House Rabbits

Rabbits make great pets. They’re cleaner than dogs, smell better than ferrets, and don’t shed as much as cats. Mine will run up to the open top level of their cage and stand to give me kisses when I get home. Then they run to the bottom level, knowing I’ll let them out to roam.

Probably a better question is, “Why not a Rabbit?” A rabbit might be the wrong pet for your household if:

~You don’t want to clean a litter box. Or the occasional litter box “miss” of a single bunny pellet will drive you insane. Bunnies litter box train pretty easily. Mine were faster than a ferret but not as fast as a cat. Bunny litter smells better than cat litter though.

~You have small children. Bunnies who are nervous around adults will be terrified of the sudden movements and noise a young child can produce. Bunnies can die of fright. They need a calmer atmosphere to feel confident and to thrive. It’s possible to have bunnies and kids but you have to have somewhere for the bunnies to go where they feel safe from poking fingers.

~You’re not prepared for a long commitment. The lifespan of a house rabbit is 12-15 years.

~You want something to pick up and cuddle. My bunnies will both come up to me and crawl over me. They will jump into my lap when I’m on the couch, tunnel under my covers in bed, and nudge my foot or my hand asking for pets but they do not like to be picked up or squeezed tight.

~You like all of your electric cords intact and your clothing without chew marks. They will chew pretty much anything they can get they’re teeth in and that can be very destructive. Think your puppy was bad? Rabbits are worse. Nothing will be safe from your clothing to your wires to your baseboards. You’ll need to spend a lot of time on bunny-proofing and every time you think it’s perfect, they’ll find something else that they shouldn’t chew.

~You want an instant friend. Bunnies take time to warm up to you. Sometimes you just have to watch and wait and let them get to know you. Once the bond is formed you can learn the personality behind the fur but the bond takes time because a bunny is a prey animal. If you want them to trust you, they can’t be rushed.

“I’m still not seeing it. Why a rabbit?” Because they fit with your family. Because they’re right for you. Because my “harmless little fluff ball” bit my dog’s nose and had been known to chase cats. Why do people add another child to their family? Pets are the same. For me, they fit perfectly into my life and provide both amusement and companionship.