Rabbits are actually quite interesting, these animals can be found in the wild and can also be found in homes as domestic pets. They are fuzzy little creatures that usually require a lot of care and attention when being raised domestically. In the wild they have a lifespan of 1-2 years, but in domestic cases they can surpass 2 years without a doubt, rabbits can live for over 9 years. Rabbits that are being raised domestically can be raised outdoor or indoors. When taking care of rabbit indoors there are certain measures that have to be taken so it can be fully equipped to the environment. They require certain foods, space to run around, as they are speedy little creatures, and they require special bedding like guinea pig bedding.
Before you get a rabbit consider this
Now as rabbits require extra attention some the things you need to do and should know before you choose to bring a rabbit into your home is to;
- Safe indoor housing so they can freely jump around anywhere without any dangers. As rabbits need to be free, the enclosure should be large enough so they do not feel trapped.
- You will need to bunny proof your house, this is so that they don’t gnaw at everything they find. They maybe cute, fluffy little animals, but they can a highly destructive.
- Litter boxes need to be set up they are usually trained for it. They aren’t like guinea pigs who discharge on their beddings. These liter boxes are usually made out of hay and kept in a corner of a room, the rabbit has to be trained in order for him or her to finally understand the concept.
- Make sure that enough food of different variations are bought. Rabbits are not just carrot eaters, they are entailed for more. Rabbits favour different greens and hay, grass. Another interesting fact is that they eat pineapple, which is used to help with digestion.
- Frequent vet visits. These furry little animals need to be checked up more frequent that other animals, they need to vaccinated, and checked for parasites. They also tend to get sick easily.
What do rabbits need in their enclosures?
Rabbit’s enclosures have to large in size, especially when they are being raised indoors, they need to have the maximum space available to jump around. In these enclosures there are a couple of items that are necessary, like;
- Water and food bowls
- Litter box
Food and water is a necessity for everyone, so it is the most important thing when it comes to rabbits. They have to be fed and given clean water to drink. Different rabbits drink water from different objects as some may drink from drinkers or some may drink from water bowls. So it is important to know which one your rabbit prefers. Rabbits tends to drink 50-150mls per kilo of their body weight, but it will depend on whether it is hot day, or lactating, or if they are pregnant.
When it comes to food it should be given according to their body weight, sex, age and more. Some may have dietary restrictions, so it is always important check with your vet. Some foods that are good rabbits are greens like basil, broccoli, cabbage, Brussel sprouts, and hay, grass, straw so they can chew on it just when they feel like it.
The second most important aspect of a rabbit cage is the litter box and the bedding. Bedding is used so that your pet is comfortable, and has cushions to support them. The best bedding to choose is guinea pig bedding this is just straw, or hay or saw dust. It is used for both. The bedding needs to be at least 5-6 inches. You can even fill it with newspapers for comfort. The bedding needs to be more absorbent, as rabbits will mostly likely spend their time in the litter box.
When choosing bedding there are a couple of things that have to talked about like the odour as some rabbits tend to smell, so it would be beneficial if the bedding was odour controlling. They also need to be absorbent, choosing a highly absorbent one is better as then it requires to be changed less frequently. And the rabbits will stay drier. Moreover the safety of the rabbits need to be taken into consideration, as some of the beddings could be toxic, so always make sure that they don’t have any chemicals in it. It is also beneficial for the bedding to be dust free, and comfortable for the rabbits. Plus if the bedding was eco-friendly then it won’t cost you much, and you will be saving money.
Rabbits also love toys, so make sure to buy a couple of toys like stuffed animals as they find it appealing in their eyes. Or small chew toys. These are all good options, so make sure your rabbit has at least one so they won’t be bored and lonely.
So basically if all of these are in an enclosure then you’re already to take care of your pet.
Will this drain my bank account?
Well if you truly think about caring for rabbits indoors it’s no easy task. There are a lot of hurdles to get through. Now if you really want a rabbit you have to consider their breed, as different breeds are different prices. They could range from $20-$40 in pet stores, and breeders would cost above $100, which is fairly expensive. However you can also adopt rather than purchasing. Now as just a rabbit costs for $20 dollars there are various other expenses that have to be covered. Like the cage, an indoor cage would cost approximately $50-$100. It isn’t as bad of a price as you think as it is a one time investment, so it would leave you with a high quality cage which can be used over multiple times.
However there are everyday expenses to cover like the bedding, food, and toys, so overall at least $40 a month. And this is not the final costs that you have to endure, there are healthcare costs. It would costa around another $35-$40 for regular check ups.
Now having, and taking care of a rabbit is hard work, it is just like looking after a baby. Even though the costs may seem a bit expensive it will all be worth it in the end.