If you want to adopt any pet, you have to think about how much time you have to care for it. You have to think carefully about whether the novelty of the animal will wear off, especially if a child is involved, and you have to consider if you have the space.
There’s something else you have to consider—cost.
Adopting a rabbit can cost more than you might think. Here are the common costs associated with owning one of these animals.
If you’re lucky, you may be able to find your bunny for free! A professional veterinary clinic recommends checking the newspapers and websites, like Craigslist. But chances are, you’re going to have to wrestle with adoption fees.
If you adopt a bunny from a breeder, costs can be very high. If you want to keep costs low, visit the animal shelter. You can expect to pay upwards of $100 at the shelter, but you might be expected to pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars for a purebred rabbit.
Housing costs can add up to over $100, but it does depend on your particular bunny.
Smaller animals will cost less to house than larger bunnies. That’s because small pets require smaller cages!
Look for a cage that provides your rabbit with plenty of space to play. Avoid cages with slatted bottoms and choose one with a solid base instead. It’s better for your pet’s foot health.
There’s a lot more to housing your pet than just the cage alone. You also have to buy food and water dishes, a nesting box, things to chew on, food, and hay. Your furry new friend would also appreciate a few toys and tunnels as well.
It’s important to prepare for the initial costs of adopting a rabbit, but you also have to think long-term. Because bunnies can live over a decade, annual appointments with your veterinary clinic can ensure your pet stays in good health.
As your rabbit ages, he’ll need even more attention. It isn’t uncommon for their eyesight to decline, or for them to develop arthritis.
Don’t let your new furry friend end up in the animal shelter because you realize you can’t afford to keep him! Plan ahead for these costs and you can ensure your family can afford to make a lifetime commitment.