By Pet Connection Staff
March 1, 2011
If you havenâ€™t met a rabbit kept in the house as a pet, I guarantee that you have no idea how engaging, entertaining and affectionate these pets can be. I know, because Iâ€™ve long been a fan of house-rabbits and have kept them off and on for several years now.
What do most people not know about rabbits? That these animals who are a popular pet for children are an even better pet for adults. Once liberated from the confinement of a backyard â€œhutchâ€ and provided with a safe and secure indoor environment, bunnies really shine. Theyâ€™re playful and adorably willful, trainable and even amenable to using a litter box. Theyâ€™re quiet pets that fit perfectly into quiet households.
And, yes, theyâ€™re very cute.
Even better, thereâ€™s always a good selection of bunnies available from shelters or rescue groups. If you really want to make a bunny happy, adopt a pair of them, since rabbits love company.
Forget small wire-floored cages and boring diets. Hereâ€™s how to keep your rabbit healthy: (Read more here…)
And from Dr. Becker and Mikkel Becker Shannon:
Dog owners walk an average of 23,000 miles with their pet during the animalâ€™s lifetime. A study commissioned by the U.K. insurance company Esure reports that the average owner walks his or her dog for eight hours and 54 minutes per week, going 36 miles per week, which adds up to more than 1,800 miles per year and nearly equals the circumference of the Earth in the average canine life span of 12.8 years. They donâ€™t go far racking up the miles: 41 percent of dog owners walk with their pets around the neighborhood, while 42 percent choose a local park to walk their dogs. And they donâ€™t all go willingly, with 15 percent of owners saying walking the dog was the worst part of owning one.
All this and more in this week’s Pet Connection!