Let's face it - bunnies are just adorable. I totally understand why someone would want to surprise their kids with a rabbit (especially during certain times of the year, like the fast-approaching Easter holiday). After all, their fur feels just as we would imagine clouds would feel – and that nose wiggle gets me every time. They suck us in with their cuteness, but the bottom line is that rabbits are a very serious addition to the family, and before taking the leap, one needs to consider the time and effort it will take to have a rabbit in their home just as they would if it were a cat or a dog.
Even the smallest bunny needs a lot of care, and we’re going to help you discover if you’re ready to have a bunny in your life. If you answer “no” to any of the following questions, you may need to stick to a toy bunny (like these – I want one!).
Rabbit Adoption Checklist
- I am able and willing to (you, not your kids – we know how that works!):
- Read up on rabbit care so that I’m fully informed before purchasing one.
- Have my rabbit spayed or neutered.
- Spend the money and take the time to purchase, prepare, and feed my rabbit a proper diet of quality rabbit pellets, fresh hay, and veggies.
- Buy a quality cage for my rabbit to nest in.
- Bunny-proof your home to protect your rabbit and your stuff.
- Understand that chewing is not a bad thing for a rabbit; it’s how they keep their teeth trimmed.
- Have a rabbit who doesn’t like to be held or cuddled.
- Clean my rabbit’s cage as often as needed – even if that means every day.
- Allow my rabbit a minimum of three hours a day of exercise time outside of his or her cage.
- Take my rabbit to the vet for check-ups and emergency visits as needed.
- Spend time hanging out with the rabbit on the floor to develop a bond and trust.
- Care for a rabbit in my home for 8 to 12 years – the average life span of an indoor rabbit.
There is a lot more to bunny adoption than meets the eye. If this checklist hasn’t made you second-guess your desire for a pet rabbit, head on over to the House Rabbit Society which has a ton of great information on rabbit care. If after reading over that site you still want a rabbit, check out the nifty chews, toys, and other rabbit care products at The Busy Bunny. You’ll find some great items to help make your home a welcome place for your new rabbit.
Learn more about Rabbit Care:
- Choosing a Rabbit as a Pet
- A Guide to Basic Rabbit Care
- Your Pet Rabbit's Needs
- A Picky Bunny is a Smart One!
- Bunny Love: A True Story