Guide to Raising Rabbits – How to Have Happy Bunnies


Rabbits are popular pets, especially whenever Easter rolls around each year. Unfortunately, after the initial appeal of the cute, cuddly bunny wears off, too many children decide that they don’t want to deal with the responsibilities involved in taking care of their new pet, and they end up at the humane society or back at the pet store. Instead of giving a rabbit as a gift, discuss the purchase ahead of time and make sure your children understand what will be involved in keeping their pet healthy and happy. With this extra bit of preparation, you can save a lot of trouble down the road for you and the rabbit alike.

One thing that pet rabbits need to have is a cage or hutch where they can stay. If you plan to keep them in a cage, make sure that it is large enough so that they have room to stretch and hop around. Rabbits can do well when left to their own devices, but it is entirely possible to bond with a pet rabbit. They are very snuggly, and under the right circumstances, they will gladly indulge a human in a cuddle or two. It’s best to pay attention to a rabbit’s moods, however; these creatures can be temperamental, and trying to handle a grumpy rabbit could result in an unwanted nibble.

Families with multiple pets would probably do best to keep the rabbit in a contained area. Cats are especially likely to pose a threat, though it is possible for rabbits to interact peacefully with pets of other species. If the rabbit is the only animal in the house, letting it out of the cage frequently is a more reasonable option. Indeed, many rabbits can be house trained, allowing them to roam the house for extended periods of time. However, one must be diligent to ensure that it does not escape the house. Another issue is the fact that rabbits like to chew through wires, and this can wreak havoc with electronic equipment. Some families set up specific areas in the yard as rabbit runs so that they can get some exercise and fresh air without worry of damaging anything.

Rabbits generally enjoy the company of other rabbits, but make sure you know what gender you are getting if you decide to spring for two. Putting a male and female rabbit together is a sure recipe for babies, and while these bunnies – technically called kittens – are adorable, it will mean that much more work for you in terms of keeping the cage clean and eventually providing food, and at some point you will have to figure out what to do with all those babies once they’ve grown up.

Rabbits are fairly fastidious creatures, so it’s important to change the litter and chips in their cages frequently. You also need to keep a close eye on their food situation and make certain that they always have enough. While rabbits will most likely eat whatever food you give them, it’s best to be consistent, as digestive issues can result from sudden changes to their diet.

When it comes to pets, getting a rabbit is a step up from a hamster, which can rarely be taken out of its cage, but it’s not as involved as having a dog or cat. More often than not, rabbits do not respond when called, and like cats, they can often be aloof. Any quality time has to come on their own terms. They have a tendency to be nervous, so do your best to make them comfortable and remove any potentially alarming objects from their immediate area. Another drawback to rabbits is the fact that they live only a few short years.

Children as young as seven should be able to take care of a rabbit; knowing some of what is involved beforehand can better prepare them to take on the responsibility.

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jasonjason – who has written posts on Home Tips Plus.
I'm a father of three, married and a home owner since 2006. I've worked in fixing up homes and rental properties.

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