Rabbits are a popular choice among people to raise as pets. Yes, they can be housetrained very well, but there are some things that you should consider before making the move to actually get a rabbit and bring them home. That way you are prepared and are not as shocked when certain things happen.

 

You Have To Be Able To Commit Time

Many people end up getting a rabbit and then find out they don’t have the time or effort to properly raise that rabbit. Cleaning the cage and dealing with food and water are the obvious time commitments. Also, please don’t just leave the food dish in there full of food all day. Feed them a couple of times during the day and that’s it. Otherwise you will have to deal with rabbit obesity, and that is not fun for them or for you. Rabbits require a lot of attention as well. They are just like any other animal, they need to interact and be groomed each day. Rabbits can live just as long as dogs and cats when they are properly attended to.

 

Every Rabbit Is Different

One of the main misconceptions involving rabbits is that they are all created equal. That is not the case, and each rabbit is going to have its own personality. They also come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and breeds. It is extremely hard to find two rabbits that are very similar, unless they came out of the same litter. If you are going to be showing these rabbits at agriculture events or in a classroom, it is essential that you do your research and find a breed that matches up with what you are looking for in a pet.

 

The Cost of A Rabbit

People all over that buy rabbits really only think about two things as far as expenses go, a cage and the rabbit. They don’t think about the costs that are going to occur on a monthly basis in order to properly maintain the rabbits. The food, possible vet care, chew toys, bedding, and flea/grooming supplies are going to start to add up real quick if you are not prepared for those expenses. Before deciding if a rabbit is going to be right for you, you should sit down with someone and chart out how much it is going to cost you a month to maintain these rabbits. Even just a ballpark figure should help to give you a good idea of the cost.

 

They Are Not Always Nice!

One of the shockers that people underestimate with rabbit care is the fact that sometimes the rabbit wont want to be picked up and there is really nothing you can do about it. They can also be destructive to the things around them. For this reason, it is usually advised that they are not pets for small children. Children tend to want to play with the pet and cuddle with them, they don’t realize that the pet may just not want to. The rabbits can bite and scratch when they are being forced to do something they don’t want to. This is why I would also never suggest that this be a first pet for older children either.

 

Neutered Rabbits & Rabbit Health

It is important to get your rabbits neutered if they are just going to be house pets and you don’t plan on becoming a breeder. This will likely cause them to mark their territory around the house a lot less. Let’s face it, none of us want to deal with rabbit markings all day when we could have them neutered and face that problem a lot less.

There are also other health problems that you are going to have to deal with, they can commonly occur and you need to be ready for that financially. I would start by picking out a vet that can give you the help you need before you even get the rabbit. That way you will know exactly who to go to when you have problems. They can also usually give you a better idea of what the costs for certain things would be so that you can plan ahead too. Rabbits are amazing creatures, and I hope that you take these things seriously when thinking of getting one. They can live a long and healthy life if you take care of them the right way.