If you are considering having a
pet that is as interactive as a kitten or puppy but not as demanding, then a
bunny might be ideal for you. In the right situations, rabbits make for
wonderful pets. If you do not have young children, live in a small home or do
not have time to play or walk with your pet, you may want to consider a bunny.
Below, we take a look at 5 reasons why a bunny might be the pet for you as
Rabbits are renowned for being
affectionate, charming, and very interactive. In fact, it may come as a
surprise to those who have never owned them that they actually have distinct
personalities. Therefore, once you have decided to get a pet bunny, take time
to get to know it before taking it home in order to ascertain that its
personality is in line with yours. Just as is the case with other traditional
pets, some rabbits are reserved and shy, while others may be more playful and rambunctious.
If you have nearby neighbors or
live in an apartment building, animal sounds can be problematic. However,
bunnies are synonymous with making little to no noise. Moreover, the fact that
they are so quiet is also ideal especially if you are a light sleeper and your
pet decides to play at night.
Besides being trained to use a
litterbox, rabbits can also be taught how to do tricks or run through obstacle
courses. By using positive reinforcement training, bunny owners can train their
pets to pick up certain behaviors and then reward them with treats whenever
they exhibit these behaviors (it is advisable to use novel treats that are only
available during training). With just a few hours of training a day, bunnies
can learn to run through mazes, retrieve items, and jump through hoops. These
same techniques can also be applied in training puppies and dogs.
In the absence of litterbox
training, rabbits tend to poop frequently and often all over the household.
However, they are generally clean animals when litterbox-trained and provided
with dry, clean, paper-based bedding in their abodes to absorb urine and
somewhere to defecate. Owners can also help keep their pets clean by brushing
them several times a week. For instance, long-haired rabbit breeds such as the
Angora may require daily brushing in order to prevent their coats from matting
with stool, hay, or bedding.
Pet bunnies, when cared for
properly and housed indoors can live anywhere between eight and twelve years,
or even longer. Further, small-breed varieties can easily live beyond their
teen years when well taken care of. For many people looking for small
non-dog/non-cat pets, a long life span is an attraction as most other similar
pets that are kept as pets e.g. guinea pigs, rats, gerbils, or hamsters do not
live as long. Generally, bunnies housed indoors tend to live longer than those
housed outdoors as the former are not subject to infections found in soil or
carried by other animals, overheating, frostbite, attacks from predators, or