Rabbits are not the starter pets that many pet stores and pet breeders try to say.
They are exotic pets.In my opinion they are much more complex and hard to care for then dogs. Rabbits are not children pets as most children are energetic and loving, some times rabbits develop bad habits due to fear. Children can get scared easily and drop a rabbit which result in broken bones and sometimes leave the rabbit paralyzed.
They cannot stay in cages all the time. They need about 3-5 hours of exercise daily and they appreciate quite times too.
Rabbits diet is quite simple, all you have to do is imitate nature. They do not need sugary treats. Their intestines are every sensitive to changes and they should eat hay daily!
They need to feel like they belong on the "herd", being part of the family and not feel left out.
They develop a strong bond with their humans and can be deeply depressed when abandoned or rehomed.
Before you adopt a bunny be sure that you have the next 10 years of your life to give to this special friend.
Hutches are better as they are often larger and you should have many different styles to choose from, some of my clients have chosen to refurbish antique furniture and keep them in their living area.
Litter box training can be started at early age and it becomes almost perfect after you spay and neuter your rabbit.
Spay and neuter is a must for indoor rabbits because it will prevent many health issues at later time, but also because it calms down some obnoxious behaviors like digging, chewing and humping. I have herd of breeders who say that neutering is a choice, but if you are keeping your rabbit inside your house you will appreciate having them fixed before they sexually mature.
The most important thing a rabbit need is your time and attention, many people buy rabbits and put them in cages and they will become aggressive if locked up all the time. They are social animals, that can easily be trained and they want to be near you. Consider waiting a little longer if you work long hours.
A adult should always be responsible for the rabbit, I have heard many parents saying:"well, it's your rabbit." In that case please do not buy a rabbit for your child, as they are a heavy responsibility and should have adult caring for them not children.
Rabbits should never be gifted as they live for 10-12 years and need special care and attention even when you are on vacation. Boarding adds up quickly too.
In my experience the best time to adopt a rabbit is when you have enough time to spend with the rabbit. If you work all day and you are barely at home I would recommend waiting a bit longer.
Rabbits are not like hamsters and rats,instead they require a lot of attention and can be deeply depressed if locked up on a cage for hours.
Many well intended parents want to teach responsibility to their child by purchasing a rabbit for them... I would not do that or recommend that. In fact I have turned down many "sells" because of that. Children should already be responsible and capable of such huge responsibility before you consider adding another item to their list. After all we are talking about a living being that deserve the best from it's owner.
Rabbits get very close to their humans and feel very lonely if left outside or in a cage. They need to be with you indoors and to receive daily attention and interaction. They are exotic pets and vet care can be costly. A rabbit MUST be spayed or neutered between the ages of 4-6 months in order to become a excellent pet, anyone saying to you otherwise is just ignorant on the subject of pet rabbits. As they develop sexual maturity they will develop natural behaviors that are obnoxious to humans and those behaviors can be minimized or eliminated by spaying and neutering before such behaviors have a chance to start.
That can cost between $200-$400 here in Utah with a well trained Vet Doctor!
I wanted to write this article because this is a time of the year when many well intended parents and grandparents are purchasing "cheap baby bunnies" for their children and not long after finding out that they made a mistake. Please do not be the next one to drop a rabbit at a shelter. I blame pet stores and pet breeders that do not educate their buyers for the overpopulation of unwanted rabbits. Here at Gio's Holland Lop of Utah, not only we select our buyers, but we also train them to become loving forever parents of the rabbits that they adopt from us.
We want to help you make an educated decision and not a impulsive one!
If you have been considering adopting a rabbit contact your vet and ask his opinion. he will know all the ins and outs of that choice and can guide you on making the right decision.
A Fellow breeder here in Utah ost all her animals to a barn fire. We are saddened by her loss and would love to help.
To read her story and help her in any way please follow the link provided.
We are USDA Approved, we work on our rabbitry daily and the amount of followers we have on Facebook is a sign that we are loved all over the world. We are so proud of selling our pets instead of simply killing them. We have found loving homes all over USA and have many prospects Abroad.
We will not surrender to peer pressure!
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