Rabbits are not “low-maintenance” pets, and are a poor choice as a pet for children. They have a lifespan of 10 years and require as much work as a dog or cat. Your home must be bunny-proofed, or Thumper will chew cords and furniture. Rabbits must be neutered or spayed or they will mark your house with feces and urine. They should live indoors, as members of the family.