The House Rabbit Society claims that rabbits are in the top 3 most surrendered animals into shelters in the USA. Now why is that? Are breeders or pet shops to blame for this?
Before we start the blame game I wanted to point it out how misinformed many people are about rabbits and I hope this post will help at least one person to understand the real nature of rabbits before they bring one home.
Here are 10 misconceptions about rabbits that all pet shops, shelters and breeders should teach their prospect buyers:
1- Low Maintenance animals. That's one of the biggest misconceptions people have about rabbits. Rabbits are not low maintenance, they need a lot of time, energy and money.
2-No Vet care. For some reason people are under the impression that rabbits do not need vets. That's just another misconception, they do require vet visits yearly. They must be spayed or neutered in order to be a good pet. Rabbits will reach sexual maturity at around 5-6 months of age and many will become territorial and sometimes aggressive if not spayed or neutered. Not all vets will perform such surgery, a Rabbit-Savvy vet is needed.
3- They are like cats, can be left alone. Far from the truth! Rabbits cannot be left alone for the weekend or while you are on vacation.
4- They live short lives. The Guinness record has a rabbit currently at 16 years of age! Rabbits can live way up their teens.
5-They require small space. Quite the opposite. Rabbits need free time to run and play everyday. Starter kits from pet shops are NOT good habitats.
6- They love being cuddled and carried around. Unless the rabbit has been trained and handled daily from early age they will not like being held.
7- Great pets for children. No no... rabbits are great family pets but shouldn't be a child's responsibility.
8- Rabbits are happy outdoors. That statement is far from the truth. Rabbits that live outdoors become so scared that they can develop a anti-social attitude. They fear animals that lurk your yard at night and weather impose much stress on them.
9- Just need a bowl of pellets. GI tract is rabbits are sensitive and complex. they require a diet that is full of fibers including Timothy hay which many people are allergic.
10- Smell. Rabbits do not smell, but their litter boxes must be changed and cleaned every other day. If you didn't flush your bathroom would smell as well!
Rabbits are great indoor pets but they are certainly not for everyone.
Please research and talk to your vet before adopting a rabbit as a pet.
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