Rabbits as Pets?

A cute little grey and white spotted rabbit snuggles into a bed of plump, green succulents.

Thinking about getting a bunny?

Are you thinking about getting a pet rabbit this spring? If you are, then there are quite a few things to consider beyond how cute and fluffy they can be.

Your Lifestyle

As with any household pet, it's important to consider your lifestyle and how your pet will be a part of it. In my personal experience, rabbits are social creatures but do prefer a quiet, drama-free atmosphere. While children can learn responsibility in helping take care of a pet, the main caregiver is usually an adult. Indoor rabbits have become increasingly popular as pets in the past decade. They can be less destructive than other household pets (as long as you provide them wooden toys or hay baskets to chew upon). They can be litter box trained and, in some cases, have run small obstacle courses specifically designed for rabbits.

Life Expectancy

A healthy rabbit can live anywhere from 8 to 12 years. My husband and I are the "parents" of a pet rabbit named Lucky, and he has been a part of our family for the past 10 years. Any adoption or fostering of a pet needs to be given consideration of that time commitment. Getting a pet rabbit for is not a spur-of-the-moment decision. It is making a commitment to bringing a furry friend into your life for the next ten years or so.

Where to Adopt a Rabbit

Rabbit Haven of Santa Clara is the best resource in regards to pet rabbits in this area. They specialize in rabbit rescue, adoption, and fostering services. They host events throughout the Peninsula and the South Bay, including adoption fairs, rabbit meetups, and are able to recommend rabbit savvy veterinarians.

More Rabbit Resources at Your Library

If you would like to learn more about rabbits, in the wild and as household pets, please visit your local library for these titles and more!

Rabbits: The Animal Answer GuideRabbits: A Complete Pet Owner's ManualJunior Pet Care: RabbitsGet to Know Your Pet: RabbitsRabbits: Your pet at home and in the wild

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