Is a Rabbit the Right Pet for You? : an article by Troy Animal Hospital

Easter is fast approaching and many children are asking their parents for a pet bunny. There are some things you should consider before adding a rabbit to your home though.

A bunny is right for you if:

  • You need a pet that is quiet and won’t make a lot of noise

  • You don’t have the time to walk a dog regularlyteeth-edited1

  • You want a pet that you don’t have to hold and carry around a lot

  • You don’t mind having the occasional stray bunny “pellet”

  • You enjoy watching a pet that will zoom around your home and sprint up, down and over your furniture

  • You want a pet that will be around for 10+ years

  • You are willing to supervise your small children around a pet

A bunny is not right for you if:

  • You want a pet that can stay in a small cage 24/7

  • You want a pet that doesn’t require much attention

  • You want a pet you can keep outside

  • You have young children that will want to hold and carry a pet around

  • You don’t want to spend money on play and chew toys

Other things to consider about having a rabbit as a pet:

  • They can be trained to use a litter box

  • They are social animals and often do better and are happier if adopted in pairs

  • Spaying and neutering is just as important for them as it is for dogs and cats

  • They require fresh grass hay as the basis of their diets, along with 1-2 cups of fresh vegetables and only a small amount of rabbit pellets daily

  • They are active animals and should not be kept confined in a small cage

  • They do not do will in overly hot conditions

  • They can make great house pets and will not be happy if left confined in a cage outdoors by themselves

 

Like any pet, be sure to do some research before you decide to add a rabbit to your family. For the right owners, they can make delightful pets. We at Troy Animal Hospital love to see your pet rabbit for its annual wellness check up. If you would like more information check out the House Rabbit Society’s website at www.rabbit.org.

 

Here at Troy Animal Hospital we work hard to provide the highest quality veterinary care for your beloved pets. You can reach us at

937-335-8387.

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