Would i be "eligible" for properly caring for and owning a bunny?
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May 23, 2019 / By Allie Question:
i have spent hours and days of researching just so i can know just about every stitch and thread about owning indoor pet bunnies. i plan on getting a holland lop. i want to hear anything and everything you know about bunnies. any special hints and tips would be nice too. but mainly right now i also want you to read my basic information below and tell me if it would be acceptable for a bunny environment and if i am "eligible" for properly caring for one.
1- i have an entire room dedicated to the bunny. i do own 1 dog and 2 cats. the cats are rarely inside and the dog isn't alowed upstairs (where the bunnies room will be).
2- my house's temperature is usually a little chilly year round because A: in the summer the a.c. is always on and set to 65* and B: in the winter we like to conserve energy by throwing on a sweater instead of turning up the thermostat so the house is almost constantly at 65- 75* f.
3- my monthly budget for the bunny would be $100 would that be okay IYHO? i currently have $500 for the innitial fee of: the cage, first month of food, first month of veggies and fruits, timothy hay, toys, and nuetering (which will obviously not be a monthly task). is that enough for the first month IYHO? should i start a vet fund?
4- i am only 13 so it will be no problem for convincing them to get me 1 bunny. (hey, i already convinced them to buy me 13 chickens + 1 turkey. not to mention they pay for them and they don't mind)
5- anything else that i missed just ask in your answer and i will add on additional details to my question to help answer yours.
sorry this was so lengthy. i owe you.
thank you millions in advance!!!
i don't use my parents i purchase my own animals, i just need their consent and permission and see if they would be willing to buy their feed. my parents thought i would never be able to come up with a dependable salary per month to pay for their care and well look at where i am now.
i like to do research on animals because it's fun, interesting, and i may learn something that i don't know about.
the bunny will get actual outdoors time because from when my dog was a puppy we had this puppy pen that he would play in. now we just put him on a leash. i could use the pen for the bunny right? it is sort of like a fence and it has a mini door that opens and shuts so i can easily get the bunny out. it is a little bit higher than my waist and i am 5'2". i am really committed to this idea.
oh and i also have a friend who owns 4 indoor house bunnies who don;t even have cages and are aloud to hop around freely and we can have play dates so my bunny gets socialization of not just humans but also other bunnies. :)
Best Answers: Would i be "eligible" for properly caring for and owning a bunny?
Uz | 8 days ago
It sounds like you have done some good work. Do keep in mind that you can never stop learning. I am going on 6 years of having rabbits and still learn new things on a regular basis. Don't assume that you know everything, join a good forum so you can keep learning.
1. A whole room is good. Make sure you rabbit proof it. Some rabbits to like to chew and dig at carpet, and carpet can be hard to clean if they pee on it, so it might be a good idea to put something down for safety. If it is only the rabbit in the room, other stuff like wires should not be an issue. You might want to get covers for outlets just the be safe (look in the baby aisle for these). Make sure you do keep the door closed just in case the dogs or cats get upstairs, you don't want something to happen.
2. Rabbits do better in cooler weather than in hot. The temperatures are a good range for a rabbit. Generally if it gets over 80F, then you may need to take some steps to make sure your rabbit is still doing well.
3. $100 a month should be enough. You can cut that buy quite a bit if you can buy some stuff in bulk. See if you can buy a bale of hay as that will last close to a year for 1 rabbit and cost about $5-10. Try wood pellet litter which costs about $6 for a 40 pound bag. I would still get a smaller bag of pellets, 5-10 pounds at a time so they stay fresh, but that should still only be about $5-10 a month. Other than veggies, toys and maybe treats, you can get away with spending about $20 a month.
$500 should also be a good amount to start with. Try building a cage (look up C&C or NIC cages) as these are cheaper and bigger than store bought cages. An x-pen can also be good if you are going to have the rabbit in it's own room. The neuter and vet check would be the more expensive stuff. Make sure you go to a rabbit savvy vet. I would not get him neutered right away, males can be done once their testicles are descend which is usually around 4 months old. I would wait until about 6 months if you can. Save the money for that and get it done when he is ready for it.
A vet fund is a good idea. Vet bills can build up fast. Start with whatever you have left over from the initial fund and then add you extra from your monthly budget. This should get you started and provide a good fund.
Make sure you go to a good place to get your rabbit. Avoid pet stores as they tend to be expensive for what you get and you don't usually know what you are getting. Try finding a good breeder or consider a rescue.
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1 - An entire room is good, but theoretically you'll want to let the rabbit out and about to run and binky and get lots of exercise. I've heard of a lot of pet cats going for rabbits, only to get the daylights kicked out of them by the bunny. Which is a good thing.
2 - Bunnies have fur and as they can be kept outside, your house temperature should be fine.
3 - Definitely start a vet fund before actually getting the rabbit. Save up ~1000 for emergency vet fees, then the initial costs on top of that, then put as much as you're able to into saving for standard monthly fees - toys, food, bedding and such.
4 - The fact alone that you've done so much research and are willing to save enough money for this shows that you're relatively responsible financially and care-wise.
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Sounds like you're set to go! I wouldn't start the rabbit out in an entire room though; they have to be trained to use a litter box or when they mature they'll mark their territory all over the place! Start him/her out in a decent sized cage with a litter box and slowly increase their area. Whenever they poop or pee outside of the cage (accidents happen), put them back into their cage for awhile before letting them out again. A rabbit will usually pick a favorite corner to use the potty in by 4 months old.
Even if you clean your rabbit's cage everyday, the smell will start to accumulate. I recommend using Marshall's Goodbye Odor in your rabbit's water (if it's in a bottle) or food. It's fairly cheap and works really well!
The temperature in your house should be just fine, but just to make your bunny more comfortable you might consider buying a heating lamp or heating pad. Just be sure to cover up any cords and not let it get hot enough to burn your bunny!
I only spend about $30 monthly for my rabbit, and I buy him Select Spring Harvest Timothy Hay, Timothy Complete pellets, the Marshall's Goodbye Odor, and vegetables. (Cilantro, kale, Romanian lettuce, mint, carrots, and broccoli crowns)
And although bunnies love the sweetness of fruit, it can be bad for them. If want to reward your bunny though, they especially enjoy banana slices and grapes! Just don't feed them over one grape-sized fruit a day!
Also shop around on vets to neuter your rabbit. Although it is unlikely, some rabbits die when the surgery is being performed, so make sure to get a vet who is experienced with few or no fatalities!
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i think its great you did homework and im sure any bunny will be glad too have you take care of it.you shouldnt need anywhere near 100 dollars a month for food and such.putting away some for vet bills is a great idea.i use my puppy pen for my bunnies.
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