Rabbits are a big commitment. Ask yourself the following questions to see if rabbits are the right animals for you and your household.
Who are the rabbits for? Rabbits are not suitable for young children, and even if older children look after them, remember you will be responsible for ensuring they are cared for properly every day.
Have you thought about the future? Rabbits are a long-term commitment and can live for 8–12 years. If you're getting rabbits for older children, have you thought about what will happen when they leave home?
Do you have the time for rabbits? Caring for rabbits takes a lot of time each day as they will need cleaning out, feeding, grooming and interacting with.
Do you have the space for rabbits? Rabbit housing will take up a large area of your house and/or garden. Are you prepared to sacrifice this space? Rabbits can be messy and destructive if kept in the house.
Can you afford rabbits? Rabbits are not cheap animals. Consider the costs of yearly vaccinations, neutering, other veterinary fees, housing, holiday care, food, bedding and toys. Remember that you will need to increase this cost for two rabbits.
What will you do when you go on holiday? Rabbits get stressed by travelling and new surroundings so would prefer to stay in their home whilst you are away. You will need to find a trustworthy and competent person to visit your home and look after your rabbits.
This is basic information only, so if you decide that you can care for rabbits you'll need to obtain more detailed information beforehand.
It is important to ensure you can commit to your rabbits forever. However, if in future you can no longer care for a animal you purchased from us, please contact Pets at Home as we will try to rehome them via our in-store Adoption Centres. Never abandon any animal or release them into the wild.
Rabbits make rewarding animals for adults and supervised older children but are not suitable for younger children. They are naturally social, intelligent and inquisitive so can become friendly and confident around people if gently handled from a young age, although they do not naturally enjoy being cuddled. Rabbits need loving, patient owners who are prepared to spend plenty of time with them, and provide plenty of space and lots of opportunities to play. They live for 8–12 years so are a long-term commitment.
I need company!
Rabbits should not be kept alone. They are happiest when they have a friendly rabbit for company. A good pairing is a neutered male and a neutered female, especially if they are brought up together. New pairs should be carefully introduced to each other under expert advice from a vet or behaviourist. Rabbits can also enjoy human company, but this shouldn’t substitute the need for company of their own kind.
Rabbits should not live with guinea pigs because rabbits and guinea pigs have different diets and communicate in different ways. Rabbits can bully or injure guinea pigs, and can pass diseases on to them.
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