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Rabbits as Pets - Pros and Cons

The Perks and Downfalls of Having Rabbits as Pets

The following PetPonder article will talk about the varied pros and cons of owning rabbits as pets. Continue reading for more details on the same.
Rujuta Borkar
Last Updated: Dec 10, 2017
Rabbits are cute―that's a given, and that is the main reason why many want to adopt them as pets. But is it really feasible to have them as pets? The following article gets into a little more detail about the pros and cons of owning rabbits as pets. So if you're planning on adopting rabbits, you should have a read through the article and then decide whether you want to take that responsibility or not.
The Pros
So why is keeping rabbits a good thing? What is tipping the scale in their favor? Here are a few points:
  • Rabbits are quiet, tame creatures and are not prone to any sort of destructive behavior.
  • Rabbits are extremely social and playful. Once initiated into a family, they form very close bonds with their owners.
  • Depending on the types of rabbits, the care that you administer for them will vary, however, it is not a very daunting task that demands a lot from the owners.
  • Rabbits are rather entertaining when in groups or even alone.
  • If you have a child in the family, then having a pet rabbit is the perfect way to initiate him/her into caring for a pet. Most rabbit breeds are absolutely tame and interacting with them teaches us special traits of caring and forming bonds.
  • It is possible to train certain rabbit breeds to follow instructions, and therefore, toilet training them is possible.
  • Rabbits live longer than most other smaller pets like rodents and hamsters. This ensures that they will be around for a long time.
The Cons
If you have a pet rabbit, or any pet for that matter, there is bound to be some fraction of caring for them. Though I will not term these following pointers as cons per se`, they are definitely things that you might want to keep in mind before getting a pet rabbit for yourself or your kid.
  • A rabbit's maintenance costs a little. Rabbits require a cage (if that's what you're planning to provide for as their house) and it needs to be a huge one with separate sections for the number of rabbits that there are.
  • The natural rabbit habitat is out in the open, so keeping rabbits in the garden is actually a good choice. But make sure that you do not leave them anywhere near the vegetable section as they might get into it and destroy it.
  • There have been cases of rabbits having chewed on wires and other such items when kept indoors. This is because they have teeth that need to be constantly trimmed which they do by biting and chewing on things and objects.
  • Many people may not know this but a rabbit will dirty a place (and make it stink really bad) if left in the house. Thus, it is necessary to either train the rabbit to use the litter box, or make sure that you allow him access to the yard.
  • Spaying and neutering your pet rabbits is a must if you're planning to keep them.
  • Make sure that you trim their nails often. If you do not, they will set about trimming them on their own on some form of furniture or the other.

Having given you the information on the negative and positive aspects of owning rabbits as pets, and having told you about some factors that you will have to look into in order to decide whether or not you want a pet rabbit or not, it will become easier to take a final decision hereon.