Perhaps you live in a small place and want a pet but you’re not really a cat person and a dog wouldn’t quite fit into your lifestyle. Or perhaps you want a pet but don’t want cat or dog hair all over your clothes and furnishings. There are many reasons people have for wanting pets but not getting either a dog or a cat. If you fall into this category with reasons for wanting a pet but not wanting a cat or a dog to be that pet, why not look into getting a rabbit.
Rabbits are often overlooked as house pets, although that’s changing. It used to be that rabbits would live in hutches outside of the house but then a discovery was made: rabbits make nice house pets. The population of house rabbits is growing and yet I still come across people who are surprised when they hear that I have a pet rabbit and she lives in my house. The myth of rabbits only being outside hutch pets is starting to deteriorate as more and more people welcome these social critters into their homes.
Rabbits can be litter box trained which makes them suitable for indoor living. You shouldn’t just buy a regular litter box that a cat would use. You should buy a litter box made for rabbits. Most pet stores sell rabbit litter boxes and when you see one you’ll notice the difference right away when compared to a litter box for a cat. A rabbit litter box is high in the back and low in the front. It’s designed like that for a reason and when you get your little bunny you’ll see why. I tried once using a regular cat litter box and my bunny over shot the sides so do take the time to buy a rabbit litter box and the high back will help keep your floors clean.
Rabbits are easy to feed and their food is not expensive compared to cat and dog food. Purina makes a great rabbit food called Rabbit Chow (much like their Dog Chow and Cat Chow) that is nutritionally balanced for rabbits. You can use a dish for their water needs or a water bottle. I used to use a dish to give mine water but she’d get frisky with it sometimes so I switched to using a water bottle. It works just as well and there’s no chance of it spilling and the rabbit going without water.
Rabbits are social animals. They enjoy the company of others. Rabbits in the wild live in a hierarchical society similar to how dogs live in packs making them suitable to fit into a family setting. They enjoy being patted and stroked and will jump up onto the furniture to hang out with you.
If you’re thinking about getting a house rabbit, take a peek at www.rabbit.org. and www.rabbitnetwork.org. They both have loads of information that will be helpful to decide if a pet rabbit is for you. There is also a rabbit magazine that can be found in stores like Borders and Barnes and Noble in the magazine area with the other animal magazines.