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?

What Do You Feed Rabbits?

Rabbits are wonderful creatures that are soft and cute and make great pets. But they have feelings and needs like the rest of us, and it’s important that we know how to take care of them. Diet is one of the first things to get right. So what do you feed rabbits?

Rabbits need water. Lots of clean fresh water that is available to them at all times. Make sure your rabbit won’t be able to tip over its source of water.

Ok. But what do you feed rabbits?

The bulk of a rabbit’s diet should be made up of hay. Good quality hay. Timothy hay is a good choice for most rabbits. Rabbits need to have hay available to them at all times. They like to eat constantly to keep their digestive system going, and also to chew and wear down their teeth that are always growing.

You should also give them grass and other edible greens such as dandelion leaves. I would pick all sorts of edible weeds from my backyard and give it to my rabbits. Make sure that nothing you give them has been sprayed by pesticides or picked near a busy road. You can also get dandelion leaves and other dark, leafy greens from the store. But avoid lettuce.

Pellets:

Pellets are a great way for your rabbit to get some added fibers and vitamins to their diet. Rabbits love pellets.Give them about a handful a day.

What do you feed rabbits? What about fruit and vegetables?

Truth is that rabbits don’t eat as many carrots as Bugs Bunny. Fruit and vegetables should generally be more of a treat than a major part of their diet. Small bits of a carrot and a tiny part of a banana is enough for a day.

Be sure not to feed your rabbit food straight from the fridge as it is too cold and might upset their stomach.

Lastly I’d like to mention that it’s important to give your rabbit something to chew on so their teeth don’t get too long. Branches are a really good way to get them to wear down their teeth.

So make sure your rabbit has fresh water, lots of hay and lots of fresh leafy greens (not lettuce). Also give him some pellets and a small bits of fruits and vegetables now and then.

I hope this answered your question on what do you feed rabbits.

The Pros and Cons of Keeping Rabbits As Pets

Learn Why Rabbits Make Great Pets

Rabbits are a popular choice of pets for people all over the world and there are many reasons why people love to keep them around. First of all rabbits are very small in size and therefore they don’t require a lot of space for their upkeep. Because of their size, children find them convenient to be around as they are not intimidating.

Another good thing about rabbits is their appearance. They are very adorable and cute as pets. This makes them very likeable too. Rabbits also require low maintenance once you take them home. They feed on dried foods, vegetables and grass hay which is very easy to buy and readily available. They are also very immune to many different diseases and require little or no vaccinations.

Rabbits have a long life span compared with other animals of similar size. Some of them could live for as long as 10 years when they are properly taken care of. They also don’t require a lot of attention as they are very independent and can do a lot of things on their own just like cats. You can easily allow them out of their cages to run around and exercise their bodies and if you have more than one, you organize races for them which are fun to watch.

If you are looking for a pet to play with both indoors and outdoors then rabbits are just perfect. They are very playful and show a lot of affection towards their owners. They like to lick you just like dogs and make just as nice a pet. Rabbits also have a lot of personality even though they are very small. They are intelligent and can be litter box trained to help keep their cages clean.

In spite of all the advantages of having pet rabbits, there are also some disadvantages that you should be aware of. First of all rabbits can be stubborn when you are first trying to train them. It can be very time consuming when teaching them to use the litter box for the first time and you should be really patient during that time. You will also have to clean the litter box regularly and disinfect it to prevent odors and infections. Cages should also be cleaned and disinfected regularly to prevent bad odors in your house.

Rabbits tend to chew anything they come into contact with which can lead to damage of very important things. You should make sure your home is rabbit-proofed if you plan to keep rabbits as pets and let them run loose in your home. During unfavorable weather conditions such as extremely low temperatures, rabbits may have to be given special attention to prevent diseases especially if they live outdoors. You may want to put them indoors during this time or fix some type of heater for their cages.

Getting vaccinations or finding medical experts for rabbits can be quite difficult in some locations compared with more popular pets such as dogs and cats. For instance you might want to get your pet rabbit’s teeth trimmed to prevent uncontrolled chewing but finding a medical expert for the procedure could be difficult.

All in all rabbits do make great pets and the pros out weigh the cons by a large margin. Probably the biggest problem is trying to choose what kind of rabbit to get as a pet because there so many different varieties. They come in many sizes, looks, colors, etc. but choosing the best one is part of the fun.