Domesticated rabbits have been kept as pets since the 19th century, and are growing in popularity as housepets. They may take time to bond with their owners, but can learn to recognize their name and simple commands. If kept indoors, it is important to rabbit proof your house, making sure tempting wires, house plants, loose fabric, and other hazards are not available for your pet to chew through. Rabbits can be housetrained with a litter box, and socialized with other pets -- though supervision is necessary, especially with dog breeds or other animals possessing a high prey drive. Children should be supervized, as rabbits can be injured by rough handling and frightened by sudden motions and loud noises.In addition to being adorable, rabbits are exceptionally quiet pets, and can be a great fit for people (or, more likely, neighbors) who are highly noise sensitive. They are herbivores, and will thrive on hay, commercial rabbit pellet, and fresh vegetables. A domesticated rabbit can live up to 12 years, with dwarf breeds having a slightly longer epectancy.