Do Rabbits Make Good Pets?

By: FAYLYNN VIDIRO

Although these furry creatures are cute and friendly looking, are they actually good for pets? Doing your research before committing to something so important such as getting a pet rabbit is a great way to prevent mistakes in the near future. Though many may say rabbits are a good beginner pet, there is often a lot more work that comes with them than people expect.

Bunnies are affectionate, social, and overall pretty amazing pets. Taking the time to socialize them will create a better bond between a person and their bunny, though they don’t make much noise or facial expressions, we can tell a lot about a bunny by watching their body language. However like any pet you’ll need to be prepared before bringing a new rabbit home.

As you look through lists of things you may need to care for a rabbit, take thought into whether or not a pet rabbit is the right kind of pet for you and your living situation.

Owning a bunny comes with many pros and cons, in the article The Pros and Cons of Having Rabbits as House Pets the author address these examples, such as pros, rabbits are quiet, rabbits can use a litter box, they don’t usually smell, live a long time, can be trained, and are very affectionate/sociable animals. Although cons that should be considered are, rabbits like to chew on everything, don’t like to be held, need a lot of space, need a lot of attention, have complicated diets, can be expensive, shed a lot, and are pretty fragile creatures.

Something to keep in mind is travel, if you’re someone who travels a lot for work, school, or just for fun rabbits may not be the best option for you at the moment. According to the article Thinking About Getting a Pet Rabbit Abi Chushman writes “Rabbits get very stressed out when traveling or when placed in unfamiliar environments, so it’s best to have a good pet sitter on hand to watch the bunny if you go on vacation.” Making sure your potential rabbit has a safe familiar place at all times is extremely important. 

Although it’s quite easy to get carried away with the excitement of potentially obtaining a rabbit, it is important to do your research. Making an educated decision on whether a pet rabbit is a good option for you is crucial. 

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