7 endearing qualities about rabbits you will love
I came to own my Holland Lop rabbit, Cracker Jack, nearly 6 years ago and I am amazed at how much personality he has. If you thought that all rabbits do is sleep, eat, and defecate, well they are so much more and make awesome pets!
1. Rabbits are quiet, but they let you know they’re around
Just like cats and dogs, they love their food, so if it’s near that time of day, they will often sit up in their cage waiting for a treat when I walk by. And, I swear my bunny knows certain people, because he always greets them.
2. Rabbits lick like a dog
Just like dogs, some lick more than others, but their little darting tongues are so soft and velvety, it’s a real treat!
3. Rabbits are cuddle bunnies!
While most rabbits don’t like to be picked up (being prey animals) they will often sit in your lap, or beside you when you’re on the floor. I know, sweet huh? And they’re not shy about asking for attention either. They’ve been known to give the ol’ head butt!
4. They do this cute little grunting noise
Yes that little grunt is the same grunt that male rabbits make around female rabbits, but he does when he follows me around too. It’s way too cute.
5. Rabbits can make friends with your other pets
My rabbit Cracker Jack, and my cat Mollie are actually best friends. They hang around sleep together. Obviously you need to make sure they’re a good match, but it works!
6. Rabbits are crepuscular
What now?! That just means they are most active at dawn and dusk. It’s kind of perfect if you work during the day because you’ll be greeted in the morning, and then again when you get home in the evening.
7. They can be litterbox trained
It’s especially easy if your rabbit is altered, but simply place a tray in the corner of the hutch where they typically go. Less mess and smell. More on this in an upcoming blog.
There are 48 recognized rabbit breeds
Take a look at the American Rabbit Breeders Association site to see pictures of all 48 brees. Rabbits come in all sizes (from dwarf to giant) and an incredible range of fur lengths, colours, etc.
I hope if you decide to a rabbit is for you, that you do your homework. They have a lifespan of about 7 to 10 years, so you need to consider that. I’ll be talking more about rabbit care in upcoming blogs.
And, I also hope you’ll consider adopting from a shelter.