Are you considering getting rabbits for pets? Do they make good pets? As bunny lovers, we’re a little biased, but we certainly think they are, as long as you think through and make a fully conscious decision.
Here is our five-point checklist to consider if you’re considering choosing a rabbit as a pet:
1. Rabbits are a long-term commitment
Rabbits can live up to 10-12 years. More and more families are choosing to keep their rabbits indoors rather than outside in a kennel, and this is prone to predators, extreme weather conditions, etc. Rabbit during this time?
2. Rabbits and toddlers don’t mix
One of the most common questions we get asked is ‘Are rabbits good pets for kids’?
Most kids love bunnies and with their soft fur and fluffy ears, that’s what’s not to love! However, before diving into rabbit ownership, carefully consider getting a rabbit for your children. Rabbits are gentle creatures that are easily frightened and are definitely not suitable for noisy, vicious children. Rabbits are not suitable for children under approximately 8 years old.
3. Is it inside or outside?
We highly recommend having your bun live with you in your home. You can’t just leave your bunny outside and expect him to be happy. Rabbits are social creatures that live in large groups in the wild.
However, if you absolutely must keep your bun out, then consider whether I should get two bunnies (sexless of course!) to accompany them.
4. Rabbits chew constantly
Rabbits chew. We’ll say it again, rabbits chew! This is an important rabbit behavior – they need to chew to keep their teeth on the floor – but unfortunately excessive chewing on unsuitable things (carpet, furniture, etc.) is one of the biggest (if not the biggest) reasons for rabbits re-nesting.
As an owner you won’t be able to stop you chewing donuts, you can only encourage them to chew the right things.
5. Rabbits need special veterinary care
Rabbits are still classified as ‘exotic’ and many vets would have had little training in rabbit care. If you are considering getting a rabbit, do your research thoroughly and be sure to find a veterinarian who specializes in rabbit care. Keeping rabbits for pets (breeding, not meat or fur) is relatively new, and many vets are just getting up to speed.
Rabbits in general are NOT low maintenance pets and pet rabbit care is not as simple as it sounds unless you get the right advice.