By Pet Connection Staff
April 21, 2009
Rabbits make surprisingly rewarding companions — and this is a great time of year to consider adding one to your family. From Gina Spadafori and Dr. Marty Becker in this week’s Pet Connection newspaper feature:
In recent years the popularity of â€œhouse rabbitsâ€ â€” litter-box trained bunnies with as many house privileges as some cats â€” has made these quiet, surprisingly playful pets more popular among adults.
And nowâ€™s a great time to adopt one, since itâ€™s not long after Easter that the thrill wears off for many children given a baby rabbit â€” and for the parents who realize that theyâ€™ll be caring for a pet that their child will no longer care much about.
So whether youâ€™re thinking of adopting a rabbit as a pet for yourself â€” or are one of the lucky parents whose child is still in love with that real-life Easter bunny â€” youâ€™ll want to care for your new pet the best way you can
Get their tips on bunny love here.
Dr. Marty Becker and Mikkel Becker Shannon have the buzz on pet names:
Forget Fido and Fluffy. The most popular names for pets in 2008, according to a PetFinder.com survey, in decreasing order for dogs, are: Buddy, Max, Daisy, Jack and Lucy. For cats: Lucy, Molly, Oreo, Kittens and Smokey.
Gina’s got some good advice on cat introductions:
Having more than one cat is a popular option for many people, though not always for cats.
But living with more than one cat doesnâ€™t have to be contentious. The trick to domestic harmony for co-habiting felines is to introduce â€” or reintroduce â€” them slowly and carefully.
Since the worst territorial spats are between cats who arenâ€™t spayed or neutered, your chances for peaceful co-existence are many times greater if the cats are both altered before any introductions are planned.
Get more tips on ensuring things go smoothly here.
Plus: Getting to the bottom of feline weight loss;Â top reptile supplies; treats for parrots. All this and more, in our Pet Connection newspaper feature, which you can read right here.
You can also see it exactly the way we send it to our client newspapers here. (PDF)