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House Rabbit Handbook: How to Live with an Urban Rabbit, 4th Edition Paperback – June 10, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Drollery Press; 4th edition (June 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0940920174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940920170
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The House Rabbit Society people were extremely helpful, via their website and this book.
D. Huang
There seem to be a number of bunny books, with limited information, written in a tone which addresses children.
Kitty Lebens
Even if you've had a rabbit before, you will learn a great deal from this book on first reading.
L. Gilbert

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Martin on July 9, 2006
This is the very best rabbit book on the planet. It is full of great information, and is the perfect handbook for anyone who is thinking of having a pet rabbit or has a rabbit (or more) already. Other books out there are full of old fashioned out-dated information or are geared to breeders. This book is the bible of pet rabbit information, if you have a rabbit and think you know everything, think again, and buy this book. This book covers health, nutrition, behavior and how to "rabbitproof" your home. It also shows us that rabbits have wonderful personalities and an inquisitive nature, so bring them into your home and let them be apart of your lives.
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41 of 49 people found the following review helpful By M. Pellie on February 8, 2007
I'm not sure I understand why this book has received so many positive reviews. While the writer clearly has plenty of experience with and knowledge about rabbits, the information is not well organized and is often unclear. For instance, in the section on bunny-proofing your home, she never provides a simple list of the hazards and what to do about each. Instead, she opens with a list of questions and then transitions into a list of solutions--but the lists aren't coordinated. At one point, she mentions a solution for hiding hardwood floors and baseboards, but she never says what bunnies *do* to either. Chew? Scratch? How? I need a list of everything bunnies might damage followed by solutions for each. Another example: In the section about multiple rabbits, she focuses on introducing rabbits to each other but says very little about adopting a bonded pair. Is this better than adopting a single bunny? Why? Is it more or less work, and in what way?

My sense is that the author has been dealing with bunnies for so long that she doesn't quite know how to talk to a beginner--and that the editor doesn't understand the benefit of numbered and bulleted lists.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kitty Lebens on December 22, 2005
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There seem to be a number of bunny books, with limited information, written in a tone which addresses children. Finally, I'm glad to find a rabbit book for mature readers that provides more advanced information.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Keeper of the Bunny on October 8, 2005
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If you have, or plan to have a bunny in your home this is the first book to buy.

I have bought copies and sent them to people interested in having a home rabbit.

This is THE book to have. The book is well written and funny; the pictures are great.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SK8R's MOM on August 30, 2006
I had read a few other rabbit books after adopting Sofie, but this is by far the best. It includes the most information and has helped me better understand the newest member of our family. Whenever I have a question, this is the reference I go to for my answer. I highly recommend it for anyone that shares their home with a bun.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Huang on December 15, 2006
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Excellent information. I picked up a stray rabbit the week after Easter, with no clue how to care for him or even what to feed him. The House Rabbit Society people were extremely helpful, via their website and this book. Hallelujah, I now know how to take care of my ebil wabbit! I even learned to get him a sister!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Gilbert on May 29, 2005
Rabbits are complicated! Even if you've had a rabbit before, you will learn a great deal from this book on first reading. If you know someone with a bunny, a copy of this book will likely be an eye-opener, especially if the rabbit was purchased at a pet shop rather than adopted from the House Rabbit Society or a knowledgable shelter.

So many of these wonderful animals are bought as a pet for the kids, and then surrendered to a shelter (or worse) because their needs are so exacting; they need roaming room, VERY specific feeding and vet care, generally do not like to be picked up and carried around, and chew everything they can get their incisors on. They are great pets for the right person, but not everyone is a good match for a rabbit.

The House Rabbit Handbook will be a tremendous aid to those who already have a bunny or are considering adding one to the family.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Allain on August 15, 2006
Some years ago, I had a house rabbit, but didn't know about this book. There were plenty of books about raising rabbits in cages for meat.

This one sure has lots of helpful info for the home with a rabbit in it. It covers bunny body language, proper feeding, and adjusting to other pets (dogs, cats, guinea pigs).

My three cats were intimidated by my rabbit who introduced herself with a hearty nip. They were about the same size, but the cats would lurk under chairs when the rabbit was loose in the house.

If you're thinking of getting a different pet, consider a house rabbit (and get this book).
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