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A companion rabbit is just that---a treasured companion!
She's a friend, a member of your family and a pampered house pet.
Until fairly recently, many people mistakenly viewed rabbits as rodents (they aren't- they are "lagomorphs") or as livestock (yuck).
Companion or "house rabbits" are domestic rabbits, not wild rabbits such as:jackrabbits, hares or cottontails.
Wildlife experts agree that wild rabbits belong outside. They do not get tame and can die of stress from attempts to bring them indoors.
Companion rabbits belong inside. They are tame and have lost their natural instincts to defend themselves from predators, like raccoons, hawks and even roaming neighborhood cats and dogs. No outside hutch can compete with a safe, spacious indoor home. Parasites, diseases, the elements and stress from being on guard outside can kill your pet rabbit. Plus, you'll miss out on all the fun of watching your bunny do binkies and happy dances in the comfort of your home. It's truly magical.
Did you know that the average lifespan for an outside hutch rabbit is 2 to 3 years compared to 7 to 10+ years for a spayed/neutered indoor companion rabbit? Furthermore, a life spent isolated or confined in a cage or hutch is boring, depressing and stressful for a social and loving creature such as a rabbit.
In the last few decades, increasing numbers of people have discovered the joys of living with a rabbit in the house, providing basic rabbit-proofing of electrical wires and such. Companion rabbits become a part of the family, just like the family cat or dog, and quietly add joy, playfulness and love.
"Reflection Of Compassion" is a lovingly commissioned series of original watercolor and gouache illustrations created especially for SaveABunny Rabbit Rescue by artist Elizabeth Koval Maffeo. (All images copyright 2008 SaveABunny. All rights reserved.)