As we celebrate the Easter season and we encounter the familiar images of the Easter Bunnies populating storefronts and candy aisles, let’s take a moment to celebrate one of the newest members of the domestic family, the Pet rabbit!
Cats have been living with humans for 10,000 years. Dogs have been with us even longer! While rabbits were bred by humans as far back as the 16th century, they were mainly raised as farm animals. Inviting rabbits into the home and keeping them as Pets has only been in practice since the 19th century. But in a relatively short amount of time, rabbits have become one of the world’s most popular domesticated Pets.
In 1996, 26% of U.S. families included a Pet rabbit. Four years later, that number had risen to 39%. Today, it’s estimated that there are approximately 5.3 million companion rabbits living in American homes. So, why have rabbits become so popular, not only in the Unites States, but around the world?
- Rabbits are clean Pets and can be trained to use a litter box. As a result, under certain conditions and with supervision, Pet parents can feel comfortable letting their Pet rabbit move within a large but limited space within the home.
- Rabbits often cohabitate well with other species of Pets, particularly cats. Even well-mannered dogs that have been trained to listen and respond to commands can be great with rabbits.
- Rabbits can be very affectionate and can form incredibly strong bonds with their Pet parents and families. These bonds can take longer than other Pets to build since rabbits are prey animals and are naturally predisposed to avoid anything that can appear to be dangerous. It’s up to the Pet parent to build that trust but as a result, they will reap the rewards that a loving rabbit can provide.
- Like other domestic animals, rabbits love to play with toys, such as balls, rattling toys, etc.
Rabbits require the same level of commitment, love and attention as other Pets. This includes feeding, training and healthcare. To avoid unwanted litters and certain health concerns, rabbits, like cats and dogs, should be spayed or neutered when they are at an appropriate age.
Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care program is the perfect support for any rabbit parent! Not only does Hannah’s TLC provide all of the veterinary care you need for your furry family member (including spaying/neutering, vaccinations, emergencies, medications and surgeries), we also provide food and supplies delivered directly to your home! If you are looking to add a rabbit to your family, Hannah can help with that too through our Lifetime Matching Program.
To learn more about Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care, please visit our Placement Centers at Clackamas Town Center and Washington Square Mall or at www.HannahSociety.com.
Clackamas Town Center can be reached at (503) 905-5200 or email Francesca.Ferrucci@hannahsociety.com
Washington Square can be reached at (503) 924-6850 or email Jody.Ward@hannahsociety.com