Rabbits can live for up to thirty years if proper care is taken and they are susceptible to a wide range of diseases which includes cancer of the lymph nodes, tumors and birth defects. Their coat needs regular grooming, because it helps to shed dead skin cells, prevent matting of fur and reduce dander. Pet owners must know how to feed and take care of their pet rabbit because improper care and feeding can lead to severe medical problems including infections and death. Moreover, rabbits can be carriers of several diseases such as haematoma, lymphoma, babesiosis, equine infectious peritonitis and panleukopenia.
Rabbits can make good household pets, but like any pet, owners need to know how to properly handle and care for them. Many pet rabbit owners keep their rabbits indoors as pets because they do not enjoy the outdoor life of wild rabbits. Although domestic rabbits can live for two to five years on average, they often spend much of that time in cramped cages inside the house because they are confined to indoor spaces. Some pet rabbit owners consider their indoor rabbits to be companions because they spend time with them and get along with them.
Rabbits also need daily exercise to help them stay healthy and stimulate their nervous system. A pet rabbit that does not move around often will become inactive, so owners should try to buy some toys or cages that can be used to give the animals some space. Owners also need to take the time to examine their pets closely before buying them because some pet rabbits look cute but are unhealthy or disfigured. It is not a good idea to get a pet rabbit if he has mites, cuts or broken hairs because these conditions can spread very quickly. Pet rabbits also need to be vaccinated to avoid being infected with a wide range of diseases.