When I was a kid, the only rabbits I knew about were the ones hopping around out in my yard, and some friends had them in hutches outside. Since I’ve been volunteering at the Humane Society, I have been exposed to the house rabbit.
Pet rabbits are derived from European breeds and cannot even mate with the wild rabbits we have outside. They should not be kept outside because they can die of a heart attack at the sight of a predator, and they shouldn’t have to live on a wire bottom cage, as that can seriously injure their paws.
Another thing I didn’t know is that most rabbits can be litter trained. A lot of people who have them as pets let them run around the house just like a cat. Other people use x-pen enclosures, which are much roomier than a cage. Also, rabbits can be spayed or neutered as easily as a cat or dog, and with all the same benefits. Rabbits reach breeding age by 6 months, and there has even been a case of a rabbit getting pregnant while giving birth. So it’s not exaggeration when they say breeding like bunnies.
Since I took the training to become a “bunny buddy” at the Humane Society, I am amazed at the variety of bunnies, not only in appearance, but in personality as well. There are big bunnies, little bunnies, and in between. There are all colors, there are many textures of fur, there are bunnies with long ears, bunnies with pushed in noses, bunnies with a mane like a lion, and on and on.
Today, I buddied with Totter, and gave him a break from his brother Teeter to have some individual time upstairs in an x-pen.
- Sex: male,
- color/breed: white and gray English Spot.
- Age: 5 months old.
- Weight: 4 pounds.