How to make your rabbit happy

March 1, 2011

Want to make your rabbit’s life wonderful? Forget what you think you know; Gina Spadafori shares the real secrets to bunny love in this week’s Pet Connection newspaper feature.

If you haven’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 I’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 “hutch” and provided with a safe and secure indoor environment, bunnies really shine. They’re playful and adorably willful, trainable and even amenable to using a litter box. They’re quiet pets that fit perfectly into quiet households.

And, yes, they’re very cute.

Even better, there’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. Here’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 animal’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 don’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 don’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!

Filed under: behavior and training,pets, connected,veterinary medicine — Pet Connection Staff @ 5:08 am

4 Comments »

  1. On the UK study of dog walking….how sad that 15% of the respondents thought walking their dog was the worst part. I am a very dedicated dog walker and it is the high-point of my day! I definitely rack up the kind of mileage this report talks about and I have calm, happy, well-behaved dogs. Oh, and they are pleasantly slim!

    Comment by Taryn — March 1, 2011 @ 8:23 am

  2. I’d want to know the wording of the question. I could readily see somenone saying that needing to get out and walk your dog EVERY DAY no matter how awful the weather might be is the worst part of owning a dog. That person might normally be perfectly okay with the daily walking regimen.

    You never really understand a survey’s results until and unless you know something about the specifics of how it was conducted.

    Comment by The OTHER Pat — March 1, 2011 @ 10:51 am

  3. Aw, what a great piece on house rabbits!

    We hit a milestone here today. My Lucinda Rose, a deaf white mini lop who lives free-roam in my upstairs, FINALLY summoned the confidence or trust or self-esteem to

    1) Jump up onto the bed and
    2) STARE into my face, letting me know it was time to serve breakfast.

    My first rabbit, Zsa Zsa, did this every morning. I even have steps at the bottom of the bed to encourage Rosie, but no. She is less willing to “demand” anything from me, despite living here for two years.

    Rosie was dumped in a field five years ago with her mate and their litter. Who knows what lessons she learned about humans during her first few years.

    It’s very interesting to watch her learning new lessons, in her own time.

    Comment by Mary Mary — March 1, 2011 @ 4:17 pm

  4. Bunnies are awesome. After 5.5 years and 7 rabbits, I have to say they are a tad addicting.
    They have as much personality as a dog and are opinionated about what the like and do not like. They are intelligent and can learn tricks. You can even do agility with them and they learn faster than some dogs.
    Rabbits have a sneaky way of taking over your life. I would not have dreamed that I would drive 3.5 hours 1 way, spend $200 on hotels, food and gas and just about go crazy just for the opportunity to visit with bunny people at my first rabbit show and then chase my bunnies around the agility course in the mall the next day.
    What I do for the cute little fur balls.

    Comment by Kate M — March 1, 2011 @ 8:35 pm

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