Whenever I tell people that we have rabbits as house pets, we usually get three responses:
1) You keep them in your house? I thought you only kept them in cages outside!
2) Why rabbits? Aren't they kinda boring? I had a rabbit as a kid. All it did was sit in a cage all day and do nothing.
3) Can you really believe anyone would actually vote for Hillary Clinton as President of the U.S.?
Well let me answer these questions one at a time:
1) It's true, rabbits are wonderful in-house pets and you don't need to keep them outside in cages in order to enjoy them. In fact, there's a wonderful website by the House Rabbit Society dedicated to educating people that rabbits are loving, friendly, and wonderful pets to keep inside the house. Do they require a lot of care and attention? Sure, but so do dogs, but unlike dogs, rabbits don't bark. Is it true you'll never view a bowl of Cocoa Puffs the same way ever again? Sure, but rabbits will use a litter box just like a cat does. (Of course, unlike cats, rabbits will often tell you where they prefer their litter box to be. But once that agreement is reached between bun and human, they do quite well.)
2) All I can say is, if someone put YOU in a small cage and only came to visit and replace your water and food once or twice a day, that's all you would do as well. In our experience with rabbits, they like a good-sized cage or play area with plenty of opportunities to be let out for human bonding and exercise. Because they're prey animals by nature, rabbits actually prefer the confines of a larger cage or play area than, say, having the run of a house. Rabbits have a lot more personality than people give them credit for - they can actually be quite demanding about how they're handled and how their surroundings are arranged. They make wonderful companions, always bring a smile to your face, are easy to take care of once you get the hang of it, and never have to be taken out and walked on a cold, snowy morning. More than anything, they love to be loved.
Have you always wanted to own a rabbit? Have you ever thought of it but are either nervous about it and want more info about it? Just leave a comment and we'll hook up. We've had a number of them over the years and have a lot of experience in making it easy for other people to own them as well. If you're truly up for it, give it a try - they never fail to surprise and delight.
Oh, I forgot to answer question 3: Believe me, I have the same question, and have raised it more than a few times over at Goodboys Nation weblog, but that's a topic for another day...