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Before you buy your rabbits

Image courtesy http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~slichti/photos/home/ Whether to get a pet rabbit or not is an important decision, and you should make yours after checking on a few things:

  1. Will you stick by the rabbit in both sickness and health?
  2. Are you willing to look for a good vet and vaccinate your rabbit once a year?
  3. Do you have enough space for him or her to hop about freely?
  4. Do you promise never to mention the words 'rabbit' and 'stew' in the same sentence ever, in front of him or her?
If the answer to all of the above is yes, then you should get a rabbit, plain and simple.

Start off by buying a rabbit cage or hutch a day or two before the little fur-balls hop in to say hello, and prepare it with the necessary floor covering, nesting material, water bottle and food dish. If you live in the Gulf, you'll want to keep these pets inside, away from the scorching heat, and also away from wires and cold or hot draughts. Wood shavings on the floor of the cage are a great idea (don't go crazy with those pencils, 'cause they need Aspen wood!), and place plenty of hay in the cage.

A book on caring for rabbits will tell you the what, when, where, how and why of keeping these bundles of fun happy and healthy at all times - just make sure you don't hop from chapter to chapter without understanding each topic properly.

Next: Choosing your pet

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