Buying a rabbit?
Rabbits are everywhere. Don’t worry, I don’t mean that literally; they aren’t taking over the world and destroying everything that is pure and good. What I mean is all across the world rabbits play a part in our cultures and in folk law, but more importantly they make good pets.
I mean who hasn’t heard of Bugs Bunny? Not that he is my favourite rabbit. Well if you are asking, my favourite rabbit is Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit, but anyway I am digressing.
Across the globe rabbits are seen as a representation of fertility or rebirth, look at the Easter bunny for example. He is a good rabbit and most probably my second favourite. They have long been associated with spring and they really do make lovely pets.
If you are looking to purchase a new pet to keep you company, or you want a new member of the family look no further; the rabbit is great.
Rabbits, or Leporidae if you will, make loveable pets and they are easy to look after, cheap to feed and can be very fun to play with. If you are thinking of acquiring a rabbit or (if you are a child) a ‘bunny’ then you must first think about getting a hutch.
Rabbit hutches can be kept indoors or out and tend to require a few separate compartments so to bring a bit of variety to your furry friend’s life. Could you imagine spending most of your life living in one room? No, I thought not.
My friend Martin was stupid enough to lock himself in his own bedroom once. He spent three days in there drinking only condensation. So think twice before you confine your rabbit to a small living space because Martin was not a happy bunny (no pun intended).
You should also allow them somewhere to run around and get some exercise, preferably outdoors so they can get some fresh air. Be wary of local cats and foxes though, because what you see as a lovable furry pet, they see as a tasty treat ready for the taking.
If you have small children then rabbits may not be the best idea as young children can be a bit too loud and boisterous around them. You don’t want to stress your pet out too much, so if you do have small children then teach them to be calm and friendly with their new pet and to be gentle with them.
In terms of food, rabbits eat mainly grass. Which is handy, as grass is pretty easy to get hold of. Let them loose in your garden and they will munch away happily on your lawn. They can also be given specific pellets or, as a treat, you can give them a small selection of fresh vegetables. Yum.
One last thing to remember before you head out to buy yourself a rabbit is that you have to be responsible. You have to remember to clean out their hutch, keep their food supply topped up and always make sure that they have enough fresh water. So good luck and enjoy your rabbit but more importantly make sure your rabbit enjoys you!
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