Updated: Apr 21
Rabbits are such amazing and rewarding pets, but before diving into buying the cutest fluff from your local pet store you will need to consider the below information.
A hutch is not enough:
Going into the pet stores and online, it makes me sad to see so many 'rabbit hutches' readily available for you to take home for your rabbit to live its long happy life. Sadly, their life will not be a happy one. Most of these hutches and cages are not even big enough for your bun to stand up in, and that is just one of the priorities for the space you need.
A rabbit should be able to hop, run, jump, stretch and forage in its own space. Being in a hutch limits the rabbit to just being able to sit and hop a couple of times. They need A LOT of space and this is what many pet owners do not realise when buying the 'perfect set up' from a pet store. Some of the hutches available can be used, I am not saying they are all bad. But many need addition add ons to the space. Things like tunnels, added runs, outdoor space etc are a great addition.
Also, a lot of people keep rabbits as house pets. And this is not in a small cage on the side, this is free roam like any other cat or dog you would have in the house. Our rabbits have been free roam for years and they love having the run of the house - this is done easily with training.
A healthy diet:
A rabbit surviving on just pellets alone is not good enough. In fact, the diet should be made up of 80% hay, and should be fresh and unlimited throughout the day. Pellets and treats are a small addition to their diet. Fresh water should also be available. We have also found that a water bowl is preferred to a hanging water bottle.
Money money money:
Whilst rabbits may be in the lower price range to purchase, that does not mean that their care and needs are cheap. On average in the UK, a rabbit will cost from £500 to £1000 a year for all of its needs. Also remember that that can live 10+ years, so things really do add up. This is covering things like yearly vaccination, food, litter, toys, hutches, neutering and spaying.
It is also heavily advised that rabbits live in pairs. This doubles the cost of the overall expense and also the amount of space needed. Bunnies love to snuggle with a friend.
A great pet for children..?:
In my experience, parents buying rabbits for their young children is a big no no. This is only bad if the rabbit is to be stuck in a hutch all day, getting no attention and the child becoming bored after 1 week - leaving the rabbit with up to 10 years of sadness.
On the other hand, if you are an experienced rabbit owner and you would of owned rabbits if you did not have children, then this Is different. Rabbits so not like to be handled, unless they completely trust you. If you know all the ins and outs, and you can teach your child along the way then this is great!
Did you know that rabbits can be litter trained? Much like cats, they can have a litter box set up in the house or in their area. This can take time if you haven't adopted one already trained, but they pick it up very easily and will be less messy for you in the long run.
Also, speaking of poops, did you know they eat they're own? If this grosses you out then you better get used to it. These are called cecotrope, and they nutrient-packed dietary items essential to their good health. Cute, but gross little fluffs!
Rabbits are very social creatures, and that means you too hooman! When treated right, they will love you just like any other pet would. All rabbits are different, meaning some will sit on your lap and give you licks all day long, where as others may be the silent and lay by your side type. They love attention, and you need to give them lots of it each day to keep them happy! And if you are lucky, you may get a few flops and binkys from them.
Where should I buy one?:
If you have considered these main points, amounts many more, and you are still thinking of getting a rabbit - that is great! Taking them on the right way is all they need from you, and there really are so many needing good homes.
I would really advise getting your rabbit/rabbits from a local shelter or rescue. So many get abandoned each year, and are waiting for loving homes where they can live out a happy life. They mostly come already neutered and with their first vaccinations done as well, which will save some of the cost.
Thank you for reading, and if you are happy with these main points I have talked about then we are so excited that you are thinking of getting a bunny! They are the best pets and friends. Don't forget to give us a follow on instagram to ask us any questions, show of your furry friends or see our treat range: