I wanted to write a post to the person wishing to buy one of my babies but considering a cheaper option due to price.
What you see is what you get, meaning if you find a cheap bunny that's all you are getting, a cheap bunny. The problems ahead could be endless so consider these points.
Often you will find backyard breeders, unlicensed and unregistered with the city state or federal authorities. In the dog industry, that is called a puppy mill. They breed every doe almost every month and sell all the babies they can get, as quickly as they can, to make ends meet.
Why is this a problem?
First of all, rabbits are exotic pets they must be weaned naturally in order to have a good start in life. They often are weaned at 5- weeks from these called breeders, because that's when their babies are cute and small. At 5 weeks a baby bunny still nursing and still not ready to "move out". Their digestive system is very sensitive and without its mother's milk those babies could have serious complications as it starts eating solids only. Their mother's milk protects them against the growth of bacterias. If a baby bunny is weaned too early so he can be sold quickly, he could be sickly and will definitely have worms and other parasites because it is too soon to wean them and deworm them.
The rule for dogs is to wean at 8 weeks and give all first shots, deworming them from parasites to protect him and your family. Why should you accept any less when buying an exotic pet?
Secondly, their teeth aren't completely adjusted to its permanent position yet. They could have serious teeth problems that will cost you thousands and often ends up in euthanasia.
Third is the fact that babies at such early age are not trained to use a litterbox, especially if they lived in wire cages. All they have seen so far is their mom going potty wherever she wanted. That's all the baby knows and will do as well. They also do not know how to re-digest their cecal pellets as they learn that at 6-7 weeks. When they move out that early they lack many vital skills like grooming themselves.
Finally, you cannot tell the quality of the type of a rabbit until he has weakness naturally at 8-9 weeks of age. Every little bunny is cute but things change quickly. If you want a gorgeous Holland lop bunny you should wait to see what he looks like at 8-9 weeks before choosing.
Finally, you will get what you pay for.
If you want a clean, healthy bunny, that comes with a vet visit and has been dewormed, you just need to accept that these things come with a cost. You can pay upfront and get the best available, or you can pay at the vet office when problems arise.
Save yourself from the heartaches!
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