||RABBIT FACTSRabbits are not rodents but belong to their own order called lagomorphs.
Rabbits are very intelligent, curious, loving animals.
A well cared for, happy house rabbit has an average life expectancy of 8 to 12 years of age. Rabbits kept outside in a hutch have an average life expectancy of 1-3 years.
Rabbits are very social and need lots of love and attention.
Rabbits are the third most surrendered and euthanized pet, behind dogs and cats. Please consider adoption when thinking about giving a rabbit a home.
Rabbits are crepuscular meaning they are most active at dawn & dusk.
Multiple rabbits are no more work than one. Most rabbits like having a bunny companion to keep them company and snuggle with.
It is of utmost importance to spay/neuter your rabbit. Spaying/Neutering will also help with behavioral issues, litter box training and health issues.
Approximately 80% of unspayed female rabbits get uterine cancer at an early age.
Rabbits teeth grow continuously throughout their life. It is important that they always have things to chew on to help grind down their teeth, for example, hay, untreated willow, cardboard, untreated wood toys, etc.
Rabbits need hay 24 hours a day. Hay is very important for their digestive systems. Timothy hay is the best hay for adult rabbits.
Fiber is an important component of a rabbit’s diet, stimulating gut motility, digestion, excretion, and helping to balance the gut microflora (important normal bacteria in the gut). This is one of the reasons hay is so vital.
Rabbits ears help regulate their temperature.
Rabbits are easily litter box trained.
Rabbits have scent glands under their chin that they use to mark items. The scent is not detectable to humans.
Domestic rabbits cannot survive in the wild. Letting them go to fend for themselves is sentencing them to a sure death.
Most rabbits do not like to be picked up. They prefer snuggling with you on their level.
Rabbits are easily frightened and often struggle when held. If not held securely when picked up, the rabbit may kick violently and fracture its back, causing a fatal paralysis.
Never pick a rabbit up by it's ears or the scruff of the neck.
You must rabbit proof your home. Rabbits love to chew on electrical cords, plants, telephone cords, wires, etc. They also love remote control buttons. All should be kept out of reach.
Rabbits should not be kept as a classroom pet.