Bunny love: 4 reasons why a rabbit might be the pet for you

Bunny and Rose

Just like cats and dogs, bunnies provide great companionship. They’re adorable (obviously) but they’ve also been described as funny, sweet, adventurous, and even dramatic. Curious about what it’s like to have a rabbit as a pet? Keep reading.

1. Bunnies are low maintenance

When it comes to routine care, rabbits can require a small amount of time and money compared to other pets. While they’ll need nail trims regularly, bunnies keep their teeth clean by everyday chewing and don’t need flea/mite preventative or vaccines (unless you plan to take them outside or to socialize). Your rabbit will need at least one visit to the vet per year — an exotic vet will know how to best care for them.

Rabbits can be trained to use a litterbox. Their housing includes everything they need: food, litter, toys, and shelter. Bunnies can be an especially great addition to a home that’s tight on space, as long as they have enough room to run and play. 


2. Bunnies are super-soft and enjoy affectionate cuddles

Bond with your bunny by relaxing at home and petting them quietly. When they’re enjoying a good cuddle, they’ll “chatter” by clicking their teeth together. Bunnies are super-soft — you’ll love cuddling with them as much as they love cuddling with you.

Once a bunny is comfortable in their new home, they may claim you as their own by rubbing their chin on you to mark their territory. They might even groom you (little bunny licks) to show you love! But remember, all bunnies are unique. Some of them may loathe cuddling and prefer their independence.

3. Bunnies get along with other pets

Bunnies can be a great addition to the pets you already have. Keep in mind, slow introductions can mean long term harmony for your pets.

If you already own a rabbit and are looking to add another to your household, it’s important to find the right match. Some rabbits will get along instantly, while others might never learn to enjoy each other’s company. Bunnies can form a special bond that will last a lifetime, but like all animals that cohabitate, it takes time and patience to get it right.

Even if you prefer to be a one-bunny home, it’s super important to sterilize your rabbit. Spaying and neutering reduces risk for cancer and other complicated health issues. It also leads to a longer life and better manners for your pet. 

Learn more about bunny bonding.

Pip and Peach

4. Bunnies love to explore

Bunnies will add a dose of excitement to your life! They love to explore their surroundings and can be goofy and playful. Bunnies have big personalities and will let you know when they’re feeling happy or annoyed. For example, if a bunny doesn’t like where you placed their new toy, they’ll let you know and move it somewhere else.

Having more than one bunny means constant entertainment. They gain confidence when they’re around each other. They’re more adventurous and willing to try new things among their bunny friends.

Check out these fun ways to exercise and interact with your bunny.

Get to know available bunnies at AHS and learn more about bunny basics.

Cute rabbit

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