Looking To Adopt a Rabbit As a Pet?
Hey there, welcome back to our website. I hope you are fine. Everyone in this world wants a friend that gives company when bored or sad. I would say that there will be no better friend than a pet. But the point here is that which pet should one adopt that would be friendly as well as affordable? I would suggest, adopting a rabbit would be the right choice.
Rabbits are very cute, easy to take care of, and affordable. Above all, they are very friendly. They have human loving nature. But, there are several things you need to know before getting a pet rabbit. Here is what you need to know:
1 Rabbits Are Short Term Pets:
Rabbit is a very adorable and cute pet. According to a report published by Tugba Sabanog, 1 percent of households in the UK owned a rabbit as of 2018–2020.
Most of the people that adopt rabbits fall in love with them unintentionally. But the point here is that the life span of a pet rabbit is only 8–12 years.
This report might be difficult for some rabbit lovers to digest, but unfortunately, it is correct.
Pet rabbits cannot live too much. They die after a maximum age of 12 years. So, the first thing you should keep in mind before getting a rabbit as a pet is that they cannot live for too much time with you. They are very sensitive therefore, viruses attack them very easily and infect them.
2 Rabbits Require Special Knowledge And Care:
Pet rabbits require a lot of care. In veterinary terms, rabbits are considered exotic animals. Unlike dogs, cats, and other pets, rabbits have their own specialists.
Rabbit’s anesthesia, diagnosis, surgery, and meditation is quite different from the other pets. Keeping rabbits as pets is not a difficult task at all if you take enough care of them.
You should keep this thing in mind that rabbits require regular medical checkups from a veterinarian monthly.
As Dr. Kristen Valdes of Chicago Exotics Animal Hospital said “Just like you would not go to a dermatologist for a problem with your eyes, going to a person who sees rabbits means you will get the best care for your rabbit.”
3 Caring For a Rabbit May Get Expensive!
To be honest, caring for a rabbit may get expensive. It costs lots of money to take care of a pet rabbit. As explained above, rabbits require a regular medical checkup from a veterinarian and it might get expensive. If you are a landlord and can afford it, it’s good! But for people who cannot afford too much expense, they should think twice before adopting a rabbit.
“E. Cuniculi” is a parasite that can cause severe health problems in rabbits, and if not taken seriously they may also die. So, you should keep this thing in mind that regular testing and daily meditation is very necessary for the rabbits.
Rabbits breed throughout the year. They have a much faster reproduction cycle than many other pets. This may be good news for some people who love to take care of them. But at the same time, it is difficult to digest by owners as their expenses increase with the increasing number of growth.
4 Rabbits Pee a Lot:
Yes! You heard it right, rabbits urinate a lot. Most of the owners complain about their pets rabbit is that they pee and leak a lot.
Unlike dogs and cats, rabbits have a different digestive system. They need food flowing through them throughout the day. But the plus point is that rabbits can be litter trained. They require a little attention but if they get it, you don’t need to worry about
Some breeds of rabbits also eat their poop as this is necessary for them. Rabbits usually produce two types of feces. One is harder and the other is soft and palette-like, they engulf the latter one. This is because rabbit fecal matter contains all the essential nutrients that rabbits require to breed and to stay healthy.
5 Carrots aren’t good for Them:
Rabbits have sensitive guts as well. Like humans, too much sugar for rabbits can seriously throw things out of whack. Even the natural sugars found in fruits and some specific vegetables can be too much.
As Tony Greetings said “They shouldn’t eat almost any carrots, no matter what Bugs Bunny does! It’s too much sugar for them.”
Some seriously life-threatening diseases and bacteria can attack if your rabbit’s gut bacteria get out of whack for any reason. If you want to adopt a rabbit as a pet you should do everything you can to avoid it.
6 They Require Plenty Of Space:
Rabbits are social animals; they cannot live in a cage all the time. They require free space to run independently at least for only a couple of hours a day. Their interaction with human beings is also necessary.
If allowing your rabbit to have a room or run of your apartment or house isn’t an option, make sure any enclosure that you choose meets these requirements. If you could do this, it will be very beneficial for them, even if you allow them in a single room to play in with their will.
7 Don’t Ever Bath a Rabbit:
Rabbits are like cats in at least one way that is; they love to groom themselves a lot, all the time. In fact, there might be an indication of illness if your rabbit isn’t grooming him or herself. So despite the clips and videos, you may have seen about the rabbits, do not ever give a rabbit a bath it can lead to shock or hypothermia.
Although it is acceptable that an unwell rabbit might need to have his or her butt cleaned, it’s best to wipe it with a clean cloth and blot it dry ASAP with a dry towel or tissue. You should never fully submerge any part of your rabbit in water for cleaning purposes.
According to Dr. Greetis, “It bothers me when people say rabbits are stupid or stinky. They constantly groom themselves like cats, and if they had opposable thumbs, they would clean their own litter box, too”.
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