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 #2: Rabbits 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 #3: Rabbits 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 #4: Rabbits 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 #5: Rabbits 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 #6: Rabbit 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 #7: Rabbits 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 #8: Rabbits 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 #9: Rabbits 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!