Adopt a Rabbit – Save A Life: A blog about rabbits for adoption.
It’s estimated that 1.6 million rabbits are living in an estimated 7 million households in the United States alone.
Americans love their rabbits. According to the American Pet Products Association, it’s estimated that 1.6 million rabbits are living in an estimated 7 million households in the United States alone. That makes rabbits the third most popular pet in the United States, behind cats and dogs.
This blog is dedicated to helping people adopt a rabbit and give them a loving home. But first, here’s a little bit of history about how bunnies found their way into so many American homes:
The lifespan of rabbits can be upwards of 8-12 years!
Rabbits are one of the longest living pets, living as long as 10 years. A well cared for rabbit can live longer than some small dogs. When you adopt a rabbit, be prepared to make a long-term commitment of 6-8 years at a minimum. If cared for properly, your rabbit can live a healthy life up to 8 or 10 years old, and even longer! The average lifespan of rabbits is 8-12 years although they have been known to live into their late teens with proper care.
My biggest question when I was considering adopting a bunny was how long would my new furry friend be around? Rabbits can actually be quite long lived, with an average life span of eight to 12 years.
Rabbits make great pets, but they do have their own needs.
Rabbits are social animals. They can be very affectionate and love to cuddle with their human family, play with a variety of toys, and explore the world around them.
A rabbit’s cage should be large enough for him to stand up on his hind legs without hitting his head, to stretch out fully, and to hop at least three consecutive hops. Our rabbits live in our home because they are part of the family! It is important for rabbits to have time out of their cages so that they can get exercise and explore their environment. Rabbits should NEVER be left outside unattended or in an unsecured area as they are prey animals and will be easy targets for predators such as hawks, dogs, cats, raccoons, etc.
Rabbits have a unique digestive system and have special feeding requirements.
Rabbits are herbivores. They have a unique digestive system that needs to be taken into consideration when feeding a rabbit. For example, rabbits must have hay available in order to grind their teeth down (they have continuously growing teeth). Rabbits also need fresh water every day to keep them hydrated.
If you’re looking for information about what foods rabbits can eat, here is a list of fruits and vegetables that are safe for rabbits: Asparagus, Beets, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery leaves and stalks (no more than 1/3 of the diet), Chicory greens, Cilantro / Coriander leaves (Coriander seeds are toxic to rabbits), Collard greens (except for the stems), Dandelion Greens (unsprayed) – Dandelion roots should NOT be fed., Endive (Escarole), Kale leaves and stems., Parsley – flat or curly leafed varieties – no more than 5% of your rabbit’s diet., Peas – but only if they are fresh or frozen. They should not be cooked due to the high starch content in cooked peas., Radicchio lettuce, Turnip greens.
Fruits should only make up 10% or less of your rabbit’s diet due to the sugar content.
Most rabbits enjoy time outside of their cage as long as it is supervised.
Most rabbits enjoy time outside of their cage as long as it is supervised. Supervised playtime helps you and your rabbit to bond and is a great way to start teaching your rabbit the rules of the house.
How much time will my rabbit spend out of his cage? A good rule of thumb is that your rabbit should have at least one hour per day out of his cage. If you have more than one, consider two or three hours out together in a large safe space.
How do I keep my rabbit safe? Make sure an area he has access to does not contain anything that he might chew on, such as electrical cords and ornamental plants. Also, make sure you do not leave him alone in an area where he could get into other trouble, such as the kitchen or dining room.
How do I keep my rabbit from chewing on things? The best way to handle this is by providing your bunny with many toys for him to chew on instead of objects that you don’t want him chewing on like furniture legs! You can also try spraying items with Bitter Apple spray which discourages chewing but has a bad taste so make sure to clean off any residue before allowing children access to these places. This method will not work if there are already scratches present; rabbits prefer playing with new toys they haven’t chewed up yet! There are also several natural repellents available online including Grannick’s Bitter Apple Spray (for rabbits), No Chew Spray by Four Paws and Bones Away Indoor Chewing Deterrent
Rabbits are relatively easy to house train and litter box train.
I’ve been asked a few times about how I trained my rabbits to use the litter box. The answer is simple: consistency. To pre-train, you really just need to do it a lot. Since I was working from home, and had plenty of time on my hands, I would put my rabbit in a cage in our office and let him scamper around while I worked at the computer. If he got into the litter box when he was in there, then he could go back in and not be agitated by his surroundings. On the days that I didn’t see him do this, or even if he did it once but not again the next day, I would take him out of his cage and pet him until he went potty (or pee or poop) in his litter box. He kept doing it so frequently that eventually it became an automatic response for both of us; we knew where to go when we needed to make each other happy
We recommend you house your rabbit indoors only. Indoor only rabbits are less prone to outdoor stressors like diseases, predators, heat or cold, and will live longer than outdoor rabbits.
Rabbits are prey animals, so they’re very sensitive to change. By house-rabbiting your bunny, you can greatly reduce the chances of stressing them out and leading to a shorter lifespan.
