Do Rabbits Make Good Pets? 5 Top Reasons Why We Think They Do!

Are you looking at adding a bunny to your household? Keeping rabbits for pets (as compared to breeding, meat or fur) has become hugely popular in the last decade. In fact rabbits are now the third most popular family pet after dogs and cats. It seems the world is finally cottoning on to how intelligent, fun and loving bunnies are.

So, what makes a rabbit such a good pet? Well here are our top 5 reasons:

1. Bunnies are very social

In the wild bunnies live in warrens, or groups. There can be up to 40+ in a warren so your bun is used to having company (but probably not their own bedroom!) Rabbits crave interaction (compare that to cats who are essentially solitary creatures) and if they are handled frequently and gently when they are little will always be happy to interact with you.

Many a rabbit owners tells stories of how their rabbit is very inquisitive and always needs to know what they are up to.

Older rabbits tend to become even more affectionate and companionable as they age and are often content to spend the evening snuggling beside you with a good DVD, especially if it’s ‘Watership Down’ or ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’.

2. They love to play

Bunnies absolutely LOVE to play, possibly more so than any other animal. It doesn’t get much better in life than watching a rabbit play. They hide, run, jump and throw their toys in sheer joy.

Bunnies even have a legendary ‘jump for joy’ called a binkie (or binky) which is where your bunny will jump in the air and twist at the same time. It is amazing to watch and a great sign that your bun is on top of the world.

Laughter is great medicine for all of us and it’s a rare person who can watch a bunny at play and not laugh out loud!

3. They are easily litter trained

If you’ve heard they are hard to litter train then you’ve been mislead! Rabbits are naturally clean animals and provided you work with their natural instincts to keep clean you will have a toilet trained bun in no time.

4. Rabbits form close bonds with their owners

Years ago rabbits were almost thought of as ‘disposable’ pets. That they lived outside and weren’t really part of the family. Nowadays, particularly as more and more rabbits are becoming inside, house rabbits this isn’t the case thankfully.

Owners are quickly realising that they can become very attached to their bunny in the same way they do for a dog or cat and find themselves just as devastated at the loss of a precious pet rabbit.

5. Bunnies are off the scale when it comes to cuteness

OK, so this one is really logical but who can forgive us for adding it in here. Rabbits are very high on the cute scale. Who can resist the snugly, calm and inquisitive Holland Lop or the cuter than a bug and softer than velvet Mini Rex?

So, if you’re looking for a new addition to your family maybe it’s time to pass on a Fido or Snowball this time and consider making a bunny your new best friend?

Looking For Chinchilla Names?

A name is very important for your pets as it gives them an identity and makes them a part of your household. However, choosing a name for your pet Chinchilla might not be an easy task. The name has to be cute and easy to call out. It should also be easily recognized by the pet. It is seen that animals understand and respond very quickly to short names. It is also best to avoid names that sound like commands.

The name chinchilla itself can be varied or shortened to create names like Chinchi, Chicha, Chile, China, Chilli, Chinci, and Chilla. You can also call your chinchilla Andes or Andy as they hail from the Andes mountain regions of South America. Chinchillas are very adorable pets and sweet names such as Barbie, Teddy, and Doll are very appropriate for these beautiful creatures.

Many people prefer to name their pets on the basis of their appearance. Chinchillas are bred in different kinds of colors and you will not have much difficulty to create an adorable name, from their fur color. If your chinchilla has black velvet color, you can name it Blackie, Pepper, or Darice.

If it does have violet fur color, the most appropriate name for it will be Violet. There are many names that can be given to Chinchillas depending upon their fur colors. You can choose from a variety of pet names like Silver, Snowy, Sugar, Salt, Biscuit, Cotton, and Pinky. You can also name your Chinchilla based on its appearance such as Cinnamon, Smokey, Copper, Dusty, and Goldie.

If your chinchilla is a female, you may call them cute names like Kitty, Missy, Rosy, Princess, Daisy, and Angel. Names like Boxer, Rocky, Fox, Ghost, Jumbo and Felix can be apt for a male chinchilla. You can also give your Chinchilla human names and names of mythological characters. Likewise, if you like music very much, you can give your Chinchilla names like Symphony, Mozart, or Beethoven.

Another way to find out a name for your chinchilla is to observe its behavioral pattern for some days. Try to understand its likes and dislikes and whether it has any peculiar interests. For example, if your chinchilla likes to chew a lot, you can call it Chewy. If it is very joyful and likes to play all the time, you may call it Smiley or Skippy. A fat chinchilla can be given names like Stumpy, Chubby, Chubbs, or Hefty. If your chinchilla likes to sleep heavily, call it Sleepy or Lazy. If you notice that your chinchilla is little cunning, the name Tricky could be the most appropriate.

You may also name your chinchilla after your beloved movie star, movie character or your favorite childhood cartoon character. There are also many famous fictional pets like Lassie, Rufus, Benji, and Rover. If you think that your chinchilla is extremely beautiful, you can definitely give it names like Pretty, Sweetie, or Cutie. There are countless names to call chinchillas and use your imagination to select a proper name for your charming and lovable chinchilla.

Gerbils: The Complete Guide to Gerbil Care – Book Review

Except for rats, and only because I admired their cunning and survivability, I never had a gripping interest in rodents. The one time I really came in contact with gerbils had been when I was the class mother for my younger son’s second grade and the class kept pet gerbils in a type of a housing resembling a large aquarium. This book, however, changed my outlook on Gerbils when I picked it off the bookshelf in a local bookstore because of the attractive gerbil portrait on its cover.

Mongolian gerbils, the kind that are kept as pets, are sometimes called sand rats, desert rats, yellow rats, antelope rats, or clawed jirds. Other related gerbils are bushy-tailed jird, fat-tailed gerbil or duprasi, Libyan jird, and Egyptian jird.

Gerbils have the face of a squirrel and a tail resembling the tail of a rat. They are curious, friendly, and social animals. Because of their size, they make better pets for older children. They are also ideal for apartment dwellers because gerbils take up very little space. They should, however, be kept in a dry room with moderate temperature. The ideal place for gerbils’ housing is a sturdy table from where they can watch the owners.

Since gerbils have a social life, they should be bought in pairs. Gerbil babies are called pups. They may look cute, but a pair of gerbils that are a few months old would make better pets.

Gerbils are fairly cheap to obtain and easy to keep, but they require some know-how and understanding like other pets. Thus, “Gerbils: The Complete Guide to Gerbil Care” is just the book and probably the best book to read on the subject.

What truly impressed me, in addition to the writer’s expertise, are the wonderfully artistic, one-of-a-kind photos in the book taken by the photographer, Ellen Bellini. All the photographs complement the information in the book, adding visual pleasure to the book’s skillfully arranged contents.

The chapters of the book are:

1: Furry Mongolian Friends

2: Are Gerbils the Right Pets for You?

3: Finding the Gerbils of Your Dreams

4: Housing and Feeding

5: Taming and Handling Your Gerbils

6: Gerbil Health and Hazards

7: Breeding Gerbils

8: Fun with Gerbils

9: Exhibiting Your Gerbils

With 160 pages in paperback, the book has an appendix, resources page, a pretty informative glossary, and an index at the end. Its ISBN numbers are: ISBN-10: 1931993564 and ISBN-13: 978-1931993562.

The writer, Donna Anastasi, is the president of The American Gerbil Society. She has organized the first gerbil show in the United States. She lives with her family and her many animals in Southern New Hampshire.

This is a very informative book both for a beginner or an experienced gerbil owner. Besides being easy to read and fun to look at, it is a wonderful reference book for libraries and gerbil enthusiasts alike.