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Making a home for bunny

Some people keep their rabbits outside in cages or cute hutches, but they can be kept indoors and can easily be trained to use litter boxes filled with litter and hay.

Keeping a rabbit indoors costs a little more than keeping a cat indoors - there's the initial outlay for a cage or hutch (125-400 yuan, US$19-61) and then the minimal cost of straw and bedding that needs to be changed. Food and litter cost about the same as for a cat. Cats and rabbits can coexist but use separate litter boxes.

Of course, some pet stores sell all kinds of bunny beds, accessories and toys.

A housebroken rabbit is a treasure, so take time to read about this and encourage bunny to use the box. Then he or she can really become part of the family. Some people find bunnies are more easily litter-trained than cats.

A big cardboard box filled with straw can make a warm house - placed on lots of newspaper, which needs to be changed to remove droppings. Put a litter box nearby and encourage bunny to use it. And bowls for food and water, of course. A water bottle costs 12-20 yuan, but it's not necessary.

Bunny also needs an enclosed area to move around. He or she also needs bedding; it can be hay, straw, wood shavings and other things. All kinds of products are sold, usually for 8-10 yuan per kilogram. Always keep it fresh and remove soiled beddig.

Commercial rabbit food in pellet form costs from 5 to 35 yuan a kilogram. Imported food is costly. Processed grasses cost 20-40 yuan per kilogram.

Cat litter is widely available and sometimes rabbit litter.

All the stuff can be found in big supermarkets or pet stores.


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