The Reality of Pet Rabbits

Rabbits can be playful, entertaining and lovable pets. As Easter nears, baby bunnies are a popular gift for children.

Problem is, within a few months owners learn what a chore they are and how much care (and cost) they require. Too often, rabbits end up unwanted and abandoned. So before you purchase that adorable baby bunny, it’s a good idea to know a few things first.

Rabbits require a lot of attention and affection. They require daily exercise and handling. You can’t just put them in a cage and leave them alone for a while. With regard to cages, rabbits require a fairly large habitat, but they’re also better as indoors pets where they can be near your family and safe from weather. Habitats require daily cleaning (picking out uneaten food, cleaning out water dishes and spot cleaning) and weekly thorough cleanings.

Rabbits are not great for young children. Although they’re quiet animals, young children may not be capable of being careful enough not to hurt the pets. While rabbits crave attention and love being around people, they often don’t like to be held.

These pets can also be expensive, requiring vaccinations and spaying or neutering (which will require a veterinarian with rabbit experience who can perform the surgery).

Rabbits can be trained, which is a good thing, particularly toilet training. Rabbit urine can have a very strong odor, so you’ll have to change their litter box often.

For food, rabbits require a good quality hay and lots of fresh vegetables. You can feed them rabbit pellets, but their diet must be supplemented by vegetables and hay, too.

Another big consideration factor is lifespan. Rabbits can live up to fifteen years. Be sure you can keep up with its daily maintenance, feedings, exercise and attention. These are definitely not low maintenance pets!

So after learning all this, and being well-informed on the commitment required to own a pet rabbit, I strongly urge you to consider adopting a rabbit. There are many rabbits out there abandoned by their families. Spend some time with the rabbits, and you’ll get an idea of its personality fairly quickly. If taken home, the new pet will bond with its new family just as well as a baby rabbit. Look for a healthy rabbit by checking its fur, eyes, nose, teeth, etc. Any abnormalities may indicate illness.

Before you purchase any pet for you and/or your family, it’s wise to research and consider what is required of you for its care. Rabbits can be very rewarding pets, as they bond with their owners and are quite social. They do require a lot of care, though, so be sure you’re up for it.

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