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Do Rabbits Make Good Indoor Pets?

Friday August 14th 2015

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Rabbits can be wonderful indoor house pets. They are affectionate, naturally clean, and can also be house trained. There is a common misbelief that house rabbits are a low-maintenance pet option, in reality they require a lot of care and attention. However, I think that many will agree they are worth the extra effort, and not only because they're extremely cute.

One of the most appealing qualities of a household rabbit is undoubtedly their playful nature. Unfortunately, this quality creates a responsibility for the owner to always keep the rabbit sufficiently entertained. When an indoor rabbit isn't provided with the attention it needs it will most likely seek its own fun in chewing up your possessions.
While this is natural for a rabbit, within a household it can also be dangerous due to exposure to items such as electrical wires. The simple solution to this is to ensure your home is fully bunny-proofed in areas in which the rabbit is allowed free. It is also a good idea to provide alternative options for the bunny to chew on in order to detract its attention from your things! The Good news here is you don't have to break the bank in order to do this. Homemade chew toys can be made from items as simple as a cardboard box stuffed with hay.

The Cuddle Appeal
Whilst I can understand the appeal and excitement of owning a more exotic pet such as a baby turtle or (for the brave amongst us) a house snake, they are missing one of pets' most vital qualities, the cuddle factor. There is nothing that can beat the charm of owning an animal you can enjoy a cuddle with.

One of the great things about rabbits is that they have far fewer allergy issues and many people who are allergic to both cats and dogs will often suffer no reaction to rabbits. So for those who have never been able to own a cat or a dog to cuddle, an indoor rabbit is the pet for you.

Easy to Train
Rabbits are highly intelligent animals which makes them easy to train and mould into the perfect house pet. Similarly to cats and dogs, a rabbit can be taught to use a litter box and even obey commands and orders if they are trained properly. Although it is a simple task to train rabbits to use a litter box, whether you then trust them to use it consistently enough to roam free in the house is perhaps another question.

They Don't Need Walking
For those pet owners who enjoy having an energetic animal in the house but are not so fond of the onerous task of the daily walks, a house rabbit offers a significant advantage. Due to their size, the space within an average living room is often sufficient enough for the rabbit to get all of the exercise it needs.

Happy Neighbours
As pets go, a house rabbit has got to be up there with the least offensive for those around it. Owning a dog, you come to expect a few noise complaints from the neighbours when howling and barking seems to occur every time a squirrel dares to enter the garden. With a house rabbit you can almost guarantee you won't have to worry about the neighbours calling in to complain about the level of noise your pet is making.

This article was written on behalf of helpucover. helpucover is a trading style of Pinnacle Insurance plc, an insurance company who offers pet insurance.