The world seems to be divided up into “cat people” and “dog people,” but what if you’re secretly a “rabbit person?” Cute and cuddly but meek and shy, rabbits and bunnies often get overlooked when people begin searching for pet. In celebration of International Rabbit Day, we look at who’s best suited for these floppy ears cuties and who might be better off with another pet.
Outlook good: Neat freaks
Similar to cats, rabbits can be trained to use a litter box. Once they are trained, rabbits rarely make a mess in the house. Also, rabbits clean themselves often and most breeds don’t require extensive grooming. All of these things can go a long way to please an owner who likes things neat and tidy.
Don’t count on it: A family with very young children
Yes, bunnies are cute and cuddly, but they can also be skittish and fragile. It takes time, effort and lots of patience to bond with a pet rabbit. Even a well-meaning person can injure a rabbit if they clutch the animal too tightly, trying bond with the rabbit. Small children might lack the patience to properly handle a rabbit.
Signs point to yes: Those who like peace and quiet
Unlike some rambunctious dogs and cats, rabbits don’t make much noise at all. No barking, no meowing. The loudest rabbits get is at meal times when they start munching away.
It is certain: Apartment dwellers
Rabbits don’t need a lot of space and don’t require daily walks, which makes them the perfect pets for people who live in small spaces like apartments.
Very doubtful: Casual attention lovers
Love it when your dog greets you at the door and follows you around the house? Well, rabbits can be lot more reserved and aren’t much for public displays of affection. It’s true that some rabbits are great cuddlers and will stick by people they have bonded with. But that affection is hard earned and a rabbit often bonds with only a single family member.
Most likely: Persistent people
Rabbits can be extremely rewarding pets if you invest the time. Did you know rabbits can be exceedingly clever? Owners can train their rabbits to respond to basic commands and even run obstacle courses. To help you along the way the Humane Society of Broward County holds rabbit training course semi-monthly. The next Bunny Basics class will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday Nov. 4 at HSBC Headquarters, 2070 Griffin Road in Fort Lauderdale.
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