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The Bun Bun Brigade

With proper care a rabbit can live 10 to 12 years.  If you like having a rabbit, that's great.  If you don't... well you can see the problem.

Even the best bunny can have the occasional "accident".  And if there is a lot of calcium in the bunny's system, the pee spots can be orange, or even red.

Rabbits can bite!  Sometimes it's no more than using his mouth to move your hand away when he wants you to leave him alone.  Then again, if this rabbit is not your friend, and/or he is truly frightened, those teeth can hurt you!

Most veterinarians aren't trained to treat rabbits.  Sure they have general knowledge and they are probably great with every breed of dog and cat, but rabbits have very special needs and a tendency toward very special problems.  For example, a rabbit can die of an upset stomach!  And that upset stomach can be caused by anything from feeding him crackers to simple emotional stress.  Medical care can get expensive.

Rabbits are delicate.  If he's truly frightened a rabbit can kick hard enough to break his own back trying to get away.

You have to clean that litter box.

You have to rabbit-proof your home, which is even more involved than baby-proofing.  Rabbits are magnetically drawn to tiny hidden spaces (under the couch, behind the dresser), and especially fond of wires!  Rabbit ears seem to double as a radar system designed to seek out unprotected electrical or speaker wires so that they may be thoroughly chewed.  


Do not pick up a rabbit while wearing earbuds!  Without even a sign of movement from the bunny, in a fraction of a second one earbud is irreparably severed.  

Rabbits are not solitary creatures.  If you aren't going to spend time with your rabbit every day you shouldn't get one.  You can get two rabbits who can keep each other company, but if you don't spend time with them you become an intruder who sometimes brings food.  They won't be much fun to play with when you do finally have time.

Rabbits cannot stay in a small cage all the time.  They need decent space to stretch and move, and they need daily exercise.  A cage with decent space to stretch can be expensive.

And now the FLIP SIDE....  wHY YOU SHOULDN'T GET A RABBIT

For examples of some of the points made here, we have found this charming video for you.

Rabbits don't take up a lot of space.  You say you live in a studio apartment?  That's all the space a rabbit needs.  Just slip a modest sized cage into the corner, leave the door open, and Zoom!  Your apartment seems huge to your fuzzy little buddy!  

Rabbits enjoy human company.  These little guys want to be near you.  They want to know what you're doing.  Incidentally, they want to know if you have any kale about your person, and if you're not using that other hand could you maybe rub a rabbit's head for a while?

And rabbits can be litter box trained.  Yes.  Really.  They can be trained to go in a litter box just like a cat.  And that can free them to hop around behind you like a faithful loving little shadow, or to pop onto the couch where you are sitting and stretch out next to you.

Rabbits are funny.  They hop, even when they move slowly.  They have funny little tails.  They have extremely expressive ears.  When they are happy they "binky", which is a burst of joy in the form of a floppy kicky leap.  And when they are irritated they thump their little foot, and turn their back on you in the cutest pout imaginable.

Rabbits are quiet.  No barking.  No yowling. 

When one of these little angels hops over to you and places two of the cutest little furry feet on your leg, peering directly into your eyes in hopes of treats and a stroking touch, your heart will melt.

Rabbits are arguably the cutest animal that has ever graced a human home.