Seeking advice from anyone with a pet bunny

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I had a Dwarf Lop growing up! VERY sweet, very smart! Got along EXTREMELY well with other animals! HUGE rabbit (deceptive with the name “Dwarf”, no?)

When my family moved and we couldn’t take the bunny, we re-homed it with a man with two dogs, who spent the next couple of years sending up pictures of the rabbit riding in his truck with his dogs!

Rabbit thought he was a dog.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Kings7911:  I do not have one but work with rabbits and bunnies 🙂 

I have a few holland lops at my work place but my favorite are the lion heads! 

 

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I had a dwarf lop as a child since we traveled too much for a dog and my mom was allergic to cats! Flopsy was a great pet! In many ways rabbits are like cats. In the right home, they can make great pets!

  • They can be left at home with food and water for a weekend. 
  • They are fairly independent but still cuddly (at least mine was). 
  • They naturally do their business in the same place so it’s easy to train them to use a crate with wood chips. Like any animal, their waste doesn’t smell very good so if you’re keeping the rabbit inside, you have to be dilligent in cleaning their cage. 
  • We kept our rabbit outside most of the time either on a screened in porch or in a hutch that we built in the backyard. But they have to come in if it’s very hot or very cold. But we would often bring her into the house to play and generally let her run around on her own for awhile but she went back to her porch/hutch at night.
  • We took our rabbit all over the place in a little harness and leash. She sat with my mom at my soccer games. She stayed on my grandmother’s enclosed porch when we visited for Christmas. She was even in a play once (my mom was a costumer). 
  • The only big problem we had was that when she was little she used to like to chew on electrical cords. I once accidentally touched a live wire and felt the electricity arc through my arm and out my elbow! We started rubbing tobasco sauce on the wires and she stopped that pretty quickly. 
  • I was fiarly young when we had my rabbit but I don’t remember taking her to the vet more than once or twice so I think she was a fairly inexpensive pet. There are probably vet recommendations now, but she was pretty healthy and since she didn’t come in contact with other rabbits, she didn’t need shots or things like a dog or cat that catches things from other cats/dogs. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I used to have one! Inexpensive, cuddly, low maintenance. Also cute to boot. 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I have 2 Holland Lops- awesome pets.  Here’s an old pic of them driving across country with us 2 years ago! (It’s an old plate)

 

They were easily litter box trained, they live outside in the warmer months, they are fairly cuddly, cheap to keep alive, etc.   I had just 1 then got the other one as companion pet.  They seem ok with the dog (one is blind.)  My only thought would be get one that is already fixed like through aspca, it cost us $300 each!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - backyard in the woods

I have three Netherland Dwarves. They’re adorable! If you get a bunny, choose it based on it’s personality. Some are cuter than others, but personality will make or break your experience. Also, I agree with  @JenGirl:  about the cords- you need to watch out for that.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Keep in mind that it’s the same kind of commitment as a cat or dog. A lot of people think they only live for a couple of years, but they can live for more than 10. Mine was nearly 12 when he died.

Post # 11
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Rabbits are absolutely amazing pets. Currently, my husband and I have two flemish giant rabbits- Sandy and Pepper. They are brother and sister and adorable. To properly house, feed, and care for a rabbit is more costly than one would think. We currently spend $10 a week in fresh vegetables alone (think lettuce mixes, broccoli, and celery in bulk from Sams Club). Plus dry food is expensive for the proper kind. Once rabbits are over one year of age they require Timothy hay based pellets because alfalfa is too high in sugar. We currently spend roughly $75 every two months for 50lbs of food (this would be a lot less for tiny buns but ours currently weight roughly 15lbs each!)

Something else to keep in mind is that rabbits are considered exotic animals and finding the proper vet can be hard! Having each of our bunnies fixed was about $250 each but it does improve their attitude and prolong life.

Now, I’m not trying to discourage you from getting a bunny! They are the best pets ever! They can easily be litter boxed trained and ours are housed train. We let them run around our living room and kitchen. They act a lot like kids: playing with cords and carpet constantly! You really have to be on their butts to behave. 

We also travel with our bunnies every once and a while but it a lot harder than with a dog or cat. I encourage you to do your research if you really want a bunny. Many uneducated people buy rabbits because they are cute (especially around Easter) and then give them up because they are too much work. Feel free to PM me if you have any specific questions. Check out my cuties as my picture:)

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Kings7911:  Maybe you could foster or volunteer with bunnies? 🙂 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

They’re cute, but they can be a lot of work.  IMO, they’re not the best pets.

I re-homed my last bunny to an adorable little girl for her birthday.  I had him for a year or two, and I made sure he went to a good home.  I tried to give him a good life while he was mine.

But bunnies are messy!  Mine was even trained to use a litter box, but sometimes he would miss and get pee outside the cage.  (BTW, bunny pee stains.)  If he jumped around in the litter box, poop would go flying across the room.  He never struck me as very intelligent and couldn’t show love the way other animals can.  But man, he was the cutest darn thing on the planet!  Overall, no one can tell you whether or not a bunny is the right fit for you.  Only you can figure that out, and you might not even know until after you’ve had him or her for a while.

Here’s a picture of Jasper.  He had fur around his eyes that looked like permanent eyeliner.  So adorable!

Post # 15
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Busy bee

I have a mini lop and he is my favorite. Here are some points to consider:

PROS:

– they are fairly low maintenance pets (low cost of grooming, feeding, etc.)
– virtually no sound, which is good for apartment living
– so super cute! my mini lop buster plays little games
– other than injury and old age, there are few health concerns

CONS:

– veterinary care is expensive. it’s important to find a vet that specializes in not only exotic animals, but has experience with lagomorphs as well.
– GI stasis is common in rabbits, and if left untreated (expensive) they WILL die. i have treated my rabbit twice for this and each time it was upwards of $300.
– if you go away and cannot take the rabbit with you, finding boarding is complicated.

Overall I love my rabbit and would recommend them as pets. I only give you the cons so you can plan accordingly. 

Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

@Kings7911:  I had bunnies growing up, giant papillions. Here’s a pic for reference (not one of my actual bunnies).

First, inside or outside bunny? Will you have a hutch? Will you litter train if it’s an inside bunny?

Bunnies leave lots of tiny little poops behind as they hop around, lol. They are not the cleanest animals, but they do tend to use one side of their hutch for going potty, so once that corner is established you can start to litter train.

Male rabbits are less agressive than female rabbits, but no matter what, always get them spayed or neutered. Female rabbits get especially fiesty if left unspayed.

My first bunny had an outside hutch, and during a summer heat wave she died of heat stroke 🙁 I found her as I was taking more ice out to her hutch. Also, she had a close call in the past because I kept a blanket in her cage and she ate holes thru the blanket and nearly strangled herself by getting tied up in it.

My last bunny I had ended up getting a giant tumor on his neck 🙁 Not sure why but he made a great house bunny… we had to put him to sleep when it seemed like the tumor was getting bigger and he was getting smaller 🙁

Bunnies aren’t easy and they require a lot of upkeep. Also, never feed them lettuce. Feed them dark greens only, like spinach and kale. Watery lettuce does nothing for them. Veggies should be used as treats and bunny food should be the staple of their diet anyways.

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