RABBITS can be beneficial to own since they don’t need to be taken for a walk.
They are very quiet animals, have distinct personalities and are affectionate and interactive. It’s a good idea to spend a bit of time getting to know if their character is suitable for the family and to make sure you have time to play with them, before you make the commitment of owning one.
Rabbits can get very attached to their owners, getting to know them well, in the same way that dogs and cats do. They recognise voices and their owner’s appearance and may even follow them around and jump on laps.
Rabbits don’t need a lot of room, but in their cage they need enough for them to stretch out completely, leaving room for a litter tray and a feeding station. They also need at least two hours of exercise each day, outside their cage.
Rabbits are also easy to train, if the owner uses ‘positive reinforcement training,’ which encourages them to learn certain behaviours by repeatedly rewarding them with special treats when they perform these behaviours.
Rabbits are eco-friendly, because their food can be grown in the garden and hay can be purchased from local farmers. Their recycled litter paper and droppings can go on the compost heap. They are natural paper shredders as their teeth continually grow and can easily recycle toilet paper rolls, old phonebooks and cardboard boxes.
They use litter trays and they are generally clean, disease-free animals that rarely need environmentally-destructive pet shampoo for fleas and ticks.