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Pet Rabbit Facts: 6 Things To Know About Bunnies

Posted: 04/ 5/2012 1:20 pm Updated: 04/ 5/2012 5:03 pm

From Networx's Cris Carl:

"Rabbits are very social animals and bond well with their owners," said Candy Lash, Director of Community and Media Relations for the Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society in western Massachusetts. I interviewed her to get some facts about rabbits for the many parents who are thinking of buying an Easter bunny this year. If you are planning to get a rabbit for any reason (Easter or otherwise), it is best to have the facts about rabbits.

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1. Rabbits Have A Higher Quality Of Life As Indoor Pets
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"We recommend you keep your rabbits indoors. They will have a higher quality of life and will live longer," said Lash. Lash said that rabbits kept indoors will live for 10 to 15 years. Rabbits kept outside in a hutch are subject to predators and stresses from the weather. "When the rabbits are kept indoors they have a quality of life that is more enriching," said Lash.

One suggestion Lash had was to have an area in your home where you can have a penned-off (referred to as an "X-pen") area, so the rabbit can move around more freely and get more exercise. Installing tile in that area will prevent damage to hardwoord floors or carpets. Lash said that it is important to allow the rabbit out of its cage at least a couple of times a day. "That way they can hop and play and do all the things bunnies like to do," she said.

Flickr image courtesy of Mostly Dans

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