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Started by popperhead on Jun 23, 2018 6:00:42 PM
Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit ...

Popperlad wants a rabbit (and sadly not to eat nom, nom, nom) ...

So lot's of questions

  • how hard are they to house train (or are they normally sold that way)?
  • what is the maintanence like?
  • Am I likely to be allergic to one (I'm allergic to cats, but not dogs or any other animal I know off)

And just in case you only came for the Chas and Dave song ...

phantlers - 23 Jun 2018 18:36:40 (#1 of 27)

Some rabbits do not like being handled and can cause a nipper some scratching, though carrots will fix that.

(along with a few new potatoes, greens and gravy)

54321wibble - 23 Jun 2018 18:44:29 (#2 of 27)

They live for a good few years and will cause countless arguments about who's going to clean the rabbit hutch

bossab2 - 23 Jun 2018 18:46:34 (#3 of 27)

They are also dull.

RosyLovelady - 23 Jun 2018 18:56:56 (#4 of 27)

A few weeks ago we stayed at a completely featureless hotel near Cambridge. However, our room overlooked an expanse of lawn, and on the lawn there were lots of rabbits cavorting or sitting or galumphing about. They made a very pleasant sight.

A single rabbit in a hutch wouldn't be quite as entertaining, though, that's true.

tasselhoff - 23 Jun 2018 19:12:16 (#5 of 27)

They can be very pleasant round the house when you let them out of the hutch.

But they don't live long if you also have a terrier and forget you've let the rabbit and the dog out at the same time (ours actually died of a heart attack because the dog didn't even bite it, as the latter's instincts to kill small animals were tempered by thoughts of "he's family").

AlanII - 23 Jun 2018 19:24:01 (#6 of 27)

You’ll end up cleaning the coop. They’re ok, I preferred Guinea Pigs.

phantlers - 23 Jun 2018 19:25:23 (#7 of 27)

Guinea pigs can increase in number quite dramatically if allowed free association.

tasselhoff - 23 Jun 2018 19:25:54 (#8 of 27)

And rabbits don't?!

phantlers - 23 Jun 2018 19:36:49 (#9 of 27)

We only ever had one rabbit at a time. The guinea pigs went feral, had to round 'em up and get shut in the end. They all went to good homes.

FleurDuMal - 23 Jun 2018 20:03:01 (#10 of 27)

Anyway, in the true spirit of threads on here, shouldn’t the header be:

Rabbit, rabbit, rabbi

Tadagee - 23 Jun 2018 20:10:33 (#11 of 27)

Rabbits are shit pets. They don't have any in interest in interacting. Basically eat, shit and dig holes.

AlanII - 23 Jun 2018 20:13:52 (#12 of 27)

Indeed, that’s why I preferred the Guinea Pigs. They were (very) vaguely social.

FleurDuMal - 23 Jun 2018 20:17:37 (#13 of 27)

Rabbits are bastards, basically.

Guinea pigs - and even hamsters - are more intelligent and sociable.

Anchorman - 23 Jun 2018 21:43:02 (#14 of 27)

Hamsters make good pets and don't live very long so when Popperlad gets bored you won't be lumbered with them for years.

My ex's pet hamster, George.

SorrellA - 27 Jun 2018 22:35:57 (#15 of 27)

Gerbils are small, friendly, short-lived and awake in the daytime. And unlike hamsters they like to be kept in pairs or groups so you have the entertainment of watching them play with each other. I vote gerbil.

upgoerfive - 27 Jun 2018 22:43:16 (#16 of 27)

Gerbils are also great escapologists.

Your kids will take them out of the cage, and the little buggers will then scamper off and disappear behind the bath panel.

And you will then end up demolishing the bathroom in a fruitless attempt to return them to captivity.

And wonder late in your sleepless nights whether they are establishing a breeding colony beneath the floorboards ...

Sunfish - 27 Jun 2018 23:18:31 (#17 of 27)

Guinea pigs for the win. We have four rare-ish breed ones, all super-fluffy and each definitely have very different characters. Nice and cuddly for small people and pretty sociable creatures considering the punishment they get. Ours get pushed around the garden in a pram, carried as passengers in Sylvanian vehicles and licked by a lurcher most days at the moment. They do generate a phenomenal amount of pissy hay though, and bear in mind that you’ll end up doing all the hutch cleaning stuff.

If you do get some Guineas pigs, get a book called ‘The Proper Care of Guinea Pigs’ too. It’s a hoot to read but also quite useful. It’s by a chap called Peter Gurney, who used to have about eighty of his own and used to take some of them to Great Ormond Street hospital for the ill kids to handle until he was mysteriously asked to cease and desist by the bigwigs. Recommended.

Tenesmus - 27 Jun 2018 23:21:21 (#18 of 27)

It seems unlikely you'll be allergic in the same way as you are to cats as it's cat saliva that's the problem, nothing to do with fur.

I may have made that up.

Get rats, I gather they're great.

Anchorman - 28 Jun 2018 00:23:40 (#19 of 27)

my ex had some Gerbils. they were the most manic creatures i've ever known.

Her white rat was my favourite of her various small animals. Very affectionate, not manic and highly intelligent.

Rosie the rat and me

HouseOfLametta - 28 Jun 2018 06:31:19 (#20 of 27)

Rabbis make terrible pets. They leave hair all over the place and you can’t get the food.

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