Whether all my posts and pictures are tempting you to get a rabbit of your own, or you simply would just love the company of one of these amazing animals, I have some essential information you need to know first. [Also read this post first: here.]
- Whether you adopt or buy is your choice, but adopting a rabbit (or any other animal) is what a lot of rabbit owners I know prefer because they are usually the ones who have previously been rescued or come from a bad living situation
- Rabbits are also a 5-10 year commitment, depending on their breed and lifestyle
- Rabbits are pets for adults, not solely children. People may think the opposite because of the way rabbits are portrayed on television or in movies. They require a lot of attention and care and since they can not make noises to tell you when they are hungry or if they don’t feel good, you will always need to be aware of your rabbit’s actions or body language
- Rabbits are self-cleaning animals. They do not need baths. It ends up stressing them out for hours after. Even though shampoo for animals is sold at pet stores, I personally wouldn’t recommend it. However there is a shampoo spray that I use for Pup that smells amazing and leaves his coat so soft and shiny. Just spray it all over their coat (cover their eyes and the insides of their ears) then massage it in and brush. I use Squeaky Clean spray shampoo.
- Rabbits love to run, jump, and play. The good thing is, if you have a full-time job, rabbits are most active around dawn and dusk. So while you are getting ready for work in the morning, let your rabbit run around the room and also when you get home from work in the evening. Exercise is crucial
- As soon as your rabbit shows signs of illness–not eating, sluggish, doesn’t poop or drink, or screams–call a vet immediately. When Pup didn’t eat one morning, I knew something was wrong because he never turns down food. I waited a few hours and he still wouldn’t eat. Then I called the vet and they told me to come and bring him in ASAP because a rabbit not eating is considered an emergency. After being put on 4 different medications he was fine and I was relieved. So pay attention 🙂