Published 7 months ago
Rigatoni is my bunny's name, he is three years old and is a free-roam rabbit. He is an emotional support animal, he has been trained to respond to sounds of distress or panic along with using a litter box. Rigatoni is playful and when he is needed, I'll see this bunny sprinting towards me, he will jump up on my bed and come see if I'm okay. He receives tons of love for coming to help me and will snuggle up next to me.
Rabbits. Our favourite furry pet. So popular in fact, that there are 3-7 million rabbits being kept as pets in the US today. However, the majority of people don’t know the secret lives their pets lead and what their needs are, as they are often dismissed as an easy first pet for children. In fact, one of my first pets as a child was a rabbit. To give a little insight on what I learned caring for my own rabbit, I will outline the main things I’m betting you didn’t know about our cutest pets.
PETA reports that rabbits are the third-most abandoned animals in shelters. Owning rabbits is different than owning other domestic pets, such as a dog and cat. When adopting a rabbit, you need to take into consideration that rabbits require special shelter, extra attention, litter training, and more. A pet rabbit is not a commitment you should take lightly, however, they are a good pet for certain people who prefer a caged animal over a free one. As with any animal, there are many pros and cons of having a rabbit as a pet, so it's important to know all of the necessary information.
"It is just a rabbit, why are you so sad?" I heard in the previous days. "You can get another one, what's your problem?"
I’ve always been one to advocate for adopt don’t shop. But sometimes, the inside of you twists your mind and heart into a knot. You see these animals behind a small glass box. Sometimes more than one in each, giving them just enough space to snuggle together to keep warm. You can't help yourself but want to take them out of that situation and give them the happiness they deserve. Other times, you walk into a pet store and your heart melts. You see these adorable fluffy, feather, or even scale-y animals that you just are dying to have to call your own, and to give a home to. Whatever the case may be, you do it. As did I. I was heading to get my eyebrows done with my boyfriend’s sister, who has also become a close friend. We arrived there way too early, stupidly not looking at what time the store opened, but saw a pet store across the street. “Oh! Let’s go in there!” I cried out, already using that voice we use when we talk to our pets. We walked in and were greeted by the friendly workers in the small shop and a bunny hoping around the store alongside a cat. Our eyes immediately drew to the bunnies and ferrets, the first two glass boxes to the left of us.
So one day my boyfriend goes to a pet store with a friend. He calls me and says I really want to get this bunny, it’s so sweet, and texts me a picture. After we both fall for this adorable fur ball, he finds out the bunny has been put on hold and is not available for sale. The following week, we decided to pay this pet store another visit to see if it had any more bunnies for sale. To our surprise they had a few including two Netherlands Dwarf rabbits that were 2-months-old. One male and one female. We had to have them! We purchased the whole shabang, large cage, bedding, food, Timothy hay house, food bowls, etc. As we drove home we decided on the name Marshall for the boy as we both love Eminem. After searching online I picked the name Lily for our girl Netherlands Dwarf. A few minutes after choosing both names I realized we named them Marshall and Lily like the couple on the popular TV sitcom How I Met your Mother. Although this was just a coincidence it was pretty cute and we decided to stay with the names. This was my first experience as a rabbit owner. As with any new project this day in age I hit the web to do some online research on how to best care for my new family members.
It's relatively easy to figure out if a dog likes someone, and even easier to figure out if a cat doesn't. What about rabbits? How do we know what goes on in the minds of those adorable little Peter Rabbit look-a-likes with their beady eyes and rapid-moving noses? Rabbits are extraordinary animals full of so much more personality than I thought they were capable of having.
Rabbits are often thought of as children’s pets, but the reality is that they are not very suitable for children in most cases. Baby bunnies (and even adult bunnies) dash around, hide behind furniture, and chew on anything they deem fit for their chewing needs. Bunnies are delicate and very easily frightened. They can be hurt by children picking them up, and often when people pick them up they feel frightened and kick and struggle, which can also hurt a kid trying to handle the bunny. They react to sudden changes, which can result in running away or biting, in instances when they are approached in a quick and loud manner. And let’s face it, kids are rambunctious and get excited when they see furry little creatures so they tend to run up to them.
Here is 10 reasons why owning a rabbit is exactly like raising a toddler:
They look cute, they hop around, and their fluffy butts are so soft but they aren't that easy. Having a rabbit can be tough and convenient all the same. While they don't require the energy of a dog and are often compared to cats they tend to be rather delicate. I want to break this down into three areas and talk about the pros and cons of each before going into my own take on being a bunny owner. The areas will be affection, maintenance, and temper.
So you have decided to get a new bunny? Congrats! I'm going to go ahead and assume you clicked on this post because you want to know what you NEED to know before you get a rabbit. Well, fear not, for you have come to the right place! Let me start with some background information about me and why you can trust my bunny knowledge!
Rabbits make excellent pets. They're relatively easy to care for, but have outgoing and loving personalities. Many people have the misconception that a rabbit is more like a hamster or other caged pets than a cat or dog. However, you can litter train them, they play with toys with you, and can even communicate with you in their own way. Each breed has its own character traits, such as whether they like to cuddle or how much exercise they need to be happy. This makes knowing what breed of rabbit you're looking for incredibly important when you decide to adopt. While there are some basic rules for giving your rabbit the best care possible, every breed will have its own set of distinct needs as well. If you don't have the space, time, or love to share with a more demanding breed, or if you need a child-friendly fuzzy friend, be sure to research the best pet rabbit breeds before becoming a bunny's forever home.