If you’re thinking about getting bunnies, then this is the post for you! If not then you can just sit back and enjoy the cute photos 🙂
Amelie and Hector are brother and sister, and when we got them they were around 10 weeks old.
Rabbits are adorable and if you spend time with them everyday they will grow to love you. But they aren’t “starter pets” like some people say. You can’t just pop them in a cage and only “play” with them when you feel like it. They are as much work as having a dog or cat.
So lets start with what you would need to have bunnies:
- A large indoor/outdoor space (not just a cage). Rabbits need at least 4 hours a day to hop, jump and binky around. Those little hutches that they still sell in pet shops were originally made just to keep rabbits housed so later they would be eaten – why they still sell them now I have no idea as bunnies need space to exercise, just like any other animal. It’s also nowadays advised to keep your bunny inside, as the danger of foxes and other animals outside can kill a rabbit – even if it doesn’t physically get to your rabbit, your rabbit can have a heart attack from the stress.
- Time. Although having a bunny is a bit easier than having a dog as they can be left alone when you’re at work (they are also nocturnal and sleep during the day), you still need time to interact with your rabbits and keep them company!
- Money. Some people assume because rabbits are smaller it means they aren’t too expensive to keep but it really does depend, I’ll get to this in a minute.
- Love. You need to love your rabbits! Obviously.. otherwise you wouldn’t be thinking of getting any.
- A bunny proofed room (if they live inside).
And now let’s add up the costs of having a bunny. This depends on what age your rabbit is that you adopt, we got our baby bunnies from a woman living outside of Munich in the countryside, her bunny had babies and for some reason no one wanted the little buns! If you adopt rabbits that are older and have already been spayed/neutered, you’re saving yourself a lot of work and money. Here is what I spend for my bunnies:
- Operation for Hector to be neutered: 80 euros
- Operation for Amelie to be spayed: 120 euros (it’s a more complicated operation for female rabbits, hence why it’s more expensive)
- A cage: 30 euros (we got ours second hand so prices vary. Now that our room is bunny proofed the cage is always open, unless we want to give the room a spring clean then we pop them in a different room in the cage)
- Water bottles, toilets, hay rack: Around 40 euros
- Vaccinations: I can’t completely remember how much this was! But around 40 euros for both of them
- Rabbit toys – straw balls, sticks, hay house, tunnels: Around 25 euros
- TOTAL: 335 euros
And now for food:
- Hay per week: 4.50 euros
- Dry food per month: 7 euros
- Fresh veggies per month: 8 euros
- TOTAL PER MONTH: 32 euros
There can be other unexpected costs, for example when Amelie and Hector had a fight Amelie injured her eye – luckily the vet costs were only around 25 euros but you always need to be prepared for any additional costs in case they get ill etc!
Other things to think about is that usually a bunny eats EVERYTHING. Cables, furniture, skirting boards, walls…. But I’ll put a bunny proofing in the next post. What some people don’t know is that rabbits are actually very clean animals. They will naturally pick out a corner to do their business in, you can place the toilet there and when they’re used it they should do their business wherever you put the toilet!
You might have noticed that I keep referring to getting rabbits as plural, this is because rabbits usually live in groups in the wild and they are most happy when they have a little bun buddy living with them. Even if you spend a lot of time with them there’s still those 8 hours you sleep at night and 8 hours in the day when you’re at work where your little bun is alone! A lot of rabbit holiday homes here in Germany refuse to look after your rabbit if they aren’t in a pair, as they say it’s cruel. So have a think about getting two – having an extra one doesn’t take up more space and if they’re already spayed/neutered then the cost is low anyway.
Speak with your local animal home about adopting a pair – rabbits are also very complicated when it comes to picking out a partner for life, it isn’t as simple as putting them both in a room and expecting them to get on like a house on fire. I’ll be writing an extra post about bonding and rebonding rabbits!
I think I covered all the basics here. So in a summary they are amazing pets with amazing individual personalites. Just don’t forget because they’re small and can’t bark or miaow that they aren’t any less important!
If you have any other questions then drop me a comment below, I’d love to hear from you 🙂