Are You Ready For a Pet Rabbit?
Are you patient? Do you enjoy watching the movements and learning the language of another species? These are just some of the questions the House Rabbit Society asks you to see if you are ready for a cute little bunny. Don't let that cute face fool you though. Rabbits are allot of time, work, and money.
First thing you want to consider is, can you house a rabbit in a safe environment that is indoors away from the extreme heat, cold, and wild animals? They are very social creatures thrive indoors where they have tons of human interaction. You will want to make sure you can keep young kids and other household animals away so they can't bother your rabbit. They are prey animals and are easily frightened.
Since rabbits are easily frightened, they are not a good choice for families with young children. You want to avoid picking up and cuddling these fluffy creatures because they will think they are being picked up by a predator. They much rather have all four feet one the ground when you pet them, then in your arms. Sometimes young kids try to constantly pick them up and that can scare your rabbit. A lot of people make the the mistake of getting a rabbit for their child and expect them to be responsible enough to take care of it on their own. Rabbits are hard work and after awhile your child might get tired of it and you will end up taking care of it. When getting a rabbit your whole family should be on board for taking care of it.
Another thing you want to think about before getting a rabbit is how much they cost. If you think something so little can't cost that much to take care of, you are about to be blown away! After you pay for the adoption fee, if it is not fixed you are going to have to spay or neuter them for there health and behavior reasons and that can cost any where between $100-$600. Also you have to get a cage, blankets, "hidey houses" (little houses for rabbits that they can hide in), toys, litter pan, carrier, brush, nail clippers etc. Not to mention the weekly and monthly supplies such as, pellets, veggies, treats and litter.. Altogether, rabbits are very expensive animals.
If you think a rabbit is the right pet for you, make sure you keep these things in mind. Do you think you can properly house a rabbit in a safe, indoor environment? Do you have the patience? Can resist to pick up these cute fluffy creatures? Can you can afford to take care of them? If so, then maybe a rabbit is the right pet for you.