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Bunny Rabbits are lovable, social animals that make good companion pets for people who are patient enough to learn about the special needs of these adorable creatures. Pet rabbits in captivity have a lifespan of more than 10 years, and although rabbit care is not difficult, they do have some specific care requirements. It is unfortunate that the association between rabbits and Easter means many bunnies are purchased on impluse at this time of year, and they often end up neglected or taken to shelters. Grown rabbits need as much attention and care as a dog, and in addition, they do not make the best pets for children because, in general, rabbits do not like to be held and cuddled. Therefore, it is advised to thoroughly research pet rabbits before deciding to bring one home as a pet.

Rabbits are in the family Leporidae, of the order Lagomorpha and are found in many parts of the world. There are seven different classifications of rabbits, including Cottontail (with 13 species,) the European rabbit and the endangered species Amami Rabbit of Japan. As pets, bunny rabbits are best kept indoors. Unlike their wild relatives, pet bunny rabbits do not tolerate extreme temperatures well, especially extreme hot summer months. Plus, they are at risk to predators, even if they are kept in a cage outdoors. Domesticated bunnies can become so stressed from the mere sight or sound of a wild animal nearby that they can suffer a heart attack and die. You will also need to decide if you will let your pet rabbit have free roam of your entire house - or be kept in a cage. Several precautions are needed if they are to roam free. Rabbits like to chew, so all electrical cords or toxic items need to be kept out of reach or locked away. Aside from toxins such as insecticides and cleaning supplies, some common houseplants are also toxic to bunny rabbits. These include aloe, axalea, calla lilly, lily of the valley and philodendron.

Bunny rabbits come in many different sizes, from a dwarf rabbit to a large one that weighs 8 pounds or more. Therefore, rabbit cages come in different sizes and shapes. The most important factor when choosing a rabbit cage is to make sure it has enough room for your bunny to easily move around. In general, a rabbit’s cage should be five times the size of the animal. Once you decide on a cage, there are other rabbit supplies and equipment to consider, including food, toys for your rabbit, litter box, grooming supplies (indoor rabbits need to have their nails clipped regularly,) and perhaps a “rabbit run” or harness and leash if you want to take your rabbit outdoors for supervised visits. Just like dogs and cats, it is also advised to have your rabbit spayed or neutered, not only to prevent unwanted litters but for other health and behavior benefits. Rabbits for sale can be found in pet stores, from private breeders and at local rescue shelters. Pet stores are likely to be the most readily available source for pet rabbits, but you should take special note of the health of the animals and the overall conditions of the store when shopping for a pet.


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