1. Rabbits are a big commitment with many living past 10 years of age. Where will you be in 10 years?
2. Rabbits teeth are always growing. They can grow up to 5 inches every year! Unlimited hay and lots of natural wood toys will encourage chewing to keep those pearly whites worn down!
3. Rabbits are extremely social animals, make great house pets and do best with a companion.
4. Rabbits love to play! They love to nibble and toss their toys and are renovation specialists when given a cardboard box!
5. A male rabbit is called a buck, a female is called a doe and a baby is called a kit.
6. Rabbits are crepuscular which means they are most active at dawn and dusk – perfect if you go to school or work during the day and are home in the mornings and evenings!
7. Rabbits are prey animals. This means they generally don’t like to be picked up and often hide symptoms of illness until it’s too late. If you notice your rabbit hasn’t been eating, drinking, pooping or has any kind of behavioural changes please call your vet!
8. The English Lop has the largest ears – measuring around 2ft in length!
9. Rabbits are lagomorphs, not rodents. One characteristic of lagomorphs is the ability to produce two types of feces – one for expelling waste and the other known as cecotropes, which they reingest to ensure maximum nutrient absorption from their food.
10. Rabbits are unable to throw up.
11. Wire mesh is the worst flooring to house your rabbit on. It can cause deformities, sore hocks and other painful foot ailments.
12. Rabbits should be spayed or neutered. When rabbits reach sexual maturity their hormones begin dictating their actions. Grunting, humping, lunging, marking their territory, cage aggression, boxing and nipping are all common unfixed bunny behaviours. Another reason to spay your females? As many as 75% of unspayed females will develop uterine cancer between the age of 2 and 5.
13. When rabbits jump in the air, twist and kick their heels, it is called a binky.
14. Rabbits are herbivores and should be given access to fresh water and unlimited hay at all times. Their diet should also include a small amount of pellets and fresh vegetables, herbs and/or forage daily.
15. Rabbits, especially those neutered and spayed, can be litter trained.
16. Rabbits require a minimum of 3 hours of free range floor time on a daily basis. The more the better! When they aren’t out playing they should be housed in a pen that allows them to hop at least 3 times from one end of their cage to the other and allow them to stand upright on their hind legs. Additional levels also help keep those back leg muscles good and strong.
17. A rabbit’s heart beat is 130-135 beats per minute! The normal resting human heart rate can be as low as 60!
18. Rabbits regulate their body temperature through their ears. Lop eared rabbits have a harder time regulating their temperature then rabbit’s who’s ears are erect.
19. When rabbits are content they will grind their teeth together making a purring noise.
20. Rabbits are the third most abandoned animal at shelters. Please adopt, don’t shop.