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Is a bunny the right pet for you or your family?

Rabbits are amazing pets. I know that I am biased, but I’ve had a lot of different pets, and bunnies are honestly my favorite. One of the biggest misconceptions about a rabbit as a pet is that they are similar to rodents, like hamsters and gerbils. Unlike those adorable pets, rabbits can live on average 10-12 years with proper care. Adopting a rabbit is a long-term commitment.

Rabbits are often more work than people expect. Due to their sensitive stomachs, bunnies have a very strict diet and they rely on their humans to follow that. In addition to that, rabbits need daily exercise outside and socialization. Don’t get me wrong, bunnies are still the best! In fact, I think that more people should consider getting a rabbit as a pet.

Rabbits are full of personality. Each one is unique and special in their own way. Take my own bunnies for example: Bowie is a moody teenager who likes to hide in his room and obsess over girls. Dolly on the other hand is a carefree explorer who likes to roam around my house. One of Dolly’s babies runs over to the gate every time I come home and just waits for me to give them snuggles and pats.

So, before you purchase a rabbit, here are some questions to ask yourself.

  1. Do you have a consistent schedule that allows you to socialize, feed, and exercise your bunny daily, as well as to clean their spaces?

  2. Are you financially prepared to spend roughly $300 to spay or neuter your bunny?

  3. Do you understand that a bunny cannot be contained in a small cage at all times? Do you have the space required for a bunny?

  4. Are you able to provide high-quality pellets and hay to protect your rabbit’s sensitive stomach?

  5. Are you able to bunny-proof your house or the bunny’s room or area?

  6. If you have other pets, are you ready to introduce them slowly and provide safe spaces for your bunny?

  7. Do you have a reliable pet sitter for when you are out of town?

  8. Are you certain that you and your family do not have a rabbit allergy or a severe hay allergy?

Unless you are able to confidently answer ‘yes’ to those questions, then you should consider waiting until you can before bringing a rabbit into your life.

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