Rabbits have been a symbol of many cultures representing nature, fertility and happiness. Their mostly small size and gentle nature has made them wonderful pets. Rabbits are known for their large ears, soft fur, large feet and springy legs as well as small tail.

Rabbits can be found in many parts of the world. They live in families and eat vegetables and hay. In the wild, rabbits live in burrows, that they dig themselves. A group of rabbits living together in a burrow is called a warren. Rabbits are famous for hopping and eating carrots. A male rabbit is called a buck, and a female is called a doe. A baby rabbit is called a kit, which is short for kitten.

Since rabbits are prey animals, they are careful in open spaces. If they sense danger, they freeze and watch. Rabbit vision has a very wide field, including overhead scanning. People are also known to shoot rabbits, because they eat crops. Their escape method is to run for their burrow, where they are usually safe.

Rabbits have a complex social structure and, like dogs, they have a hierarchy. Rabbit ears probably have several functions. The main function is to give warning of predators, but they may be used for signalling, and temperature regulation.

Rabbits as Pets


Rabbits can make great pets and tend to bond very closely with their owners. They can be extremely social, and love being around people, making them loyal companions. They also have a tendency to be very independent, which makes caring for them less stressful compared to other pets. Being very social and playful mammals, rabbits are easily distracted by toys. Training a rabbit can be quite easy, using similar techniques as one would to train a dog.

Essential Equipment

In order to successfully own a rabbit, there are essential items that are needed. First it is important to have a cage that the rabbit can call home. It does not need to be big, just somewhere that the rabbit can live comfortably and relax. Secondly it is important to have a water bottle or water bowl that is replenished with fresh water daily. A litter box for the corner of the cage is a great purchase because it can help potty-train the rabbit, and can easily be cleaned on either a daily basis or every other day. It is also essential to have toys for a rabbit. Since they are very social and playful animals, it is important for them to have toys to play with while their owners are not able to be with them.

After purchasing essential housing items for a rabbit, a new owner needs to purchase bedding for the cage. Having newspaper handy makes cleaning the cage extremely easy and (hopefully) a little less messy.


Grooming a rabbit is essential for their health and wellbeing. Purchasing a brush at a local pet shop comes in handy when grooming. It is important to groom a rabbit on a weekly basis because they tend to groom themselves obsessively, but it becomes dangerous to their health due to the fact that they swallow so much of their fur.


Rabbits are omnivores, which means they eat vegetables and plants. They are extremely easy pets to feed. It is important to make sure that they are being fed fresh hay and grains on a daily basis. Providing a rabbit with fresh, well-washed vegetables every day is essential for a balanced diet and digestion. Fruits can be given to rabbits every once in a while as a snack, but it is important to keep a rabbits’ fruit intake limited due to all of the sugars.


In order for rabbits to live happy and healthy lives, it is important for them to get out of their cages and exercise on a daily basis. Hopping around the house for a couple of hours a day will allow a rabbit to explore its surroundings and stay healthy.


Bunny-proofing a rabbit owners’ home is vital. These curious critters tend to be drawn towards electrical wires, wood, shoes, furniture – basically everything within a normal household. It is important to be present when a rabbit is venturing outside of its cage to ensure its safety, or have an area for it to hop around in that does not have any dangerous items.

Fun Facts about Rabbits


Rabbits can’t vomit, and they are very susceptible to over-heating and can suffer from a heat stroke. Rabbits only sweat on the pads of the feet and nowhere else.


A male rabbit is called buck and a female one is called doe. A baby rabbit is called kitten or a kit.


The wild rabbit lives underground, in burrows. A group of burrows is known as a warren.


Rabbits can see behind themselves without rotating their heads. Rabbits have 28 teeth, which keep on growing continuously throughout its life.


Rabbits chew 120 times a minute and have over 17,000 taste buds in their mouth. Rabbits love to chew.


Rabbits can jump as long as 1 metre and higher and can run about 55 km’s an hour.


Rabbits live longer than other small animals. With good care, pet bunnies can live 10-12 years. They do not need shots like cats and dogs, but still should see a veterinarian once a year.


Rabbits don’t generally like to be picked up. Rabbits usually like to keep their paws on the ground and are most happy when you sit quietly at their level. When they are nervous, rabbits can kick out and injure their backs and spine or scratch you accidentally.


Rabbits do not meow, bark or wag their tail. But they do have their own ways of expressing their feelings. When they are happy, they do bunny flops, happy laps, and binkies (little hop spins and kicks). And when they are upset or afraid, they thump their back feet and sometimes grunt.


Rabbits injure easily. Their skeletal system is much more fragile than cats and dogs. Although they are fun to have around, you can’t play with them in the same way you might with a cat or dog.

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