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February is “Adopt a Rescued Rabbit” Month

Article contributed by:  Phyllis O'Beollain

February is ‘adopt a rescued rabbit month’ Why a rabbit? Rabbits are quiet, very clean, and don’t require annual vaccinations (they do require an annual checkup). They don’t require daily walks, they won't go after the postal carrier, they will use a litter box, and they are comforting, soothing friends.

As with any pet, you need to do thorough research on bunny basics to make sure a house rabbit is the right pet for you (rabbits are generally not good pets for younger children, as rabbits do not generally like being held and a rabbit's spine can be very severely damaged from being improperly held).

Bunnies on a Budget

Contributed by Elise Sommer

Changes to a families budget can happen at any time, and the last thing a responsible bunny parent wants to do is give up their favourite bun because they can’t afford to keep them anymore. Raising a rabbit can be as expensive as you let it be, but, truth be told, rabbits are not difficult creatures to keep happy. Here are some ways to save money while on a tight budget.

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Adventures in Bunny Proofing

Contributed by Elise M.

Once upon a time, I had a nice house. I had baseboards, drywall, fine furniture and everything was nice and tidy. And then I got rabbits. A now, it’s all just a memory.

Despite copious amounts of internet research, no amount of bunny proofing seems to have saved my home from two little rabbits.  Who would have thought that they could outsmart us?

Our first bunny proofing methods were to keep our rabbits to a single room, minimize the damage. This worked fine until we discovered that our older bunny, Coffey, was protégé to Houdini, and could escape anything. And then would chew on everything and pee everywhere. It was…enlightening.

Fluent in Silence: Understanding Your Bun

Contributed by Rachael Sharpe

Many of us with house rabbits know the basics of bunny behavior. We know what a Binky is, we know that when rabbits are frightened they will flatten to the ground with wide eyes.  We also know when they want to be petted they will lower their head and be still.  But what do we really understand about talking to our buns? As animals with a spoken language, we often rely heavily on words to communicate with one another.  

Rabbit Grooming 101

By Kai B Gomez 

Rabbits, by nature are meticulous cleaners. Much like cats, they keep themselves clean by using their tongue. You can see them clean their face using their paws as washcloths moisten by their saliva. As social creatures, rabbits help groom each other's hard-to-reach areas.

While rabbits pretty much clean themselves, a good grooming from their person wouldn't hurt. In fact, it can help prevent health problems often gone unnoticed. It's a great bonding activity for you and your bun.

House Rabbits or Outdoor Rabbits

The emphasis on this article is to encourage everyone with a pet rabbit to please bring your loving pet indoors. Having a house rabbit will provide you with much more enjoyment, while seeing all the wonderful, cute things house rabbits do in their daily lives, those things you miss when you leave your rabbit outdoors, but you will also prolong their lives, and give them a social life that they will enjoy profusely! The quality of life for you both will increase dramatically! You will be able to notice changes in your pet rabbit that need immediate vet attention, as opposed to visiting your rabbit every few days while they are in a hutch and suddenly seeing him lifeless.

Life With a House Rabbit – Is it For You?

House rabbits do make great pets, but before you go ahead and choose a little housemate, there are a number of key factors that it is important to consider.

Firstly, as with any pet, you must take into account the long term commitment. A rabbit can live for anywhere between seven to ten years, so you must be sure that you are able and willing to care for your pet for this length of time.