How to Raise a Pet Rabbit Indoors

Buns and I have been together since 1999. I remember when she was so tiny she could sit in the palm of my hand. Twelve years later, we've been through a lot, that rabbit and me. She is two years shy of the Guinness Record for 'World's Oldest Rabbit', and I have learned a lot about bunny parenthood in that time. When she was a baby, there was not a lot of information available about keeping a house rabbit, so I had to figure it all out as I went along. Today, the rabbit is becoming a much more common house pet, so I aim to help others understand how to raise a happy and healthy house rabbit that will become an important member of the family.

Buns the bunny on her twelfth birthday.
Buns the bunny on her twelfth birthday. | Source

Know What to Expect

Bunnies are so freaking adorable. Let's all get one! Well, no. Actually, when I talk to anyone who is considering getting a pet rabbit, I always try first to talk them out of it. If I had known 12 years ago what I know now, I never would have chosen this as a house pet. This is not to say that the rabbit-human relationship isn't awesome, but raising one is an incredible amount of work. Many people get pet rabbits without fully considering the consequences. When they realize how difficult it is, they release the rabbit outside (reprehensible!) or they just have it euthanized. So, here are a few things to keep in mind before you take the 'hop' and pick up your first pet rabbit.

  • Rabbits chew and dig!
  • Rabbits need fresh food and water daily.
  • Rabbits can be aggressive.
  • Rabbits shed like crazy in the warmer months.
  • Litter or cage training can be difficult.
  • Many veterinarians will not even see a rabbit. You may have to find an exotic animal vet.
  • Rabbits might not be the best pet choice for children.

If you can accept the drawbacks of bunny parenthood, you will also be opening yourself up to a world of affection, love, playfulness, and laughs. Please, read on

Create a Rabbit Zone

Your new rabbit will need space to play around.

  • Young bunnies have tons of energy, and keeping them locked in a cage all day is really unfair.
  • At the same time, you absolutely cannot just give a rabbit free reign of your house. Go ahead, try it! You'll come home from work, and every wire in your house will be chewed, along with your favorite pair of jeans that you left on the floor. If you have carpet, it will be dug up and shredded to pieces.
  • The best solution for a bunny habitat is a spare bedroom or nook without carpet. Since rabbits have trouble hopping around on tile or hardwood, put down a cheap rug instead. Doggie doors can be used to confine the rabbit to its area, and you can let it roam a bit under supervision.
  • You can also keep an open cage for food and poops. These areas tend to get very messy. Rabbits tend to toss hay around playfully and poop where they eat.

The Rabbit Diet

Feeding your rabbit appropriately is the most important factor in keeping it healthy and long-living. There are many different theories about what the best diet is, but the key is balance.

  • Each day, rabbits should have a mix of fresh leafy greens and certain vegetables, a moderate portion of pellets, and an unlimited amount of fresh timothy hay.
  • In addition, your rabbit will need a bowl (not a bottle!) of fresh water. If you're going on vacation, even for one night, please make sure you have someone stop by to feed and water the buns.
  • Leafy greens and veggies should be wetted to keep buns well hydrated.
  • Be careful: some vegetables are poisonous to rabbits, so it's important to know which is which. Here is a handy shopping list of safe vegetables, which you can download for your mobile phone to have available while you're at the store. You will also want to monitor the quantity of food given, based on your rabbits age and size.
  • Pellets should be limited, but they are also an important source of fiber. I recommend Oxbow Rabbit Pellets. They are good quality, reasonably priced, and Buns really likes them.
  • Hay is the most important component for digestion, and it should be available 24 hours a day. Unfortunately, the stuff you buy at PetSmart is stale and no good. Look for an online retailer who can provide you with fresh cut hay. I recommend BunnyBunchBoutique for a great selection of hays and treats. Stay away from alfalfa hays, as they are too high in calcium. Timothy hay is best, but mixing in some oat hay can be a nice treat too.
  • Other treats should be given in moderation, and again, the pet store stuff is bad news. The best treats should be low in sugar, so stay away from those premade snack mixes. In human terms, those are like giving your rabbit a bag of candy.
  • Fresh or dried apples, strawberries, other fruits, dandelions, marigolds, and rose petals are the best healthy snacks (try growing your own!), but only in moderation. Be sure to check the safe foods list before you try anything new.

