Rabbits as pets? Heck yeah…Here’s why!

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Are you considering a pet?  Do you want an adorable animal that still has its own unique personality?  Then why not consider a rabbit?  This bundle-of-bunny-fun has many advantages and awesome qualities, so read on to discover these “heck yeah…here’s why” amazing facts that may just leave you leaping for joy.

Heck Yeah…Here’s Why # 1 – Quiet as a…Rabbit!

Bunnies make very little to no noise which makes them perfect for apartment buildings or homes with light sleepers.  And even if your pet rabbit does decide to “say” something it is usually done through the quieter verbalizations. Bunny Hugga states rabbits can make grunting, honking, growling, sighing, clucking, teeth purring (grinding their teeth together) thumping, sneezing, squealing and screaming sounds. But don’t worry, the last two are only done when this pet is in extreme pain or is scared.

Heak Yeah…Here’s Why # 2 – Huge Personalities!

You may think a rabbit having a personality is just hare-hooey, but according to Mary E. Cotter, Ed.D, “rabbits are as distinct from one another as dogs or cats.” Mary would know, as she runs the New York City area chapter of the House Rabbit Society (HRS), and serves as VP of the international HRS organization. Oh and by the way, she’s right, too. Bunnies can be outgoing, shy, curious, rambunctious or laidback, you just don’t know until you spend time with it—which is highly recommended by many pet bunny experts as something to do before you bring one into your home.

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Heck Yeah…Here’s Why # 3 – Bunnies Bond!

Rabbits want to spend time with his or her pet parent and will actually develop a close bond with this person.  A bunny can even learn its name, recognize their human’s voice and face, be taught to come when called, and can even begin to jump up onto that special someone’s lap. This doesn’t happen overnight, however.  You must first develop trust with your pet rabbit which requires time and loving attention spent with your bunny companion.

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Heck Yeah…Here’s Why # 4 – Minimum Space Required!

Bunnies are compact pets that require little room to be happy. The cage must simply be big enough for them to stretch out in, include a corner for their litter pan, another corner with a feeding station for hay and pellets, and finally a place for your rabbit to snuggle into like an upside down box.  Although the cage is space-saving, rabbits DO need at least two hours of exercise each day outside of their cage. This can be done in a small bunny-proof room or you can even allow your furry pal to roam free in your home, but again you will need to make sure there is nothing dangerous your pet can chew on or get into.

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Heck Yeah…Here’s Why # 5 – So Trainable!

You may be surprised to learn that rabbits are totally trainable and not just to use a litter box. By using the power of positive reinforcement in the form of a special food-reward, your bunny can learn to jump through a hoop, run an obstacle course and even retrieve certain items!  The YouTube video below shows a rabbit showing off its big bunny-IQ!

Heck Yeah…Here’s Why # 6 – Long Lives!

Unlike those other pet rodents that only live a short time, rabbits can actually live on average from eight to twelve years. Some of the smaller species like the dwarf bunny can live well into its teens!  Of course, a rabbit that is housed indoors will have a longer lifespan simply due to the facts that it is safe from predators, climate & element changes and disease.

Heck Yeah…Here’s Why # 7 – Many to Choose From!

Did you know there are around 50 recognized breeds of domesticated rabbits?  This means there’s a breed out there suitable to most personalities and lifestyles.  These rabbits come in an assortment of sizes, colors, patterns and temperaments, so be sure to do your homework on which breed will be best for you.

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Heck Yeah…Here’s Why # 8 – Easily Rescued!

Who wouldn’t feel awesome giving an abandoned bunny a second chance at life?  Animal shelters and bunny rescue organizations always have available rabbits up for adoption, so before you race to your nearest pet retailer, be sure to check out one of these places for your bunny-pal or visit the House Rabbit Society for links to adoptable bunnies by state.

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Heck Yeah…Here’s Why # 9 – Relatively Clean!

Yes!  Bunnies do tend to poop…a lot, but as we mentioned before they can be litter box trained.   Using a paper-based bedding in the cage will also absorb urine and daily cleaning of the used litter and soiled bedding will keep your rabbit’s cage spic-n’-span.  In addition, rabbits will groom themselves just like cats do.  As a pet parent you can help them along by brushing them once-a-week; long haired varieties may need to be brushed daily to keep them from matting. My Bunny.org has a complete guide to keeping your rabbit looking and feeling fine.

two bunnies cleaning themselves

Heck Yeah…Here’s Why # 10 – Impossibly Adorable!

The adorable face and soft long ears of a rabbit are simply adorable qualities that most people find endearing. And with so many to choose from, there’s most likely a bunny out there that will be a great companion to a willing pet parent.

cute rabbit lying down

If you are looking for a new pet rabbit to bring into your home be sure to do your research on the breeds that interest you most, then look to a reputable breeder or rescue group to purchase your bunny from.  Like any other pet, rabbits need the proper care, attention and veterinary services to keep them happy, healthy and wonderful members of your family.

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