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   Rabbits are usually sold year round and they make wonderful house pets. They should not be considered "seasonal" pets. A rabbit can easily be trained to use a litter box and walk on a harness and leash. 

   By properly displaying rabbits along with the appropriate merchandise, you make them appeal to customers as indoor pets. A wire cage with a wire bottom is the best environment for rabbits to thrive in. Wire cages are the easiest to properly disinfect. Try to avoid cages with plastic parts because rabbits are notorious for chewing everything. Aquariums are not advised as they do not allow maximum air circulation. Rabbit urine is very strong and may irritate their respiratory systems as well as their feet. Young male rabbits may "spray" and cause unsightly urine stains on glass aquariums. Use urine guards on all metal cages. Veterinarians will neuter male rabbits to prevent spraying. 

Items to complete the housing of your pet might include brightly colored 16 or 32 oz. water  bottles, a sturdy, well constructed wire bottom cage, shavings, salt spool, fresh bagged hay, a balanced pellet diet and a heavy food dish or metal feeder. Wooden rabbit chew toys satisfy a rabbit's need to gnaw and keep teeth properly 

trimmed.  Always include a good book. Items that support the "indoor pet concept" should include a litter tray and ground corn cob (clay kitty litter particles may irritate the rabbits delicate respiratory system). Bitter Apple or alternative spray can be sold as a "chew" preventative. A figure 8 harness, brush, shampoo, and assorted treats are additional care items you will want. Provide maximum visibility by placing your rabbit's home where it can be seen by both your family and friends. Please remember to protect rabbits or bunnies from drafts and over-handling. It is important to minimize stress. Retailers sell bunnies all during the year, so don't limit your desire for this wonderful pet to just the Easter season.


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