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"Discover Everything You Need To Know About Your Pet Rabbit!"
by Andrea Austin
From the Mouth of a Rabbit Owner:
When I moved into my new apartment it seemed so quiet and lonely. I wanted some companionship, but I did not want a dog (too messy and too demanding) and I did not want a cat who would just be able to roam free throughout my apartment every single hour of the day.
I went to the pet store and saw an adorable bunny sleeping in its cage. It was so tiny I just could not help thinking: Thats my new pet! Before I knew it, I was buying the bunny and setting it up in my apartment. I bought a small cage and some toys and food and figured I was all set.
But pretty soon my tiny, cute, pint-sized bunny began to grow and grow and grow so large that I needed to buy another cage. My now-giant rabbit, who I call Ladyfingers, currently weighs in at 16 pounds. I love her to death, but I still wish I had read up on the Californian breed before I purchased her!
Key Points Summary:
There are four basic groupings into which rabbits fall: large, medium, small and dwarf breeds. The size range is considerable between these four groups, with large rabbits getting up to an astonishing 20 pounds in some case and small rabbits weighing as little as a couple pounds.
Rabbits may also be short-haired (most rabbits are) or long-haired, with fur that requires more continual grooming and care. Some rabbits even have long ears that drag along on the ground!
Its important to realize that while the aesthetics of your chosen pet are really a matter of your personal taste, you need to keep your own lifestyle and home in mind when you select a breed. For instance, someone who lives in a one-room apartment may prefer a smaller rabbit instead of a giant 20-pound rabbit who requires a very big cage.
Moreover, someone who does not have lots of free time to groom his or her rabbit should probably opt for a short-haired breed. If a person buys a long-haired rabbit and then fails to groom its fur regularly, the rabbit could develop some health problems.
Now that you know about the basic breeds and categories, you can select your rabbit with care and appropriateness for your lifestyle.
SELECTING YOUR RABBIT
Aside from appearance, there are a number of considerations that you will have to make when it comes time to pick out your fuzzy friend at a pet store or other venue. This is important both to ensure that you select a healthy pet, and to make sure that you and he are compatible!
In this chapter I will explain what you will need to think about prior to heading out to buy your pet rabbit, and what to look for when you are actually selecting an animal from a breeder, adoption center or store.
Remember, while size, breed, fur type and color are mostly a matter of personal preference (as I have explained in the previous chapter), the considerations here are essential to bringing home and raising a healthy pet.
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