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Rabbits like human interaction, they not only love to spend time with their humans – they require it. Rabbits make wonderful indoor pets as they are very loving, social animals. They are adorable and brimming with personality. Rabbit which is any of the several varieties of European rabbit that have been domesticated. Male rabbits are called bucks and  females are called does. Rabbits are very social as well as active and playful, forming close bond with their owners. Anyone considering adding a rabbit to their family should carefully research on rabbit care before making a decision. Here are few quick tips to Pet a Rabbit:

A) Why Rabbits Can Make Good Pets :

1) Rabbits are social and with gentle handling are generally quite tame. 

2) They are playful and entertaining to watch. Rabbits often form very close bonds with their owners.

3) They can be litter trained. They also respond well to gentle training (try a clicker) and can be trained to do special behaviors and tricks. 

4) Rabbits are inquisitive, sociable animals and Rabbits make wonderful indoor companions

5) Rabbits make wonderful indoor companions

B) Few facts about rabbits as pets

1) Life Span of Rabbits can be to be 7-10 years old

2) Indoor-only rabbit cage with a solid floor. Rabbits need lots of exercise; specially made enclosures can provide a safe outdoor environment for hopping, as can an enclosed indoor space. Some rabbits can be trained to exercise outdoors with a collar and leash.

3) Rabbits are eating machines. They can and do get too chubby if given unlimited access to food. Vegetables are full of nutrients and fibre and most are very good for your rabbit's health; they actually prevent diarrhea.

4) Every rabbit owner should know that the safest place for a rabbit to live is indoors. Rabbits should never be kept outdoors! Domestic rabbits are different from their wild relatives—they do not tolerate extreme temperatures well, especially in the hot summer months. 

5) Chewing is part of a rabbit's natural behavior, but it doesn't have to be destructive. Rabbits need to have things of their own to chew on (or they might nibble on your stuff). 

6) While they are generally quiet pets, rabbits are not a good match for active young children who may not be careful enough when picking them up or playing around them. 

7) They will likely require some veterinary care, which can be expensive. They should be spayed or neutered (by a vet experienced with surgery on rabbits) and they may require vaccinations depending on where you live. 

8) Rabbits will get into trouble if they're bored. They'll make their own fun chewing your possessions if you don't provide alternate forms of entertainment.

9) Speak softly or make light kissing noises. This way, they don't feel like you're sneaking up on them. 

10)Avoid the ears and feet until you know them well. Most rabbits would be scared off by a sudden foot or ear frisking.

11)Never bathe a rabbit unless absolutely necessary. They are like cats in the way that they clean themselves, but they very very rarely need a bath. Domestic rabbits can't swim and a bath would cause them stress as well as the risk of chills, skin irritation and general unhappiness if you don't do it right.

12)Don't hold rabbits upside down or on their backs unless you have a special connection with them or they require it.

13)If you use a brush, avoid the eyes and make sure it is clean and soft.

14)Rabbits need to be protected from predators, poisons, temperature extremes, electrical cords, and rough handling.

15)Rabbits don't menstruate, so if there's blood, it's not normal. This is actually the sign of very serious illness. Don't wait to get a rabbit in this condition checked out by your vet.

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