When deciding to get a rabbit, many things must be put into consideration. Rabbits are delicate, high maintenance pets that require a lot of time and devotion. When getting a rabbit, you have to make sure they get the proper exercise, diet, attention, and veterinary care. Rabbits are often given to children around Easter time as a small present, but children and rabbits do not mix. After the novelty of a new pet wears off, children neglect the rabbits, who are left in dirty cages. Neglect leads to aggression in rabbits which leads to a bunny being off at a shelter.
Bunnies can eat many vegetables such as lettuce, carrots, green peppers, dandelion, grass, spinach, and kale. Most of their diet should consist of fresh vegetables, like the ones mentioned earlier, and timothy hay. Timothy hay helps keep a bunny's digestive track in order and also helps keep their constantly growing teeth from becoming overgrown. If your rabbit stops eating or defecating for up to 12hrs, seek expert care immediately.
Being kept as an outdoor pet is not a good idea for a bunny. Rabbits are timid creatures that become vulnerable to weather and predators when being kept outside. If a bunny gets spooked by something as simple as a dog barking close by, it could have a fatal consequence such as suffering a heart attack. Keep your rabbit in a temperature controlled room where they can feel safe, not scared.
Rabbits need to be let out of their cage several hours a day and up to thirty hours a week. Obesity is a very common health issue among rabbits from being cooped up in their cage for too long and kept from wandering around and having fun. Rabbits can get along with other household pets such as cats and dogs, and are usually treated equally among other pets. Introductions should still be handled with a lot of supervision and time, though.
Rabbits aren't good starter pets, but with a lot of research, time, and care, rabbits can be wonderful, loving pets. When the day comes to adopt your rabbit, make sure to adopt from your local shelter.