Rabbits can make excellent house pets for some families. House rabbits do require some special considerations, but many of their natural qualities make them ideal for living indoors. Rabbits are quiet pets and most have very clean habits.
House rabbits should have a cage to keep them safe when you cannot supervise them. Rabbits do have natural chewing and digging habits that make the carpet, baseboards, furniture and electrical cords especially attractive to them. Supervising them keeps them and your house safe from damage.
Rabbits can easily be trained to use a litter box. Keep it in their cage in the corner they usually use as a bathroom and they'll use the litter box instead. This makes keeping the cage clean much easier.
Being litter box trained, however, does not mean they won't leave a bunny bean or two on the carpet when they are out playing. They have much better control over urination than they do the dry beans.
Occasionally, you may find smelly, sticky feces in the litter box. These are normal. They are called cecotropes, or night feces.
Rabbits have a unique digestive system that allows food to pass through once, producing these cecotropes. The rabbits often eat these feces so the food can be digested again to get all the nutrients. After the second pass, waste comes out as the dry pellets that everyone is familiar with.
House rabbits need attention. You'll need to make time to trim their toenails and clean their cage and litter box. They need to be fed and watered every day. They also need time for playing outside their cage, which must be supervised. Rabbits fit in well when there are not very small children or large pets that may be interested in the rabbit.
Rabbits can be frightened easily by loud noises or quick movements. They can also be hurt easily. Of course, there are always exceptions. Some families with small children will do very well with a house rabbit. The point is to consider the rabbit's point of view before adding him to your family. You want him to be safe.
House rabbits can offer a lot of entertainment in return for your care. While they don't like to be picked up like dogs and cats, they do enjoy running about the house and leaping into the air. They may prefer to snuggle next to you on the sofa or rub up against your feet. Given time to adjust to their surroundings, rabbits can become very affectionate.
Rabbits can learn to get along with other animals; just be sure that you supervise them when they are together. It may take a little time for them to get used to each other. Like other pets, rabbits will enjoy toys.
Large tubes of PVC can make fun tunnels for them to hide in. Empty toilet paper rolls stuffed with hay can provide hours of entertainment for times when your pet must be confined to his cage. Many rabbits also enjoy hard balls with bells inside that they can push about.
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