Purchasing your first ever pet bunny could be very exciting but at the same time it needs careful planning and decision making. You have to understand first that caring for rabbits require time and effort on your part, by this in mind, you have to answer the questions below whether or not you are physically ready to have your first ever pet bunny?
The beauty of rabbits is that they are ideal even for beginner pet owners (7 years old and above for children). They are easy to maintain, easy to feed, harmless, quiet, and are super-duper cute. Even so that they possess the qualities of an ideal pet, you still have to consider a lot of points
When purchasing your first ever pet bunny
“Where should I buy?” is a good question to answer as there are several options where you could get your first ever pet rabbit.
- Pet stores (but they usually sell only dwarf breeds and small mixed breeds)
- Local or Regional breeder association (if the regional center is far, check first on your local area or the areas nearby)
- Newspaper ads (they usually display contacts of those who breed and sell rabbits)
…and last but not the list is
- Animal shelters (they may offer older rabbits but definitely gentle and loving animals always ready for new fur parents to care for them)
After deciding where to buy a pet bunny you should also include the following to your things-to-consider list.
1. Do not accept a rabbit as young as 7 weeks old. This is because it is very critical to care for a very young rabbit. They are not ready yet to be separated from their mother and you are not doing them any good especially that if ever, it will become your very first rabbit. Early weaning of young rabbits causes too much stress on the rabbit and could compromise their immune system. Make sure that your first ever rabbit is at least 8 weeks old.
2. Getting a male or a female? Male rabbits are highly active especially when they reach sexual maturity. If you go for a male rabbit and that breeding them is not in your goals, then have its reproductive organ altered to avoid the hormonal changes it has to go through which can be unstoppable and very frustrating for them. Same goes with the female rabbits. When they are in heat, they show aggression towards other rabbits.
3. In terms of physical appearance, take note of the following:
- The coat of the bunny must be smooth and glossy. Do not pick a rabbit with bald or scaly body parts.
- Clear and bright eyes. Sometimes you can determine if the rabbit is sick by looking at its eyes.
- The teeth are aligned properly.
- Clean ears that have no discharges or foul smell.
- Dry nose that has no discharge
4. The place or the kind of environment the rabbits are from.
- Look at the vent area of the pet store or shelter, the area must be clean and dry at all times.
- No signs of disease among other rabbits.
5. Rabbit behavior. You may be able to choose a pet rabbit that can be tamed by watching them being handled by their caretaker or breeder. If the rabbit seems okay with human touch and that there are no signs of struggling at all then that mean they could be ideal for pets.
On the other hand, if the rabbit turns to the corner of the cage while being called by the human. That means that the rabbit still need certain period of time to adjust accordingly. They are still fearful but they can overcome it through time and through constant interaction with humans.
6. As a rule of the thumb, pick a rabbit that is active and lively and are fond of interacting with the other rabbits.