Rabbits are significantly more complex animals than the cartoonish, carrot-eating creatures that most people think of them as being. Did you know the following 10 things about them? We are sure they’ll leave you surprised!
- Rabbits cannot survive solely on carrots.
The Warner Bros. cartoon character, Bugs Bunny, is one of the most well-known rabbits in the world and is often seen munching on a carrot. However, carrots are not a natural component of a rabbit's diet and, if consumed in excess, might upset a rabbit's stomach. In the wild, rabbits prefer eating greens like weeds, grasses, and clovers over root vegetables. While you can still give your pet some carrots as a snack from time to time, it's best to feed them in moderation. In 11 percent of pet bunnies, teeth disease is caused by sugar-rich carrots.
- Rabbits drink a lot of water
Water should always be available for rabbits. A two-pound rabbit will consume the same amount of water each day as a ten-pound dog. A water bowl is better than a bottle because it's simpler to drink from, easier to maintain, and doesn't clog up.
- Young rabbits are known as kittens.
The female rabbit is called a doe, giving birth is called kindling and the babies are referred to as kit, kitten or kindle.
- When rabbits are joyful, they "binky."
Spending enough time near rabbits may give you the chance to see one of the most adorable natural behaviours. When they're joyful, rabbits make an athletic leap known as a "binky," in which they twist and kick while in the air!
- Rabbits consume their own faeces.
Rabbits occasionally consume their own poop and digest it a second time while digesting a meal, which is a far less appealing behaviour. Although it may sound disgusting, a rabbit's diet actually depends on droppings. Because of their quick digestion, rabbits can re-digest waste and so take in nutrients that their systems missed the first time around.
- Rabbits groom their own fur.
Rabbits are incredibly clean animals. Like cats, they lick their fur and paws all day long to keep themselves clean. This implies that, unlike some other pets, rabbits typically don't require their owners to bathe them.
- Rabbits cannot throw up.
After a long day of self-grooming, a cat can cough up a hairball, but a rabbit cannot. Physically, the digestive system of the rabbit cannot operate in reverse. Rabbits deal with ingested fur by consuming a lot of roughage, which helps move it through their digestive track, rather than generating hairballs.
- A rabbit's field of vision is almost 360 degrees.
A rabbit's field of vision is about 360 degrees, making it challenging to sneak up on them. Since a rabbit's eyes are on the sides of its head, it can see almost completely around it. This makes it easier for them to keep a close eye out for predators while conducting their business! Rabbits have a little blind zone in front of their faces as a trade-off.
- Their ears save them from overheating.
There are two main uses for a rabbit's ears. The first and most noticeable is hearing. Because they can spin their ears 270 degrees, rabbits can hear dangers approaching from a distance of nearly two miles away. Additionally, the extra-large ears help rabbits stay cool on hot days. More surface area increases the amount of areas where body heat can escape.
- Rabbit teeth never stop growing.
It's crucial to feed rabbits largely grass and hay because their teeth continue to grow throughout their life, making it easier to wear them down to a reasonable size. The act of chewing hay wears the teeth naturally to keep them from becoming excessively long, as does the grass's silica's natural abrasive properties.
We're confident that learning these fascinating facts about our adorable furry bunny friends have impressed you just as much as it did us. Aren't they truly incredible?