We are getting a rabbit!!!!

(72 Posts)
violentvioletx Thu 18-Aug-16 20:28:21

So.... Managed to convince DH that DC would like a rabbit. Have purchased;
Two tier Hutch, hay, sawdust, food bowl, hanging food container, water bottle, baby rabbit food, grooming kit, hutch cleaner and sanitiser, book vet appointment to get rabbit health checked and arrange for neutering. Is there anything we are missing? Hopefully pick rabbit up tomorrow and excitement is really kicking in now!

newtscamander Thu 18-Aug-16 20:30:23

You need two really for company. Mine adore each other, they'd be very lonely alone.

newtscamander Thu 18-Aug-16 20:31:30

Is it an outdoor rabbit? You need a run or ideally fully rabbit proof the garden so they can run all around it for an hour or so a day (whilst being watched of course). Remember to get teeth and nails checked a few times a year.

justdontevenfuckingstart Thu 18-Aug-16 20:34:26

Look at megasorb for bedding. Much cheaper and cleaner. Dd1 got jaffacake a Hungarian dwarf two weeks ago. Cutest thing ever.

Ramonaramona73 Thu 18-Aug-16 20:35:50

Rabbits are very social animals and it is very cruel to keep them on their own - I had thought you had to have two actually. Please think about getting another, I'm sure they will both be friendlier, easier pets together.

Slippersandacuppa Thu 18-Aug-16 20:38:09

Yep - another rabbit and some sort of outdoor run for them. Congrats! Ours are favourites with visitors!

SoftSheen Thu 18-Aug-16 20:42:08

You will need to get two rabbits, as they are social animals. A male and female neutered pair often works well.

I am not very keen on multi-tiered hutches for rabbits as they are not climbing animals. What they do need is lots of space to run about. You need a minimum hutch size of 6' x 2' x 2' with access to a run of at least 10' length. Bear in mind that the rabbits you see in pet shops are usually babies, and adult rabbits are significantly bigger.

Hay should form the main part of a rabbit's diet, with supplemental pellets and small amounts of fresh vegetables and fruit.

Please think very carefully, as rabbits are not the easiest of pets nor are they ideal for children (most don't like being picked up/cuddled). They can also live for 10+ years. Generally speaking guinea-pigs make much better pets for children.

MilkyChops Thu 18-Aug-16 20:43:47

Another rabbit - then get them spayed/neutered - they are not solitary animals.
Put aside money for rabbit vaccinations e.g. Myomatosis
A fully enclosed area/run
Don't use sawdust - buy megasorb - it's horse litter but it's much kinder to bunny noses.
Good quality timothy hay to prevent teeth problems
Not that awful rabbit muesli mix - get the all in one pellets - remember there main source of nutrients is hay - never leave a full bowl of pellets - just layer a small amount into the bowl once a day.
A good brush - furminator
Nail scissors and oven mits.
Go and pick fresh blackberries and bramble leaves, they love coriander, green leafy carrot tops, basil, parsley, fresh grass, spring greens, brocolli. Despite popular culture carrots and too much fresh fruit is not good for them - very sugary.

thehayexperts - sell good hay and megasorb and are very reasonable.

bearofnothingness Thu 18-Aug-16 20:45:09

don't let mn dampen your excitement! rabbits are lovely pets, remember to handle it alot when little and let them run about inside to get used to you! def get a nice outside run for it. mine virtually live in theirs!

timelytess Thu 18-Aug-16 20:45:33

Go to Rabbits United and read up.
Two rabbits, not one.
Not suitable for children.
Bite like bastards, kick and scratch.
'Exotics' when they go to the vet - with all the accompanying cost.
Live forever.

Get a big hairy Syrian hamster. Lives 3-4 years, full of character, totally lovely. Not a small bitey hamster.

BennyTheBall Thu 18-Aug-16 20:45:57

Please, please don't get one. It will be lonely and miserable.

