Rabbits are very adorable and often assumed to be cuddly and easy animals made just for children. People do not usually think much prior to acquiring them as pets and as a result, thousands are abandoned at local shelters. Our little Kiki is not happy about it so today, she will like to bust some myths to help people learn more about her species:
MYTH 1️⃣ – RABBITS ARE EASY TO LOOK AFTER!
False! They require daily cleaning, litter-training, grooming and attentive veterinary care! The commitment to them is no less than to a pet cat or a dog.
MYTH 2️⃣ – THEY LOVE CUDDLES!
False! Rabbits are prey animals and feels safest with their paws on the floor. Some rabbits may get used to being handled but most will kick up a fuss and even bite if they feel threatened.
MYTH 3️⃣ – THEY ARE MEANT FOR THE OUTDOORS!
False! Rabbits are domesticated pets and live longer when kept indoor. They are very sensitive to outdoor elements such as weather, parasites, predators and can die from shock.
MYTH 4️⃣ – RABBITS DON’T REQUIRE SPACE!
False! Rabbits needs plenty space for physical and mental development. In fact, rabbits that are confined for too long can develop issues such as aggression and obesity.
MYTH 5️⃣ – RABBITS DON’T REQUIRE VETERINARY CARE!
False! Rabbits may not require vaccination but can fall sick and need medical help. As prey animals, they hide their discomfort so will require an attentive caregiver to catch signs before it’s too late.
MYTH 6️⃣ – RABBIT SMELLS!
False! Rabbits are naturally odorless so any smell is due to poor litter-training and/or housekeeping. They do not require baths and should be sterilized to reduce territorial behaviors.
MYTH 7️⃣ – THEY ARE CHEAP TO MAINTAIN!
False! They require unlimited fresh hay which needs to be imported into Singapore. They also need daily vegetables, monthly grooming and specialized vet care which can be expensive.
MYTH 8️⃣ – THEY ARE MEANT FOR CHILDREN!
False! They are high-maintenance, sensitive, disease-prone and nervous animals which requires adult care. Acquiring them for children can result in potential negligence.
We hope the above ‘myth busters’ will help rabbit lovers learn to be good caregivers as well. Rabbits can be excellent pets if one is well-informed of their needs and well-prepared for their commitment. Let’s spread the right message and help everyone enjoy true bunny love one day!