Have you been charmed by the cute and quite nature of rabbits? While they are docile creatures, rabbits require a lot of attention and interaction. If you are considering adopting a pet rabbit here are a few things to consider.
They are all individual. Rabbits, like other pets, come in various sizes, breeds and each have their own unique personality. While breed can play a role in personality, early socialization helps rabbits to develop their own owners.
These pets require a time commitment. Rabbits require daily responsibility, attention and interaction. They need food and water, their cages will have to be cleaned, and they will also need to be groomed and played with. Rabbits are very social creatures and thrive on interaction.
They are hard to handle. Rabbits do not like to be picked up, and often resist it. If they are not handled correctly, rabbits will bite, kick or scratch you if they feel afraid or threatened. It makes time for a rabbit to bond with his owners, and do not typically prefer human interaction. For these reasons, a rabbit is not an ideal pet for young children.
Naturally rabbits are chewers. They can be very destructive since they do not know the difference in appropriate and inappropriate chew toys. If left unsupervised it is common for rabbits to toy with furniture, electrical cords and other household items. They need exercise, but it should be in a secure and rabbit friendly room.
Rabbits have a special diet. You won’t walk into your local pet supply store and find rabbit food on the shelves. They are herbivores and require diets that are rich in fresh hay, veggies and pellets.
There is a financial responsibility. Similar to any other animal, rabbits come with added financial responsibility for owners. Upon adoption you inquire costs and then you will need a cage, bedding, food, toys, grooming supplies, and there will be veterinary bills.
Even house pet rabbits need to be neutered. Neutering rabbits will increase chances of litter training as well as help to decrease territorial marking, aggression, and chewing. Since rabbits breed rather rapidly, it is important to neuter these emails.
Rabbits need trips to the vet just like any other animals. Rabbits can live well into their teens, and will need veterinary attention. They face common problems such as foot problems, over grown teeth, respiratory diseases and digestive problems. You will need to find a vet that feels comfortable treating your pet.
Before adopting rabbit, take these thoughts into consideration. With attention and interaction, rabbits can make a great pet and bring you happiness for years to come.