Rabbits can make fantastic pets. They are just as playful as cats and dogs.
If you train your rabbit, you can even let them have free rein of the house and teach them to use a litter box like a cat!
Rabbits, like most pets become attached to their owners. They can recognize you and they get used to your scent and presence.
If you leave them alone for a period of time, or if you rehome them, rabbits can definitely miss you!
Do rabbits have feelings for their owners?
Though we often think of cats and dogs are loving pets, rabbits definitely fall under this category as well!
Rabbits are loving and very social. When kept as pets, they love to spend time with their humans.
They require human interaction and affection. They can get quite lonely and depressed if they are left on their own for long periods without interaction from their owners.
Rabbits are often very shy and skittish by nature, so they need time to warm up to you. But once they do, you will notice that your rabbit is affectionate and will choose to stay near you when given the chance!
Do rabbits remember their owners after a year?
As long as you have spent enough time with your rabbit and have formed a close bond, your rabbit will likely recognize you after a period of time.
If you are rehoming your rabbit or even leaving it with family members while you travel, go away for school or work in a different city, you likely will not have to worry that your rabbit will forget about you!
Since rabbits do become attached to their owners, if you are leaving your rabbit in the care of another person, it is likely that your rabbit will be disoriented and maybe even become depressed while they adjust to their new owner.
The next time you see your rabbit, it will likely sniff at you excitedly and want to stay ne you! Rabbits are just like many other pets; they will recognize you and be happy to see you after you have been away.
Do rabbits know their names?
Just like a cat or dog, rabbits can absolutely learn their names and will come when they are called.
When you are teaching a rabbit its name, say their name while offering treats or petting them. This will teach them to associate that word with something pleasant and will help them to come to you when you call them.
It is worth it to note that, since rabbits are quite skittish, you may not be able to teach them their name or to come when they are called until they fully trust you.
Right away when you get a rabbit, they likely won’t even come near you. It will take time for them to be comfortable with you.
Once they are comfortable with you and start to spend time with you of their own accord, you can begin petting them and giving them treats while saying their name.
Can rabbits learn other commands?
Rabbits are intelligent creatures and can learn a variety of commands or tricks.
You can teach your rabbit to do all sorts of things, like jump up when you call them, spin around or even fetch!
You can teach your rabbit to jump up on the sofa to sit with you.
To start off, put a treat on the edge of the sofa cushion so that your rabbit can reach it by standing on its hind legs.
Once they have reached the treat, you can pat the sofa cushion and encourage them to jump up. Even if they don’t jump up, you can give them another treat to encourage them.
You can gradually start placing treats farther and farther back on the cushion so that your rabbit will have to try harder to reach them. Eventually, your rabbit will likely jump up on the sofa.
Then you can reward your rabbit again for jumping up!
Seeing rabbits sit up on their hind legs is pretty cute, so you can teach them to sit up on command.
When your pet is sitting regularly, on all fours, hold a treat above the rabbit’s head and say, “sit up”.
Once they sit up to grab the treat, you can praise them verbally and pet them while feeding them the treat.
In no time at all, your rabbit will associate the phrase “sit up” with the trick!
Do rabbits make good pets?
Rabbits can make great pets!
People often ask, are rabbits more similar to a cat or a dog? But the truth is that rabbits are unique and are not like either!
Rabbits are very social, loving and intelligent. They can make a great pet as long as you are patient enough to make it through their skittish phase.
Usually, when you bring home a puppy, they will love you instantly and you won’t have any issues getting them to trust you.
Rabbits are a totally different ball game!
Rabbits are prey animals and are therefore naturally cautious. It may take a while, even several months, for your rabbit to be comfortable with you.
Once they become comfortable though, they will absolutely love to spend time with you, be petted and played with!
Rabbits, like all animals, have unique personalities. No two rabbits will be the exact same, so you will have to adapt based on your rabbit’s personality!
Can rabbits be left in a cage?
Rabbits, contrary to popular belief, are not a pet that you can leave in a small cage 24/7.
They need several hours a day where you can let them out of the cage to hop and play.
Some people even choose to have their rabbits free in their home 24/7 and will train them to use a litter box!
Most rabbits will not be 100% accurate with their litter box and may leave a few pellets on the side of the box, but for the most part they do a good job and having them free in the house is possible.
In general, rabbits can make fabulous pets and are social and lovable!