Hints from Heloise for Aug. 12, 2017 | Zoology

DEAR HELOISE: My kids want a rabbit as a pet. Are they good pets? Are they expensive to care for? What hints do you have for caring for a rabbit? — Jody D., Calumet City, Illinois

Jody, rabbits are cute, and they can be excellent pets. Here are some hints to keep in mind:

  • You can train the rabbit to use a litter box.
  • A rabbit is quiet, so no barking.
  • Your pet rabbit needs human interaction. Rabbits are indoor animals. An outside cage is a big no-no.
  • A rabbit will develop a fun personality, just like a dog or cat.
  • A lot of care is important. Rabbits are delicate creatures and can’t be handled roughly; children need to understand this. Rabbits can bite and kick.
  • Regarding expenses: An indoor crate is necessary, which can run about $100; the animal will need medical checkups with a veterinarian, including a spay or neuter; special rabbit pellets; lots of fresh vegetables; hay for bedding; and litter.
  • Search rescue groups to adopt a rabbit. There are different breeds; a larger breed usually is better for kids.
  • Rabbitproof the house. Rabbits are known to chew.

With some work, as all pets require, a rabbit will be a fun and loving member of your family!

Ask your veterinarian for more information about having a rabbit as a pet.

Readers with rabbits, submit pictures of your pet rabbit for our Pet Pal feature. Email [email protected]. — Heloise

DEAR HELOISE: I enjoy all of your clever tips and look forward to each new idea as it comes along. My casseroles were too salty most of the time, so I started putting bits and pieces of corn chips and wheat chips in a plastic bag with breadcrumbs and giving them a good shake.

The salt merges with the bread, and the chip bits are much nicer to use as a topping for the casserole. — Jane A., Beavercreek, Ohio

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