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Why Rabbits Are Great as Pets: Overview of Owning a Pet Rabbit

I know when we start to imagine those perfect pet scenarios, our minds might automatically hop towards the usual suspects—dogs, cats, maybe even a goldfish or two. But let me steer you in a different direction today. Let's take a leap down a less-conventional pet-owning rabbit hole and talk about the humbly impressive, quietly lovable, and 'bunbelievable' (sorry, I can't help myself!) world of adopting rabbits! 

Why rabbits, you ask? Well, we've been noticing many people developing a soft spot for these furry hoppers. More and more are adding bunny pals to their homes. It's not hard to see why, honestly. These fluff balls can make your life so much better with their soulful eyes, soft fur, and that are-oh-so adorable twitching nose. 

Stick around, and let's unravel the why and how of owning these furry wonders. Let's get right into it. By the end of this, I guarantee you'll jump at the chance to own one of these cute critters yourself!

The Appeal Of Pet Rabbits

Okay, picture this. You've had a tough day at work. You open your door, and immediately, you're greeted by a pair of soft, perky ears and a twitching nose. Suddenly, the world doesn't seem so bad anymore. From their gentle disposition to their quiet charm, rabbits have a way of hopping right into your heart. 

And who can resist those large, doe eyes full of curiosity? It's like they're asking for a gentle pat whenever you look into them. Plus, with sizes ranging from a pint-sized dwarf to a Flemish Giant, you have plenty of options for selecting the perfect bunny buddy.

But it's not just their adorable aesthetics that make them an excellent choice for pets. These little fuzzballs are crammed with personality, too. They're smart and enjoy being physically and mentally stimulated. You can even teach them tricks!

Family-Friendly Pets

Rabbits are gentle creatures, making them perfect companions for families with kids. Their calm and patient demeanor can teach kids a lot about the beauty of peaceful interaction.

brown pet rabbit behind glass

But, like all good things in life, this one comes with a small footnote. Rabbits are fragile and delicate creatures, so it's essential to play gently. Teach your kids how to be kind and careful with their bunny pals. Trust me, it adds a whole new level of sweetness to their bond.

Pair fluffiness, cuteness, and gentleness in a package; you've got a bunny—the ideal pet for a family. But remember, even as we gush over their adorableness, it's crucial to impart respect for animals in our tiny humans! After all, it's the key to a beautiful 'hoppily ever after'!

More Bunny Facts

Here are more facts about rabbits that might just convince you to open your heart and home to a bunny today.

1. Rabbits are playful.

Some people are under the mistaken impression that rabbits are boring. This couldn't be further from the truth. Most rabbit owners will tell you you shouldn't leave a rabbit alone in an outdoor hutch all day. When you have a house rabbit around, you'll be amazed at how fun and playful they are. 

2. Rabbits are clean.

Like cats, rabbits are fastidious about grooming and keeping themselves clean. Rabbits shouldn't be bathed, as a dunk in water could shock them. Aside from giving them an occasional butt cleaning, they're relatively low maintenance. 

They also create a designated "toilet" for themselves and use that one place to go to the bathroom, leaving the rest of their area clean. Training them to use a litter box like a cat is easy. Plus, rabbit poop is small and inoffensive.

3. Rabbits are quiet.

Rabbits are great apartment pets because they are mostly silent (a characteristic of prey animals). They make quiet little "pleasure sounds" like clicking or soft tooth grinding when they are happy. An annoyed rabbit may grunt or growl. If your rabbit is frightened or in pain, it will let out a disturbing scream, so be warned!

4. Rabbits keep a regular schedule.

white bunny eating in an outdoor cage

If you work a regular 9-5 job during the week, your rabbit's schedule will perfectly align with yours. Rabbits are "crepuscular"—most active in the morning and evening—so they will be happy to interact with you before and after work, following you around and waiting for their feeding.

While you are asleep or out, rabbits will be less active. But be prepared; they like to keep to their schedule, so they will also expect the same feeding time on the weekends.

5. Rabbits are eco-friendly.

Looking to put all of that used newspaper and cardboard to good use? Use newspaper to line their litter pans, give them newspaper and things like cardboard tubes for chewing and shredding, and use cardboard boxes filled with newspaper for them to burrow in and climb on. You can get creative and make whole habitats for them with interconnected boxes filled with paper.