You need a bonded pair. It is cruel otherwise.

babbafishbabe Thu 18-Aug-16 20:46:24

They will also need something to chew, mineral stone and salt lick. Also some toys ... Our bunnies love throwing balls about.
A run is a necessity unless like us you have a fully enclosed garden. Get some springs for your water bottle as it will pee you off tiring to get that off. We also have 2 water bottles.
A litter tray and some small animal litter means you'll have a nice tidy hutch!
You should have two... One of ours died and we wasn't going to replace but she was soooooo very very lonely.
We got her a man and they LOVE each other... He's been fixed. Ours are English Lops called Pixie and Korbin.

babbafishbabe Thu 18-Aug-16 20:46:32

They will also need something to chew, mineral stone and salt lick. Also some toys ... Our bunnies love throwing balls about.
A run is a necessity unless like us you have a fully enclosed garden. Get some springs for your water bottle as it will pee you off tiring to get that off. We also have 2 water bottles.
A litter tray and some small animal litter means you'll have a nice tidy hutch!
You should have two... One of ours died and we wasn't going to replace but she was soooooo very very lonely.
We got her a man and they LOVE each other... He's been fixed. Ours are English Lops called Pixie and Korbin.

timelytess Thu 18-Aug-16 20:47:48

Bedding - waterproof base/ puppy pads/ extreme hay. Soft, warm absorbent and easy to clean.

BennyTheBall Thu 18-Aug-16 20:48:05

And they need a massive run, not tiers.

Our rabbits have their own 'garden' which is about 7ft by 5.

MadHattersWineParty Thu 18-Aug-16 20:55:35

The only rabbit I have had who was happy living alone was a beautiful scruffy loppy thing who lived inside with me, but I think he thought he was a dog (id even found him as 'a stray' all matted and sad lolloping along beside a road) he'd follow me everywhere, sit on my lap watching tv and kip on the end of my bed. I introduced him to the other rabbit we had who lived outside and recently lost her mate but she hated him and he just wanted to be with me and would pine at the back door.

He was litter trained too.

Also rabbits don't generally like being picked up and cuddled, of course kids want to as they're ridiculously cute, but if you spend time handling him every day he'll end up loving a good stroke. Watch your wires if he comes indoors, all my bunnies have loved biting through wires!

newtscamander Thu 18-Aug-16 21:11:23

No need for people to be so negative

Yes, it will need a friend (I have two girls who get on great. Both neutered about 8 months old) and you need an outdoor run/enclosed garden.

But they are great pets, so intelligent and full of character. Love mine to bits. Don't be put off!

violentvioletx Thu 18-Aug-16 21:20:25

My apologies I should have said we are collecting the first tommorow, the second one isn't available until 02/09/2016. We do also have a run that measures 15ft X 15ft that DH made. The two tier hutch is currently separated as one is male and one is female so figured I could leave one on top one on the bottom whilst waiting for neutering. And then place ramp at a later date. Have a monthly pet payment with local vet that offers vaccines, nail trimming, teeth checks, health checks microchipping 20% of neutering etc for £9.99 a month, rabbit will also be fully insured with pet plan as is my dog. DC will have no access to hutch or run without me letting them in.

violentvioletx Thu 18-Aug-16 21:21:32

Also have Timothy hay, will get more toys and a salt rock tomorrow

MadHattersWineParty Thu 18-Aug-16 21:22:26

Please put pictures and names smile

violentvioletx Thu 18-Aug-16 21:23:19

Also have a water proof cover and a hitch inside for really bad weather. Living room has no exposed wires as they are all buried in the wall.

violentvioletx Thu 18-Aug-16 21:24:06

Hutch* salt lick* autocorrect fail! Sorry for jumbled post trying to answer every bodies points

BennyTheBall Thu 18-Aug-16 21:25:56

Well that sounds lovely! Make sure your solo gets loads of attention between now and getting the other.

Our are male and female and they are very close.

Thy have lots of interest in their run - a couple of tunnels and they have dug a burrow that they sleep in - they don't bother with the hutch. We have a couple of tree stumps in there for 'visitors' to sit on. Our rabbits love attention and stroking but they are never picked up.

violentvioletx Thu 18-Aug-16 21:26:08

I have organic pellets and not muesli mix

violentvioletx Thu 18-Aug-16 21:28:09

Kind of wishing I hadn't posted on here now, have done lots of research, if I'm completely honest rabbit is definitely more for me than DC. And thought I had actually done a good job of preparing now feeling like I haven't and doubting the whole thing

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