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Rabbits in general
Member Name: bluebell190
Rabbits in general
Advantages: Easy to look after
Disadvantages: They eat all your plants!
My boyfriend thought it would be a good idea to get 2 rabbits about 3 years ago now. It was a bit of a random decision, as we just saw them in the shop and decided we wanted them!
We were in pets at home at the time, and we bought a nice big hutch called thistle hall, and everything else they would need with it. I got them bottles, toys, hay, sawdust etc.
I went back the next day once i had set up the hutch and everything. I chose two lop eared rabbits and they cost me £50 for the pair.
This was the best £50 i ever spent! They are lovely pets and i wouldnt be with out them!
I named one rabbit Bluebell, she is a beige and grey colour. She is very naughty, if you put a shoe or anything in front of her she will pick it up in her mouth and thrown it across the room! She can be very moody, but also very loving too. She loves a cuddle and to be stroked. She loves to eat carrots out of your hand and loves to mooch about the house!
The other rabbit is called splash, as she is pure white, with just a few splashes of black on her back and face. She is the opposite of Bluebell and is very shy and doesnt like people. She will only come near you if she wants food! I have never been able to cuddle her or pick her up, she doesnt like people at all. It is a shame she is like that, but her and Bluebell are the best of friends! I could never split them up!
Every morning when you go into the shed to feed them they are cuddled up to each other. I heard two female rabbits will just live together happily forever and this is true! They love each other so much, they love to groom and wash each other which is so sweet to watch!
Rabbits need cleaning out very often as they poo so much! Mine do not poo in just one place, i have never been able to train them although i have tried with litter trays etc. They poo in every corner of the hutch and shed, so we have to clean it out every week at least.
They can be quite expensive if you buy all you straw, sawdust and hay from pet stores such as pets at home. Their products are not very compact and they do not last very long at all.
If you go to a local farm, which have horses you can buy big bales of hay for about £8 which last us about 4 months. Also they sell very compact bags of sawdust which are absolutely huge! They are used for horses afterall! They cost about £5 and last about 6 months. You can alsy buy straw, and from equestrian centres you can buy huge bags of rabbit food which last about a year for £7 which means it is not as expensive as it is from pets at home. I was spending £15 every 2 weeks in pets at home, on food, straw etc.
My rabbits have got a wooden hutch, but as they like to chew everything they can, they have chewed the hutch to bits! There is a brick wedged under one leg to stop if falling over! I would go for maybe a plastic hutch if i were to buy one again.
Also, buy a heavy bowl to put their food in as they tend to stand in the bowls to eat the food and end up tipping them over all the time.
My rabbits have never liked any toy i have ever bought them, they just tend to throw them out the way if you put them in front of them, and they never bother with them!
They absolutely love fresh food. I give them carrots, potato peelings, salad, etc.
They need a good few hours exercise a day, so if you are not home much, do not get rabbits. Mine hate being locked up all day and get very depressed if you dont let them out. I let them out in the garden in all weathers, snow, rain etc. Snow doesnt bother them at all! It annoys them not being able to get to the grass, but the cold doesnt seem to bother them!
I worry about them in the summer as the shed they are in gets so hot, i always have a fan in there for them! Also in the winter you have to be careful and try and keep them warm by putting lots of extra hay in there, and use huggers you can buy in the pet store for their bottles as they freeze up overnight in the winter.
Rabbits cost a lot in vaccinations. Every 6 months it is £35 each for their myxomatosis jabs and they also have one which stops diarrhea.
I have never had to take my rabbits to the vet for anything else, they are easy to look after and rarely get ill!
I love when im washing up or cooking, and just look out the window and seeing the bunnies munching in the garden!
I wouldnt recommend rabbits if you love to have nice flower beds in your garden, as they eat every single plant they can get to! I have no colourful plants left in my garden, but they sure do keep the grass and short! They eat all day and night long, and will eat all your plants.
Rabbits are lovely animals to have as pets, they are great to watch and easy to look after!
Summary: Great pets