Rabbits, such as the 6 week old ones being held by Linda Park, on the right,
and Lisa Froemmel, are quickly becoming a popular choice among local residents when
it comes to choosing a household pet. These little creatures grow to about
4 pounds and can be very adorable pets. They get along well with most
other animals, such as cats and dogs. They have actually become more
popular than guinea pigs.
average life-span of a rabbit is between 5 to 8 years. Males mature after
6 – 10 months while females mature after 5 – 9 months. They can be
sterilized after 4 months, but if you decide to breed rabbits, be ready
for a new litter every couple of months. That is why most rabbit owners
keep only one at home.
for food, rabbits need fresh water every day and 80 grams of food for
every kilogram of body weight. As long as you give them good quality food
and don’t change their diet very often, they are very easy to care for.
And, what is most appreciated by pet owners is that rabbits can easily be
of rabbits is relatively simple. It is a good idea to brush them daily to
prevent hairballs. You should also supply them with appropriate chew toys
to keep their teeth trimmed. Finally, you should make sure to cut their
nails as required. They also love to play with toys.
little guys are so cuddly and will really respond to love and
attention,” explained Lisa. “They are just like any other pet you
might have. You get back what you put into them. If you love them and pay
attention to them, they will respond to their name and make great pets.”
rabbits sell for $30 at Pet Palace in the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre.
Cages are available at a wide range of prices, from $69 to the “Cadillac
of Cages” below which retails for about $249.