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Fact: Rabbits make 'hopping' good pets

ChiChi Rodriguez
ChiChi Rodriguez
Kristen Bowen, Author

Rabbits are often overlooked as household pets; but they can make very good companions, especially for someone living in a small space, with limited time to dedicate to maintenance, etc.  Bunnies are often looked at as little "bundles" of fluff, and often are purchased for the wrong reasons.  For one, it is never a good idea to adopt a rabbit (or any pet, for that matter) for a special occasion.  In the case of rabbits, they are often adopted as Easter gifts for a special someone, especially for children.  What adopters need to understand is that bunnies are going to grow up from that "little bundle of fluff" into a full-grown bunny in no time (again, just like any pet).  There are dwarf breeds of rabbits, but they will still grow to approximately 5-7 pounds once full grown.  They need care year-round, and as with any other pet, they depend on your care and attention.

Rabbits are very intelligent, loving, and CLEAN pets (contrary to some beliefs); they require little maintenance, but they do depend on you to provide their key requirements:  food, water, exercise, and love.

This author owns 3 dwarf rabbits, and they have brought so much joy (and entertainment) to her life.  They spend a lot of their time in their "homes" (cages), in which they have little wooden dens to "escape" into.  They constantly "organize" their belongings (i.e., toys, food bowls, treats, etc.) and are very particular and neat.  They wash themselves constantly, and smell like nothing else but "bunny fur."   Bunnies can even be litter-box trained! 

This author never owned a bunny prior to 2006, and once I got my first one, I was fascinated by her behavior and mannerisms.  They do a funny "bunny dance" (hopping and 'dancing' around their cages and/or playpen),  I let them out for their exercise daily, in their playpen, away from the cats.

All that said, this author asks that you please consider the adoption of a bunny the same as you would do a cat or a dog; it is a lifelong commitment.  While their lives may be shorter than that of a cat or a dog, there is much pleasure to be gained from their companionship.

Visit the House Rabbit website at http://www.rabbit.org for more information.

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