Have you been thinking about adopting a rabbit? If you have already adopted one, or you are thinking of doing so, make sure you know their needs and how to take care of them. As rabbits are extremely sociable and like to interact with humans, they can sometimes be misunderstood. Here are somethings you should know about these bounding bundles of joy:

Fitting into the Family– Rabbits require safe, gentle handling and a quiet environment. Rabbits can be easily startled and stressed by loud noises and fast movements. Be gentle when petting. Sit on the floor with your child in your lap while you pet and talk to the rabbit. You can pet, but don’t pick up the rabbit.

Movement– Rabbits are crepuscular, which means that they generally sleep during the day and the night but are ready to play at dawn and twilight. So, if you’re at work during the day, they will not mind being contained, but they MUST be let out for at least several hours each day, both to exercise and to have social interaction.

Bunny proof– Rabbits like to chew and dig! Tuck electrical and phone cords out of the way or encase them in clear plastic tubing. Remove books and other desirable items from low shelves. Put houseplants up out of the way.

Personality– Your rabbit may be shy at first. Usually within two weeks rabbits they begin to feel more secure in their new surroundings. Soon, you will have a rabbit prancing around your home, testing you, seeing what he can get away with!

Get down on the floor– Spend a lot of time on your rabbit’s level where you are less intimidating. Rabbits are naturally curious and will come up to you eventually. Most rabbits enjoy being petted on the broad part of their head.

For adoption and more info: www.sandiegorabbits.org

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