Easter holidays are around the corner, while initially, Easter is a religious holiday most families nowadays celebrate it with kids as it is widely associated with the Easter bunny and chocolate. Although in France it’s not the Easter Bunny that hides chocolate in the garden but Easter Bells – so if you ever thoughts an Easter Bunny was a weird idea remember BELLS brings us chocolate, a bunny isn’t so bad- but the Easter Bunny is also pretty famous here.
Anyway, I digress.
During this holiday pet rabbit become very famous if I can say so. Most people think it will be an excellent idea for them to get their kids a pet rabbit. Thinking rabbits are pretty much like hamsters, and therefore they leave them in a cage and feed once a day.
So if that’s actually what you think long story short, it’s not a good idea. Nor for you and nor for the poor rabbit.
It’s a widespread misconception that people have when it comes to rabbits, and I’m not going to lie until a few months ago I thought you just needed to let a rabbit out for like one hour a day and that it could stay in a cage. When a rabbit is closer than a cat in than a hamster or small rodent when it comes to their lifestyle.
Right before the end of the New Year, my little brother got himself a cute little rabbit, thinking she wouldn’t need a lot of maintenance. Well, a lot is exaggerated, but it’s more than people commonly think.
Let me introduce you, my baby, Boo 3/4months old. Who quickly became one big baby.
And she also went from being a very shy bunny to one hell of an adventurer. I didn’t know much about rabbit back then, and it’s still a learning process as there’s so much to think about.
In the beginning, she would stay on my bed, exploring, we would let her out for about 2/3h. However, once she became comfortable with her new environment, she quickly started to wonder more and more, but also longer and longer as honestly, I felt terrible each time we needed to put her back in the cage as it was apparent she wasn’t the happiest in this cage.
So, 3 weeks in of cohabitation with this little one in my room – yes she’s basically my bunny – and after some search, I took the leap and transitioned her to free-roaming. Removed and hide everything she could chew.
And set her a playpen – cut my room in two- for the night because after a week of barely any sleep due to an over overexcited bunny which thinks she’s training for the Olympic most night pretty much like this.
At this time she was already pretty much self-potty trained, as she had been a little troublesome and decided to poo on my bed and refused to do poo and pee on her cage – yay.
So I had to set her a litter box, which I think is much better than pooping into her house.
Things You Needs To Think About If You Want To Get A Rabbit :
- Space – Do you have enough space? Rabbits don’t like to stay in a cage; they need minimum 4h of activities. And if you don’t want your rabbit to free roaming, you need to set them at least a big playpen.
- Adapting your environment – Are you ready to change/hide stuff from your living space? This might not seem to be a big deal, but rabbits LOVE to chew so if they find your cables you can say goodbye to it.
- You need to invest in toys to keep your rabbit entertain, a litter box (you can make one from just a simple plastic box though)
- Can you financially support a rabbit? By this I mean veterinary cost – rabbits need vaccinations or to be neuter and check up. Or if they get sick they might need medications/surgeries – this has a price.
- Rabbits are very social animals – a rabbit alone can be bored or sad. Therefore you might need to get another rabbit at some point.
- Are you travelling a lot? If yes, can you bring your rabbit or have someone to keep you?
I am myself thinking of adopting a buddy for Boo because when we are all out even though she naps through the day, she’s alone sometimes for 6h or more.
However, getting another rabbit means more vet cost and so on and also a time of adaptation for both rabbits so this might not be before a month or two.
If after reading those main points you still want to get a rabbit then do your homework and adopt for yourself a lovely fur ball 🙂
Remember to act responsibly you can’t just get a pet only to discard it when it’s not convenient for you anymore!