I have a lot of pets. They are fun, I know each one personally and I love them all. Pets are known to relax and calm stressed people. Their innocence is contagious and you can only think of good things when you caress an animal. But they are not for everyone.
A person who travels a lot may not be a good candidate to own any pet. They need personal care and that means a lot more then water and food.
They need a home and a loving parent.
Rabbits are great pets ,but I have found people who give up in their first obstacle. So they are not for everyone!
Rabbits are curious and get bored easily, they need lots of free time to exercise and have fun, not like a rat that can simply stay on his cage.
Rabbits are also not like a gerbil or a hamster, therefore not a great combination with small children.
In my opinion rabbits are great pets for single adults, stable couple without children or for families with older children (8 and up) Of course for every rule is a exception and many have adapted their lives to have a companion rabbit at home.
I have met people who wants to teach responsibility to their children by gifting them with a pet rabbit.....I normally cut the conversation short.
How does an adult teach responsibility to a child using a live animal?
Children should Already be responsible before he is given an animal to care for. But this is another can of worms, that I will talk about it another day. For now here is what I recommend:
1-Before you buy or adopt an rabbit, do a research about them. Be sure that you are committed to be a pet owner for the next 10-12 years ahead.
It is unethical to drop your responsibility to others because things aren't the way you expected.
2-Think of your work and family schedules, do the family have time to spend with a rabbit?
Does the whole family agrees with care and keep of the new family member?
3- Are you financially prepared to own a exotic pet?
Vet care can be expensive, especially here in US where rabbits are considered exotic pets and not all vets are familiar with them.
They need to be spayed and neutered to continue to be a great pet after they reach sexual maturity. This procedure costs any where from $200.00-$300.00 per rabbit.
4- Do you have an willing friend or relative to care for your animal when you are out of town? Boarding costs can add up quite a lot and many facilities are not familiar with rabbits. Another factor is how much stress it causes to your rabbit.
As you can see, buying a rabbit should not be done on a whim. Please take the time to research and be realistic with what you expect. Babies grow up fast and they change.
A cuddly baby can become a rebellion as a teenager, are you prepared to help him through that hard stage and still love him throughout?
Please ask questions and talk to rabbits owners before adopting one of them. I'm always glad to answer your questions!
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