What breed is right for me?
There are 47 recognized rabbit breeds with the American Rabbit Breeders Association and a couple more in the works. Plus there are more and more breeds improted form overseas that are not recognized in the United States at this time. This makes the decision of which rabbit is best for you very hard. If you only plan to keep one animal, a doe (female) or buck (male) will make a wonderful pet. If you want to get 2 without the fear of babies you will need to get 2 does. Two bucks will most likely fight and hurt each other as they get older in the same cage.
Take your time and look.
Should I get a bunny?
Do not rush into buying a rabbit. Look to see what is out there. You need to realize that this is a long term commitment. A rabbits life span is 5 to 10 years. Rabbits like dogs and cats are wonderful companions for people of all ages. They can be litter trained and kept indoors or outdoors.
If you decide you want a bunny, you should never buy a bunny that is under 6 weeks old and it is best to wait until they are 8 weeks old. The bunny you choose should be alert and aware of its surrounding. If it sits and does not react to surrounding noise or quick movements; it might be sick.
Do Children and Bunnies get along?
If you have small children you need to consider the child's age before getting a pet rabbit. Many small children don’t realize they are being rough and they may hurt the bunny by accident. Also the rabbit may scratch the child. A good age for children to get a pet rabbit is 5 to 7 years of age. Some younger children will be very good with bunnies and others may not. You need to use your own discretion.
All rabbits make great pets and have gentle disposition. They range in size from 2 1/2 to 20 lbs.
How do I take care of a Bunny?
Basic Rabbit Care
The general care of a rabbit is very easy and inexpensive.
Rabbits need a lot of cool clean water and a feed that is approx 17% protein, 22% fiber and 3% fat ration. If the protein is to high or the fiber is to low, diarrhea could result. Some brands of rabbit feed are Purina Rabbit Feed, Famo rabbit pellets, and Pen Pals Rabbit Feed.
How much do I feed my rabbit?
If you have a small breed (under 5 lbs), you do not want to feed them more than 4 to 6 oz. of pellets per day or they will become over weight. A medium size rabbit (5 to 8 lbs) needs approximately 6-8 oz a day of pellets and a large breed can eat as much as it would like within reason.
A lot of pet owners feed carrots, apples and other fruits and vegetables to their rabbits. If you choose to give treats, do so with caution. Introduce a very small amount of a selected treat only one or twice a week at first. Then you can increase slowly the frequency and the amount of the treat. A rabbit needs to gain tolerance for different treats. One treat we give is oats. Rabbits like a mixture of oats (the kind you and I cook) and rabbit pellets. This can be great for their coats, help put on weight and is easy for them to digest.
What about Grooming?
Rabbits love to get brushed. You can pick up a cat or dog brush and use that on your rabbit. If you brush your rabbit on a regular basis, it will shed very little. Rabbits do go through molts once or twice a year depending on the weather. If you brush your rabbit daily during this time it will not be to bad. Sometime the fur comes out in clumps but don't worry this it normal during a molt.
As the rabbit gets older you will need to clip their nails. This can be done with a nail clipper. If their nails get too long it can effect their feet and cause sores. Also their nails get caught on wire and other things and are torn off.
These are the basics of rabbit care. As you can see rabbits are very easy to take care of. As long as you feed, water and give them lots of love, they are happy and healthy.