1. Bunnies have lots of babies.
Rabbits can have multiple litters each year, giving birth to up to nine babies, known as “kittens,” each time. In the wild, they’re born helpless in a shallow hole lined with grass and their mamma’s fur. Mother rabbits in the wild spend only a few moments each day with their babies in order to avoid drawing attention to them from predators. The babies grow quickly and continue to live together as a family.
2. They get grumpy if you intrude on their space.
When you adopt a rabbit, you quickly learn that they’re very particular about their territory. They need lots of space and have specific spots where they like to eat, sleep, and use the “bathroom” (kind of like humans!). Sometimes, if you invade a bunny’s space, he or she will grunt at you so that you know to back off.
3. Like humans, bunnies get bored easily.
If you were trapped in a little cage with no friends or toys to play with, you might get lonely and bored, right? Well, rabbits are the same way. They need opportunities to socialize, lots of space to run around, and plenty of toys to keep them entertained. If left alone, they can become withdrawn or depressed. Some common household items can make for fun bunny games, like paper towel rolls and cardboard oatmeal canisters. Just fill them with timothy hay and watch as your bunny rolls, chews, and plays joyfully. ♥
4. Rabbits purr when they’re content.
They’re different from kitty purrs, but bunny purrs will melt your heart just the same. A bunny purr sounds almost like teeth chattering quietly or light chomping. Talk about cute, huh?
5. Bunnies “binky” when they’re super-happy.
This, my friends, is a bunny binky:
6. Rabbits are prey animals.
This means that bunnies will do anything they can to show that they’re not weak, easy targets for animals who want to eat them. If they’re sick or injured, rabbits will hide it as best they can, so it’s important to pay close attention to them to make sure they’re healthy. Scared Bunnies may also run or jump away so quickly that they hurt themselves, so make sure you do your best to avoid startling your rabbit. After all, it’s no fun to be scared silly.
7. Rabbits eat their droppings.
Yup, that’s right. Bunnies need to digest some of their food twice. Healthy bunnies eat soft “cecotropes” (nutrient-packed droppings) that look like poop. The hard, round pellets you see are from the second round of digestion. When you think about it, it’s pretty cool!
8. Every bunny has a unique personality, just as you and I do!
Every rabbit is different. They can take a long time to get to know, and it’s hard to tell if they will get along with another animal companion—even another rabbit. Making sure two rabbits get along takes a lot of time and energy. It can be dangerous to put two of them together who don’t know each other yet, so keep that in mind if you plan on adopting more than one rabbit.
9. They aren’t good companion animals for young children.
Rabbits are very sensitive, and the excitement of even a gentle toddler is too stressful for most bunnies. They are animals who hide in the ground and become frightened when they’re held or restrained. Plus, because they don’t “play” like other animal companions, children often lose interest in them, leaving them to suffer all alone in cages.
10. Rabbits are not “starter pets” or Easter gifts.
Bunnies are often bought as “starter pets” or given as Easter presents because many people think they are less work than dogs and cats. However, that’s simply not true. Some rabbits need even more time and attention than other kinds of animal companions. They need to be potty-trained, and the house they live in needs to be bunny-proofed in order to make sure it’s safe for bunnies. If a home isn’t bunny-proofed, they may try to sharpen their teeth on electrical wires, houseplants, or furniture.
Bunnies can live 10 years or longer, so if your family is planning to adopt one, make sure you’re ready for some serious responsibility. If you think that you’re someone who would enjoy sharing your life with a bunny, research the type of care that bunnies need and then visit your local shelter or rabbit rescue group.
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