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Why Rabbits are Better Than Cats and Dogs

Updated on April 8, 2019
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Jen has a bachelor's in molecular and cellular biology from the University of Washington. She loves animals and volunteering with friends.

The Best of Both Worlds

Bunnies are a good choice over cats and dogs for several reasons. They are playful and social, can be trained to use a litterbox, and will cuddle with you on the couch for some Netflix or napping. Bunnies don't claw up your furniture or vomit on your clean laundry the way a cat will, and you'll never get a noise complaint or have to deal with a poopy yard like you would with a dog. In fact, bunnies are remarkably easy to clean up after and generally have fewer needs than cats and dogs.

A Ginger Bun

The Mighty Rabbit

There's nothing softer or more pet-able than a rabbit, but buns are more than just a squishable fluffy face. Here are 4 great reasons to choose a rabbit as your next pet.

1. Rabbits are Social Animals.

In the wild, they live in vast warrens with other buns, and when it comes to rabbits, it pays to get a bonded (fixed!) pair for this very reason. When you live with rabbits, you get to experience all the cute little social quirks and customs that they display with each other. For instance, did you know it is considered rude, by bunny standards, to pass by your housemate without a proper greeting? Failing to touch noses, or in your case, give a pat on the head could result in a huffy shunning whereby the bun turns his back on you. It's funny to watch, and fortunately, they are quick to forgive. Rabbits are also avid social groomers and won't hesitate to groom anyone around them, just watch them around facial hair unless you're looking for a trim!

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Many landlords will make an exception for rabbits where cats and dogs are not allowed.

2. Ease of Training

Did you know you can litterbox train your rabbits? No steaming piles to scoop like with a cat, either, rabbits drop tiny round dry pellets that are odorless and are generally very neat with their potty habits, another great quirk of warren culture. Carefresh makes great litter; every so often just toss it out and add some more. Rabbits can also be trained to go for walks on a leash, although if you have a safe, fenced area nothing beats a free hop in the grass. If you're patient and have an ample amount of treats, rabbits can also be persuaded to play fetch and do other cute tricks.

3. Flexible Housing

Whether you live on a farm or a tiny apartment, bunnies are easy to accommodate. They do not require nearly as much room as a dog or cat, but will need ample out-of-cage time. A generous hutch or enclosure is a good place to start, but bunnies love to hop around and explore, so the ideal setup would include free run of one or more rooms during the day. While they adore a good yard or garden, the outdoors is actually not an ideal place to house them permanently due to the dangers of exposure and predators, not to mention the loneliness of isolation. Bunnies are social animals and want to be part of the family the same way a cat or dog would.

4. The Right Bun for Everyone

Just like people, every rabbit has its own unique personality; it's one of the traits that makes them so easy to bond with. There are also many different breeds of rabbits, and in general, some types are known for certain temperaments. Smaller breeds, particularly the dwarf types, have a reputation for being feisty and playful, while the large buns are known for being laid-back couch potatoes. There are really no hard and fast rules, though, as my sweetest bun was a tiny Netherland dwarf, and my biggest troublemaker was a large silver martin. My best advice for a nice, sociable bun is to have them spayed or neutered immediately if they are not already. It is preferable to have this done before sexual maturity before any bad behavior sets in, but it is never too late, and they'll have a longer healthier life to boot.

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    • Ellison Hartley profile image

      Ellison Hartley 

      13 months ago from Maryland, USA

      I love my rabbits and I agree they are an underestimated pet. People don't know how cool they are.


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