Whenever you decide to get a new pet, you have to ask yourself a few questions. Does it fit my lifestyle? Can I afford to take care of it? What species would be the best for me? Once you managed to answer these questions, you are ready to get a new friend. Till then you might need some help. Do you? Read this article and find out whether a rabbit is the best choice in your case.
Some rabbit facts to consider
- your rabbit will be a sociable creature, curious about everything and everyone around it;
- it will love to play. You should give it some boxes, balls, baskets, anything it can chew on. As all the other rodents, rabbits need to constantly chew;
- your rabbit will not necessarily like to be petted and held. It will move close to you whenever it feels the need;
- rabbit’s life expectancy is of 7-10 years;
- you’ll have to protect it from predators, poisons, temperature changes and electricity. Watch out! It will definitely try to chew on your cables;
- you will have to potty train your bunny.
These are a few facts you should know before you make up your mind. Moreover, ask yourself these: Are you patient? Do you have a sense of humor? Do you like to observe the behaviour and body language of different species? Do you have enough free time to spend with your little friend? How much do you care about your furniture?
If your answer is a constant ‘yes’, well, then you seem to be ready to become the proud mommy or daddy of a rabbit :).
You should know some more about these lovely pets, though.
What to expect?
Rabbits are adorable pets that need time and energy to be properly taken care of. You will need to spend time with them, especially since they are highly sociable. Although they are ‘silent’ animals, they aren’t the best choice for a big family with many kids. Small children don’t know how to take care of them, how to handle them and they could involuntarily harm their little pet.
Furthermore, don’t expect it to chew on some carrot all day long, as Bugs Bunny does. It will chew everything it finds, so you’ll want to buy it some toys it can use to keep its constantly growing teeth under control.
You have to think about its healthcare, too. It will periodically need to be vaccinated, which might not be that cheap. Take these costs into consideration, as well.
These just a few aspects to bare in mind before deciding to get a rabbit. You should find out as much as you can and then, if you are still convinced this is the right pet species for you, go and get yourself a new little animal. I believe it is going to be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Good luck.