Bunnies can be the perfect pet if you are looking for a long-term, high-energy commitment. The lifespan of bunnies is usually between nine and twelve years but can be longer. The diet of bunnies mainly consists of plants, like grasses, clover, and dandelions as well as parts of plants, such as leaves, twigs, seeds, roots, bark, and buds. Bunnies that are house pets will generally eat timothy-grass or hay in conjunction with balanced diet pellets and fresh vegetables. An average range of size for bunnies is 10 to 20 inches in length and 14 ounces to 6.6 pounds in weight. Bunnies get around by using the tips of the five digits they have on each of their feet—a method called digitigrade locomotion. With the exception of European bunnies, which are a very social breed, bunnies typically are not highly territorial but live a pretty solitary life in the wild.
Bunnies in the wild generally stay in close range of home with known spaces to hide for protection against predators, and bunnies will even dig holes and burrow for this purpose. Having eyes set laterally on either side of their head provides an almost completely circular field of vision for bunnies, further protecting them. Smell is incredibly important for bunnies and they have an acute ability to detect different odors and communicate with other bunnies. Glands that are located on bunnies’ cheeks, chin, and groin allow them to mark parts of the landscape to alert other bunnies of their territory or make it none that they are looking to reproduce.
Domesticated bunnies need large cages and plenty of time outside of their cages for play and exercise. We recommend that bunnies be kept indoors so that they get plenty of social interaction with their owners and are completely protected from the variable New England weather.
Bunnies do not form life-long partnerships with mates, but rather mate with different individual bunnies throughout their lifetime. Bunnies are capable of producing a large number of offspring every year. Bunnies are able to start conceiving at a very young age, litters of bunnies can consist of up to seven offspring, and the gestation period for bunnies is 30 days. If you have a pet bunny, it is recommended that you have your bunny spayed or neutered by a qualified veterinarian. Unaltered bunnies will often spray to mark their area which can be a nuisance and having them spayed/neutered can also protect them against some forms of cancer.
At Pet World, we have a variety of bunnies that are looking for a caring and fitting home. Ask our staff whether your lifestyle is conducive to owning one of our adorable bunnies, and about any questions you might have about bunnies as pets.
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