Most people find bunny rabbits absolutely adorable. They are cute, fluffy and love to be cuddled. They can also be an indoor house pet and are low maintenance, making them an excellent pet for young and old.
The are many different breeds of rabbits available today. Dwarf and lop ear rabbits for example are becoming extremely popular as pets. Rabbits do make ideal pets, but they are often bought on impulse, or as a substitute for a child that wants a dog or a cat. You should only consider buying a rabbit if you are genuinely interested in rabbits. They live for up to 8 years (10 has been recorded for some breeds) and so consideration needs to be made for them long term when integrating them into the family.
They should not be purchased on impulse. If you are interested in rabbits, it's best to do some research on the different breeds and work out what sort of rabbit will suit you and your lifestyle the best.
Rabbits can be house trained and therefore are ideal to keep inside. They can learn to use a litter tray in the same way as a cat, and are relatively clean animals. Whether in or out they will still need a hutch to sleep in at night. If your rabbit is not free to roam, then it should be let out of it's hutch for at least an hour a day.
Once they feel comfortable and safe, a rabbit will explore and get into all sorts of mischief. If indoors, you will need to bunny proof your home. Rabbits will chew almost anything, remotes, skirting board, electric cords etc. Therefore it is important that they be supervised when they are allowed out, or the environment is completely safe for them.
They are also very sensitive to sound, rabbits like a quiet household with minimal activity. Some devices like computer screens and tv's can upset or bother a rabbit even when they are off/standby. Loud TV and music are definitely disturbing and will cause stress.
Rabbits are excellent to cuddle and love to be held, however, they are a ground animal and don't like to be picked up to our normal height. You should hold and play with your bunny at ground level, and support them properly so they feel safe.
They will interact with existing pets, but this depends on the personality of your existing animals. It is well known for rabbits to snuggle up to a dog or cat and be best friends. Unfortunately though, many dogs and cats may not be sociable to a rabbit, if so, the rabbit is sure to detect this and become stressed, even if your pets are kept apart. If a dog sits next to a rabbit hutch waiting to get in, the rabbit could die from stress.
Rabbits make excellent pets and will become a valued member of the family. Always keep your rabbit safe and it will reward you with love and adorable behaviour. If you don't have enough time to spend with your rabbit, perhaps get a second one, as they are a sociable animal and require daily attention.
If you are about to get a rabbit, you need to make sure you have the basic requirements, before you even bring them home! Here is a list of the basic requirements for any rabbits.
- Rabbit Hutch
- Sawdust or Straw Bedding
- Ceramic Food Bowl
- Drip/Sip Water Bottle
- Harness & leash
- Wood Chews
- Salt & Mineral lick stones
Suitable For People Aged: 5 & over
Experience Required: None. Care sheet & info
Feeding Care Time Required: 20 minutes a day
Maintenance Time Required: 1/2 Hour Twice a Week
Minimum Space Required: Rabbit Hutch
Cost of Upkeep: (approx) $6 Per Week
Life Span: (approx) 5 to 8 years
Availability: All Year
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