I will further confess, till I met him, I never thought of a rabbit as a viable pet, having seen only undersocialized ones confined to cages at the edge of the garden growing up. To me, keeping rabbits seemed cruel and pointless. But a house rabbit is different thing. Rabbit was paper trained, and my friend told me he rarely had a accident, unless sick. He was moderately affectionate, though not with me. Perhaps because I locked him out of the guest bedroom.
Given this month is Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month, here are a few things our adoption staff want you to know about pet rabbits:
Rabbits are intelligent, social animals. When given plenty of attention, they make affectionate and rewarding family pets. They can be trained to use a litter box and are more enjoyable, responsive pets when living indoors as house rabbits. Given appropriate care, rabbits can live 10 years or more. Before adopting a rabbit, consider the following:
- Rabbits need daily exercise and play
- Rabbits need nutritious food, fresh water and a clean habitat
- Everyone in your household should understand how to hold and play with a rabbit, and be eager to welcome a rabbit into the family
- Some rabbits can be destructive. They like to chew on books and wooden furniture and electrical cords, and will need to be monitored
For rabbits and other small pets available for adoption right now, visit http://www.ottawahumane.ca/adopt/small-animals-and-birds/.