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House Rabbit Handbook: How to Live with an Urban Rabbit [Paperback]

Marinell Harriman
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Nov 1995
Packed with the collected wisdom of bunny-lovers and charming, candid photos of their pets, this manual tells readers how to successfully integrate a rabbit into one's life. Harriman includes the latest in veterinary information and helpful how-to sections on care and feeding. 100 photos. Charts.

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Drollery Press; 3rd edition (Nov 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0940920123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940920125
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 20.3 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 309,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
By Nem
An excellent read.
I have kept pet rabbits over the last 15 years and it started off as a childhood hobby. My 1st rabbit live to be 11 years old, but after reading this book I felt rather sad, as I now know his quality of live could have been so much better. I recently brought 'The Complete House Rabbit Guide' from my local pet shop and it inspired me to read more. After reading all the other customer reviews regarding 'House Rabbit Handbook: How to Live with an Urban Rabbit' I knew this was a book I had to read. It exceeded my expectations, once I picked it up I couldn’t put it down until it was finished. It is filled with useful information that your normal run of the mill book just wouldn’t even touch on. The book also includes stories of different bunnies and their exploits, which entices you to discover your own bunny’s unique personality. My 5-month-old rabbit ‘Pippin’ has already benefited from the book and looks forward to a long, happy and fulfilled life!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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The houserabbit movement in Great Britain is a few years behind that in the USA but catching up rapidly.
We don't have a "home grown" comprehensive and adult orientated reference book devoted to indoor rabbit companions, and so the British Houserabbit Association strongly recommends the House Rabbit Handbook.
The book is so easy to read and enjoy, it's remarkably easy to miss some of the absolute gems of information that are sometimes just mentioned in passing, which is why I read and re-read my copy several times a year!
Criticisms.... very few. First of all, I miss the "housebunny profiles" which featured in earlier editions. Secondly, as the book now has an international readership, I feel that future editions really must mention some of the health issues facing owners of companion rabbits outside the USA. Specifically. Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD or RHD) and myxomatosis, both killer diseases for which vaccination is available (and highly recommended!) in Europe and some other countries outside the USA.
Similarly, complex issues about dental disease are skimmed over; and there is no advice for pet owners in countries other than the US where pet bunnies are often fed on "rabbit mixes" where the risk of selective feeding and nutritional deficiencies are so much greater than where pellets are more widely available.
However, these are minor criticisms that could easily be addressed in the next edition.
Congratulations should go to the author on her fabulous achievement, and the BHRA will continue to promote the "HRH" as essential reading.
Dr Linda Dykes President, British Houserabbit Association
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Unlike many other current "rabbit books" (which contain out-of-date and possibly harmful information), The House Rabbit Handbook is timely, factual, practical and dedicated to positive human/rabbit relations. The health, well-being, and quality-of-life of both you and your rabbit companion(s) will improve with the essentials provided by this book. Issues covered include a bunny-proof indoor environment, neutering/spaying, choosing a healthy rescued rabbit from a foster home or shelter, litterbox training, regular veterinary care from a QUALIFIED rabbit vet, unlimited Timothy hay, limited Timothy/alfalfa pellets, caring for a rabbit throughout their 10-12 year lifespan, resources such as The House Rabbit Society, and lots of inspiring anecdotes and advice. Our bunnies Funny, Henry, Porcini, Chana and Naomi fully recommend the latest edition of The House Rabbit Handbook!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A few years ago I bought myself a rabbit, had a cage, bought rabbit food and a water bottle... now the rest should be simple, right? How complicated can it be to keep a rabbit?
Well, it turned out to be more complicated than I thought. I didn't know why it didn't want to be held in my lap, I couldn't housetrain it, and it nibbled everything to pieces. HELP! Well, then I searched for info, bought this book - and in a couple of weeks my rabbit changed from a misunderstood shy animal to a pet that we all love to pieces, that runs on the floor around us, goes to it's toilet every time, watches tv with my kid (I'm not joking!)... THANKS, it was wonderful : ) Wonderful book, wonderful bunny : )
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bunnies! 20 May 2002
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These people obviously love their rabbits and it shows. The book is not just written like 'this is what you should feed rabbits..etc etc', but alos outlines ways to keep them happy mentally. It is quite funny in places and is very enjoyable to read.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful look at rabbits as pets 15 April 1998
By A Customer
The house rabbit handbook is the first of it's kind really to take a look at rabbits purely from a rabbit as companion point of view.
The adoption stories are touching and the information on rabbit behavior is insightful.
This book focuses on rabbit care and goes in depth into medical care of the rabbit, which makes it one of the best rabbit care references that I have seen for rabbit health care tips.

The rabbit housing sections are extremely interesting, and show some of the more innovative rabbit housing designs of creative rabbit owners. :)

I highly recommend this book to any and all rabbit owners.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Item was lost and I did not receive it!
I was disappointed that the item was not sent through a tracking system to possibly track it ....eventually it was lost in the post!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tells you what you need to know.
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I love this book, I have learnt a lot about my indoor bunny through this book. It is amusing but educational and informative. A must read for any Bunny owner!
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