Are you considering getting a pet rabbit? If yes, have you done your research about this animal and how are them as pets? If not yet, this post is very important to read as it will give you tips and guidelines to understand them better and to know if getting a pet rabbit is the right one for you. Just like other animals, owning a rabbit as pet requires careful decision making. This is something that needs the input and recommendations of your family. Below is a list of important decision making factors to help you decide if having rabbits at home to care for is something you can keep up with.
Important Decision Making Factors Before Getting a Pet Rabbit
1. One of the things a rabbit needs to do to maintain a healthy well-being is proper exercise through running and hopping. To do this, they need to have ample space in your home or in your backyard. Do you have enough space for them for this activity?
If your answer is yes and you have it inside your house, are you willing to have your home bunny proofed?
If your answer is yes and you have it in your backyard, are you willing to build a fence enough for them not to escape? Or is your backyard free from rabbit predators, like hawk, raccoons, and other wild animals? Keeping them safe from escaping and predators could be costly.
2. If your rabbit will stay indoors, are you willing to pick up and clean occasional rabbit dropping during their out-of-the-cage time activity? Or if you want to train them how to become litter-proof, are you willing to spend some time doing it?
3. Indoor rabbits, especially the larger breeds, need large cages that could take up some parts of your home. Large cage is also costly.
4. The average life span of a rabbit is 8 years or even longer. This means that getting a pet rabbit is a long time commitment. Are you willing to keep them for years? Never use inconvenience as an issue for surrendering them to animal shelters.
5. There are some animal pets that are not compatible with rabbits, such as ferrets, aggressive dogs and cats, and snakes. Do you have any of these pets mentioned? Dogs and cats that are tamed can get along well with a rabbit.
6. The actual care for a pet rabbit is not as demanding as compared to other animals, but it is important that you need to interact with them on a daily basis to be able to build a bond with them and tame them.
7. If you plan to have a rabbit as pet for your child, you should prepare your child and teach him the proper care and handling of pet rabbit. If you observe that your child is not ready for a pet rabbit, are you willing to care for the rabbit yourself until your child is ready to do so?
8. Rabbit hair can shed often. Do you have any family member that can be allergic to rabbit hair? It is important that you determine first that no one in your family is allergic to rabbit fur.
9. When you go a week-long vacation or longer, is there someone you can ask to look after your pet rabbit?
10. Pet rabbit needs a companion animal. This means that they need to have a pair. Is it okay with your to care for another rabbit in the future? If yes, and your intention is not to breed them, are you willing to have their reproductive organs altered? This helps them prevent the hormonal changes their body has to go through during mating season. More so, altering them can make them healthier and happier.
The above mentioned guidelines and questions are very important and will help you better decide if rabbit will suit your home. Please feel free to share this to a family member, a friend, or a relative, or someone you know who are considering getting a pet rabbit. By answering the questions and pondering on some of the points mentioned, you are preventing any possibilities of adding to the rabbit population in animal shelters that is growing by hundreds each day.