Above all, you should listen to what your bunny is telling you about its diet. Take note of the food you're providing, and document any changed behavior. Also, try not to mix things up too frequently. If you want to try something new, work it into the meals slowly, so you can identify any problems early. Just like people, each bunny's system is unique and sometimes sensitive. It's up to the owner to determine what is working and what is not.

Buns greeting!
Buns greeting! | Source

Chewing, Aggression, and Forming a Connection

Bunnies need to chew. Those two front fangs keep growing and growing, and it's imperative to keep them honed down. There have been cases where rabbit teeth have become overgrown, and that can be very painful for your little bunny friend. The best way to combat this is to keep the hay bowl filled. It took me years to figure this out, but if bunny has plenty of hay to chew on, it won't be chewing on your book shelf. You can also find untreated wood chew toy snacks to fill the chewing urge. Again, do not buy anything you find at PetSmart. If it's artificially colored, it's bad. You can find untreated wood snacks online that bunnies will enjoy eating and playing around with.

Speaking of playing, it is not uncommon for rabbits to be aggressive. They are a prey animal. Their instinct is survival. It's important to spend quality time with your pet to let them know you're not a threat. Don't be offended if your rabbit grunts or nips at you. It can take time to form a connection, but don't give up. Show the rabbit that you are a friend.

Litter Training

Oy! Rabbit potty training can be a challenging feat. They tend to leave one or two piles of droppings at a time, and getting them to see the cage or litter box as their potty is not always easy.

  • Have patience! Never hit your rabbit when it has an accident. This will only make things worse.
  • Rabbits will respond better to a loud 'No!' sound than any physical action. Remember, they have those big sensitive ears, so they can detect a lot in the tone of your voice.
  • Be sure to use organic or paper-based litter or even just hay. Wood chip or clay-based litter can cause digestive and urinary problems.
  • Move the litter box to where the buns naturally wants to go, and reward it with a snack when it is successful.
  • Don't be alarmed if your bunny wants to hang out in the box for a while. Rabbits tend to spend a lot of time in their litter boxes, and this is good thing.

She's not dead, she's just sleeping.
She's not dead, she's just sleeping.

Find a Good Veterinarian

It's best to find a veterinarian who you like before it's time to take your bunny to the doctor. Call around, talk to the office staff, interview the doctor, and make sure they have experience with rabbits. They either know what they're doing—or they don't. There is no in between. In a pinch, I've had to take Buns places where it turned out that I knew more about rabbits than they did, and believe me, that is a horrible feeling. So, take the time to find the right place. Remember, bunnies get scared very easily. An office with a loud dog barking in the waiting room is likely going to cause unnecessary stress. It's important to find a vet office where you both feel comfortable.

The House Rabbit Society

The House Rabbit Society is the best source for all things rabbit. I'm in no way affiliated with this organization, I just have found them to be so reputable and helpful over the years, especially during some difficult times. If you decide to become a bunny parent or if you're already a bunny parent, you should definitely bookmark their site and read all of the resources carefully. It's also a great way to connect with other owners. Bunny lovers have to stick together!

Who does she think she is?!
Who does she think she is?! | Source

Comments 67 comments

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Cresentmoon2007 4 years ago from Caledonia, MI

This is a well written hub full of information about rabbits. I had a couple of them when I was little. My father, needless to say was not a great man and I believe he released one of them out into the wild because my mom told me he had done so to a couple of my pets. So it wouldn't be a surprise if he did this to my rabbit because when I came home he was missing :( I miss him dearly. He was black and so adorable. Voted up.