6. Rabbits are affectionate.

Rabbits are social and affectionate animals that bond well with their owners. They don't like being picked up (a prey animal trait), but they enjoy interacting with their human family and other pets in the household. Try sitting on the floor with them and stroking them, especially after mealtime, and see how loving they can be!

Adopting A Rabbit?

Now that we've ignited that bunny fever in you, let's talk about going from 'awww' to 'I DO have space for a little hutch in my living room'! Like all things fun and exciting, bringing home a bunny requires serious consideration and thoughtful planning.

First, make sure you're ready for the commitment. Bunny time isn't just Easter; it's a good 7-10 years. And it's not just time we're talking about here. Finances play a big part, too. Feeding, housing, vet check-ups, it all adds up. So, ensure your budget is on point before jumping in.

Lastly, when bringing home your new tiny friend, remember to adopt, not shop! There are so many adorable fluffballs in shelters, eagerly twitching their noses at the thought of a new home. Do your part to give them a new lease on bunnified life!

Potential Health Issues And Veterinary Care

Despite their fluffy façade, bunnies are not impervious to health issues. Common ailments include dental disease, myxomatosis, and gastrointestinal problems. Beware of overgrown teeth, unexplained weight loss, or unusual droppings. Remember, an aware owner = a healthy pet.

Keeping up with your rabbit's vaccinations and health checks is essential. They should be seen by a veterinarian at least once a year. It's no secret that bunnies have a knack for hiding their illnesses, so regular vet visits are crucial.

Also, don't skip out on getting your rabbit neutered or spayed. Aside from preventing unexpected litter, it also reduces the risk of various health problems and can ensure your pet has a more comfortable and longer life. Remember, your bunny's health is entirely in your hands; embrace it and ensure they get the best care possible.

So . . . Are Rabbits Great Pets?

gray rabbit eating carrot on porch

Owning a rabbit can be a rewarding experience, and with the right amount of patience, understanding, and care, you and your new furry family member can have a beautiful bond. So, if you're looking for a pet that's adorable, relatively easy to care for, and showering you with fuzz-filled love, then it's time you hop to the nearest adoption center and get yourself a rabbit!


Do rabbits count as pets in apartments?

It depends on your landlord and the agreement you made with them. Some may say no to pets such as cats or dogs, but this may be negotiable if your pet is smaller, isn't destructive, and is house-trained.

What rabbits are best as pets?

If you're considering getting a bunny as a pet, go for the smaller breeds like Mini Lops or Netherland Dwarfs. They're chill, easy to handle, and won't take up too much space. Plus, they're perfect for kids because of their friendly temperament.

Is it cruel to keep rabbits as pets?

It all depends on the kind of care the bunnies get. If they're stuck in small, dingy cages, that's a big no! But if the little furballs are given plenty of space to hop around, good food, and lots of TLC, then it's safe to say they're living the good life, just like any other pet.

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Ellie!!! - May 26, 2022

those pics are super cute! I have bunnies at home and all those facts about why rabbits make good pets are 100% true. :-)


Nuffamime - May 26, 2021

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Katie - April 6, 2021

How do you train a bunny to use a litter box. And will they use a self cleaning litter box like a cat does?

Savannah! - January 7, 2021

I have a pet Bunny! I love her! Infract after I got her Bunny’s became my favorite pets!
Yes, All of those things are true! Bunny’s are amazing house pets! All the pics of them are so cute! Have a really nice day! And I would 10/10 recommend getting a Bunny if you don’t already!


Ananya Patankar - July 23, 2017

I used it for my elocution speech
I want pets in our house but my mother says NO…. I don’t know why
I’m in 6th standard BTW
Rabbits r d Best !!
But I think you should add some more attractive pics of ur rabbit
Above ones are okay….Not that great …..Sorry for typing that
Bye Bye
Yours affectionately ,

Roseanne - March 9, 2016

For the last 20years our household has not been without a bunny they are the best.

Liz - March 8, 2016

All true!! We have two house bunnies and they are the best!! One is very affectionate, the other is very independent and stomps all the time. Love them both to pieces!

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