My favorite rabbit at the foster home is Happy Feet. She is so sweet and has such a cute expression on her little face. She has big, soft ears. Just look at her picture! She would make a great pet. When we put new hay in her litter box she loves to dig in it and move it around until she likes the way it is. She is friendly with people and easy to care for. She loves it when you talk to her! – Volunteer
Rabbit Facts & Care Information
Rabbits are very social animals. Domesticated rabbits generally enjoy the company of another rabbit, other pets such as cats and dogs that are comfortable and trained with rabbits, and people. It is important that a rabbit has daily interactions with us and their furry friends.
It is easiest to adopt a rabbit that is already bonded to another rabbit. Two rabbits are just as simple to keep as one. If your rabbit isn’t bonded to another rabbit, it sometimes is difficult to find a “friend” for them that they like. Ask a rabbit expert for help! Please don’t simply put another rabbit in your rabbit’s cage and assume all is well. Rabbits can hurt each other!
Rabbits thrive living in a safe place with frequent contacts with people. The absolute best place for them to live is inside your house! We suggest a safe set-up of a dog crate inside the house and a “puppy play pen” for exercise. Never use a cage with a wire floor! Cover the floor with cardboard. A living space should be BIG and allow for plenty of room for play and movement.
A rabbit’s diet is critical. Fresh hay, not pellets, should make up the bulk of their diet and be available at all times. Adult rabbits eat timothy, grass and oat hays while younger rabbits should be fed alfalfa. Alfalfa has a higher protein and sugar content. Rabbits should also be fed fresh vegetables. Romaine lettuce is a favorite! Pellets and fruits are snacks only.
Rabbits are usually easy to litter box train. Line a litter box with newspaper and timothy hay and place the box in their living area. If they have been living in the area already, place it where they already use the bathroom. Some people use cat litter too, but make sure it isn’t the clumping kind. Don’t use wood shavings!
All domesticated rabbits should be spayed and neutered. There are many benefits. First, they can live a longer, healthier life as the risk of cancer and urinary tract infections are greatly reduced. They are calmer and easier to manage. Their destructive habits may subside. They are easier to litter box train and less likely to spray. They are easier to bond with other rabbits, and they won’t have a litter of rabbits. While baby bunnies are adorable, there is an overpopulation issue. Most rabbit rescues and shelters are always full.
As pets, rabbits are actually similar to cats in many ways. They should be kept inside to be as safe as possible. They both can use a litter box, but can spray and have accidents. Both do best with lots of love and attention, but they do like to be left alone sometime. They can be slightly destructive – cats can scratch at furniture, and rabbits can chew or dig. Rabbits and cats can jump on furniture and love to play. They need exercise! And, finally, both have a long life expectancy. Rabbits can live up to 12 years!