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alipuckett 4 years ago Author

Cresentmoon2007: Thanks so much for your comment and support. It's great to hear from you! I hope someday you can have a new pet rabbit. :)

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Cat R 4 years ago from North Carolina, U.S.

We have had a few and learned some bitter lessons. But I have no regrets. While the two we have now are not the snuggle/hug me type pets, they are fun to be around.

Thanks for the info!

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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


Hi, Ali! I remember you from the hub, "Seven Things Women Should Never Hear from Men," and I thought I'd check out your works. LOVED this one. Voted up and away. I LOVE rabbits, ali. I just don't know if I could manage one. But you provided all of the vital data in case I do. I also love cats, house dogs, lizards, and did you know that a Rheeses monkey costs $3800.00??? I can't have that pet either. Anyway. I love your work and honored to follow you. You are Cordially Invited to Follow Me and help keep me out of trouble here in HubVille. I would love that. Keep up the great work. Happy 2012.

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alipuckett 4 years ago Author

Cat R: I agree! Rabbits are definitely not like cats or dogs. My Buns doesn't even like to be picked up. She's very affectionate when I pet her, but it always has to be on the floor. This is why I think they're not the best choice pet for children. Rabbits are nice little companions, but not in the same way as a traditional pet. Thanks for your comment!

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alipuckett 4 years ago Author

Hi kenneth avery! Thanks for your comment. $3800 is a LOT to spend on a pet, and I can't even imagine what it would be like to raise a monkey. I have my hands full with the rabbit! Haha.

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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Hello, ali! Yes. $3800.00. And you are very-welcome for my comment that is the truth. I DO LOVE YOUR WORK. And Very Honored to Follow YOU. I would love to have a Rheeses monkey and feed him grapes, cut-up apples and tasty things. We would be pals. I could train him to help wash dishes, take out trash and other "fun" house hold chores. And he could be someone for me to talk to. No, I doubt I could teach him to talk, but signing, maybe. I just don't have the cash. Still, I love rabbits too. You take care and hug your rabbit for me, ali. Peace!

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dinkan53 4 years ago from India

I got one when I was a child. One day she was happened to eat a piece of fish (a small piece fell down when my sister was eating). Starting from the very next day she used to have rice with some fish in lunch time. But she was with us only for 5 years. Sad, but what to do, we still used to remember her sometimes. Wish your Bunny a long life and break the Guinness Record.

rated up!

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Faceless39 4 years ago from The North Woods, USA

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting! What a well-told story, full of useful information juxtaposed with your personal experiences. This is a top-notch hub. Thanks!

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alipuckett 4 years ago Author

dinkan53: A fish eating rabbit! How funny. Thanks for the well-wishes, and I will give Buns a pet for you. :)

Faceless39: Thank you so much for your support! I really appreciate it.

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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

Buns is SO CUTE, and this guide is fantastic. Raising a rabbit is by no means an easy task, I see, but clearly you've found it to be fulfilling! I'll be sharing this guide with any and all friends interested in adopting a bunny of their own.

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alipuckett 4 years ago Author

Thanks so much for your support, Simone!

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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

So very beautiful ,Buns is so cute.

I had a Rabbit many ears ago now that was exactly like Buns to look at.

She went on to have one litter of babies and all of them(I think there were six) were all marked the same except for one who was brindle.

Here's to so many more to share on here and I vote this one up up and away. !!!

Take care and enjoy your day.


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alipuckett 4 years ago Author

Aw, thank you so much! :)

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myawn 4 years ago from Florida

very nice hub I think rabbitts are so cute but I think they bite which is not their fault so I don't have one. I love the little tiny ones. I love most pets especially cats and dogs.I will stick with them. I voted up for your informative hub!

iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

Very well written!!! My sister has two bunnies and will love this!!!

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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

I have commented on this great hub before but now I am sharing it on Facebook for two of my dauhgters who have a baby Giant Continental House rabbit each.

