Rabbit Facts: 10 facts about rabbits! 1 100

Rabbit Facts
Rabbit Facts
Professor Thumper teaching some rabbit facts!

Plenty of people have a rabbit for a pet. Between 1% and 2% of homes in the United States have a rabbit in them; that’s a lot of bunnies!

But how much do we actually know about rabbits? Rabbits are cute and fun to have around, that’s for sure. But there’s far more to a rabbit than you might think.

Fun Rabbit Facts

Here are 10 fascinating and fun rabbit facts that might surprise you…

Rabbit Fact #1: Rabbits can be housetrained

Pet rabbits used to be kept outdoors most of the time; in a hutch or a pen. This has changed; there are lots of house rabbits that live indoors quite happily. Everyone knows that you can house train a dog. Well, the same applies to rabbits.

Rabbits are pretty smart and can learn how to use a litter tray with no problems. Though if you want to litter train your rabbit it’s easier to start after they have been spayed or neutered.

Rabbit Fact #2Rabbits are crepuscular

The second of our facts about rabbits is that they are “crepuscular” animals. This means that they are wide awake in the early morning and evening but love to nap during the day.

Being crepuscular makes rabbits a great pet for anyone who is out in the daytime, at work or at school. When you’re at home in the evening your furry friend will be ready to play!

Rabbit Fact #3Rabbits chew a lot

You may be able to tell this just be looking at your pet rabbit. You can see their jaws moving as they chew. In fact, rabbits chew around 120 times each minute.

Rabbits need plenty of fresh hay to chew on. They also love leafy green vegetables and grass in smaller amounts. If you want to give your rabbit an occasional treat, carrots are a good choice.

Rabbit Fact #4Rabbits are not rodents

They may look a little like larger and much cuter versions of a rat, but rabbits are not rodents. Both rabbits and hares are lagomorphs which were re-classified from rodents in 1912.

Although rabbits and hares belong to the same group there are differences between them. Rabbits have no fur when they’re born. Hares are born with their eyes open and covered in fur. Hares are also independent early, running round soon after they’re born. Rabbits stay curled up in the nest for several days.

Rabbit Fact #5Rabbits do a binky when they’re happy

One of the best ways of telling if your rabbit is happy is to check out if it’s doing a “binky” or two. A binky is when your rabbit jumps into the air before twisting and spinning around.

It’s really cute to watch when your rabbit does this, and it means they’re feeling good!

Rabbit Fact #6Rabbit teeth don’t stop growing

One of the most interesting rabbit facts we found is that a rabbit’s teeth grow all the time.

This isn’t why they chew though. Their teeth are kept in trim just by the normal wear and tear of the top and bottom teeth rubbing together.

Some rabbits have teeth that don’t meet. This means that their teeth can become overgrown. If you have a pet that this happens to then its teeth will need to be clipped regularly by a vet. Some vets may suggest removing teeth if they cause too many problems.

Rabbit Fact #7Rabbits can’t vomit

This isn’t the nicest subject to talk about, but it’s important! Rabbits can’t vomit so you need to be very careful that they don’t eat anything which might be poisonous to them.

It’s also important that you brush them each day. This is because if they swallow their fur while grooming they can’t vomit to get rid of it. The fur can get stuck in a ball and can make a rabbit very ill.

Rabbit Fact #8Rabbits get bored easily

Rabbits are very social and playful creatures. They love to chase toys around and it’s even possible to teach them to fetch just like a dog. If you’re rabbit doesn’t get enough playtime it will get bored.

A bored rabbit can take to chewing and digging to entertain itself. That’s why it’s so important to keep a rabbit entertained, if you don’t want to find your furniture chewed.

Rabbit Fact #9Rabbits can produce a lot of baby rabbits

Rabbits are very young when they become able to have a family of their own; male rabbits can reproduce when they are seven months old and female rabbits when they are four months old.

A litter of baby rabbits, or kittens, is usually made up of between four and twelve babies. All of this means that one rabbit can have a lot of babies in a lifetime.

Rabbit Fact #10: Rabbits can have very large homes in the wild

Wild rabbits live in communities. They build burrows which all join together to make one big rabbit warren.

