. Be careful to purchase from a breeder who loves and cares for his rabbits and is not just trying to turn a buck.
Shelters can be a great source for pets, and although you may have to pay an adoption fee, you will come away feeling great about your decision. Shelter pets are often in good health, having been checked out and treated by vets after being rescued, and have a hardy temperament.
Then again, if you know of a local family who has extra bunnies they are hoping to place in a good home, this can also be an ideal way to acquire your pet.
Whichever method you choose, just remember to be on the lookout for signs of a healthy and happy pet!
GETTING READY FOR YOUR RABBIT
Now that you have decided where to get your pet rabbit from, and now that you know how to select a healthy animal, you have got to prepare yourself, your family and your home for the new arrival. One of the first and most important considerations you will have to make is where your rabbit will stay.
Where Will You Keep Your Rabbit?
First of all, your rabbit will need a cage and I will discuss that in detail in just a little bit. But where should you put that cage? This is one of the most essential decisions a rabbit-owner has to make, because the environment in which a rabbit is raised has everything to do with his health, safety, and wellbeing.
Should your rabbit be caged indoors or outdoors? In a basement or in the living room? By a window or in the middle of a room?
As I have already mentioned, caging a rabbit indoors is generally preferable to caging him outdoors. When a rabbit is kept indoors, you have better control over the temperature, noise level, and overall safety of the environment.
When selecting a location for the cage, make sure that you choose an area that is close to the people in the household, but also far enough that the rabbit can retreat and be alone if he wants. Also be sure to keep the cage away from loud objects, like phones, stereos, televisions, and so on. Do not put the cage anywhere where it will be subjected to extreme heat or cold (fireplaces, heaters, open doors, open windows, freezers, etc).
Above all, since rabbits need to be let out of their cages to exercise from time to time, the cage should be in an area that is safe for your fuzzy friend to run around in.
A word of warning: it is best NOT to keep your rabbit in the basement. Most basements are damp and moldy, and this can make your animal ill (respiratory disease is just one of the dangers). Instead, choose a dry, comfortable area in your home.
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