Thanks for sharing;take care and enjoy your day.


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

This is very interesting and helpful for those who want to raise rabbits as pets. We borrowed a rabbit from a friend for our pet day in our preschool. The kids were so ecstatic. :)

El Ray 4 years ago

Wow Ali this is a very insightful and well written hub article! Really proves the point of doing your homework on any potential pet BEFORE you buy it/bring it home. Voted up + awesome!

alysa 4 years ago

this was a nice articale but i wound be better if u put how long they life and some more information . i love ur work .

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I like your comment...bunnies are so freakin' adorable! Yes, they are, and, as you pointed out, they can be freakin' annoying. :) I raised New Zealand Whites for a few years and I love rabbits but they can test your patience at times. Great hub!

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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Buns is adorabe as you say! I had pet rabbits at Easter time when I was a child. I would visit my grandparents in PA (I lived in NJ or OH) and I would get to play with my bunny rabbit for a week at Easter and then go home. My grandparents would then take the bunny rabbit to a "bunny home," as they would tell me. Well, one year they took my bunny to the "bunny home" while I was still in PA - I insisted on going with them and when I realized it was really a slaughterhouse, I didn't speak to them for six months. I finally got over the trauma (lol) of the "bunny house" and I no longer have any emotional scars left, but I agree with everything you have said in this article. Well done!

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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Congrats on HOTD. This is a nice Hub about your house rabbit. I had one too and wrote about Buggy when I first started on HubPages. Mine was grey and white. He was a pretty boy and had all kinds of fun tricks he liked to do. He loved to sit under the love seat and poke people who didn't know about him. They are a lot of fun and the best people to get to help with them are farmers who have them. I also had goats and would just get his hay from their bales. His was fresh all the time.

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Anamika S 4 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

At my Parental Home we had two rabbits which were gifted to my Brother by his friend. They breaded so fast that soon we started selling rabbits. One day accidentally the servant let their door open and we woke up in the morning to see our entire plant and vegetable garden spoiled. And that was the last day of those rabbits - we gave them away.

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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

I miss Beavaer my rabbit. He died more than a year ago. Rabbits are really sweet animals.

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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

This is a very detailed and useful hub.I wish I had come to read it some months back. I wish my daughter had this info before she lost 3 rabbits to unknown causes. I will be forwarding this hub to her as she is living in China. Very useful links too.

Congratulations on the hub of the day.

Voted up and useful.

Shared the hub all over.

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myownlife 4 years ago from london

wow what a relationship and care. God bless both of you.

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Jamie Ross 4 years ago from Naples, FL

Love your pretty bunny! For a very short time, I had a pretty bunny boy as my pet in a small NYC apartment. Your article is very thorough and frank. I learned that locating a vet is indeed a big issue. Thanks for providing really good insights!

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chamilj 4 years ago from Sri Lanka

Yes it is not easy to raise a rabbit like raising a dog or cat. Useful information. Voted up!

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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

This is such a wonderful hub - my six year old son desperately wants a pet bunny, but we have told him no, for the reasons you listed. When he is older and able to understand how a rabbit behaves, we may change our minds (I owned a few rabbits in my pre-children years and loved them, but very young children are usually too impulsive for them).

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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Gorgeous bunny. Congratulations on a well deserved Hub of the Day. I loved having rabbits when I was young. One of them was a house rabbit. We too had to keep the cords up. Great hub!

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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

We had a house rabbit pet once that was litter trained. It was a cool pet for my young daughters. Congrats on the Hub of the Day. :) Great photos.

