Bunny Business

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By MarkPeters

This information is based on my personal experience with rabbits and the advice of various vets. Because rabbits are easy to obtain, I have written about bunny business because I have not found anything that allows potential owners to fully understand and care for their animals.

Deciding to purchase a rabbit in Bunny Business

Would you keep a kitten or puppy in a cage? This should be answered no. There is no reason to keep your rabbit in a cage. You shouldn’t purchase a rabbit to be kept in a hutch at the bottom of your garden. He will likely go unnoticed most of the day and only be seen occasionally. Your rabbit should become part of your family, just like any other pet. If this is not possible, you shouldn’t be purchasing a rabbit. A dog or cat would suit you better

Even the most well-intentioned people can neglect rabbits once the novelty wears off. Please consider buying a rabbit with the animals welfare in mind when you are considering purchasing one. A rabbit is a pet for life. He should not be given up once he becomes a nuisance. A rabbit requires a commitment of 10 years. You should not get a rabbit as a first pet just to see how it goes. He is also easy to care for. Rabbits are adorable and can become part of your family. However, they won’t be able to do this if you don’t allow them to.

Understanding your rabbit

There are some things to remember if you’ve decided that a rabbit is the right choice for you. First, don’t try to apply your knowledge of cats and dogs on your rabbit. Rabbits are considered “prey”, which is very different to “predatory” cats or dogs. Your rabbit can be prey on almost anything that moves, even you. Your rabbit will become timid and easily scared, so discipline is not possible. Although a territorial rabbit will bite, it won’t understand how to discipline him. However, if your rabbit is treated well, territorial biting should not be a problem. Your rabbit is an animal that has been neglected and you should treat him accordingly. This is especially true if your rabbit came to you as an adult.

One word of warning: If you meet a bunny business (other than a baby), be careful. Do not place your hand on his nose like you would with a dog. While it may seem like a gesture of goodwill for a dog, it is a threat to his territory and a sign of respect. My Boo Boo would consider every hand, even strangers’, a food source or welcome contact. But my Mr Rabbit sees every stranger as an enemy. If you don’t know the rabbit’s personality, expect territorial behavior. This could mean that he will bite your fingers if they are placed under his nose. If you don’t know the bunny, or if there are no treats, stroke the bunny on the back and body.