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.
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