Before getting a Rabbit, What should you know?

Updated: Apr 13

Is a Rabbit right for me?

What You Need to Know

Pamphlet - Basic Rabbit Care
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Rabbits are NOT beginner pets, in fact they are quite high in their maintenance and are expensive pets to own.

Rabbits are a 12+ year commitment, once brought home they should be considered a member of the family and should be with you for the rest of their life. This means before bringing a rabbit home this should be carefully thought out as rehoming/surrendering should not be considered an option when life happens. Taking in any pet, you are saying you are my FOREVER pet. Not you are my pet until life happens. As a responsible owner, it is up to you to ensure you provide for them in any way they require which also means ensuring they are welcome anywhere you end up in the future.

Rabbits are one of the most rewarding pets to own. They have the biggest personalities, quirks that will make you giggle and some that will not, you will love their little moufs chewing away, their zoomies and binkies, the love that they have to give, and so much more! Your rabbit giving you affection will both depend on the bun and the bond you have with your bun. It could take an hour, a day, a week, a month, etc but when they finally do your heart will melt. With rabbits requiring daily monitoring, you are always putting them first and your life starts to revolve around their care. With rabbits being prone to medical issues you will find yourself doing a fair bit of research into their care, signs and symptoms of various conditions, what is safe for them, etc. Some owners have even opted to install cameras in their homes to keep an eye on them at all times since they can go into a medical condition so quickly. This was you can also help give your vet a timeline because they can record them. Having a timeline to give to your vet can allow them to have a better understanding of what is going on. Your schedule will change so that you're not leaving them alone for more than 12 hours a day while making sure they are never left alone at night to ensure their safety. They

will become your world!

It is so important to have funds set aside for your rabbit should anything come up and medical attention be required. Regular

vets can cost anywhere from $200-$400/500, while an emerging

vet visit can cost $400/500- $1000+. If your rabbit needs to stay overnight at the hospital it could cost $1500- 3000+. By having funds already in place and put aside, you'll have less anxiety and stress when a situation arises requiring you to use the funds. This way you also won't worry if you can afford their medical care, the answer will always be that you can!

Rabbits are NOT for children, they typically do not enjoy their company. Rabbits aren't as they appear in cartoons and movies which has sadly led to many being rehomed. Rabbits are so busy running around, finding places to squeeze and hide in, chewing your home or items inside the home, and more that they are not looking to sit still for you. Most children are looking to have interaction with pets and will get upset/frustrated if the pet does not reciprocate and runs away, as a rabbit would. As this continues children lose interest and it is then up to the parents to care for them. Being medically higher in maintenance, it might not be the greatest idea for a child to see their rabbit in a medical condition that they might not be able to understand.

An owner of a pet needs to be able to provide all forms of care. This means being financially ready for this long-term commitment. Being able to get them to and from a rabbit-savvy vet/hospital/specialist/etc as needed without a worry. Able to maintain their daily care, while ensuring they are receiving enough quality time with their owner and free roam for exercise. Able to medically assist them as needed and without hesitation. The owner should be of age to make their own decisions as another life is at risk if a guardian denies the owner the ability to properly care for another life. For many reasons the owner of any pet must be at least 18 years of age, when they can understand and can manage the responsibility on their own.

Did you know that rabbits communicate through biting? They will try to communicate many messages with a bite. Some of these messages are that they aren't happy, they want you to stop, they want space, they are scared, etc. They could also bite you because they are looking for attention, want you to move out of their way, etc. While they might not mean to hurt you by trying to communicate their needs, their teeth are sharp enough to puncture skin easily. This means if there is any unwanted touching, handling, etc they will bite you or your children which could cause a puncture mark/wound which not all parents are ok with. They should not get in trouble for biting any matter the severity, this is their only form of communication with you and their only way to defend themselves. If they are biting too hard you can squeal loudly so that they know they hurt you, this will help them know to not bite as hard next time. You can keep doing this until their bite is no longer painful. It is important to keep in mind that even with this training if they feel they are vulnerable or they need to defend themselves they will bite to hurt you so that you will stop whatever you're doing that they don't like. If you get bit please try to understand why they may have done this and then avoid it going forward. Their actions will help us understand their likes and dislikes, we just have to listen to what they are telling us.

If you're willing and able to invest time, energy, are financially capable, are willing to put them first, know this is a life-long commitment, etc you can allow a rabbit to thrive in your care! If you have done your research/looked into their care, needs, cost, future, medical needs, rabbit-savvy vet accepting patients, closest exotic hospital, etc and feel you are ready - Contact your local rescue!

Ask yourself these questions:

1.) Are you 18+ ?

2.) Have you taken at least one week to think this long-term commitment through?

3.) Are you ok with a 12+ YEAR commitment?

4.) Have you done sufficient research on rabbits and their needs?

5.) Do you have the space for an xpen?

6.) Do you have the space and is their area set up at home already?

7.) Do you have 3 hours to let them free roam and 2 hours for attention per day?

8.) Are you ok with spending $80-$120 a month per rabbit in basic care expenses?

9.) Have you looked around to find a rabbit savvy vet near you who is taking in clients?

10.) Are you able to afford a regular and emergency vet appointment?

11.) Rabbits (both sexes) require being fixed – can you afford $450-$600 for this?

12.) Are you ok with nips/bites here or there?

13.) Are you able to get to the vets when needed?

14.) It is unsafe to leave a rabbit alone for 12+ hours a day, can you be home?

15.) Do you have a rabbit knowledgeable sitter? Are you ok with their fees?

16.) Are you ok with some mild/moderate destruction of your home?

17.) Is your landlord/owner of your residence ok with a rabbit and some destruction?

18.) Are you prepared to give your rabbit a forever home and not just a home for right


19.) Have you thought about doing a foster to adopt to see if a rabbit fits your lifestyle?

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