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daisydayz 4 years ago from Cardiff

Great Hub, and you are totally right, I'm not sure I would advise most peopl to actually get a pet bunny without majorly thinking about it. We had Tipsy, a Cross Dutch for 2 years before she had kidney peoblems and sadly died, but we loved her so much and although territorial she was very friendly. We now hav 2 mini lop's Jasper and Delilah who are coming up to 2 in September. They arent as territorial but sadly arent as friendly either and I think this is because there are 2. Tipsy only had us for company so was more affectinate. Jasper and Delilah are lovely though. They love a good run around but often like to stay in their cage even when we open the door. they are distructive though! That is biggest warning I give everyone! They ar little buggers and will chew anything and everything! Delilah is very good with potty training and will only poop in the litter box in their cage but Jasper still poops outside, all i can assume is it is male marking! We do use sawdust though as they just ate all the hay and I hated the smell of paper and pellet litter.

One question though, why do you use a water bowl not bottle. Tipsy had a bowl originally and always used to jump in it and tip it over so we have used bottles since.

Great hub, voted up!

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Melovy 4 years ago from UK

Buns is so cute! (But I guess you know that already after 12 years.) This was really interesting. It's only very recently I discovered that rabbits could be house-trained as everyone I knew with rabbits kept them in an outside cage with a run.

Congrats on HOTD.

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FatFreddysCat 4 years ago from The Garden State

Rabbits rock!! My family had several when I was a kid. They were kept in a hutch outside, but if the weather turned nasty (severe storms, snow, etc.) my brother and I would bring them inside to wait it out and let them run free around our basement rec room. Now THAT was fun. Thanks for the memories!

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p10kabhijita 4 years ago from India

Very cute hub,I don't have a rabbit now but might have it someday. This hub gives me the confidence to own a pet :) Thanks

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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

What a darling rabbit Buns is. Thanks for putting a good, practical look at being a bunny owner together. Congrats on your helpful Hub of the Day award! It is full of important information!

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pconoly 4 years ago

So happy to meet a fellow rabbit owner! Our rabbit "Flower" Is 7 years old and very much a part of our family. I am so glad for this hub! Thank you!

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alipuckett 4 years ago Author

@daisydayz Thanks for your comment and awesome question! The reason it's suggested to put bunny water in a bowl instead of a bottle is because bottles can become clogged without us knowing it. I've read stories of house rabbits becoming dehydrated and even dying because the water wasn't being dispensed, and the owner didn't realize it. With a bowl, Buns always has unlimited access to clean water. :)

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coffeegginmyrice 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

Great hub, Alipuckett and CONGRATULATIONS!

In my childhood years, my pa had 4 grown rabbits for me and my 3 siblings (each a different shade - white, black, gray and brown) and we named them ourselves. Mine was all brown. They were placed in high chicken-wired cages and the poles brushed with tar + wrapped in tin to prevent ants, termites, night rats or even snakes from climbing into the cages. The large cages are covered with cloths at night to give them a good night sleep (my pa once said).

Sad moments happen when a mother bunny gives birth in the middle of the night and the whole household is asleep. My pa would find 1 or 2 babies stomped on and dead. He removes all the babies out separated from the mother and we feed them with milk in tiny little doll feeding bottles (sometimes, milk goes up their nostrils and sneezes them out, hahaha). We keep them separated from the mother until they are a little bigger. I love handling them wrapped in cloths until they become silvery and shiny. We made beds out of shredded straws and newspapers for them too. They were all so CUTE!

We gave them playtime to hop around my ma's front lawn and keep them indoors during rainy days. I miss them!

P.S. Rabbits easily die once bitten by ants.

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daskittlez69 4 years ago from midwest

This is a very informative hub. Thanks for the great tips!!!

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ChaplinSpeaks 4 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

Buns is a cutie! I did not know that rabbits shed or that they could be potty trained. Very informative hub on this type of pet!

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Keeley Shea 4 years ago from Norwich, CT

Very well written hub with lots of great information about why I should NOT get my 5 and 9 year old a pet bunny rabbit! Thank you so much! It would have been a HUGE mistake! LOL! They are so darn cute though!

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urmilashukla23 4 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

She is so cute. Thanks for sharing your experience and information with us. Voted up!

Congratulations on Hub of the day award!

