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Rabbits For Dummies, 2nd Edition

Connie Isbell, Audrey Pavia

ISBN: 978-0-470-49628-2 April 2009 312 Pages


Your hands-on guide to being a responsible rabbit owner

Want to raise a happy, healthy bunny? This practical guide gives you everything you need to know to successfully adopt, nurture, live with, and love a rabbit. From choosing a rabbit and preparing its home to training, healthcare, and having fun with your bunny, you get a wealth of expert tips that will have your rabbit (and you) hopping with joy!

  • Jump into bunny basics — decide whether a rabbit is the right pet for you, discover the different breeds, and find out the best places to adopt your bunny

  • Take care of creature comforts — from housing and grooming to feeding and healthcare, provide the best care for your friend

  • Practice bunny "psychology" — understand bunny body language and sounds, handle behavior issues, and train your bunny to do tricks and use the litter box

  • Enjoy the wonderful world of rabbits — play games with your bunny, join clubs and organizations, show your rabbit, and make traveling with bunny easy

Open the book and find:

  • Informative photos and illustrations

  • Detailed breed descriptions

  • How to think like a rabbit

  • Tips for handling bad bunny behavior

  • The latest on organic cuisine and homegrown feeding options

  • Games to play with your rabbit

  • How to live with an indoor bunny (which is recommended!)

  • Ten signs that require emergency action

  • A bunch of bunny resources — from rescue groups to registries to Web sites


Part I: Bringing on the Bunny Basics.

Chapter 1: Jumping into Rabbit Ownership.

Chapter 2: Choosing the “Right” Rabbit.

Chapter 3: So Many Breeds, So Little Time.

Chapter 4: Hiding in Shelters, Holes, and Shops.

Part II: Taking Care of Creature Comforts.

Chapter 5: Shacking Up with an Indoor Rabbit.

Chapter 6: Stocking Up on Carrots.

Chapter 7: Cleaning Behind Those Great Big Ears and More.

Chapter 8: Making Fitness and Fresh Air Fun for Your Bunny.

Chapter 9: Nipping Common Health Problems in the Bud.

Chapter 10: Coping with Other Health Woes and Aging Issues.

Part III: Rabbit Psychology: Behavior and Training.

Chapter 11: Thinking Like a Rabbit.

Chapter 12: Putting Boxing Gloves on Your Rabbit: Training.

Chapter 13: Reckoning with a Bad Bunny.

Part IV: Enjoying Your Fun Bunny.

Chapter 14: Playing Around Isn’t Just for Dogs.

Chapter 15: Getting Hoppy with Your House Rabbit.

Chapter 16: Hitting the Road with Your Rabbit.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 17: Ten Signs That Require Emergency Action.

Chapter 18: Ten Great Rabbit Web Sites.

Chapter 19: Ten Ways to Make Your Bunny’s Day.

Appendix: Rabbit Resources.