According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2011 marks the Year of the Rabbit. And shelters across the nation are celebrating by inviting the public to hop on over to take advantage of the rabbit adoption specials being offered.
It is estimated that more than 1 million households have rabbits as family members and for good reason—they are intelligent, curious and loving pets. But adopter beware, our little hoppers also need specialized care. Rabbits are often seen as low-maintenance starter pets for kids, but our experts warn that nothing could be further from the truth. Rabbits are physically delicate and fragile, and require specialized veterinary care. Thousands are abandoned at animal shelters every year for this reason.
We've put together a list of the tips for living with a bunny companion.
- They make great companions! Rabbits can be trained to use the litter box, they'll come when called, and their all-time favorite activities are to dig and chew. Who knew? The sometimes sweet, sometimes sassy rabbit can be a great pet for the right family.
- Rabbits can’t live outdoors! Outside, rabbits can die of fright and are susceptible to diseases spread by ticks and other parasites. They prefer to live in the cozy comforts of a home, just like cats and dogs.
- Your rabbit will need at least two hours free time to run around and play, so it’s important to bunny-proof your home. Preventing rabbits from chewing on electrical cords is of utmost importance, since rabbits can be badly burned or electrocuted.
- If you've done the research and understand exactly what rabbits need—big-time digging and chewing—then you’re ready for a cotton-tailed friend. Be sure to make adoption your first option, and have your new bunny spayed or neutered.
For more information, peruse our webpage on rabbit care.