The most obvious benefit is the prevention of outdoor stressors that would be present if your rabbit was kept outside. If a predator were to approach, there’s nothing your rabbit could do but submit to that predator. Predators like coyotes can jump over most fence enclosures meant for smaller pets like cats and dogs, leaving rabbits extremely vulnerable. In addition, diseases from other pests such as fleas and ticks are also more prevalent outside than indoors and can be fatal for rabbits.
Other common stressors for rabbits include changes in temperature or diet. Outside temperatures fluctuate many degrees each day depending on the time of year, with heat in summer being one of the biggest killers for rabbits confined outside without shade. Rabbits also have very sensitive digestive systems and need a consistent diet which varies by breed type (meat vs fiber). Inconsistent feeding regimens or diets can lead to gastrointestinal stasis which is often fatal if left untreated by a veterinarian quickly enough. There are plenty of indoor only rabbit owners who have raised their rabbits up into their teens!
If you have cats or dogs in the house we recommend you try introducing the new bunny carefully and in a neutral environment with your other pets before bringing it home for good.
If you have cats or dogs in the house we recommend you try introducing the new bunny carefully and in a neutral environment with your other pets before bringing it home for good. Bring your dog or cat to the rabbit’s foster home and get down on the floor with them. Let them smell each other, but do not force things if one of them seems frightened or aggressive. If all goes well, then move to a place like a fenced-in backyard where they can have some distance from each other while still getting acquainted. If possible let them share some time together under supervision every day for a few days before you bring your new pet home.
It is often easier to introduce rabbits to cats than dogs because cats are more naturally curious than most dogs about small animals and scurrying around on the floor, but there are always exceptions. Rabbits often get along very well with adult cats and kittens that have been taught “gentle behavior.” Cats who chase squirrels will chase rabbits too, so be careful!
Rabbits love to play! Chasing and boxing are all common behaviors. They also like biscuits, unlike regular dog biscuits, which can cause serious problems, there are safe “Bunny Biscuits” which they love to chew on, collect and stash away!
Bunny biscuits can be a wonderful addition to your rabbit’s diet, and something that he or she will love! They are also very different from dog biscuits. Whereas dog biscuits can cause serious problems for rabbits, bunny biscuits are completely safe for them to eat. Plus, they are extra fun because rabbits like to collect them and hide them away, just like a wild rabbit would collect seeds and store them in its burrow!
You can buy bunny biscuits at pet stores, as well as online. Just make sure you’re getting the right ones—there should be no ingredients that could upset your bunny’s stomach or have any other health consequences.
Selecting a healthy bunny is essential. Adopting from a shelter is a great way to find healthy bunnies who need homes!
Happy Friday the 13th! Today is a day of the year that’s best not celebrated, but we’re still celebrating it because thirteen is a fun number.
We have a few reasons to celebrate. For one thing, today is International Rabbit Day, which makes us feel good because rabbits are awesome and they deserve love and care just like people do. And beyond that, it’s also Adopt-A-Rabbit Day—but this time around we’re talking about actual rabbits who need homes instead of inspirational displays about adopting bunnies from rescues. Can you guess why? Because we’ve decided to adopt an orphaned rabbit from somewhere called Animal Haven in Dawson City, Yukon (yes, you read that right). We think it’s important for people to know more about what happens behind the scenes when animals go into shelters or rescue groups and end up on paper plates for humans to pick over like so many big macs with fries tucked inside at McDonald’s.
In case you don’t know how adoption works:
It starts by filling out an application online or by calling Animal Haven . The organization matches you with bunnies who are available now through their list of available adoptions All the bunnies have been spayed/neutered and microchipped so they can be reunited if you decide later on that you want a second bunny. It can take three days or more for your application to be accepted once it’s received by Animal Haven staff members. If approved, your name will go on an accessible list so other potential adopters can view what types of bunnies are available now through Animal Haven (they call them “available”) before making their own decision regarding whether they’d like to adopt a particular rabbit.* If there aren’t any options from Animal Haven after two weeks (and at some point there will be), other adopters could contact them directly so they can make space for another binty looking for her forever home.* There are no fees for
Find out if adopting a rabbit might be right for you!
It’s true. Rabbits are for everyone!
Rabbits aren’t for people who want a pet that doesn’t require any maintenance. Adopt, don’t shop! Don’t buy a rabbit as an impulse purchase at Easter time or from the pet store because it’s cute. It’s better to get two rabbits!
Bunnies are fragile and easily injured, so they have special needs. A lot of people think they can just put their rabbit in a big cage in the basement and be done with it, but this isn’t true at all. Bunnies are clean animals who like to keep themselves spotless, but they need some help keeping their litter box clean to stay healthy (and smelling good!). It is also important not only that you give your bunny plenty of space outside his crate or cage during the day so he can hop around freely on soft surfaces such as carpeting or grass – we recommend allowing your bunny plenty of freedom while supervising him at all times when he isn’t sleeping- but also provide him with enough food and fresh water daily; rabbits require fresh hay every day too!