House rabbits are companion animals that were formerly kept in hutches in backyards, away from people. They are the same animals that are descended from wild European rabbits that were originally bred for meat and fur. Humans who paid attention to them began to appreciate their sensitive and unique personalities. Humans realized they were missing out on the charms of these intelligent & sensitive creatures. Rabbits could just as easily be adapted to living with humans much as dogs or cats were thousands of years ago. Around 1986 a group of Bay Area California humans formed a group to promote living with rabbits in their homes and educate other humans in the care & appreciation of these animals. Some of the rabbits' needs are different from other pets, but accommodation is easily made.
Are rabbits soft and fuzzy? Most definitely. Are rabbits as cuddly as they look? Not necessarily. Is a rabbit more like a cat or a dog? Neither. A rabbit is like a rabbit.
The House Rabbit Society recommends your companion rabbit be housed indoors. A hutch rabbit cannot possibly receive as much attention as a rabbit within the home. After all, how much time do you intend to spend in the yard? Personalities emerge when your rabbit gets to know you. Their potential is realized when you enjoy each others' companionship. Rabbits are clean & quiet & are adaptable to human schedules.
How do you prepare for the commitment to take care of a life totally dependent on you? Answer these questions for yourself.
More questions to ask yourself about your expectations of a rabbit.
Hardly! There is a sharp contrast between fantasy and reality of living with rabbits. Be sure you are prepared with a few of the unexpected things here that don't apply to other pets.
Rabbits, unlike dogs & cats, are prey animals. Dogs & cats are descended from predators. This difference is important in understanding your rabbit's behavior. Our familiar expectations & experiences with those animals do not always translate in rabbit care when you have a rabbit living with you. These differences can work to your advantage when you share your house with a rabbit. Find out how here.
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