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Pet Rabbits: Pros and Cons

Learn all about the advantages and disadvantages of keeping rabbits as pets!

Do rabbits make good pets? If you want a rabbit, you might already know the benefits. But do you know what disadvantages there may be of owning pet rabbits?

We’ve listed the most important things for you so you have an idea of what makes pet rabbits so great as well as what you need to consider before making a purchase.

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  • Rabbits are very funny, cheerful animals
  • Rabbits cheer you up
  • Rabbits don’t need walking
  • Rabbits like to learn tricks
  • Rabbits even sometimes learn to use litter trays
  • Rabbits console you when you’re sad or worried
  • Rabbits are active at dusk and dawn
  • No tax


  • Rabbits are not cuddly pets
  • Rabbits are delicate creatures
  • Rabbits chew furniture and cables
  • Rabbits may bite
  • Rabbits and dogs in the same household can be difficult
  • Cleaning out the hutch
  • Food must be carefully prepared
  • You can teach rabbits tricks

Teaching Tricks

Rabbits don’t just hop around fields with wild abandon, they have real power in their hind legs. Rabbits are very intelligent and you can teach them great tricks - some rabbits more than others. Patience and love are must-haves.

A rabbit even made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for doing 20 different tricks within just one minute. Respect! It always depends on the rabbit, but many learn to use a litter tray, which makes cleaning out the hutch a lot easier. Just put out a standard cat litter tray.

Building Your Own Rabbit Hutch

Let out your crafty side! Many handy parents love an opportunity to really go wild! As long as you get plenty of information in advance, buy all the right materials and approach the task with positivity, you can end up with a great hutch. A small wire cage, like you might see at a pet store, is a no-go. Do you love these animals or do you want to torture them? These cages unfortunately fall into the second category.

Rabbit Runs

High, expandable metal runs that can be put up and folded away for storage in seconds are super practical. They’re not just ideal for outdoor use, but also indoors to whip up a rabbit run in no time.

Things That Will Win Your Parents Over!

  • 1. Rabbits don’t need walking.
  • 2. Rabbits help you forget the stress and worries of everyday life.
  • 3. Rabbits don’t cost as much as cats or dogs.
  • 4. Children with pets learn about responsibility.


  • Your whole family must agree with the decision.
  • Rabbits cannot be kept alone.
  • The hutch must be cleaned at least once a week.
  • Rabbits need a lot of space.
  • Rabbits have to be fed several times a day and always need fresh water.
  • Rabbits need to spend time outside their hutches.
  • No rabbit allergy
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