Rabbits For Dummies
Your 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. Find detailed breed descriptions, information on organic cuisine, helpful top ten lists, and more. You can even teach your bunny to perform tricks! From choosing a rabbit and preparing its home to training, healthcare, and having fun with your furry friend, discover a wealth of expert tips that will have your rabbit (and you) hopping with joy. Inside... The latest on housing, cleaning, and feeding How to think like a rabbit Games to play with your bunny How to live with an indoor rabbit A bunch of bunny resources Ten signs that require emergency action
Connie Isbell is a former editor and writer at Audobon magazine, as well as the editor of numerous pet books. Audrey Pavia is the author of many books on pets and animals, including the bestselling Horses For Dummies and The Rabbit: An Owner's Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet. She has been a frequent contributor to numerous pet publications, editor-in -chief of Horse Illustrated, and senior editor of The AKC Gazette.
Rabbits For Dummies
Welcome to Rabbits For Dummies, 2nd Edition, the one and only book that you need to get started in the wonderful world of rabbit ownership. Of course, when it comes to rabbits, you can never stop discovering. Although they may seem like simple little creatures, rabbits are actually physically and emotionally complex and they never cease to amaze those who live with them.
If you're interested in rabbits, you came to the right book. Whether you're thinking about getting your first rabbit or you already have a bunny and want to find out more about how to take care of him, this book can be a great help.
How hard is owning a rabbit? Rabbits For Dummies, 2nd Edition, is designed to be a useful reference for those who aren't experts, as well as those who know zero about rabbits. Even people who know a thing or two about bunnies can benefit from this book because it's a reference for behavior and health.
Rabbits are nothing like cats and dogs, the two most common pets. The rabbit's digestive system is more akin to a horse than a feline or a canine. And the psychological makeup of a bunny is closer to that of a bird than that of a cat or dog.
In order to understand your rabbit and care for him properly, you have to know the details specific to rabbit ownership. By finding out about rabbit psychology, rabbit physiology, and basic rabbit care, you'll have what it takes to take care of a rabbit just right.
About This Book
Rabbits For Dummies, 2nd Edition, is like a department store: You're able to enter on whatever floor you like. You don't have to walk past that smelly perfume counter to get to the housewares section on the third floor. You just walk into the housewares section. Likewise, you don't have to start reading this book at the beginning, going through each page until you reach the end. You can turn to any section of the book that interests you and begin reading at that point and not feel lost. You don't have to remember what you read yesterday, and you don't have to read chapters or sections in order. Just find something that interests you, read it, do it, and put the book back on your shelf. (No one expects you to read from cover to cover except maybe your high school English teacher, but you can ignore her this time around.)
Each part of the book is divided into chapters that address basic questions about rabbits and their care. You'll find answers to questions like
Am I really cut out to be a bunny owner?
How do I prepare my home for my rabbit's arrival?
How do I communicate with my bunny?
What's the best way to make sure that my rabbit is healthy and happy?
What do I do in the event of a medical emergency? Conventions Used in This Book
Rabbits For Dummies, 2nd edition, makes information easy to find and use. To help you navigate through the text, we've used certain conventions:
Italics are used for emphasis and to highlight new words or terms that are defined.
Boldfaced text is used to bring attention to key words or highlight points in a series.
Monofont is used to set apart Web sites and e-mail addresses.
In this book, we refer to rabbits with the male pronouns (he, his, him) and the female pronouns (she, her). This convention is merely for readability's sake. We don't call rabbits "it" because they're living creatures.
What You're Not to Read
From time to time in this book, we share information that may be interesting but isn't essential to the complete understanding of the topic at hand. You can find this nonessential information in two places:
Sidebars: The gray shaded text boxes contain supplementary information that you can skip or read later.