What better time to celebrate the domestic rabbit than Easter, when everybody is anxiously awaiting Easter Bunny's egg deliveries?
Rabbits are highly intelligent, creatures that will reward their owners with affection and trust if handled gently from a young age.
They can even be house-trained to use kitty litter as well as perform simple tasks.
They are social animals and prefer to be kept in pairs or small groups.
Desexing your rabbit will prevent unwanted pregnancies, after all, the rabbits ability to reproduce itself, has led to Australia's ongoing struggle with a ferral rabbit population, as well as the term "to breed like rabbits"!
Make sure you train your other animals to accept your rabbits as part of the family. Both dogs and cats can be trained to see rabbits as friends rather than a prey species. Make sure you closely supervise other pets around your rabbits until your are absolutely certain they can be trusted not to chase or attempt to harm them.
All domestic rabbits must be vaccinated against the fatal calesi virus!
Housing your rabbit
Rabbits need a sheltered hutch, with places they can hide, that are well protected from cold winds and are shaded on hot days. Excess heat or cold can kill your rabbit!
Additionally, your rabbit should have regular exercise to use all its muscles and hop around a bigger, safe enclosed room or yard or run. They will need straw or shredded paper, or even blankets to create a comfy night nest for themselves.
The hutch should be regularly cleaned. Mobile rabbit hutches can also provide a good means of both cutting and manuring a small lawn and make way less noise than a lawnmower!
They can also live comfortably indoors!
Feeding your rabbit and meeting its other needs
Detailed dietry and health information is available on the RSPCA's website