Some people say a home isn’t complete unless there are children. This was exactly the feeling my 3 roommates and I had my junior year of college. It was spring time, and our maternal instinct was kicking in. A day never went by without one of us wining for a cat, or a dog, or fish, or anything we could unconditionally love.
We weighed the usual options of cat, dog, gerbil, and mouse (what was available at our local pet shop.) Since we were in –on-campus housing, pets were a strict no-no. We were scared of our RA’s seeing the pet during checks or our neighbors hearing something.
We soon came up with the idea of a rabbit! It was small enough to keep in a cage, but large enough to hold and cuddle.
We got her at a pet store, we named her Penelope. They told us she was a dwarf bunny and was not going to get any bigger.
Getting a rabbit turned out to be the best decision. I didn’t realize this before, but rabbits hardly make any noise. Well, sometimes they bang their cage or toys when playing, but bunnies themselves are silent.
Bunnies can also be litter box trained, which means that they can roam the house just like cats and dogs. Our rabbit was very active; she would hop all around, on top of tables and book shelves. She did develop a bad habit of chewing and eating EVERYTHING, so she was only allowed out of her pen under supervision.
We would put Penelope on a cat harness, and we could take her outside, without fear of running away. She loved to go out and graze on grass and eat flowers.
Penelope got quite large, she was definitely not a dwarf bunny like they told us, but it wasn’t so bad. She got to be the size of a small cat.
Rabbits eat pellets and hay, and drink a lot of water, but it is also important to give them fresh fruits and vegetables. I fed Penelope a lot of lettuce, snow peas, broccoli, and pears. Surprisingly, she wasn’t a big fan of carrots.
As she grew in size, so did her cage. Eventually she would be set up with a pen, a sort of large enclosure that does not have a covering.
Penelope got along with almost every other type of animal she met; cat, dog, duck, and a chinchilla. She is very good at being handled by strangers, and will sit on a lap and be pet for hours.
I think rabbits are smarter pets then most people would think, and are a lot more active too! They have their own personalities, and are completely different from both cats and dogs. So if your looking for a new pet, think about a rabbit.
Also, there a SO MANY rabbits that need to be adopted! Check your local animal shelter to see if they have a rabbit fit for you.
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