February is Adopt a Rabbit Month! While cats and dogs are the most popular household pets in the United States, bunnies have some great qualities that might make them the perfect pet for you.
They can be litter box trained
Cats aren’t the only pets who can use a litter box! Rabbits are very smart and naturally clean and tidy, usually choosing one specific corner to use the bathroom. Because of this, they can be encouraged to use a litter box using positive reinforcement, such as clicker training (see below).
They can learn tricks
Rabbits are intelligent animals who, just like cats and dogs, can be clicker trained. Clicker training is a form of positive reinforcement that allows you to “capture” a behavior your pet is doing and reward them for it. For example, you can teach your rabbit how to touch an object, go through a tunnel, stand up, and more.
They do well in smaller spaces
Are you living the apartment life or don’t have a yard? You might have plenty of space for a rabbit. Keep in mind that rabbits still need exercise, as well as room to explore and play. Additionally, you’ll need to have enough space for an appropriately-sized hutch. And don’t forget to rabbit-proof your apartment to keep them safe from any hazards, such as electrical cords.
Unlike cats, which are obligate carnivores, rabbits are herbivores, which means they only eat plants. A rabbit’s diet consists mainly of Timothy hay, fresh vegetables, and pellets. As a treat, rabbits can enjoy a small serving of fruit a couple times a week. Rabbits have sensitive stomachs, so make sure you are always feeding rabbit-safe foods.
Their schedule matches yours
Rabbits are crepuscular, which means they’re most active at dusk and dawn. If you work a job with a typical daytime schedule, your rabbit will be most ready to play and interact with you before and after work.
Remember: a rabbit, like any other pet, is a lifetime commitment. Always do your research before bringing home an animal, especially if you’re a first-time pet guardian. And don’t forget to pick up some treats and toys for your new bunny from our Shelter Shop.