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10 Rabbit Facts


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Rabbits are still sold at Easter and people still buy real bunnies. And that decision is almost always the wrong one for the rabbit.

For starters, while rabbits can be wonderful pets – they’re not what people think they are. Also, if you purchase a little bunny understand that rabbis ma

Rabbits can be very interactive, but on their own terms. Also, rabbits are often thought of as a perfect pet for young children, and that is decidedly not the case (consider a Guinea pig or a not so interactive pet, like a Betta fish). Rabbits have an innate fear of falling, and they detest being picked up. Small children are hard-wired to hug. Rabbits are hard-wired to dislike being hugged. If a bunny panics and falls when being held, they may fall, and they injure from falling very easily.

Here are ten rabbit facts:

  1. Making an impulsive purchase of any pet is never suggested. You buy a washing machine you likely do homework first. Rabbits are a 10 to 14-year commitment. Aren’t they worth the homework?
  2. People think rabbits like to eat carrots, and they’re right about that. However, carrots should never be fed exclusively. Pet rabbits aren’t Bugs Bunny. The primary diet should be hay and pellets.
  3. Keep rabbits indoors only; it’s very difficult to set up a safe outdoor environment for rabbits. There are lots of dangers outside, ranging from products we use to kill weeds or to grow grass to predators, and weather. Domestic rabbits live longer, healthier lives living indoors only. Also, rabbits in yards may escape, and those “escapees” rarely survive unless they’re found quickly
  4. Spay/neuter. Uterine cancer rates are very high among rabbits. If not metastasized, there’s a high curative rate, but as rabbits age it’s more likely that cancer will be metastasized, which is then a likely death sentence. Females can be spayed at around six months. Male rabbits can be neutered as early as eight to 12 weeks. By neutering, potential hormone-related behavior problems can be avoided and that’s important because these behavior problems are often a reason for people giving up their rabbits to shelters.
  5. If your rabbit has a behavior issue, there is help available the House Rabbit Society (and local chapters listed on their website).
  6. Rabbits can be litter box trained. Do purchase rabbit-safe litter, and a litter box that a rabbit can get excited about. That means a box that’s large enough so the rabbit has plenty of elbow room. Fill the box with a rabbit-friendly litter and then add hay.
  7. Rabbits are social and love having friends. Of course, you know how rabbits are – so make sure any friends (and your rabbit) are spay/ed/neutered. Allow for speed dating first and place the bunnies side-by-side in cages at the start to test compatibility. Rabbits are picky about who their friends are. Don’t just push two strangers together.
  8. Bunnies prefer predictability. And little kids are rarely predicable. Rabbits generally don’t like noise commotion (caused by small children). And, they don’t at all like being held off the ground or hugged. Rabbits may squirm when picked up, and if they’re dropped they can easily be injured.
  9. Rabbits don’t lay eggs.
  10. Make your rabbit chocolate.

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