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Rabbits in general
Member Name: heekeer
Rabbits in general
Date: 16/08/09, updated on 16/08/09 (40 review reads)
Advantages: Affectionate, run to meet you
Disadvantages: Can be smelly!
Rabbits are rodents or small mammals that are suitable to keeps as domestic pets.
If you are going to keep a rabbit you will have to be prepared in many ways, you might think that it would be an easy task to look after a rabbit which won't take alot of your time, however you will have to devote many hours into looking after and playing with your new furry friend.
You can either keep your rabbit in a pet cage, these usually have a plastic base and a wire frame which goes over the top to keep your rabbit in, but some rabbits like ours can manage to open this himself, so keep a close eye! Hutches are also a good option as it allows you to keep your rabbit outside so all the smells are kept out of your house!
Cleaning up after your rabbit will be a difficult task, its cage or hutch will get full of urine and rabbit poos quicker than you might imagine. I usually take an hour or more to clean my rabbits cage properly which should be done at least once every few days especially if you keep your pet in the house. You will need to feed your rabbit twice a day and will need a supply of fresh water at all times. Rabbits also love the occasional treats, some of my rabbit's favourites include carrots, spinach and apples but you will need to be careful with what you give your pet as it is a common misconception that you can give your rabbit lettuce.
Rabbits can be great companions but are more independent, they do like to play with you and will run excitedly to see you once you step out to meet them. You will need to have gained their trust which doesn't happen overnight so don't worry if your rabbit seems to want to run away from you at first! Rabbits also like to be brushed which is a good thing as your rabbit will need to have his coat groomed at least every week especially if you a long haired variety. When your rabbit is moulting in spring you will need to brush your pet every day to remove excess hair.
I love my pet rabbit and all the cleaning is worth it when he runs to meet me after a days work, he loves to be petted and occasionally with give you an affectionate lick! If you don't have the time or money to keep a pet like a dog, a rabbit is a great alternative.
Summary: Great pets!
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