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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

This is such a great hub! I love bunnies, but I realize I just don't have the time to spend training one. Also, what a commitment! I never realized bunnies could live so long. Awesome hub and voted up!

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Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK

Great hub - especially as I would like a rabbit and have it house trained. My partner doesn't believe it can be possible - but this goes to show they can.

Thank you for such an interesting hub with lots of info I'll need if I choose to go ahead and get a cute bunny!

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c1234rystal 4 years ago

Good info on rabbits! People really need to invest more time researching pets before they dive in. Did you have a bad experience with PetSmart? It seems that you don't like that store.

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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

Excellent and valuable information. I love "bun-buns," they are so cute, but I'm full up with cats. I had to babysit a rabbit a couple of times in years past, and no, I don't think I'd have one, but it was awesome to visit that bunny now and again.

Congratulations on Hub of the Day! Well done! Voted up, interesting, useful and shared on HP and FaceBook!

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Madhubani 4 years ago from Auckland, New Zealand

Enjoyed the read.

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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Our kids had a rabbit that lived 10 years. My daughter's roommate had a rabbit and she said it was awful. The rabbit was always chewing up something. Mainly cords to everything. My daughter is a big animal lover so not easy for her to complain about a pet.

Voted Up on your hub.

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Daughter Of Maat 4 years ago from Rural Central Florida

I had a rabbit named blurp who actually taught my dog to sit like a bunny! Whenever blurp wanted something, he'd stand up on his hind legs. My dog learned that I thought that was so cute and she started doing the same thing. I have tons of pictures of her sitting like a bunny!! Everyone thought it was sssooo cute!!! Me especially!

Great hub!

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Shesabutterfly 4 years ago from Wisconsin

I had an albino bunny named Gypsy and he was the sweetest bunny ever. We had some of those issues as well, however litter training was the easiest. He only ever pooped in one part of the house, so we put the box there and he used it ever since. Super easy :) Great hub, voted up!

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iefox5 4 years ago

Cutie rabbit, I want to raise some fishes. Fish is much easier to raise than other animals, water is the only thing I need.

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carozy 4 years ago from San Francisco

Congrats on Hub of the Day! My friend has a bunny so I immediately thought of her. They are quite adorable pets. Voted useful and shared. :)

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mwilliams66 4 years ago from Left Coast, USA

Congratulations on hub of the day Ali. What a wonderfully comprehensive and well written hub. I thoroughly enjoyed the read.

Looking forward to reading your future hubs.

Voting up and sharing.

Murrr 4 years ago

Thanks for this awesome article. I (me and my family)have a rabbit, he's a mixture of Miniature Lop and Dutch and he's such a cutie. He lives on the balcony in a two-floor house and he have acces to all the balcony space. We often have the balcony door open (only in the summers when the temperature's not too different outside and inside). He likes to chill out in the sun when it's not too hot. I often sit with him and cuddle on the balcony. I wonder a little about having him inside and what you think he likes best. He doesn't come into our appartment much, sometimes he peeks in his nose to see what's going on, but he doesn't come in to us for long times. I don't want to force him, sometimes I carry him inside and let him explore the livingroom. He seem to slip when he doesn't have a carpet to hop on, so I use to lay some carpets on there. When we had to keep him inside(he had caught an infection, but he's better now) I don't think he was completely satisfied and he peed and pooped in the sofa. Can rabbits do that in some kind of protest or is it about confusion? I'm sorry about my bad english, I'm swedish, but your article was so interesting that I had to write somethimg. I have so many questions and things that I would want to share, but this is something.

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alipuckett 4 years ago Author

That sounds adorable!!!

