This page is a must-read if you're still wondering if you'd make a good rabbit owner. Learn about the nature and habits of rabbits, and see if you'd like to fit a pet rabbit into your life and schedule.
This is a checklist for weaning rabbits and buying bunnies. This page will also help dispel some myths and misconceptions about when to wean and at what age your baby rabbits are ready to sell (or purchase).
The BunnyVac is licensed in the USA for use in well rabbits to protect against pasteurellosis. Plus, anecdotal reports indicate that in sick rabbits, the BunnyVac has reduced or eliminated symptoms in some rabbits. Learn more about rabbit vaccine immmunity here.
This very young pet rabbit will remain with its mom for another several weeks.
Here is an incredibly long list of rabbit names, and clearly we missed some, as some visitors have added their comments to the end of the page (thanks!). Maybe you'd like to check out the rabbit names and then let us know how you like to name your rabbits.
Since the word "pet" actually refers to the role you wish the animal to play in your life, it doesn't actually matter much which breed of rabbit you choose as a pet. Nevertheless, some breeds of domestic rabbits are favorites among pet owners. The page will link you to those breeds often chosen as pets, and also to the main Rabbit Breeds pages.
The animal rights movement has been battering the pet rabbit arena for years, creating turmoil and confusion. What's cruel? What's not cruel?
By attacking healthy and humane animal practices, they will cast doubt on your ability to keep rabbits if you are not secure in your mind of the critical importance of animals for the survival and enjoyment of humanity as a species.
A domestic rabbit, in YOUR cage, has a stress level
hovering somewhere near zero, once he becomes familiar
with you and your home. If he were out in the wild and left to his devices, he
would be terrified for his life, hiding under rocks and burrows, and darting
from bush to bush. It's only a matter of
time before a hawk or coyote would end its life violently.
1) Don't feel sorry for caged rabbits. They have it very good. (Remember - they don't think like you do.) Treat your rabbit kindly, fill its needs, give it pieces of wood or other articles they can gnaw on. They will help keep the teeth short and its attention captured. You can feel confident that their fear levels are minimal and they are happy with you for a friend.
2) It's not kind or wise to release a domestic rabbit into
the wild. (It is illegal to release non-native species into the environment.) They haven't a clue
how to stay safe, having been raised in a cage and having had every need
That said, in some climates, feral rabbits thrive, breed,
become destructive forces in the environment destroying vegetation, and then
become vectors and transmitters of disease and parasites to other domestic and
native cottontail rabbit populations.
When the local rabbit population rises, so does the predator
population. As coyotes and foxes move in, they'll catch whatever doesn't run
fast enough -- whether feral rabbits or your favorite Persian or American Curl
Do You Have a Great Story About Your Pet Rabbit?
Is your rabbit entertaining? Fun? Or not? I'll bet lots of other pet rabbit owners would love to hear it!
Write your own page and tell the world about your pet rabbit. You can include up to 4 pictures, too.
What Other Visitors Have Said
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Survivor Rabbit I have raised rabbits for years, so when the local feed store called me about a bunny caught in someone's yard, I had to go get her. When I got the little …
Death of Pet Bunny I recently posted a little note about how my bunny was running around my house making nests in strange places and wondering how this battle for territory …
Stubborn Rabbit Choosing a Spot Not rated yet My rabbit keeps going to this certain spot in the house and she won't leave from there. It's behind my bed in the corner. I blocked it off because she …
Pictures of pet rabbit dotty and babies Not rated yet Hi Haren, here are the pictures I promised I would send of Dotty our French Lop and her babies. Thanks. Brigid
Dotty's Story (posted a few days later): …
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