Rabbits are lagomorphs, belonging a family separate from rodents such as guinea pigs and rats (although many people do refer to them as rodents). With proper husbandry, rabbits typically live between 10 and 14 years of age, and have been recorded to live as old as 18! They eat an herbivorous diet comprised primarily of hay, and are independent animals who enjoy affection and attention on their own terms.
To read more about rabbits and their care, please visit our care guide.
Kids and Rabbits
All too often, we're asked about how rabbits do in households with children. Overall, they make a poor choice for a child's companion. This often comes as a shock to parents, because of the overwhelming media image of a happy child with their bunny frolicking around them.
Rabbits, as prey animals, are opposed to being picked up and cuddled, often violently so. They will often thrash and kick with amazing strength when picked up, which can result in children being bitten or scratched. Rabbits can also break their own backs through their struggles, leading to euthanization or a lifetime of paralysis.
Additionally, rabbits require quite a bit of upkeep to live a full and happy life. They need a large cage, plenty of time out to frolick, and can easily chew and destroy walls, carpets, and furniture if not supervised.
While a dedicated rabbit owner can certainly teach their children respect and appropriate affection for their bunny, as a pet "for" children they are often abandoned due to their unusual husbandry needs.
In addition to our care guide, linked above, please find more information about guinea pigs and their care on the following websites:
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