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5 reasons why rabbits make great pets

September 23, 2022

It’s a ‘bunny boom’!

Right now, the BC SPCA has nearly twice as many rabbits in care as we had at this time last year. As a result, we’re in urgent need of both foster and forever homes for bunnies of all ages and sizes.

Not sure if you’re ready for a rabbit (or two)? Here are five reasons why these loveable little lagomorphs might just be right for you.

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1. Rabbits suit a nine-to-five workday

Rabbits are crepuscular, meaning they’re most active during the early morning and again during the early evening. For folks who work a nine-to-five day, this can make for a good match-up of schedules.

When you get up in the morning, your rabbits will be eagerly waiting for breakfast. Just give them some fresh water, a handful of pellets and a huge pile of grass hay before you head out the door. Then, when you get home, it’s dinnertime for you both. Top up their hay and give them some fresh greens to eat. Let them munch away on their bunny salad as you do a quick tidy of their enclosure. Finally, as you settle down to stream the latest episode of your favourite show, you can let your rabbits out for some exercise in a rabbit-proofed room. After a few hours, they’ll be ready to turn in for the evening.

2. Rabbits can be housetrained

Believe it or not, rabbits can be trained to use a litter box, just like a cat! Rabbits naturally tend to choose one area of their enclosure to urinate in. By simply placing a litter box in that spot, you’ve already started the housetraining process. Adding some hay to the litter box is a great way to encourage rabbits to use it, as they often like to potty and snack at the same time.

Check out even more tips for housetraining rabbits.

3. Rabbits don’t need a backyard

Rabbits are often thought of as outdoor pets, where they’ve typically been kept in small, dark hutches in the backyard. However, indoor life is really where it’s at. Rabbits should be kept in an area of the home where people hang out, ideally in a large, enriched enclosure or with free run of an entire room. This helps them become part of the family where they belong.

4. Rabbit are healthy eaters

When you have rabbits in your life, you’ll find yourself frequenting the produce aisles more than ever. Rabbits are herbivores and thrive on a diet that includes plenty of fresh vegetables every day. Leafy greens like kale, bok choy, parsley and romaine lettuce are especially good for them. As a result, many rabbit guardians find themselves being complimented on their healthy food choices at checkout. Having rabbits must just inspire you to eat more greens yourself!

Find out what else rabbits should eat (PDF) to stay healthy.

5. Rabbits are entertaining

Perhaps because rabbits have traditionally been kept outdoors, away from the family, they’ve long been overlooked and misunderstood as companion animals. However, those fortunate enough to spend some time with them are often surprised to discover just how affectionate and interactive they are.

Like dogs and cats, rabbits have unique personalities. Some are laid back, while others have a more in-your-face style that demands attention. They’re very intelligent too, and can be trained to do tricks or even rabbit agility.

Hear from rabbit guardians themselves in these adorable adoption stories.

Can you help a bunny out?

As with any companion animal, it’s important to know what to expect before bringing a rabbit into your life. For folks looking for a pet who’s smart, curious and engaging, though, you might just have found your match.

Have some time on your hands to care for a rabbit temporarily? Find out more about what it takes to foster for the BC SPCA.

Ready to make a commitment? See all our rabbits available for adoption at spca.bc.ca/adopt.