Pet Hooligans Interview: My House Rabbit

For today’s interview please welcome Abi Cushman and P.A. Smith from MyHouseRabbit.com

Firstly, please introduce yourself and tell us a little about where you are based, for example in which country and part of that country?

We are Abi Cushman and P.A. Smith, and we’re based in New London, CT USA.

Please tell us about your pet website and how it came about?

My House Rabbit (MyHouseRabbit.com) is dedicated to celebrating house rabbits and educating the public about pet rabbit care and behavior.  There are a lot of misconceptions about pet rabbits, and we wanted to put together a resource that helped new rabbit owners set up a safe environment for their pets.

Have you always loved animals and pets?

Yes, of course!  We both had pets growing up, and we’re both animal lovers in general as well. Aside from MyHouseRabbit.com, we also run another website called AnimalFactGuide.com which showcases various animals around the world and discusses ways people can help conserve both the animals and their environment.

Please tell us a little about any pets that currently live with you and if they ever get into any mischief?

We live with two rabbits named Coco and Cosette, and they love getting into mischief. Cos loves to jump on the coffee table to try to steal snacks. Coco enjoys pulling paper from the recycling bin and our filing cabinets (if we forget to close the drawer all the way). They are intensely curious, with the ability to jump to high places and squeeze into small spaces. We’ll find them on top of bookcases, tables, couches, chairs, and tv stands, as well as below or behind the furniture.

What first interested you in setting your pet related website up?

Owning two rabbits, rabbit care was a topic we knew a lot about.  We both like to write, and I (Abi) am a web designer by trade, so putting together a website made sense.

How long now has the site been established?

We launched My House Rabbit in 2007.

How do you find your inspiration and the content that you blog about?

We get inspiration for new articles from the emails we receive. When we realize that a lot of people have similar questions about a certain topic, we’ll turn our answer into an article.

For the blog, we keep an eye out for news related to rabbits. We really like heartwarming stories about rabbits.  Sometimes we find those in the news, sometimes we hear about them from various rabbit rescue organizations via Facebook or Twitter, and sometimes people contact us directly.
We’ve also had a few people write guest posts.  We try to keep the blog fairly uplifting and positive.  Sometimes we post about the antics of our own rabbits.  We also like to post about rabbit-inspired art, knitting/sewing patterns, or rabbit-shaped cookies/cakes.

Tell us a little about your typical day and what is involved in running the website?
We usually receive a couple emails everyday with questions pertaining to rabbit care, so we’ll answer those to the best of our ability.  A lot of the time, our best advice is to bring their rabbit in to a rabbit-savvy vet. Rabbits are prey animals who hide their illness for as long as possible, and many people don’t realize how dire the situation is.
Aside from answering emails, we also look for things to post on the blog and check our Facebook and Twitter pages for any questions there.  We’ll add new photos and videos to the gallery about once every month, and we write new articles when topics arise.

Do you have any plans for the future in terms of expanding the website or featuring any other areas?
Aside from adding more articles and maintaining the blog and photo/video galleries, we don’t have any plans for any major additions to the site.

Finally, if people want to learn more about you and your website do you have a Facebook page or Twitter profile where they can learn more?
We have a Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/myhouserabbit and a Twitter page at: http://twitter.com/myhouserabbit

Comments

  1. Congratulations Abi and P.A. on this article – it gets more information about rabbits as companion animals out to the public. By the way, you do a great job on MyHouseRabbit – it is one of the best rabbit websites out there for people considering or new to rabbits. The photos of rabbits are beautiful, too. I noted this article on my blog so my readers can visit. As a fellow bunny fan and blogger – thanks!
    Connie

  2. Thanks so much, Connie. That means a lot coming from you! Your site, hopperhome.com, is a wonderful resource for bunny lovers. I highly recommend that everyone check it out if they haven’t already!

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