Warrens come in lots of different shapes and sizes. A warren discovered in Europe had more than 2,000 separate entrances; that’s a pretty big house!

We hope you had fun reading our 10 facts about rabbits, and that you learned something new along the way. And if you have any interesting rabbit facts that we’ve missed then please do add a comment below!

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3 surprising behaviours of pet rats 0 688

Pet rat behaviour

Rats have been given a bad name by decades of bad press. Far from the dirty, disease-filled pests that are portrayed on our screens, these sociable, clean animals have a few surprising perks to owning them.

These sociable, friendly pets are highly trainable animals who show affection for their owners and have many cute little quirks that make them great companions. They also have a very strange way of showing they’re happy!

With that in mind, here are three surprising behaviours of pet rats.

1. They are incredibly playful animals

This one will be no surprise to those who will have seen the boxing, chasing and excited jumps with their own eyes, but many are unaware that rats spend lots of time playing with each other and their owners. One scientific study actually showed that rats giggle when they are tickled. It’s highly recommended that you fill your pet rat’s cage with lots of enrichment toys and interact with them daily. Many owners report that their pet rats love being chased or to wrestle their hands!

2. They are incredibly social animals and love to show affection

Rats are incredibly social creatures. While of course every animal has its own personality and there are exceptions to the rule, they need to live with at least one other rat and most enjoy lots of daily interaction with their owners. It is not a rare sight to see pet rats snuggled up in the laps, pockets and sleeves of their humans. They will also nibble and lick them, as they would other rats, in a show of affection.

3. They boggle their eyes when they are happy

Surprising when first witnessed, one of the most peculiar aspects of rats is the way they display their contentment. While cats purr and dogs wag their tails, when a rat is very happy or relaxed they will brux and boggle – which is a sort of teeth grinding and very fast bulging of the eyes.

Rats are brilliant pets for all ages and there are many positives that come from owning these friendly, misunderstood animals.

What can degus eat? 0 1069

What can degus eat

When they’re living in the wild, degus focus on dietary fibre. It makes up about 60% of their diet, with the other 40% consisting of natural vegetation. But when they’re kept as pets, you’ll need to keep a close eye on what you feed your degu.

Good quality hay

For the most part, your degu’s diet should consist of good quality hay. There are lots of brands that will suffice, but two of particularly good quality are Timothy Hay and Meadow Hay. Keep an eye on the colour: if it’s pink or white, you should throw this hay away as it’s growing mould. If it’s green, it can cause bloating. Occasionally, you can mix some Alfalfa hay in with your regular hay. It’s high in protein, so great in small doses.

You can top up your degu’s bowl with a little bit of guinea pig or degu-specific food, but don’t go overboard. It’s important that your degu doesn’t start ignoring the hay because it’s got a range of health benefits, including the maintenance of a healthy gut and strong teeth. Around 10g of degu food a day should do the trick.

Human food in moderation

The good news is you can feed your degu some of your human food! Give them to your degu in moderation though, as they can cause gas and bloating. On rotation, you can feed them the following foods around once or twice a week:

• Asparagus
• Carrot tops
• Dandelion leaves
• Broccoli
• Cauliflower
• Fresh herbs
• Brussels sprouts
• Celery
• Cabbage
• Courgette
• Green beans
• Beetroot
• Dried herbs
• Pumpkin
• Butternut squash
• Marigold flowers
• Radish

Some sugary foods can be an occasional treat for your degu. In excess, they carry the risk of diabetes, so we’d only recommend doing this once a month.

• Apple
• Cherry tomatoes
• Peas
• Sweet potato
• Carrots
• Cucumber
• Sweetcorn or corn on the cob

When it’s treat time for your degu, give them a tiny amount (one or two) of:

• Sunflower seeds
• Peanuts
• Pumpkin seeds
• Whole nuts

As a general rule, the main thing to avoid giving your degu is fruit not listed here, rabbit food, hamster food or anything with molasses.

Just like us, degus love food – whether it’s good or bad for them. Bookmark this page to make sure you give your degu a balanced diet, and happy feeding!

Learn more about caring for your degu and other pet care advice here: http://www.nichepets.com/category/mammals/degus/