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The majority of the users that follow me on noise.cash probably know that I’ve got a rabbit (or a bunny) pet quite recently. And because it became a huge part of my everyday life now, I decided to write an article about it.
I think it´s necessary to say that all the information you will read below is based on my own experience, on my observations and on things I read or watched videos about (on YouTube). So, I´m no bunny expert in any case, so don´t take this as a serious advice. 😅
My boyfriend´s mum breads rabbits and she has a lot of different breeds. She brought our rabbit to us. I´m not familiar with what breed my rabbit is, I just know that she belongs to the small “kind”. She´s just a little bunny lady.
Please... Don´t get this article wrong, I really love my new rabbit and I will take care of her no matter what, but as always with any animal as a pet there are some things that are complicated and not so easy.
Now let´s get to the 6 reasons why I think it´s difficult to have a rabbit as a pet:
To be completely honest with you the only pet I ever had was a hamster and that was easy – you just needed a cage, food, and bedding from a pet store and that's it.
I´d say that a hamster is a beginner´s pet because they are relatively easy to care of and they also don´t need a lot of space because how small they are. On the other hand, rabbits are not so easy to take care about, because they need more attention from you, more space, and more supplies.
Also (this is completely my experience) – my hamsters were always friendly and straightforward which means that I immediately knew what´s good and what´s bad… with rabbits it´s complicated, because they are so different!
When we first got Amálka (that´s my rabbits name btw) and we let her out of her cage, after a while she started to jump around like crazy and I was so confused! 😅 I didn´t know a thing about rabbit´s behaviour back then and I was afraid that something scared her... because to be honest, rabbits look scared all the time (they are always alert because they are prey animals).
Later I found out that yes, this behaviour can mean that something scared them for death, but it can also mean that your rabbit is really happy, especially when they shake their head while in the jump. Tell me this isn´t super confusing! 😂 Like... How am I supposed to know the difference?
Rabbits are social animals, so you need to spend a lot of time with them as a pet owner, and they also like to have a regular schedule and hate changes, which means you should feed them at the same time very day, have a specific time period when you give them attention etc. This can be difficult when you go to work, to school or when you want to go for a vacation.
They need interaction and I read that they can even die from loneliness when they are left alone for a very long time. This can be partly solved by getting 2 rabbits, but that´s not possible every time – at least not in our case.
Although rabbits don´t like to be kept alone for a long time, they usually don´t like to be touched and held, which means you can´t treat them like a dog or a cat.
Of course, it depends on the rabbit´s personality (and maybe breed) – some rabbits love petting, and they even require it, but I learned that most rabbits don´t.
My rabbit will run away from you as soon as you try to pet her. And don´t ever try to grab her to hold her – you will be scratched badly! 😀 The only exception is when she´s eating or laying down in a “superman” position – only then you are allowed pet the queen! 👑 😂
Another reason for not getting a rabbit is – it's messy.
When you decide to get a rabbit, be prepared to have hay everywhere – on the floor, on the carpet, on your bed and on your clothes.
Rabbits need a lot of hay – it should be 80% of their diet so they consume a lot of it (average rabbit eats a pile of hay bigger than his size in a day!). Well, and they also pee on it, so you need to place it into their litter box.
For these reasons, you can´t avoid it getting everywhere around your house.
Rabbits are usually smaller than an average cat or dog, but they still require a lot of space.
You should NOT, in any case, keep your rabbit in a cage! Rabbit cages are too small, and the rabbit needs to hop and run around to spent energy and to be healthy.
This means that you need to create a safe place for your rabbit to be in. It means to get rid of any danger - heights, predators, electric cables etc. – in some places this is difficult to achieve, but it´s necessary.
Don´t forget: This article is purely for entertainment purposes… as I said – I love my rabbit.
I hope you enjoyed the article. I will look forward to your comments about your experiences with pets. 😊