First off, and this is VERY important: a rabbit's (or any animal's, for that matter) personality very much depends on how they are raised. You may hear the old wives tale that when you touch a newborn rabbit, the mother will eat their young. This may be true with wild rabbits, but domestic ones will not do this. So, socialization at an early age is the key to a friendly, loving pet rabbit.
Now, let's go over exactly why rabbits make such loving companions. For starters, rabbits are generally very clean, and can easily be trained to use a litter box (Whisper Lop's bunnies are already mostly or completely litter trained before going to new homes)! This actually makes your rabbit virtually stink-free, if you use the right litter and clean the litter box every 1-2 days (Compressed Equine Wood Pellet Bedding from a farm store is the best option and so absorbent). (Do keep in mind rabbits will leave a few stray poos, especially if not neutered or spayed! These poo balls are odorless, round, hard balls and are easily cleaned up by vacuum, or, yes, you're dog).
Yet another reason is that rabbits bond closely with their owner(s) and can form very loving bonds with one, or multiple people. However, keep in mind that, bunnies are prey animals, so it may take some time to really form a strong bond with a little cottontail friend. But, it is SO rewarding to have a bunny that feels comfortable with you! They might kiss or lick you, flop next to you, or beg for head rubs. It's simply adorable!
Finally, is that rabbits are generally low-medium maintenance. All they require is a litter box being cleaned, their cage being vacuumed out (stray poos, loose hay, etc.), being fed they're pellets, hay, and occasional veggies, being watered, being let out every 1-2 days for at least one hour to run around in a playpen or bunny-proof room for exercise, being groomed occasionally (this does not include bathing. Baths are very dangerous for rabbits. Just a comb through the hair is fine), and plenty of love and attention from you!
*PLESE UNDERSTAND- rabbits can live between 8-12+ years and are a big lifetime commitment. I CANNOT stress this enough- DO. YOUR. RESEARCH. It isn't that hard, and this will greatly improve your rabbits quality of life. Our website's "Bunny Care Info" page has tons of info, as well as this blog. Please message us with any questions. Thank you!
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My name is Zoe, I am the owner of Whisper Lops Rabbitry. Here on this bunny blog you will find tips, tricks, fun facts, recipes, and more bunny-related things!