Rabbit Advocacy Network, like dozens of rabbit rescue organizations around the world, advocate the keeping of rabbits indoors as household companions. And we are not alone. Millions of people in the United States, and countless others in other countries, now live with house rabbits, both because they are safer, happier, and healthier longer indoors, but also because they are wonderful companions.
Rabbits are intelligent, social animals who need affection, and they are wonderful companion animals if given a chance to interact with their human families.
People who don’t live with rabbits often think that rabbits are unintelligent, boring, and dull. This (mis)perception is largely due to the history of rabbit-keeping, and the fact that rabbits were originally domesticated as food and fur animals. Even after they began to be kept as pets, they were typically kept alone in backyard hutches, deprived of exercise and social contact. So of course a solitary animal sitting in a cage all day seemed dull!
Today we know that a rabbit who lives in our house with us, interacting with the human and non-human family members, is anything but dull. Rabbits have as many personalities as there are rabbits, and can be funny, angry, silly, curious, smart, jealous, busy, sneaky, loving, selfish, shy, outgoing, greedy, altruistic, and any of the myriad of personality types that characterize humans. They might run around and play games or they may lay besides you on the couch to watch television. They may snuggle with you for kisses or may steal treats. They may prefer the company of their rabbit (or even cat) companion to you, or they may follow you around the house. But they are anything but dull.
There is a reason that house rabbit lovers are as devoted to our rabbits as we are. Because rabbits are incredible animals, as worthy of life as our dogs, cats, and our human family members.