Although Your Rabbit is aimed at younger
readers, it contains a lot of good advice about caring
for rabbits, whether they're pets or show animals.
You'll get guidance on selecting the right rabbit for
you, feeding and housing it, and taking care of its
health, as well as information on how to breed rabbits,
show them, and run a rabbitry. The book is easy to
read and loaded with useful tips, such as how to prepare
a first aid kit for your rabbits. Or the easy way to
make a hay rack.
The section on housing is particularly good. You'll
learn how to build your own cage or hutch, step by
step. Copious illustrations, along with advice on materials
to use and where to get them, makes this section of
the book worth the price all by itself. If you're not
the handy sort, never fear--you'll also get guidance
on how to buy the best hutch for your rabbits.
The section on health covers some of the more common
ailments that rabbits can suffer from--such as coccidiosis
and sore hocks--and how to treat them. Perhaps the
book goes a bit overboard here--the health section
includes how to lance an abscess, which is not something
that should really be attempted by new rabbit owners
or children. This is an ailment that is usually best
handled by a vet, due to the difficulty in discharging
and cleaning an abscess. In my opinion, if you have
a rabbit as a pet, you're best off taking your pet
to a vet for diagnosis and treatment, rather than trying
to care for a sick or hurt rabbit on your own.
The book also gives advice on how to breed rabbits
and care for pregnant does and their offspring. You
can tell the author has had experience in this area--she
has some great tips for fostering newborns and warming
a chilly baby.
For those who are new to showing rabbits, Your Rabbit
gives a brief overview of how the typical show works
and how to prepare your rabbits. While the book doesn't
talk about shows to any real depth, it gives sufficient
information on showing to get a novice started.
This book is a good choice for anyone, young or old,
who is a new rabbit owner or who is just getting into
the rabbit show world.