Back in the days, rabbits are known to be very stinky animals to keep! As a result, these rabbits are often locked in small cages. Even till today, we have heard of many people who gave up their rabbits because they are ‘too messy’ or ‘too smelly’. At Bunny Wonderland, we had been caring for rabbits for more than 10 years. We hope to share some of our experiences to dismiss the horrible myths and help everyone realize that rabbits can be very clean too!
MYTH 1 – RABBITS SMELL! —– FALSE!
Rabbits are naturally odorless. If your rabbit smells, it’s likely because they had been sitting in wet pee/poo. To keep them clean, you need to litter train them. We have attached photos of litterbox for you to consider. We love the big plastic trays from Toyogo (Toa Payoh) because they are low and wide (and super cheap!). We line the bottom with newspaper then add some paper litter (Breeder Celect brand). To keep their feet dry, we place a plastic grid over it (filters for fish tanks from aquarium shop). With a design like this, you will only need to clear out the litterbox once every 1-2 days.
For more information on litter training, click here: http://rabbit.org/faq-litter-training-2/
MYTH 2 – RABBITS LOVE TO SHOWER! —- FALSE, SO FALSE!
Rabbits self-groom just like cats. They have very thin skin and if the water is too cold/hot, it can send them into hyperthermal shock. This is fatal! Instead, we opt for dry grooming using a flea comb or round-tip metal bristles to comb out the matted/loose fur. If they have stained fur, gently wipe the spot with a wet cloth and if it’s stubborn, you can use a pair of grooming scissors to carefully snip it off. There is absolutely no need to put them under water and scare the crap out of them.
For more information on grooming, click here: http://rabbit.org/faq-grooming/
MYTH 3 – RABBITS TAKE UP SO MUCH SPACE!! —- FALSE!
The space in question is typically the cage. If you litter train your rabbit and bunny proof your house, you can even let your rabbit free roam! A free roaming rabbit is the happiest rabbit. If you are concern about his safety when you are not home, you can keep him in the kitchen or bedroom and use a baby gate to confine him there.
For more information on bunnyproofing, click here: http://rabbit.org/faq-rabbit-proofing/
We hope the above mythbusters help everyone to learn more about our charming and smart little rabbits! Let’s spread the good words and hope everyone gets to enjoy some bunny love one day!