Hobby:Pet & Companion Rabbits

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Companion Rabbit
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Rabbits are popular pets because they are intelligent and fun, will cuddle with you, and can learn to use a litter tray. They can get along with most other house animals and will become extremely fond of their human keepers under the right circumstances. Bunnies are Lagamorphs, not Rodents. Bunnies must eat constantly in order to keep their gastrointestinal tract moving. They are sociable and are not meant to be locked away in a cage with no other contact or interaction.


House Rabbit Society

People who haven't lived with rabbits often ask those who do if rabbits make "good pets," and if so, if they are more like dogs or cats.
Most house rabbit people don't quite know how to respond to these questions, not only because we have transcended such mundane matters in our own relationships with rabbits, but also because the chauvinistic nature of the questions themselves makes us feel uncomfortable.
It seems that for most people, an animal is perceived as a "good pet" if she shows affection in ways human beings can understand without much effort (e.g., lapsitting or coming when called), if she participates in games humans easily comprehend ("catch," "fetch," or "chase the string"), or if she makes an obvious effort to communicate vocally (barking to be let in or out, mewing for supper).
People usually seem fairly sure these qualities cannot be expected in a rabbit, and hence, that rabbits would not make "good pets." Alternatively, some people expect such traits in all rabbits and may be disappointed in one who is unwilling or unable to comply with their expectations.[1]


According to current data from the American Pet Products Manufacturers’ Association (APPMA), rabbit ownership has increased dramatically over the past decade. From 1992 to 2000, the percentage of “small animal households” owning rabbits jumped from 24 percent to 40 percent.
There are now approximately 5.3 million companion rabbits owned by 2.2 million households in America. And while rabbits unfortunately continue to be bought as pets for children, the number of adults-only households owning rabbits among all households that own rabbits increased from 26 percent in 1996 to 39 percent in 2000.
What accounts for this increasing popularity?
The single most significant factor is probably widespread access to the Internet, which makes information about rabbits more available to more people than ever before. The word is out on rabbits as house pets, and numerous rabbit-focused organizations maintain websites that attract potential owners and offer profiles of adoptable rabbits.
The Internet also makes it easy for new owners to get the information and support they need to care for rabbits as house pets. [2]

External Links


  1. House Rabbit Society-What are Rabbits Really Like?
  2. Petfinder-Do Rabbits Make Good Pets?

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