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Rabbits — the often overlooked pets that also deserve some love

Rabbits — the often overlooked pets that also deserve some love

We all know that having a pet is common here in the Philippines. You will see dogs and cats in almost every neighborhood across the country.

These cuties can alleviate stress and, at the same time, be a big part of the family as well. As far as some of us know, there are times that their meals are much pricier than us owners! That’s how much we love them.

In this article, however, we will be talking about none other than cute little rabbits!

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Why rabbits?

Rabbits are relatively affordable and require little upkeep. A rabbit is ideal for a busy household who may not have time to walk their dog on a daily basis. Rabbits are as curious and independent as cats, and as loyal and cuddly as dogs.

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Rabbits have a lifespan of 10 to 12 years.

According to Treehugger, this may be the most crucial thing to know about rabbits because they demand a significant amount of daily and weekly care throughout their life.

Given how long they live, it is a significant amount of effort that goes beyond feeding and sweeping up after them. It’s an especially significant commitment if a rabbit is given to a youngster as a pet and then that child goes off to college, leaving the rabbit in the care of the parent or guardian. When it comes to children…

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Sadly, they aren’t great pets for kids

Yes, every kid would love a hoppy little bunny to call their own, but the rabbit may be less thrilled with a small kid as their primary caretaker. Rabbits are prey animals, as the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) notes, and as such, they’re easily startled by loud noises and lurching movements.

Picking up rabbits is also a no-go as it may make them think they’ve been grabbed by a predator. The HSUS strongly advises that parents or guardians wait until kids are older before the family adopts a rabbit.

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Remember that having pets is a long-term commitment. We must take care of them as if they are little human beings. Every pet deserves to be treated equally, regardless of the species or breed. However, you always need to do your own research before deciding to adopt one.

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