And 7 reasons why you shouldn’t.
Bunnies are some of the cutest creatures on the planet! (In my opinion) When I met my boyfriend he came with a little black rabbit and I was immediately in love. When she passed away from old age we really didn’t waste any time to expand our family again. The adoption agency we went through had SO many bunnies to choose from, we chose a bonded pair of Flemish giants Pepper (black one) and Clover (brown one).
With so many adorable bun buns up for adoption I wanted to take some time to talk about these amazing creatures in hopes I can inspire someone to take a bun home. The decision, however, should not be made lightly. Along with reasons to adopt a bunny I will also list off the reasons why someone shouldn’t adopt one.
Reasons to Adopt a Rabbit:
You have someone to share your snack with. Want an apple but don’t want to eat the whole thing? No problem, cut it up and share with your bun!
They have unique personalities. The character can be seen very quickly and not one is the same.
Their litter is compostable and will do great things for your garden!
They are clean animals and are easily litter trained.
They are the softest thing you’ll ever touch.
They are very social and won’t ignore you like a cat.
Little lawn mowers! Some supervised outside time is a ton of fun and you get a free (albeit not even) lawn mow and manure!
Overall rabbits are great, however they are a lot of work. Now for some reasons a rabbit may not be for you.
Reasons NOT to Adopt a Rabbit:
Maintenance, if you’re not ready to change a litter box daily or every other day, a rabbit may not be for you. They poop A LOT.
If you’re allergic to hay: that’s their main food source.
If you’re busy: Bunnies are very social creatures and can get lonely and depressed if left alone for too long.
If you’re a clean freak…. There’s always shavings and hay everywhere.. Everywhere.
If you have hardwood floor. Bunnies don’t have pads on their feeties like cats do so they can’t get traction on hard floors. Carpet all the way! Also, bunnies do NOT belong in a cage. They need to hop, stretch and roam- give them space! If you’re not ready to let them own your house, a bunny is not for you.
They love cord. They find them. They destroy them.
They can break your heart… We lost miss Clover suddenly due to an inner ear infection. She was gone within 48 hours from when the symptoms started. Even getting her to the vet and getting medication as quick as possible wasn’t enough to stop it. Rabbits also have sensitive tummies and can have issues quite quickly that can be fatal. And we lost Pepper almost as fast 4 months later from suspected kidney failure. You need to be strong to handle the heartbreak.
To summarize: Rabbits are great, but make sure you’re ready for that much poop. And I’m sure as you have seen in my photos, your floor will only be clean for about 20 minutes after you vacuum. A thing to remember as well is that these adorable creatures are prey animals so make sure that any other animals in the house know these cuties are friends not food.
Make them safe, happy and healthy. They’ll thank you with nose boops, flops and the occasional lick and it’s amazing.