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Rabbit awareness week

Submitted by on Wednesday, 25 May 2011 Loading Add to favourites  5 Comments

rabbit-awareness-week-2We have a rather cute bunny called Sunrise. Sunrise loves nothing more than to be nestled in our arms having a cuddle, being chased around the living room while she does her binkies and of course she likes to eat – dandelions, long grass and all sorts of herbs are her favourites.

She’s a delightful creature who has well and truly hopped into our hearts. I’ve had two rabbits before and it’s incredible how they are SO different in temperament. There was Benjamin who was a big boy who would sit in my arms for hours until I had arm ache.

Then there was Dougal, who we found out was in fact a Henrietta, and she was feisty and impatient.

Sunrise burrows; none of my other rabbits did and how she loves to iron people’s clothes. She is meticulous about cleaning and sulks if you don’t get it right. She also grunts with pleasure and has a great sense of humour; leaping in and out of objects and pushing things around the floor.

I guess you could say I’m a bit of a soft case when it comes to rabbits.

I was saddened to read recently that rabbits are one of the most neglected pets in Britain. They are third most popular behind dogs and cats, but I guess because they don’t make much of a fuss they get left without adequate food, exercise and care.

Rabbits are very sociable; they naturally live in groups and although we keep a close eye on Sunrise for loneliness she has fully adopted us as her bunny family; for which we are honoured.

But with that comes a commitment as there does with any relationship. The RSPCA are concerned that people all for the cute appearance of rabbits without considering their complex needs, so they’ve created Rabbit Awareness Week which runs from 23rd – 29th May to help address the common misconception that rabbits are easy to look after.

It includes information on environment, diet and attention.

Watch the video to see some happy bunnies in action – it will be sure to bring a smile to your face!

There’s nothing like a rabbit smile …

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Rabbits can even turn men gooey-eyed!

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They love cuddles in the garden

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and they keep you company while you’re doing homework

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  • Alicia C. says:

    I’ve never had a rabbit as a pet, nor have I ever considered it. I guess it’s been drilled into me since I was little the “rabbits will bite you!” Although your post didn’t make me want to run right out and get one (I have no idea how to care for one and we have two cats who would probably think of it as prey), it has opened my eyes to a different side of their temperament!

  • binnie says:

    Admiration All the Way, Caring & Loving Peeps – Perfect X x And thank you for ‘Sharing’ x

  • Joddle says:

    I remember my pet rabbit I had as a teenager fondly. I had to hide on top of its cage when I let him out as he would run out doing binkies but unfortunately also spraying urine as he went! After a minute I could come out of hiding. Sweet creature with tons of personality. If I were more settled I would definitely get a bunny and not neglect it!

  • Jennifer says:

    Aww! You have an adorable rabbit. I had three rabbits when I was growing up, and they were wonderful pets. Cats have turned out to be a better fit for my personality and lifestyle, but I’d consider getting another rabbit sometime. They’re definitely easier on the environment than cats!

  • Mrs Green says:

    @Alicia C.: Funny how we have these ideas instilled in our psyche. And incidentally pet rabbits and cats can get along famously 😉 Glad the post changed your perceptions a little…
    @binnie: Welcome to the site Binnie – thanks for the comment
    @Joddle: Hey Joddle – oh no, a urine spraying bunny is not fun! They do have tons of personality; you’re right!
    @Jennifer: Why thank you! Cats are great; I miss mine too much 🙁 Cats are ok on the environment if they are outdoor hunters, but if they’re litter using, bought food eaters then that’s not so good!