Rabbits are not for everyone. Just like there’s dog and cat people, there are rabbit people too. It is important that you take a moment to consider whether or not your household would be a good fit for a rabbit. Many rabbits who end up in shelters were purchased by owners who failed to do their research.
There are a some very crucial questions to ask your self before adopting your first rabbit:
Are you ready to commit to caring for your rabbit for the rest of his life?
Rabbits are no short-term pet. A healthy rabbit can live for more than 10 years. This is longer than some large dogs. Are you ready to take on the responsibility of having a high-maintenance pet for the next 10 or more years?
Will you have the budget to care for a rabbit?
Rabbits are expensive and can be prone to a couple different health problems. If one was to arise, would you be able to pay its vet bills? Take a honest look at your current financial situation and decide if you can handle to own a rabbit.
Are you allergic to rabbits?
Being allergic to your pet can really burden your relationship. Rabbits have very fine fur that will likely get onto everything in your house. A regular vacuuming is a must when a rabbit is in the house.
Does your home have the right atmosphere for a rabbit?
Rabbits are prey animals and can be easily stressed. A home with screaming kids and adults running around is absolutely no place for a rabbit. Rabbits require quiet, calm living arrangements.
Do you have the personality for a rabbit?
A relationship with a rabbit is built on trust. Rabbits owners need to be very patient and calm in order to have the best relationship with their rabbit.
Is your home ready for a rabbit?
Rabbits are famous for being destructive. Rabbits require an area that is “rabbit-proofed” where they can safely play without danger. If you don’t want something chewed, don’t let bunny reach it.
Is your lifestyle suitable for a rabbit?
Rabbits are generally poor travelers and like a solid routine. Anything out of the norm could cause great stress to your rabbit. While the occational trip to the vet is okay, a rabbit is not the right pet to take on vacations or family road trips.