Information on owning a pet rabbit. Rabbits make great pets, but they do require a lot of work.
Owning a pet rabbit can be extremely rewarding. These cute, furry creatures can make absolutely wonderful pets, but they aren’t for everyone.
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Rabbits are not low-maintenance pets. Owning a rabbit takes as much work as owning a cat or a dog. A rabbit cannot live in a cage 24 hours a day. Rabbits need a lot of room to roam around outside of their cage. Your rabbit should only be kept in a cage when you can’t be there to supervise. If you are unable to spend a lot of time with your rabbit, then you probably should consider a different pet. Additionally, you will need to “bunny-proof” any area of your house where you will allow your rabbit to roam. Rabbits will chew anything they can find and can easily get into trouble!
Rabbits do not tolerate extreme temperatures well and therefore should only be kept indoors. Outdoor rabbits are also at risk for being attacked by predators… even in a safe enclosure! Rabbits are also not as cuddly as they seem! Most rabbits do not like to be held and can become very frightened if they are picked up.
The average life span of a rabbit is 8-10 years. Some rabbits can live even longer than that. If you are unable to commit to taking care of a pet for that long, then a rabbit is not the right pet for you. Rabbits also require routine veterinary care which can be a bit pricey. In order for your pet to be happy and healthy, it is necessary to have your rabbit spayed or neutered. This surgery alone can cost over $100! Owning a rabbit is not cheap!
Rabbits are very social animals and enjoy being around other rabbits. Because of this, it is highly recommended that you get a pair or trio of rabbits instead of owning a single rabbit.
As with any pet, make sure you do your research before deciding to get one for a pet. You have to make sure that a rabbit is the right pet for you, that you are able to properly care for it, and that you are committed to do so for the rabbit’s entire life.
If you decide that a rabbit is the right pet for you and your lifestyle, then there is no doubt that you will be most pleased with your new pet.
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