Are You Ready for a Rabbit?

Space: Rabbits can’t live in a cage – imagine being confined to your closet! Rabbits need space to explore, run, and relax. A good sized living space is about 12 square feet. You’ll have to make sure your home is bunny-proofed. They should also be able to come out of their pen for exercise time to stretch those legs!
Lifetime: Unlike other small pets that live two or three years, rabbits have a lifespan of 8-12 years! That can mean increased vet visits as they get older, much like an elderly cat or dog. You’ll need to make sure you have funds set aside for any unexpected vet visits. Consider whether you’re prepared to care for a long-term pet.
Attention: Rabbits are social animals and need daily attention to remain happy and healthy. Some rabbits like to snuggle, while others like to stay active. If you see them kick their feet out while they’re running (binky), that means they’re really happy. Most bunnies like to be pet, and many will learn to play games with you as well!
Time: Although they don’t need to be taken for walks, rabbits take time in different ways. They should be fed twice a day – their diet consists of hay, water, fresh greens, and pellets. They shed, so they need to be groomed regularly. Their litter box and living space need to be cleaned, and you should spend quality time with them every day.
Patience: Just like it takes time to get to know a new person, it takes time to get to know your rabbit as well. Since they are prey animals, they might be cautious and take a little longer to adjust to their new home. Some of them are coming from a place where humans couldn’t be trusted, and it takes time to rebuild that trust. Be patient and gentle with them and you’ll be rewarded with a wonderful bond with your new furry friend!

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