Post # 46
I agree with everything Worried9887 said 100% excellent.
When I moved in with my boyfriend, I “inherited” a holland lop. Despite the fact that I was unemployed for the first couple months we moved to a new city, I spent a lot of my time when I wasn’t job hunting cleaning up after her smelly butt.
I did want to reiterate the importance of recnogizing signs of illness. Without warning, Hazel stopped eating. She was my boyfriend’s third bunny, so he knew enough to know something wasn’t right. ALSO EQUALLY IMPORTANT: Finding a GOOD, knowledgeable vet. We took her to an emergency vet hospital to confirmed over the phone, once we explained her symptoms and before we drove over, that they had in-house rabbit specialists. Then once we were there, they said their rabbit specialists were actually out of town attending a conference, but that they could keep her overnight for observation. Wtf? We made some calls and found another hospital 45 minutes away, so we pulled her out of there. Sadly, she did not survive the trip. Upon autopsy, we learned she had been suffering from a dental disease despite the fact we fed her a really good diet. Still upsets me nearly 4 years later.
I don’t mean to be a downer, because bunnies truly are lovely creatures, but please be prepared for the work and responsibility that comes with bunny ownership.
And like i said, make sure you find a really good vet, ideally before you adopt! I’ll tell you why: Not two weeks before Hazel passed, I took her in to our regular “vet” (I use the term loosely, because I don’t know how he was ever qualified in the first place). He did a full exam of her including her mouth and said she was in the best shape he’s seen for a bunny. Needless to say, I found a new vet for my cats.
Post # 47
dizzydoo: Thank you for that info and I am so sorry about Hazel. I experienced something similar but with a hamster. We noticed her tail was getting a bit wet Saturday evening and we couldn’t get into vet till Monday. By Monday Hamsa was dead and stiff 🙁 Absolutely devastating.
After I am reading all those comments I think I might not be able to make this commitment. We LOVE animals but we are just starting our lives. Poor bunny will be neglected once I am pregnant in few years (God willing) and we live in apartment so bunny will probably destroy my carpet and furniture which I will not be happy about. I think we will get a hamster instead.
Post # 48
imnosupermom: they are awesome pets! ill never get a hamster or a gerbil again. Someone on the first page mentioned rats and that’s how I got off on that tangent. Lol
Post # 49
sylwia212: I highly reccomend a rat over a hamster. I know rats sound scary and mean, but they are so much smarter and cleaner. If you are in an apartment I really wouldn’t do a bunny. I would really continue to do your research.
Post # 50
For anyone interested, we are getting two rats! Pups were just born on 11th so it will be 6 weeks before we get them but that will give me time to purchase everything necessary, choose names for our girls, and educate myself on ratties.
If anyone have any recommendation for food, cage, toys, etc. don’t feel shy!
Post # 51
I haven’t read everyone’s comments, but I’ve had two mini lops and as much as I loved them, I’d never do it again. With proper care you’re talking about a lifespan of 8+ years…so being afraid of a commitment means these are not the pet for you. They don’t just chew furniture…they chew EVERYTHING. Mine chewed phone cord, wallpaper, you name it. They are also high maintenance in terms of diet as they need good quality hay, pellets, and they should also have a variety of fresh veggies everyday. They need lots of space to play including a large cage and time to roam around outside of the cage daily. The fun in owning a rabbit is watching them race across a room and binkying like little maniacs, so if that’s not something you think you can provide long term, I wouldn’t get one. And yeah…they poop everywhere…it’s dry and small and easily vacuumed but it happens.
Just read your update, congrats on the new family members!