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House rabbit? Yes you can litter train the little blighters.
Member Name: chucklingMonkey
Advantages: Having a pet is proven to lead to longer life.
Disadvantages: Got to rabbit proof the house
Barney came to live with us just over a year ago from an unwanted litter of eight. This was my first experience of having pets, and from the start I wanted to keep him as a house rabbit.
Prior to getting Barney home we spent some time rabbit proofing the areas we were ultimatey going to allow him access to. Initially this was the dining room, hall, landing and lounge. Rabbits tend to nibble low hanging wires, and will chew on anything made from cardboard, paper or wicker.
The first week was spent litter training and bonding with your rabbit. You have to ensure that they are restricted to a fairly small area, where their food, water and litter tray - where they eat they tend to poo (and wee) so you fill the litter tray with hay. Once they have weed and pooed a few times then the job is done and you can gradually allow them to explore a bit more.
Once this was done and Barney was used to us and his surroundings we let him explore the house at his own pace (he learned how to climb the stairs in the first few days of seeing them).
House rabbits are similar to cats, but don't demand affection as much. They certainly do show it from time to time - watching a happy rabbit binky (where they leap into the air and do mid air acrobatics) is something quite amazing. Also if a rabbit starts grooming you (e.g. licking your ankles while you are watching television) then thats the highest compliment. Of course you have to repay the compliment (a stroke will suffice fortunately!).
We take him out into the garden whenever we can, so he can get the best of both worlds - fresh dandilions outside and a safe warm house to come into.
Dietwise rabbits can eat dried rabbit pellets, but it is advisable to add some fresh veg and the aforementioned dandilion leaves. Brocolli and spring greens tend to be a favourite at the moment. They always need access to fresh water every day (I'd recommend using a bowl rather than a bottle as some bottles may get sticky ends and your bun might not be able to get water out).
If you aren't house proud, and fancy a pet that will bring a smile to your face daily then think of getting a house rabbit - just please don't buy one from a pet shop as there are plenty hopping around animal rescue centres waiting for a good home.
Summary: Great pets to have if you have the inclination.
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