6. Protect From Small Children
Rabbits and small children do not mix. Rabbits are often prey and the child’s normal noises can frighten it. The rabbit has fragile bones and a child can cause severe injuries by holding the bunny too tightly or dropping it. If you have children in the home and get a rabbit, insist there be adult supervision anytime the rabbit is out of its cage.
7. Choose the Right Type of Veterinarian
Rabbits are considered exotic pets and a normal veterinarian for household pets may not have the training or experience required to treat them. Exotic animal vets treat rabbits, reptiles, birds and other less common pets.
8. Spay or Neuter Your Rabbit
Talk with your new vet about the best time to spay or neuter your new rabbit. Some small breeds can reproduce as early as 3 1/2 months while larger breeds do not reach this point until almost a year. The typical gestation period is approximately 30 days and medium sized rabbits often give birth to litters of 12 or more kits. Does can breed again anytime after giving birth, according to the Merck Manual. Spaying and neutering help prevent health issues in the rabbit.
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