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Saturday, August 20, 2005

Rex Rabbit



We adopted Rex from the House Rabbit Society, a rescue group in Richmond, California that deals exclusively with rabbits. Most people don't realize that rabbits should be treated as house pets and not stuck in a hutch in the backyard. For one thing, this makes them extremely vulnerable to predators. Also, rabbits need attention and care just like cats or dogs. If they're in the house, they get that, as opposed to being ignored and forgotten outside. We have an indoor pen for Rex, where he usually stays, though he also likes to come out and run around. Here's a picture of his "lair":



That's a tube for pouring concrete in the middle - Rex uses it as his "hole." And two litterboxes - yes, rabbits can be housetrained!

If you're thinking of getting a rabbit as a pet, check with your local animal shelter first - lots of people think they want a rabbit, and then give them up when they get tired of them. Also, the House Rabbit Society is an invaluable resource for not only finding rescue groups in your area, but anything you want to know about raising a healthy, happy rabbit!

2 Comments:

  • At 1:05 PM, Anonymous charley said…

    a hidey hole. good rabbit owner.

    we had a rabbit, let him run the back yard. i knew one day he probably wouldn't return, but he hated being penned up. i suspect he was prey. but he enjoyed a free unencumbered life for several years. just hope some nosey neighbor didn't get hold of him and pen him up.

     
  • At 10:04 PM, Blogger dave said…

    I don't know if I'd let a rabbit run loose in the backyard if only because I'd have to spend all my time chasing him around the neighborhood! I speak from (second-hand) experience - my grandfather had a rabbit for awhile when we were kids and he was constantly running down the street after it.

     

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