With all the focus on dogs, cats, and horses around here, discussion of the more non-traditional pets can sometimes get lost in the shuffle. Let’s talk about a couple of the more common choices outside of the normal dog-cat spectrum.
Rabbits are a good non-traditional choice of pet because of their calm demeanor more than anything else. They are probably most similar to cats in that they can be trained to use a litter box (good for you), they like to sleep a lot during the day, and they have a 10-12 year lifespan. I doubt your cat likes to eat lettuce, though, so depending on your diet, rabbits may be a cinch to feed. Just buy a few more veggies when you make a trip to the market, and you’re in good shape.
Most rabbits are kept at least part of the day inside of a cage or a fenced-off pen area. They have a tendency to chew on things and dig, so when you’re not keeping an eye on them, it’s best to limit them to an area where you know they’re not destroying your furniture, carpet, etc. Many are also not especially fond of being held, so if your intention is to gift your young child with a pet rabbit, you may want to think twice. A child will no doubt want to cuddle with their new friend and you certainly don’t want them to get their fingers nipped as a result.
Rabbits can be great pets, but do your homework before making the decision to add one to your household. It’ll pay off in the long run.