Rabbits make great pets, and with time and effort can even be house-trained. They can live between 8-10 years, so make sure you’re ready for the commitment.
As with other animals, it’s never appropriate to give a rabbit as a surprise gift. Rabbits require as much work as a dog or a cat. Many rabbits are easily frightened when held, and are therefore not suitable for families with young children. Here are some other things to consider:
Rabbits can be house trained, and since they require exercise, it’s best to invest the time and effort into making this possible.
Rabbits often have teeth issues if they’re not provided with enough healthy chew objects to wear down their ever-growing teeth. Are you financially prepared to keep your pet healthy?
Are you willing to provide adequate exercise? Rabbits can’t be confined for all hours of the day. They need exercise 2-3 hours per day, and should be supervised when out of their cage.
Where will your pet live? Rabbits should live in a climate controlled area of your house, away from extreme temperatures and dampness. Domesticated rabbits cannot survive in the outdoors.
Rabbits require brushing so that they less hair is accumulated when they self groom (as cats do) as rabbits are unable to vomit up any hair, which can lead to blockage.
Rabbits’ teeth are always growing. Young rabbits, especially, are always looking for things to chew on. Rabbit-proofing your home is essential. Electrical cords and exposed outlets are extremely dangerous for rabbits who have free range of the home.
Adding to your pack
Will your dog or cat react well to a smaller animal? Are there any aggression issues you should have a behaviouralist assess?
Spay or neuter
Like dogs and cats, rabbits should be spayed or neutered to reduce horomonal imbalances, as well as chance of unplanned reproduction.