We have many famous references to rabbits over the years — Brer Rabbit, Bugs Bunny, Easter Bunny, Energizer Bunny, Flopsy Bunnies, March Hare, Peter Rabbit, Roger Rabbit, The Velveteen Rabbit, Thumper, White Rabbit, and Winnie the Pooh Rabbit. Rabbits are so cute, and small children love their stuffed animal rabbits.

Is There a Difference?

Rabbits and bunnies are the same animal – there’s no difference in breed or species, just the word we prefer to use. Both of these words refer to the same mammal, but they usually refer to that mammal at different stages of development.

Bunny

What does bunny mean? 

Bunny is another noun and another name for a rabbit, but it usually refers to a small young rabbit, often a baby rabbit. 

Rabbit 

What does rabbit mean? 

The word rabbit is a noun. A rabbit is a type of mammal. They are small, furry animals with large ears and powerful back legs that can be seen hopping around in meadows in the springtime. A rabbit is different from a hare. While they appear similar and belong to the same biological family, they are different species.

A kit is a baby rabbit.

A doe is a female rabbit.

A buck is a male rabbit.

A herd is a group of rabbits.

Lagomorphs were originally classified as rodents, but in 1912 the distinction was made between them and rodents. Hares are born with their eyes open, hair covering their bodies, and they can run within a few minutes of birth (much like a Guinea pig!). Rabbits are born naked, blind, and remain in a fur-lined nest for the first days of their lives.

Pets

Rabbits make great pets. In general, rabbits require appropriate housing, exercise, socialization, and diet for good welfare. Some rabbit breeds may require daily grooming.

Rabbits are incredibly clean animals. They are easy to housebreak and train. A pet rabbit can be taught to come to their name, sit in your lap, and do simple tricks similar to a dog.

Happy rabbits practice a cute behavior known as a “binky:” they jump up in the air and twist and spin around!

Dangerous for Rabbits

Rabbits can die from stress-induced heart attacks. A Rabbit’s fur can take a long time to dry. The rabbit can quickly get hypothermia, even on warm days if their hair is left wet. Remember to be careful when trying to dry their fur, and you may inadvertently burn the skin with the hair dryer.

Diet

Rabbits don't naturally eat root vegetables/fruit. It is a myth that rabbits eat carrots. They should only be fed in small amounts as occasional treats to a rabbit because carrots are high in sugar. Rabbits require mainly hay and/or grass, some leafy greens and a small, measured amount of pellets. Rabbits eat a diet entirely of grasses and other plants (herbivore).

Fertility

Stories abound about the reproductive nature of rabbits, and so it is not surprising that the rabbit should have become a symbol of fertility in many cultures and religions. Rabbits became associated with Easter.

A rabbit’s litter is typically between 4 and 12 babies, which results after a short 30-day gestation. A single female rabbit can produce as many as 800 children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in just one year!

Life Span

A rabbit's life span is about eight years, though sterilized rabbits (those who are spayed/neutered) can live as long as 10-12 years.

Teeth

A rabbit’s teeth never stop growing. Normal wear from where their top and bottom teeth meet keeps a rabbit’s teeth short.

If your family gets a bunny or rabbit, we can provide quality healthcare for your furry loved one.

Animal Care Center in Smyrna, GA, is owned and operated by Otto H. Williams, DVM. The veterinary practice specializes in complete healthcare for cats and dogs and offers services including preventative, surgical and nonsurgical care, internal medicine, grooming and boarding to Cobb County and surrounding cities such as Vinings, Marietta, Mableton and Sandy Springs. Call today at 770.438.2694 or request an appointment.