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What a Rabbit is really like

Rabbits are affectionate, amusing and endearing house pets, but few people realize this. VRRA is working hard to remedy this problem. Why don't people realize the kind of pet a bunny makes? Because rabbits suffer from many misconceptionsNed and Reily about what they are really like.

Once you understand what a rabbit is really like you can prepare to be amazed. Each rabbit has his or her own personality. Some bunnies will come when called and pull at pant legs for attention. But most rabbits hate to be picked up and will sit beside you but not on your lap. Rabbits get along with other animals as long as the other animals get along with them. Cats and rabbits can be good companions. Dogs and rabbits will groom each other. Rabbits are eternally curious and interested in their surroundings. They play with toys and they dance with joy. Rabbits kept outside never become family members and their owners are deprived of ever knowing their unique character. read more here

Quick Facts about Rabbits:

  • Rabbits can live 8 to 12 years.
  • Rabbits are affectionate, social and interactive animals.
  • Rabbits need at least 4 hours exercise a day. They cannot live a healthy life shut in a cage.
  • Rabbits do not like to be picked up.
  • Rabbits can die of fright and be injured easily.
  • Rabbits do not make good pets for children.
  • Rabbits require daily care from a responsible adult.
  • Rabbits do not like loud noises and sudden movements.
  • Rabbits should be neutered or spayed. Unaltered rabbits will mark territory with feces and urine, may be aggressive and likely to have health problems.
  • A rabbit’s diet is very important. The wrong food can kill a rabbit.
  • Rabbits need to have their nails clipped regularly.
  • Rabbits require a veterinarian that is knowledgeable about the species

    and most importantly...

  • Rabbits will naturally use a litter box (when altered)
  • Rabbit litters have very little odour
  • After some rabbit proofing a rabbit can run free
  • Rabbits are clean and quiet
  • Rabbits are ideal pets for working people. They are most active morning and evening and sleep all afternoon.

    For more info, visit Rabbit House Society: Living with rabbits