Are rabbits meant for me?

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I love when people tell me that they’re interested in owning a bunny! And I’m especially excited when they actually ask questions as to whether or not owning a rabbit would be a good idea for them! If you are sure you aren’t allergic to the fur or saliva of rabbits that’s great! Here are a few more things you might want to think about:

Rabbits aren’t as “easy” of a pet as you think they are. There are somethings that rabbits just do because well… they’re just rabbits. They have their own quirky set of characteristics that just belong to their species and though not all buns are similar there definitely are somethings that they will do that makes a rabbit a rabbit.  :)

Rabbits are chewers!  This is because their teeth are constantly growing and they need to wear them down by chewing- not only that but they’re also kinda just curious. So keep in mind that if you have a rabbit they might chew on your furniture, your sofa, your hardwood floor, your baseboards, your carpets, your cables (especially phone, laptop, ipod chargers) they may chew the buttons of your remote control, the straps off your flips flops- typically anything that may cause interest to rabbits will be chinned on and then, well chewed off.

You have to understand that them being a chewer isn’t a bad trait or something they need to be disciplined on because thats just what rabbits do. I have lost more then $150 dollars worth of macbook and phone chargers :( so keep that in mind. Be prepared for the worst and also try preventing things before they happen by using wire protectors or keeping all the cables out of reach.

Rabbits do not like being picked up! This doesn’t mean they aren’t cuddlers it just means that all cuddling should be done on the ground or surfaces where they feel safe. Most rabbits, if not all, like being on a sturdy surface where all four feet of theirs are stable. They fear being picked up off the ground because they don’t feel secure. So yeah, picking them up and cuddling them may not always work and may even end up with scratches. But if you’re okay with that and would rather pet, cuddle, and observe them where they feel safe then you’re good to go! If you want an animal that would jump into your arms and let you carry them around you may want to get a cat or dog instead.

Expenses may become an issue for you. The bare necessities each month would consist of hay, litter, and fresh veggies. You probably would need to purchase veggies at least once a week (if not more) which can be very expensive at the end ofeach month. And then you have to add up the cost of vet visits which can become pricey because they’re considered exotic animals, not to mention how expensive neutering/spaying them are! You will also need to buy the things listed here .

Living enclosures- rabbits are more social when they live with you indoors.  Being indoors protects them from the wild animals or insects that may harm them, prevents them from facing too hot or too cold temperatures, and allows them to form a closer bond with you. You also need to plan out where your rabbit is going to live- are they going to be caged or free ranged? If they are going to be enclosed in an area, are you sure the cage is big enough? A typical pet store cage will certainly not cut it.

If all of these things are no big deal for you-  then yes a rabbit would be a great pet! Keep in mind this post wasn’t made to deter you away from owning a rabbit. Although the stuff may seem very serious it’s not too big of a deal or change to your lifestyle. You just need to be aware and prepared for any addition just like when your welcoming any new pet or family member to your home!

Where to Get a rabbit?

AdoptMeBunnyThe first place that probably comes into everyones mind is a pet shop! In reality you might want to reconsider that. There are many places where you can get a bunny- pet shops, animal shelters, farms, breeders, craigslist ads etc. When looking to get a rabbit you want to make sure the rabbit you get is healthy and free from any diseases.

Getting a rabbit from pet shops or craigslist posts could be quite iffy because you really don’t know if the rabbit is healthy or not. Rabbits are prey animals and tend to hide their sicknesses till the last moment. Pet shops get their pets from different places and some places might be cruel mass breeding facilities. Craigslist rabbits are also a bit tricky as you never know if the rabbit is healthy or not. However if you ever see a rabbit in a pet shop or a craiglist post that really needs a home and you are sure you can take care of them and get them vet checked I say go for it because yes, every rabbit needs a home.

I always recommend getting pets from shelters and rescue groups as they are definitely vet checked before listing them up for adoption. Most shelters have already spayed/neutered the rabbit and because the rabbit is always handled they will be socialized. The shelter can also tell you about the rabbits personality and preferences so that you may choose a rabbit more suitable to you. So definitely check shelters out as you will be giving a rabbit a second chance!

