- Not all rabbits are cuddly. When I was younger, and I thought about rabbits, I thought about sweet little bunnies that always wanted to be pet and snuggled. What kid doesn't think that way?! But the majority of rabbits, especially Holland Lops, will not appreciate being hel. Rabbits prefer to have all four feet on the ground, since they are a prey animal and avoid trouble by running away from it.
- Rabbits are not a "cheap" alternative to a dog or cat. Often, their cage and start up supplies will be just as expensive as a dog or cat's.
- Rabbits are not nocturnal. They are crepuscular. This means that they are most active during the early morning hours and late into the night. They take several naps throughout the day.
- Not all vets treat rabbits. Rabbits are considered "exotic", and need to be seen by exotic animal vets.
- Uterine cancer is not as likely as vets will make it seem. Not all rabbits NEED to be neutered or spayed. Of course, it's always recommended, by me, other breeders, and vets around the world, but if you don't do it your rabbit may be hormonal, unhappy, and mean towards you and everything else, but he/she won't immediately be sentenced to death by cancer.
- Rabbits are amazingly hardy little animals. They are delicate, compared to a dog or cat or horse, but if they ingest a bit of plastic or foam it won't be the end of the world. It always depends on the rabbit, however. Some rabbits will die immediately following eating a bite of a poisonous leaf, some rabbits will fight off the effects of the toxin.
- Rabbits purr by grinding their teeth. They only do this when they're very happy and content.
- Rabbits eat their droppings. They must ingest their food twice like cows. Instead of chewing their cud, they eat their droppings.
- Rabbits NEED SUPERVISION when playing outside, in your bedroom, etc. They love to eat and chew and get into trouble.
- Each rabbit is different. Rabbits cannot be put into a "mold", of every rabbit will do this or that. There are things you should expect. But some rabbits are just filled with the unexpected.
There are some things people just don't tell you before selling or giving you a rabbit. All of these things I didn't know when I was going into it, but I wish I had. I'm sure it wouldn't have affected my decision of getting into rabbits or not, but it sure would've changed my perspective and made things a lot easier!
My name is Holly.
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