Rabbit Breeds: Frequently Asked Questions
Are rabbits easy to take care of?
Rabbits are most active during morning and evening, but they do adapt to being kept in a cage during the day. Rabbits are social animals, and require lot of attention to thrive. They have to be groomed occasionally and fed regularly, as they have sensitive digestive system. Although they are naturally clean animals in one's house they depend upon the owner to keep them clean. Rabbits require careful handling because of their fragile skeletons.
Does rabbit chew on everything?
Yes, Rabbits teeth grow continuously all their lives and they have to chew things to keep their teeth worn down. Providing toys and chew sticks can help to reduce destructive chewing.
Can rabbits get along with cats or dogs?
Most rabbits get along with other pets but a rabbit should never be left unsupervised with other predator pets.
Are rabbits good for children?
For young children no. Rabbits are always frighten by shouting and sudden movements of young children. Rabbits can however make excellent pets for children 8 years of age or older.
Do rabbits bite?
Yes, even good nature rabbits sometimes bite. Because they communicate with small nips.
Which makes the better pet? A boy or a girl?
Each rabbit is different, but males tend to be the best pets. They are more curious and in general more laid back than the females. When a female reaches maturity, she can become aggressive.
Can I litter box train it?
The best method is to figure out which corner it likes to go potty in, and place a litterbox (with some hay in a corner) there. It's best to start litter training in the cage (even if it's a wire bottom). Slowly move to letting the rabbit out of the cage and in to a small area (one room or part of one room) and repeat the process- find the favorite corner and put a litter box there.
How much lettuce/carrots can I give my pet?
Your rabbit should have dark greens such as romaine lettuce, kale and broccoli. As a rare treat, carrots, apples and raisins are nice. Try to avoid processed store treats- they are nothing but sugar and junk.
How long do rabbits live?
- Depending on the size of the rabbit:
- Small rabbit have shorter lives of 5 - 6 years.
- Average size rabbits about 8 - 12 years.
- Large rabbits 6 - 10 years.
Are Rabbits rodent?
No. Although once included in the mammalian order Rodentia, rabbits were reclassified in the mid 1900 and put into the order Langomorpha. Some researchers, using sophisticated protein sequence analyses, have even suggested that rabbits are actually much more closely related to primates then rodents!
Is rabbit more like a cat or a dog?
Rabbits are unique but they do share some similarities: like cats, rabbits are insatiably curious and very clean animals. Like dogs, rabbits are sometimes not very affectionate. A major difference is that both cat and dogs are predator but rabbit is not. Rabbits cannot be disciplined or trained the same way as dogs or cats.