If you are thinking about getting a rabbit, or have recently added rabbits to your life, everything in this checklist is very important and is a very helpful place to start.
People have all sorts of problems when they first get their fluffy bundles home.
The RSPCA report that it is actually in the early weeks of getting their rabbits home that people give up and hand them over to rescue centres such as theirs. In fact recent reports show that in a 3 year period the RSPCA rescued over 35,000 rabbits!
Before you bound off for your bundle of bunny...
And, before looking at your new rabbit checklist, please read this...
Other problems that make most new rabbit owners give up are small in comparison to the list above, but are enough to make new bunny owners throw in the towel quite early on.
New rabbit owners experience all manner of 'teething' problems when they get their new rabbits home such as having wiring and cables chewed, furniture eaten, plus having clothes and shoes destroyed, (if they have indoor rabbits), to rabbit Houdini tricks under the fence or eating their prize Petunias, and aggressive territory defending (if kept outside).
Stomping about, being territorial and grouchy, going off their food and even biting are also common initial problems all reported by distressed new rabbit owners.
HOWEVER - ALL OF THESE PROBLEMS, AND A LOT MORE BESIDES CAN BE EASILY AVOIDED WITH A LITTLE BIT OF CAREFUL PREPARATION.
If you have already got your rabbit home, you could be wondering,
"What on earth do I do now!?
This is just not as simple as I thought it would be".
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The new rabbit checklist above is only a guideline for you to follow and check off and is especially useful to show children before they take on the responsibility of a pet rabbit.
Showing children the importance of care before their new rabbit comes home will pay dividends in the long run.
How about taking a peek at the top 10 rabbits for children...
If you're new to rabbits you may be surprised to know that they can communicate with you. Learn what they are saying here...
You may also want to learn the lingo. Rabbit fans, owners and rabbit husbandry people all have their own terms to express all aspects of rabbitry. Here's some commonly used rabbit terms to get you started.
The new rabbit checklist is only the start of your rabbit journey and caring for your rabbit once you have all the equipment and food etc is another matter.
Have a look at this comprehensive pet rabbit care guide - your rabbit will love you for it!
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