Rabbits are Eco-Friendly Pets in 7 Ways

There are several advantages to having a pet rabbit: they are totally beautiful, amusing, quiet, and clean… I could go on forever. However, many people are unaware that rabbits are environmentally beneficial pets. Here are seven ways that pet bunnies contribute to environmental health.

  1. In a backyard garden,  you can grow a lot of their food. Greens like romaine and other dark leaf lettuce, collard greens, kale, parsley, and cilantro, which you may produce in your own home garden vegetable patch, are eaten by rabbits. They also enjoy dandelion blossoms and greens, so you can kill two birds with one stone by feeding your undesirable weeds to your rabbits. Growing your own rabbit food benefits the environment by reducing the amount of energy and waste produced by the manufacture, packaging, storage, and transportation of commercial food. (For additional information on how to start a garden, see our article Bunny Gardening for Beginners.)                                                             
  2. Both their recycled paper litter and their droppings may be used in a compost pile to nourish your plant. In reality, rabbit droppings are high in nitrogen and phosphorus, both of which are necessary for flower and fruit development. [1] Carnivorous pets, such as cats and dogs, are exempt from this rule. Compost heaps are not suggested for their waste items. Furthermore, several types of clay-based cat litter are non-biodegradable and derive from strip mining. [2]
  3. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, you can buy grass hay, as well as other veggies, from local farms, reducing carbon emissions, pesticides, and other waste products associated with shipping commercial food. [3]
  4. Rabbits are excellent shredders of paper. There’s no need to spend money and power on an electric shredder because rabbits’ teeth are always growing, therefore they require chewing things on a frequent basis. They’ll gladly delete your confidential documents.
  5. Rabbits’ favourite toys are objects that would ordinarily be discarded or recycled. They like to play with toilet paper rolls, old phone books, old towels, and cardboard boxes, among other things. Again, this minimises waste involved with commercial pet toy manufacture, packing, storage, shipping, and advertising. If you must buy a toy for your rabbit, you may rest assured that he or she will like the cardboard package as well (perhaps even more than the toy itself).
  6. Rabbits are happy to run about in your home or apartment, so you won’t have to take them to the dog park on a regular basis. As a result, gas usage and carbon emissions are reduced. Furthermore, unlike dogs, house rabbits stay inside and utilise eco-friendly litter boxes, so you don’t have to worry about appropriate faeces disposal. Many dog poop bags are not only non-recyclable and non-biodegradable, but dog faeces bacteria is presently polluting our storm drain systems, causing sickness in humans and wildlife. [4]
  7. House rabbits are highly hygienic creatures that enjoy reasonably disease-free lives. This implies that hazardous chemicals and medicines found in pet shampoos, flea and tick treatments, and other prescriptions will be reduced. These contaminants create a variety of issues, including drug-resistant bacteria, river pollution, and aquatic animal health difficulties. [4]

So there you have it: seven reasons why rabbits are a green pet. Another advantage of having a pet rabbit!