Rabbits as pets

Rabbits make wonderful pets when you live in circumstances that make it impossible to own a cat or dog.  They are especially useful if you live in a smaller apartment and want a pet that is playful but does not require a large area to live in.  They very clean gentle animals and if played with on a regular basis can offer you the same companionship of a small cat or dog.  Before you get a rabbit it helps to know what their basic needs are so that you can judge if it is an appropriate pet.

First off, a rabbit is not a short time investment as most live for 10 to 15 years so be sure to judge if you are willing to take on a long term responsibility.  They do not do well in extremely high temperatures so if you live in an area that gets warm during the day without air conditioning you will run the risk of losing the pet to a premature death.  They also need to be an area with clear ventilation and their cage should be cleaned daily especially if you are unable to litter train your rabbit as faeces can cause disease to you and your rabbit.

Most pet rabbits require a cage or hut area that is large enough that they can comfortably run throughout the cage as they require the same amount of exercise as any other animal.  Wood or wire pens are generally the best choices since rabbits gnaw and can escape fairly easily from plastic enclosures.  Due to their gnawing plenty of toys should be provided to keep their teeth trim and the rabbit satisfied while you are not playing with it. If you allow your rabbit to run around your home make sure all electrical cables are out of reach as they will gnaw on these as well.

Most domestic rabbits are friendly by nature but require regular handling if you want them to stay friendly.  You should play with you rabbit every day which will also help you monitor their health since rabbits can contract the same diseases that any other pet would.  You can help ensure your rabbit stays healthy by providing them with a healthy diet that includes pellets, hay, fruits, and vegetables such as lettuce, carrots, and cauliflower.  They also should access to fresh water that is changed daily.