If you are going to get a rabbit from a breeder PLEASE make sure the breeder is a reputable one. Get to know the breeder and go see where the rabbits are living and if the living conditions are clean and well maintained. A good breeder doesn’t just breed for the money!! The breeder should be able to explain common genetic problems and should actually ask lots of questions to you before giving you a rabbit, this way you know they actually care for the well being of the animal.

Remember that the price of actually adopting a rabbit isn’t the only expensive part as you will need to spay or neuter them afterwards which can be very expensive depending where you live.  And yes its crucial in getting them fixed as rabbits will become very very aggressive and hormonal when they reach maturity and female rabbits are at a very high risk of many reproductive cancers. So really think about all your options before purchasing a rabbit on a whim.

 

Bottles Vs. Bowls

Every rabbit owner has different opinions on whats better for rabbits. We all want whats best for our furry little friends. Because of this there are many different views on several things tied to the bunny community which some people seem as dangerous or unacceptable. A topic that’s been popping up a lot lately was arguments between owners for and against rabbit water bottles

Rabbit-Bowl lg_31623_41233PI’d love to share my opinion on the subject and hopefully clear some misconceptions some owners seem to have thinking that water bottles are unacceptable for rabbits. I, as a bunny parent, have two different rabbits with two very different personalities. Ive tried several types of water bottles and several types of water bowls for each bun. In the end Oreo prefers to drink from a bottle whereas Linkin ultimately prefers the water bowl.

Now whats the difference between the bowl and the bottle? And whats more useful? Well honestly, its up to you- as an owner-  to decide what to use.

Water Bowl

 Many owners find water bowls more practical. It’s easy to change the water everyday and it also doesn’t “leak” the way bottles do. They’re easy to clean and if broken, are easy to be replaced. However there is also a downside to water bowls. If you live in places where the climate is very hot, water in water bowls tend to evaporate very quickly and if you leave your rabbit at home unattended for a while its possible that by the time you get back the water has evaporated and your bunny was left dehydrated or thirsty. Or if your bunny is an outdoor bunny (i don’t recommend keeping them outdoors) in the winter, your rabbits water would freeze to ice which would also be a problem.  You definitely need to take the surrounding temperature into consideration when deciding whether to use a water bowl. Another problem with water bowls is that some bunnies, being the naughty fellas they are, love to tip, chuck, and knock over their water bowls. This again can cause problems if you leave your bunny home when going to work or school as your rabbit may become dehydrated when you aren’t around- not to mention the nuisance it would be to keep soaking up the mess and refilling the bowl. However you can stop your rabbit from doing this if you have a heavy enough bowl or you secure your bowl down with something. Lastly with water bowls you need to make sure your cleaning and refilling the bowl regularly. You should refill the bowl at least twice a day to ensure the water is fresh and doesn’t have any stray dust or fur in it.

If the temperature where you live is moderate,  you have a sturdy enough bowl, and you can make sure to refill the bowl twice a day-  a water bowl is perfect for you.

Water Bottle

If you aren’t home often and water bowls seem like too much work,  you may prefer to use a water bottle. Water bottles only need to be refilled once per day and you have the benefit of not getting any fur or debris into the water. In hot climates its much more practical to be using a water bowl. If you are a traveler and frequently take your bunnies in cars and trains its much easier to hook a bottle to your rabbits carrier than it is to leave a water bowl in there with them. The downside to water bottles is that it takes longer to unscrew, pour out, and refill the bottle. Its also harder to clean it out as you’d need to scrub it down with a bottle cleaner. The biggest problem i’d say with a water bottle is that some of them drip, so you’d have to monitor it everyday and make sure its functioning properly.

No matter what you choose however its ultimately up do the rabbit to decide what to use. More likely than not your rabbit would prefer to drink from the water bowl as its a more natural position to drink, but some rabbits- like Oreo-  prefer after a long time spent grazing hay to guzzle down water through the bottle. You can easily teach your rabbit to drink from a water bottle but that’s another topic itself..

Hope I gave you relevant information on deciding whats better for your pet bun and cleared a few misconceptions. Hugs and bunny kisses from us! :*