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House Rabbit Handbook: How to Live with an Urban Rabbit Paperback – September, 1995

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Drollery Press; 3rd edition (September 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0940920123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940920125
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #399,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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89 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Janet Tolle on November 14, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is by far the most intelligent and informative resource for those who love rabbits and want the best for them! This book gives rabbit owners practical guidelines into thinking "rabbit" and understanding how to make the best possible environments for rabbits in our human homes. Besides the comedic stories of indoor rabbits and their antics, it also gives concrete advise to solve any rabbit situation that may arise and medical information which can not be found anywhere else. Harriman has the mastered the system for everything "rabbit" and I highly recommend this book. In fact, without this book thousands of shelter rabbits, abandoned and rejected rabbits would never have found the gentle, wonderful second chances they have. My gratitude goes out to this house rabbit effort not only for my own shelter-saved house rabbit, Checkers, but for the others I have had the opportunity to help via Harriman's book and resource. I serve as a humane educator at our local shelter and this book is the core of everything we teach on rabbit ownership. Believe it!
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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Kearney VINE VOICE on September 26, 2003
Format: Paperback
THE HOUSE RABBIT HANDBOOK is an essential guide for anyone who has a rabbit as a house pet. The book contains information regarding rabbit behavior in a home that is very accurate; at least it seems accurate when I look at the behavior of my two rabbits. The author believes that rabbits can have just as much personality as a dog or a cat and assumes that people who keep rabbits as pets wish to interact with them. So if your goal is to keep a rabbit in a cage in the backyard, this book will not be all that helpful. If on the other hand you want a unique pet that is curious, capable of being entertaining, a bit on the mischievous side, and yes, even loving, this book will he of great help.
The book contains all the basic information about rabbit care in a home setting. Care, feeding, grooming, attending to health needs, and the like are covered. There are also suggestions about rabbit-proofing a home and the pros and cons of allowing rabbits to roam freely around the house.
For me, the most helpful section of the book dealt with introducing a new rabbit my first rabbit. I assumed that since he was so friendly, a new friend would be perfect. I was wrong. He was a terror and wanted nothing to do with his new playmate. Now one is lost without the other. The suggestions of this book really worked.
While the information in the book is based on sound veterinary advice, the reader quickly realizes that the author relies heavily on personal experience as well. The techniques she espouses flow from her experience. Ideally, people will want to read this book prior to getting a rabbit, especially since it contains valuable information about preparing for the rabbit to come home.
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68 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Ruth Henriquez Lyon VINE VOICE on April 18, 2000
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I bought the first edition of this book years ago when I brought my first two bunnies home without knowing anything about how to keep them in the house. It told me everything I needed to know to start out, and how to get into the proper frame of mind to let the bunnies teach me everything else. The book goes beyond care instructions and maintaining health--it teaches you about interspecies relationships: human-rabbit, dog-rabbit, cat-rabbit, guinea pig-rabbit. I now work as the rabbit adoption coordinator for our local Humane Society and we always give this book out for free when someone adopts a bunny--it outlines our standard for humane bunny care. Every shelter director and worker should have a look at this book....it will transform the lives of rabbits in shelters who are often very misunderstood by their caretakers. The authors clearly understand and respect animals as valuable beings, not just as "playthings" for humans. Thus the book is a big step forward in the movement toward kindness and respect for all non-human beings with whom we share this earth.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Rob Olivera on November 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is very informative on all aspects of rabbit ownership, including Rabbit Body Language and what your pet is trying to tell you by the things he does (how he acts). Rabbits are not pets like cats and dogs in ANY WAY and this book makes that very clear. It also validates my decision to not take my rabbit to all the mothers from my work that are dying to have me take the rabbit to their house so that their little brats can carry it whenever they find out I have one! *LOL* Kids and most rabbits DONT MIX in a great deal of cases!
Chances are that if you have any question in the world about your rabbit, that it will be covered in this book despite the fact that it's not a very thick book. If you don't have a rabbit and you're thinking of getting one for the first time then you D.E.F.I.N.I.T.E.L.Y. need to get this book BEFORE you get the pet in your household! Please remember this!
Only one negative thing about this book: In SOME parts I feel that some general blanket-statements are made pertaining to what activities rabbits like (or DON'T LIKE). My rabbit couldn't be more different than what they're describing in these parts. This is, however a minor point. Get the book and you won't be sorry. It's worth its weight in gold.
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