Rabbits make excellent companion animals and can live for seven to 10 years if well cared for, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Rabbits are intelligent, curious, affectionate and sociable.
A rabbit can make a great family pet, although an adult should be the primary caregiver rather than a child, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Rabbits are delicate and afraid to be carried, and many rabbits have been injured as a result of being accidentally dropped by children. Rabbits are interactive with humans and can be taught to use a litter box and come when called.
Rabbits have special requirements to stay healthy and happy, including an area of adequate size to move freely, a habitat with bedding to nest in, food and treats to chew on, water and veterinary care when required. Housing rabbits indoors ensures that a rabbit is protected from predators or vandals and is able to interact with family members more frequently than if isolated outdoors. Many rabbits are surrendered to animal shelters because of destructive behavior, often a result of owners not providing proper items for the rabbit to use to express natural chewing and digging behaviors.