I've had a few questions about them since they made a cheeky appearance in my earlier Youtube videos so I thought I'd let them have a little blog post of their own and answer a few questions while I'm at it.
So meet Hillary and Basil...
Hillary, at the back, (named after Edmund Hillary as she climbs on everything) is an 18 month old Lionhead Lop and Basil, at the front, is a 2 year old Dwarf Lop.
Where do they live?
They are house rabbits, so indoors and, at present, in our living room. This was initially through necessity (I didn't have a garden) but they are very social creatures who always want to know what you're doing (and if they can eat it) so make great indoor pets.
As for where they 'live', we converted an Ikea linen box into an indoor rabbit hutch by creating a door from one panel using hinges and a latch and covering the bottom panel in cheap lino tiles to protect it from moisture. It's very easy to clean out and looks like part of the furniture.
Don't they poo everywhere?
No! Both rabbits are litter trained and rabbits are generally very clean animals. Save for the occasional accident or wayward dropping, everything goes in the litter tray.
That said, hay (the most important part of their diet) is endlessly frustrating. It goes everywhere and I feel like I'm forever hoovering and sweeping up stray stalks.
Do they need as much care as a cat or dog?
Yes and no. While they don't need walking like a dog would, rabbits still need a fair amount of exercise but with house rabbits this is pretty easy to achieve if you let them hop around the room for at least a couple of hours per day.
However don't underestimate their 'running costs' - think spaying/neutering, worming, vaccinating, feeding and litter expenses.
If you want to find out more about house rabbits you can find more info at The House Rabbit Society.
If you do decide you'd like a pet rabbit, please consider a rescue bunny. Rabbit Rehome is a great website with lots of rabbits desperate for new homes.