Rabbits as Pets

@fairydew (180)
United States
December 28, 2008 12:56am CST
I am wondering do rabbits make good pets? What do rabbits eat? Are they good with children for pets? What is the best type of housing for a pet rabbit?
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@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
29 Dec 08
I think rabbits make excellent pets for the right people. They are very much like cats in that a lot of them are independent, but some are cuddly. They use a litterbox too. Rabbits eat a diet mainly consisting of grass hay (timothy hay, orchard grass, etc., not a legume hay such as alfalfa). They should also have fresh vegetables and then pellets as a side dish (pellets aren't necessary if you can create a well balanced diet on your own, but that takes a lot more work). Don't make the mistake of only feeding pellets. Hay is needed for digestive and dental health. They're not good pets for children if you're expecting the child to do all the work. They can take a lot of work at times and most don't enjoy being held so this makes them less than ideal pets for children. The best type of housing is a puppy exercise pen or a bunny proofed room. Don't go smaller than 8 square feet or the bunny will be sad. I'd recommend at least 16 square feet. And definitely spay/neuter!
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@tutul0045 (2631)
• India
28 Dec 08
Hi, One of my friend had a rabbit a white cutie. They get really scared when u touch them and they start shaking badly. Very timid they are and really it’s a task to take care of them. They can eat all day unlike dogs or cats whom u can feed them at a fixed time and another things which isn’t good about them is they can really make a mess of your garden if u have one. They like to eat and destroy the greenery or the plants nearby and not to mention the little tablet like excreta. If u love rabbit too much then only its preferable. Other wise they are good at their natural habitat and u can opt for cats or dogs. Cheers, Tutul
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
29 Dec 08
Yes, some are very timid. Not all are however. I recommend visiting a rabbit rescue or an animal shelter with several rabbits and asking the volunteers about the personalities. Then you can pick one or a pair with the personalities you would like. Both of my rabbits sort of picked me, but I know next time I adopt I want to get a pair (or more) of rabbits that will do well in a free range whole run of the house situation. And the best way to find out information like that is to ask a foster home, because if they already know it is working, chances are good it will also work out for you.
@tutul0045 (2631)
• India
30 Dec 08
Thanks for the info friend. Cheers, Tutul
@beenice2 (2434)
• Canada
18 Jan 12
Rabbits can make a good pet. I have a good female bunny. If my son violate her space she grunts and pushes with her paws, or bit . Beside that she is alright if you give her , her space and that her surrounding is not with loud noise.
• South Africa
17 Feb 09
Some rabbits can be really cute, but I personally do not like them much. They are just too nervous for me. I like pets that can play around and get all excited, Like dogs or pups
@Emmapep (98)
1 Jan 09
I have two house rabbits and they are wonderful pets. They don't like being cuddled but they are good company and very amusing to watch. Mine eat a mixture of hay, pellets and greens so they are a relatively cheap pet to keep. The House Rabbit Society's website has got lots of useful info.
@wolfie34 (26792)
• United Kingdom
31 Dec 08
Personally speaking not for children, they can bite, they can be very grumpy, aggressive and they take a lot of looking after, we have had three rabbits in the past and the females in particular have been quite aggressive, they really need to be speyed and the males are more docile than the two. A good solid hutch is needed but they can gnaw away at wood as can other animals trying to get to them for lunch! Foxes and other hungry animals seeing a rabbit will attack the cage and frighten the rabbit, so they also need a place to hide, so the hutch must have good strong wiring, a safe place so the rabbit can feel safe as well as be seen, with plenty of food, water and room to run around, they need exercise as well so the hutch needs to be big, or during the day an adequately sized play pen where they can roam around safely. Rabbits love cabbage, dandelions they go mad over! Carrots, any vegetables. NOT LETTUCE! Never feed a rabbit lettuce it is bad for them. Guinea pigs are probably more advisable for children.
@rusty2rusty (6766)
• Defiance, Ohio
29 Dec 08
Yes, rabbits make excellent pets for children. What children need to realize is that most rabbits do not like to be picked up. They will kick, bite and try to get down. So, they need to be careful when moving them.