Rabbits make excellent house pets because they require only a small space, they are quiet, and they are inexpensive to feed.
A rabbit’s personality is a combination of a dog’s and a cat’s. They are playful, independent, and loyal.
However, there are important things to consider before adopting a rabbit.
The following reminders are important on the onset of adopting, but once you’ve fulfilled them you’re good to go.
Adopt a rabbit that has been spayed or neutered.
Another option is to have them spayed or neutered as soon as possible. In any case, make it a priority because those that haven’t been spayed or neutered are prone to many illnesses such as reproductive cancers.
Rabbits can also reproduce every 30 days, and you wouldn’t want more rabbits than you could care for.
Make sure that the rabbit is visibly healthy and is displaying a calm vibe.
By nature, rabbits are reserved and aloof because they are prey to wild animals. Try to choose a rabbit that is calm and is easy to win over, especially if it is your first time to own one.
And since you are adopting from a shelter, make sure that the rabbit appears healthy.
Generally, a healthy rabbit is able to walk properly, should have clear eyes (not watery), has a set of properly aligned teeth, and has a healthy coat.
Prepare a cage that is at least 4X their size.
Rabbits are ground-dwelling animals who love to hop around, and they need ample space to move around freely and comfortably.
You also have to let them out of their cage once in a while to give them more freedom, but make sure that they are confined in a room or space where they couldn’t chew on anything dangerous like electrical wires.
Give them toys.
Aside from their basic needs such as food, water, and cage, make sure to provide them with toys and other playthings.
They love to chew things such as cardboard boxes, and they love picking up and tossing around small toys.
However, make sure that their toys are not choking hazards and are non-toxic.
Rabbits are not for children.
Rabbits do not respond well to hugs and cuddles. Being handled by a child especially in an awkward manner can make rabbits feel as if they are in the hands of a predator.
Kids can also inflict pain unintentionally. If mishandled, rabbits may defend themselves through biting or scratching.
This is another reason why more rabbits end up in shelters. Kids and rabbits can only get along if they know how to handle them.
Search for a rabbit veterinarian in your area.
There are only a few veterinarians who cater to rabbit care because rabbit anatomy is not commonly studied. Do a quick google search and make sure you have at least one rabbit vet in your area.
A slow and gentle introduction to other pets is necessary.
If you have other pets at home, you should introduce your rabbit slowly to them, just as you would if you acquire a new dog or cat.
Avoid jealousy and always aim for harmony between your pets.
Rabbits are similar to dogs and cats in many ways, but keep in mind that they are different in nature. The ancestors of dogs and cats were predators, while rabbits by nature are prey.
Hence, they can be more guarded and you have to make an effort to win them over. The most important reminder of all is to keep their population in control to avoid unwanted rabbit litters ending up in shelters.