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alipuckett 4 years ago Author

Thanks for your comment. I like PetSmart! I just find their selection of rabbit food, hay, and treats to be very unhealthy. Any chain pet store will be good for cage supplies and certain toys. I just really want people to steer away from feeding their buns junk food. :)

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alipuckett 4 years ago Author

Hi Murrr! Your rabbit sounds so cute. Buns also enjoys laying in the sun. Especially now that she's older, she will lay in the sun from morning until sunset all day. It's great that you can keep him outdoor in a safe place, because I think they truly enjoy getting fresh air. Buns also has trouble walking on areas that aren't carpeted, so I always put down a rug for her in places where there is tile or hardwood. Many times when she was younger, when Buns would become frightened, she would accidentally pee and poop. Don't take it personally! Your buns is probably just not used to being inside. It takes some getting used to. I would let him explore on his own. Let him go where he wants, but keep an eye on him, so he doesn't eat your entire apartment! :)

Marcel4x4 4 years ago

Interesting that rabbits are considered exotic pets in the US.

Here in the Netherlands (and the rest of Europe) they are very common pets and you can go to any vet with them.

They are one of the most common pets, comparable with cats and dogs. Rabbits are sold in pet shops here but cats and dogs are not.

You write they are not very suitable for children. This is not true. When I was a child we had rabbits and I loved them. They are the ideal pets. You can have them walk around the house but also put them back in a cage when you leave.

They don't poo in other people's garden like cats and don't have to be taken out each day like dogs.

They are more intelligent, playfull and affectionate then guinnea pigs.

Some rabbits don't want to be picked up but some do not mind at all and like to sit on your lap, of with you on the couch. If they are picked up and held when young they are more used to it and don't mind.

Now I am an adult I have my own rabbits and I wouldn't want to live without them.

fzraomcyjd 3 years ago

Awesome post it is really. I’ve been searching for this information

lightblue 3 years ago

I think this is great for kids to read for bunny training

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is is very good thx :-)

Fireblaze 2 years ago

I want a bunny of my own, but we would have to keep it outside, and we have coyotes by our house in the fall, so yikes! Talk about a bad bunny ending! I would keep it in my garage, but I have a VERY intelegent cat too, so um.... Might need to think this through better.

Rayven 21 months ago

My bunny, Pandora, was a birthday present from my boyfriend, he had a her about a week before giving me her on my birthday, the 14th of December and well just a bit earlier I was checking on her and she attacked my hand more than once. I was shocked she would, she'd never done that before, so I talked to her and she talked back. It wasn't a grunt it was like a squeak. I still don't understand why she attacked me. She seems comfortable around me, she'll come to my hand and hop into my lap. So her bursting out like that caused my eyes to water because I thought she hated me at that moment. She is a young rabbit. Is there any explanation as to why she did that?

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alipuckett 21 months ago Author

Hi Rayven! I know exactly how you feel. My buns was aggressive toward me at times when she was young. It really hurt my feelings! My best advice would be to find ways to bond with Pandora. Right now, she's young with lots of energy, she's in a new environment, and she may be somewhat uncertain or afraid. Make sure she has the right diet (including UNLIMITED fresh hay), and then make sure to touch and pet her while she's eating. It will create a positive association in her mind. Eventually, she will learn that your touch = love and safety. It may just take some time to build trust. Best wishes to you both!

Katelyn 6 months ago

Thank you for writing this arcticle to understand my pet bunny fluffly I will work from your article P.S. Really thankful to teach my bunny and learn to understand fluffly and why.Thank U

Isha 3 months ago

hey, i loved your concept and yes! i do have a bun ... he's too cute, his color is totally white . Best part is that i have known him a lot by myself and your post makes me feel that whatever i was getting was damn right :) he will just be completing his 1 year in the coming september.. i have made him insider plus outsider bunny . he loves to playhide and seek with me and also loves to run in my room and outside in my garden for 1 hour daily. Sad part is that he has stopped eating hay from 6 months .. i have grown fresh grasses for him in my garden but still he doesn't eats and i'm afraid ..why? also he has got pimples in his belly part, there are 3-4 of them.. shall i consult a veterenian or is it okay ..? I'm from India and nowadays weather is extreme hot. Can you please advise me as i'm much more concerned about it.. :)

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