Preparing for your first pet rabbit

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by contributing writer Penny Martin

If you’re a first-time pet owner, it can be tough deciding on the perfect pet to bring into your home. You have to carefully consider a number of factors, such as the size of your home, how the pet will interact with your kids, and if you or your loved ones have any allergies.

If you want a soft pet that loves to snuggle, doesn’t make any noise, and is gentle with your kids, consider a rabbit. These docile pets can be house trained or live in a hutch in the yard, and they’re always happy to cuddle.

Preparing Your Home

You’ll need to take some time to bunny-proof your home because rabbits like to chew on everything. Make sure all electrical cords are covered or out of reach, and cover any wooden table legs with flex tubing, which can be purchased at Amazon or hardware stores.

Just like dogs, rabbits need to get outside to soak up the sun and get some exercise. If you want to give your rabbit valuable time outside during nice weather, you’ll need to prepare a hutch. Make sure the hutch will offer your rabbit protection from any other animals in your neighborhood and that it’s strong enough to keep your pet safe.

Helping Your Pet Adjust

Helping your pet during their transition period is critical to forming a good relationship between your pet and the whole family. Make sure they have the freedom to explore, and give them lots of love and attention.

Pets bring a lot of joy into a home, and adopting a pet from a shelter will save a life.

If you have a rescue pet, you’ll need to give them some space and show that they’re safe and loved. Many rescue dogs, cats, and rabbits enter a new home fearfully and will be nervous at first, so be very patient and kind.

Looking After Your Pet During Vacation

Another thing to consider is pet care when you’re not at home. You likely won’t be able to take your rabbit with you on vacation, so start planning for their needs before you book your trip. Ask a friend or family member to look after your pet, or hire a professional pet sitter who can stay with your pet while you’re gone or visit them every day. You can easily find qualified pet sitters, but do your research before you hire, and ask to meet any candidates before you leave.

You’re going to trust them to care for your pet, so make sure they’re a good fit.

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