Rabbits aren’t like other creatures. They differ from most pets in a few obvious ways. A few of these ways include how they interact with humans, other rabbits, and their environment.
They are Prey Animals
While many pets, such as dogs and cats, are predators, rabbits are animals of prey. This means that they are the hunted rather than the hunters. Rabbits have an innate knowledge of being prey. Therefore, they prefer not to be held because the innate knowledge within them is telling them that they’ve been captured.
Rabbits generally get along when they have been spayed or neutered. However, neutered males and spayed females are very compatible matches that are not likely to fuss and fight at all.
Rabbits can be very particular about the company they’d like to keep. Two unneutered males are likely to fight. This is also true for two unspayed females. Be careful when trying to bond a spayed female with an unneutered male because the unneutered male may want to often engage in sexual intercourse. This could result in the spayed female becoming annoyed and biting his genitals.
They are very Subtle Creatures
Rabbits don’t let their owners know when they are sick; rather, they mask their illness. Because of this, owners have to pay special attention to their pet rabbits by monitoring their behavior for subtle changes.
Rabbits are also very quiet animals who don’t like a lot of noise. While pets, such as dogs, generally perk up and investigate unknown noises, rabbits will become frozen in fear and will run away in terror.
Rabbits Can Be House-Trained
Litter boxes aren’t only for cats. Rabbits can be trained to use them, too. However, rabbits older than six months are much more easily trained than young bunny rabbits.
While training rabbits to urinate in litter boxes simply requires that you place the box wherever the rabbit chooses to go, you will have to take him to get neutered or spayed if you want to reduce or completely eliminate the risk of your rabbit feeling the hormonal need to mark his territory.