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Do rabbits make good pets?
Rabbits in general
Member Name: Dangermousegirl
Rabbits in general
Date: 05/08/00, updated on 08/08/00 (296 review reads)
Advantages: inexpensive and lovable
Disadvantages: need a lot of attention
My family has had rabbits for as long as I can remember and I believe that they make very good pets. As well as being relatively easy to look after, they are both amusing to watch and can make extremely lovable pets if given the right handling when young.
Although rabbits have always been thought of as rodents that must live outside as they are smelly, this couldn't be further from the truth. Whilst being cleaned out regularly (about once a week) and being let out of the hutch every day for at least 2-3 hours of exercise, there is no reason for their bedding to smell and therefore rabbits are a good pet to keep indoors. This is especially true because rabbits are very social creatures and it is easy for them to become lonely if they are never stroked or handled - it is at this point that they may become vicious. However, do not buy guinea pigs as partners for a rabbit as although some people say that the two animals gat on well with eachother it couldn't be further from the truth. In reality they will probably fight and it is possible that the rabbit will kill the guinea pig as it can be territorial.
Rabbits can be litter trained to almost the same degree as dogs and cats, making them easier to keep and they offer to make a very friendly pet in most circumstances. The lop eared rabbits are probably the most suitable for young children as they are the most placid so will put up with a lot more than some other breeds such as the polish ones and if they are given regular vetinary checkups with vaccinations for Myxamitosis and VHD, their life expectancy is about 10 years.
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