We always hear about cats and dogs as adorable and loyal pets, but we also want to bring attention to the furry creatures that are considered the world’s 3rd most popular household pets – rabbits and bunnies.
There are several reasons why a lot of people prefer to keep rabbits instead of cats and dogs – For some people these animals just aren’t suitable, other people might prefer a pet that fits them better as well as their lifestyle. Here are nine reasons why a rabbit would make a great pet.
1. Lower Costs
Rabbits are relatively cheap to keep as pets and even more so as compared to cats or dogs. They require less food and can be kept indoors or outside, so many accommodation options are available. When taken care of properly, diseases are quite rare, so your vet expenses remain low as well!
Rabbits don’t need a large outside area to run around in, making them ideal pets for city-dwellers or those who live in small apartments. A rabbit will be fine in a large cage while you’re not there as long as it has room to move around, and can be let loose around an apartment for some exercise when you are not around.
3. Less Prone To Trigger Allergies
Rabbits have less allergy issues than other popular pets. Many people who can’t keep a cat or dog may be fine with rabbits. They’re also easier to deal with, they don’t spread around the house as much and can be contained to their own area if someone with allergies is visiting!
4. They are quiet!
It’s safe to say that most of us have experienced trying to sleep through sounds of loud and seemingly incessant barking in the middle of the night. And it’s not just dogs – cats also tend to make a ruckus when they’re mating. Meanwhile, our furry little bunny friends are very quiet by comparison, and the fact that they are crepuscular also factors in on that.
Crepuscular means they are most active at dawn and dusk, so they are up and awake when you are. They are most energetic in the morning and evening, so you don’t have to worry about waking up in the middle of the night just to give them attention and play with them.
We believe all animals have their own intelligences. While much has been said about the intelligence of dolphins, cats, and dogs, many still fail to realise that rabbits can be just as clever and smart. They are highly intelligent animals that can learn and be trained. However, you should also keep in mind that though this is a generic trait in rabbits, they also have their own personality and idiosyncrasies.
6. Longer Lifespan
With the proper care and attention, rabbits can live up to twelve years — which is quite a long
lifespan compared to other small pets.
Rabbits keep themselves pretty clean, and can even be trained to use the litter box. In fact they’re so clean they don’t often need baths. Most short haired rabbits only need brushing in shedding seasons, and a chew toy will maintain their oral hygiene. Rabbits have very few zoonotic diseases and are low risk to humans.
8. Internet photos
Google images is saturated with pictures of cats looking grumpy. So if you want to show off your furry best friend on Facebook, then show your friends something they haven’t seen a dozen times that day. Rabbits are an untapped market of internet pictures waiting to happen.
It goes without saying that bunnies are adorable and they love to be held and cuddled. A good pet will bond with you, and grow to love you, especially if you treat it well. If you take care of your pet rabbit, it will nuzzle up to you and cuddle for hours.
10. Their healthy eating habits will rub off on you.
Stocking up regularly on carrots and leafy greens for your rabbits and seeing them in your fridge will be a good reminder for you to eat healthier. And because you can’t feed your rabbit too much carrots, for example, you will have leftovers that you can snack on (carrot sticks, anyone?) instead of reaching for a bag of unhealthy chips.