I know, I know, wrong time of year to post this, but I found it so I'm putting it up before I lose it again. :)
Best 4 Bunny came out with this post about 10 very common false statements made about rabbits. I thought I'd take a moment and post a comment about them. :) I'll let you go there to read the responses they made.
1 Rabbits are pretty boring and don’t have much personality
I have to admit, I agree with the response posted. Rabbits are very much their own bunnies, and each has their own personality, from the very lazy to the very busy and everywhere in-between. Being caged doesn't change this tendency, though it might stifle it a bit depending on the rabbit. But a very quiet rabbit in it's cage is quite often a very quiet rabbit out of the cage, they just have more room to express themselves in. :)
2 Having a rabbit live indoors with you is weird
Once again, I agree with the commenter thoughts. Rabbits indoors works. But rabbits outdoors works as well. :) Rabbits most anyway works for me. :)
3 Rabbits are really easy to look after– You don’t need to tend to them as much as a dog!
I disagree with this statement being false. Rabbits are as much work as you make them to be. You can tend them well once a day, or four times a day. Most people tend them twice a day. You can make them lots of work in saying that they must have free reign of your house for three hours a day, or you can say.. today no exercise I don't time. As long as their cage is big enough for them to stretch out, hop around and be bunnyish, they'll be fine. Really. :)
4 A rabbit will make the ideal pet for my child, it will teach my child about responsibility!
Is this statement false??? Depends on the child, the parent, the family involved. For some children it's great, for others not so great. You can say this about most any pet, whether it be a spider, a bug, a cat, a dog, a pig or whatever. Responsibility comes with temperament, parental involvement and so forth.
5 Bunnies are cute and love being picked up and cuddled!
True and false. Some rabbits actually don't mind being picked up. They really don't. I have bunnies that will leap into my arms and let me carry them around, and I have others that simply like all four paws on terra firma ALL THE TIME. A good part of rabbit ownership is training your rabbit. A big problem in pet ownership is the rabbit trains it's owner.
6 You don’t have to take a rabbit to see a vet!
My bone to pick with the response here is this "Rabbits need vaccinations each year and all rabbits will need to be neutered/spayed". NOT all rabbits need vaccinations and NOT all rabbits need to be neutered. I'm very clear with my pet people... ONLY neuter if you can't work with your rabbit. Surgery is risk. Do you want your beloved pet dying on the table??
7 Rabbits are really cheap pets to keep!
Yes and No. Just as with any pet, expenses are choices. Any pet can run up a vet bill, any pet can avoid a vet bill. Depends on the animal, depends on the care it receives (and a lot of that has to do with how you feed your animal). Depends a lot on the owner of said animal. Should you maintain a rainy day potential vet bill expense account? Seems like a good idea to me. :)
8 A rabbit only needs a small hutch to live in!
Oh my word.. Rabbits DO NOT need a cage that is 6ft by 3ft by 3ft and they most certainly do not require an additional exercise area of 8ft by 4ft by 3ft.
I do advise people to buy the biggest cage they can afford and to go no smaller than a 2 x 2 cage for most pet sized rabbits, larger rabbits do need more space.
9 Rabbit’s only eat carrots and lettuce!
There are many different ways of feeding rabbits.
1. pellets only
2. greens only
3. hay with greens
4. pellets with hay, grain, greens, etc
5. hay with a wee bit of pellets and lots of greens
6. etc..... don't forget the need to add those trace minerals!!!
So many options.
What should you care standard be?
1. is my rabbit in good shape physically?
2. is my rabbit prone to GI stasis or other gut related health issues?
3. Is my rabbit in behaving well?
If that is true, then hey... however you are feeding it.. continue. BUT if your rabbit is getting stasis, behaviour issues (not related to maturity), or is "off" health wise, then change the diet to help your bunny be healthier and happier!
And carrots and lettuce only... BAD DIET!
10 Rabbits are okay living on their own!
I do hate the insistence of many rescues and pet oriented folks insisting that rabbits MUST have the company of other rabbits. Some rabbits DO NOT like other rabbits at all. Some rabbits bond well with their owner and are ever so content being an only rabbit. Some owners can only afford one rabbit. Rabbits can and often are just fine on their own. If you can have two and IF they get along, have two or three or ten. Matters not to me. What matters is... can YOU afford more than one rabbit? And if so, are you willing to handle the fall out if your rabbits don't get along with each other?
I have been breeding rabbits for a quite a few years. I thoroughly enjoy them as animals and think they make great pets. I also like to take some of them to rabbit shows to see how they measure up to the standards.