Rekindling the Relationship With Your Rabbit

FOR THE HOUSE RABBIT JOURNAL, SPRING 2018 PRINT EDITION

When I tell people I have house rabbits, ninety-nine times out of a hundred the reaction is positive. People are surprised, curious, or down-right delighted. But every once in a while when I say “I have rabbits” someone replies, “Oh really? Do you want another one?” This can be the start of a difficult conversation.

For friends struggling to care for their rabbits it can be tricky to give advice without judgement. Young children sometimes lose interest in their pets and look for the next new thing without thinking of the long-term repercussions. Even adults can get in a rut with cage cleaning, maintenance, and care. Focusing only on the chores, they fall “out of love” with their pets without realizing it.

But, as we all know, putting a rabbit up for adoption is a drastic step. If it is at all possible to rekindle the spark of love between rabbit and owner, then there is still hope. To help with these difficult conversations, here is some go-to advice to rekindle a relationship with a rabbit…

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