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Bunnies FAQs

What are the different kinds of bunnies?

The Leporidae family of bunnies includes 11 distinct genera with 61 species. One of these genera is comprised of hares, rather than bunnies, while the other 10 are comprised of bunnies. The types of bunnies most often available as pets are mini lops, dwarf bunnies, angoras and dutch bunnies.

What is the typical habitat of bunnies?

Bunnies can be found all over the world. The middle latitudes of the Western Hemisphere and portions of Central and South Africa, India, Japan, and Sumatra are all encompassed in the natural habitat of bunnies. European bunnies have been relocated a number of times and are where domestic bunnies originated from. Any of the bunnies you might find in someone’s home are likely breed from European bunnies to be domesticated. Domestic bunnies usually live in large cages made of wood, plastic or metal. They can be litterbox trained for easy clean up and more freedom.

Are the senses of bunnies similar to humans?

Bunnies have excellent senses of vision, hearing, and smell. The visual range of bunnies is definitely more fine-tuned than that of humans. With their eyes set laterally toward the sides of their heads, bunnies can see almost completely around themselves in a 360 degree range, with only a small blind spot behind them. Having these acute senses helps bunnies protect themselves from predators in the wild.

What is coprophagia and why do bunnies do it?

Coprophagia is when an animal ingests its own feces. While this sounds unusual to us, bunnies need this behavior because of their digestive systems. Bunnies, as herbivores, have a diet that contains an enormous amount of cellulose, a difficult to digest substance. By ingesting feces that have been processed by their body once, bunnies allow a longer time for their digestive system to properly extract nutrients. Although it might seem bad, if you see bunnies engaging in corophagia, it is a normal behavior for bunnies.

Do bunnies make good pets?

Bunnies make excellent pets, but are a big responsibility. They are more like having a cat or dog than smaller caged animals that don’t need as much exercise and stimulation. Bunnies have been domesticated for years and are kept both indoors and outdoors, although Pet World strongly recommends having bunnies as indoor pets in our New England climate. It is important to have a cage in which bunnies are kept, as well as a bigger space for exercise and play, such as a pen or bunny safe room. In either a cage or a bigger pen, bunnies need lots of entertainment and stimulation. Tunnels, shelves, and toys are ideal for bunnies to have ways to play and jump around. Bunnies can live for many years and need lots of exercise and running. You can train your bunny to perform tricks for food. Make sure that you are ready to commit to the responsibility of owning bunnies. Bunnies make for very reliable and rewarding pets and are a great deal of fun.

What are some fun facts about bunnies?

Bunnies engage in a behavior called “binky.” When bunnies binky they run, jump into mid air, and kick their feet out while twisting their body. This is a sign of joy and happiness.

Bunnies are culturally identified as representing fertility and rebirth. On the Zodiac calendar, bunnies are a symbol for kindness, compassion, elegance, and graciousness.

Bunnies can stand upright on their hind legs, using their long feet for balance. This technique is used to improve vision in the wild and to check for predators.

Bunnies love to dig. Make sure to provide some sort of dirt or sand for your bunny to burrow in.

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