Do Rabbits Make Good House Pets

Rabbits are wonderful pets. They love companionship. However, until they get to know their new family remember, “Rabbits are shy and timid creatures.” Just as it takes a newborn infant time to bond with its parents, it will take the rabbit time to bond with new their family.

Do You Want to Include A Rabbit In Your Household?

Rabbits live from 5 to 15 years. Before you decide whether or not a rabbit is right for you, you may want to know more about the rabbits before you adopt one.

Rabbits need approximately as much care as a cat. Like some cats, rabbits need to be spayed or neutered to decrease behavioral issues and health risks. Although a rabbit can be entertaining to watch while in its cage, being in its cage is not very entertaining for the rabbit. Rabbits need room to roam and romp. Rabbits that spend their life in a cage will become depressed. Rabbits require at least two-in-house-hours of “freedom” from their cage in order to be happy.

Domesticated rabbits belong in the house not outside in a hutch. Domesticated rabbits, unlike wild rabbits, can not tolerate extreme temperatures in weather be it cold, hot or high humid conditions. They are also more prone to disease and behavioral issues when they live outside.

Qualities that Make Rabbits a Good Pet Choice:

*Rabbits can form close bonds with their human family. They can show their affection by circling the feet of their “parents”, nuzzling close or licking them. They may even make soft grunting noises at you. The more time you spend with them, the more time they seem to want to spend with you.

*Rabbits enjoy the attention of being petted or brushed. However, they don’t like to be held for long periods of time.

*Rabbits, like cats can be litter box trained.

*Rabbits are quiet unlike some dogs. Your neighbors or landlord won’t be reporting you to the police because your rabbit was too loud.

*Rabbits are a joy to watch while they play and can be taught to do tricks.

*Rabbits are intelligent creatures. They can let you know by thumping with their back leg if they have a need or want, or if they are unhappy or fearful.

*Rabbits don’t usually bite unless cornered or frightened.

*Rabbits like people have unique individual personalities. This variety is the spice of life.

*Rabbits, like cats are frequently grooming themselves.

Negatives to Consider Prior to Adopting

*Rabbits can be willful. They want what they want when they want it! If they don’t want to be handled they may nip at you.

*Rabbits nip to communicate displeasure. It doesn’t hurt but can shock you!

*Rabbits like to chew on all things wood. They also like to chew on wires. Wires need to be pre-treated with hot-sauce to keep them from frying themselves on the electrical cords.

*Rabbits like to dig. They don’t understand that carpet or furniture is not the place for this. When outside their cage they need supervision.

*Rabbits, if their litter box is not changed frequently, can have a strong urine smell. This is best destroyed with vinegar and water or a product for this purpose.

*Rabbits bones are fragile; bunnies must be handled with care; therefore, they aren’t suitable pets for homes with very young children.

All things considered, rabbits can be wonderful pets for the prepared-pet-parent. You know you have made the right choice when you see a rabbit do the “Dance of Joy”. This unique movement expresses that a rabbit is happy. The rabbit will hop high in the air and execute a half-twist with their back end in mid-air, twist and land completing the “Dance”. This is a movement of which an Olympian would be proud, one that may have you smiling with delight.

Only you can decide what pet to adopt into your home. Hopefully, you will have the chance to see the “Dance of Joy” for yourself. If not, remember there are plenty of other types of animals available at shelters waiting to come home to you.