The book is written to assist individuals who are considering a rabbit as a pet and for those individuals who are rabbit owners.
It is provides simple facts to promote quick learning about rabbit ownership, how to overcome potential problems and identifies owner responsibilities.
The author has identified several steps you will want to complete before you buy your first pet rabbit. She points out that there is a growing problem with rabbits being abandoned because people do not understand their rabbit’s specific needs.
In the first section the author discusses the steps you will need to complete prior to ownership of a pet rabbit.
The first step is to contact your local authorities regarding regulations about ownership and where or not you will need a permit.
The next step is to consider what kind of hutch would best meet the needs of your rabbit. The author makes recommendations regarding the size of the hutch or cage along with considering where the rabbit will sleep, eat and exercise.
The third step is to consider the rabbit’s need for hands-on-care, play time, a regular routine, and the expenses for food, hutch and veterinary services.
The author also suggests that you consider how ownership of a pet rabbit will impact your family life. The book provides information on does and don’ts regarding family activities which will have to be changed and/or limited once you make a rabbit your pet. The author points out how ownership impacts your home, such as electrical and phone cords, carpets, and drapes. It provides information about how to identify danger spots and discusses the importance of property insurance.
In the second section, the author provides information on how to find and select the right vet for your pet rabbit.
The book provides several strategies on how to select a veterinarian for your pet rabbit. The strategies include a web site, how to assess the vet’s office and staff, and how to interview and discuss annual and emergency costs.
The book stresses the need for quick access and what to expect on your first visit to the vet’s. The author points out how best to transport your pet rabbit to and from the vet’s office.
There is a section on how to find and purchase health insurance for your pet rabbit, how to choose your rabbit and how to handle your rabbit and another section on how to protect your rabbit from potential problems and what it might mean if your rabbit eats its own droppings.
The author dedicates a full chapter on how to bond, bath and brush your pet rabbit. It identifies the meanings to “bunny body language”.
Information is provided about how rabbits mark their territories; communicate with same sex rabbits and communicate potential danger; what it means when your rabbit touches you; how rabbits let you know when they are in pain or uncomfortable; and what rabbit sounds mean.
The author provides information on how to litter box train your pet rabbit, the importance of walking your rabbit and techniques of discipline.
The book also, points out how to cut your rabbit’s fur, examine its ears, checking the rabbit’s teeth and how to clip your rabbit’s nails.
The section on housing your rabbit identifies considerations for outside hutches/cages, how to house your rabbit inside and the significant role of plants play in rabbit care. There is information about what materials should be used in the construction of the rabbit’s hutch and what materials should not be used in the building of the hutch. It discusses the pros and cons of housing the rabbit in side your home and outside; how to build the roof, develop a feeding system; how the weather impacts the rabbit and its food.
The author provides a web sit on what to do if the rabbit eats your house and/or garden plants.
There is information about when you are away. This chapter includes how to provide for your rabbit’s daily needs; how to introduce your rabbit to the sitter and/or a professional care provider; how to manage the rabbit’s feedings and need for daily attention; and what to do if the rabbit needs medication when you are gone.
The author has a section on feeding your rabbit. This chapter discusses what foods are beneficial and what foods may be harmful. There is information regarding the need for fresh daily hay and what kind of hay and how much is best for the rabbit.
The book has a chapter on common problems for rabbits. It discusses the effects of arthritis on rabbits and how best to treat it. There is information about coccidia and how it treat this parasite. What does it mean if there is blood in your rabbit’s urine, how to handle broken bones and dirty rabbit bottom. It identifies deadly illnesses such as myxomatosis, drooling, gastric stasis and how to prevent these; and how heat can create problems for your rabbit.
There is information on what a tilted head means and how best to eliminate it.
The final chapter addresses how and when to say Goodbye to your rabbit. It discusses what to do with the rabbit remains; how to process your feelings; how to help other family members deal with the loss; what are the local regulations regarding the death and burial; and recommendations on how to memorialize your rabbit.