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To adopt a rabbit when short of money?

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chocolateroses Thu 21-Feb-19 23:26:41

So we are a stable household, married with two steady incomes. 2 young DC who don't go without and a nice house. We are always careful with money but make sure we have enough to cover all costs each month. After the mortgage and food shops can't afford many luxuries - no holidays for us etc.

My eldest DC (who is 5) is desperate to get a rabbit.

I am looking at re homing two rabbits from the RSPCA, but I'm worried about the cost. I assume I would need to pay for:

- hutch and run (these look expensive!)
- some kind of indoor cage?
-hay and food
- some kind of monthly vet insurance

- costs to buy the rabbit?

Do the RSPCA charge you? I would love to donate, but after buying the essentials above we'd be skint luxury wise for a couple of months.

I can't imagine rabbits are that expensive to keep? Unless I'm missing something?

I can't help but feel that us adopting a rabbit (who would be deeply loved and cared for) but being a bit skint to start and unable to make a reasonable donation would still be a bette option than a rabbit staying in the RSPCA?

PenguinPandas Sat 23-Feb-19 11:22:42

Rabbitmad89 Glad to hear your username is as you love rabbits rather than you have 89 angry rabbits running round grin. Also love rabbits here.

OP, one thing also to check is are either of you have hayfever for any animal that uses hay. I am though its fine as DH and DD are doing looking after, well it would be fine if a trail of hay wasn't through the house with bouncing bunny but once that's gone its fine.

Lightofday Sat 23-Feb-19 13:37:34

I agree with doggy, you don't need a pair of rabbits if bunny will be kept inside (and not be left alone all day). As long as they have plenty of human interaction and play it is fine.

Though as I mentioned before, rescue bunnies can sometimes be extra destructive in-home...so may have to be outdoor bunnies. In which case, another bunny they can at least SEE everyday (perhaps sniff through their run ect...) is preferable.

But looks like op is going with guineapigs anyway. I had a single guinea pig as a kid and it seemed fine. But I think I would maybe go with a pair if I wanted them again.

Cremeeggsareforever Sat 23-Feb-19 14:40:04

Hi OP! I see that you now want guinea pigs. If you do, please adopt two that are already bonded. Guinea pigs shouldn't live alone unless the circumstances mean there is no other option - occssionally one will just not get on with others. Bur generally they are very social animals. Naturally they live in herds. You will notice they behave very differently in pairs - they are so much happier.

I say get two that are already bonded, as I've heard so many stories of people that buy 2 young ones and then the guinea pigs fall out when they become adults and start fighting. When that happens, you have to separate, and to be kind to each of them you have to find them a friend they will get on with...then you have 4!

Rescue centres always have pairs that can be adopted together.

chuttypicks Sat 23-Feb-19 16:03:36

Please don't do it!! Rabbits shouldn't be kept on their own and they need a minimum of 60 sq ft housing, 2 vaccinations per year, fresh hay daily, veg and good quality pellets. They're a big responsibility and not at all child friendly.

chocolateroses Sat 23-Feb-19 17:13:24

Please read the fulll thread.

Will people please stop posting I must get two rabbits not one. I have said I was looking at a pair of rabbits or there was another rabbit that the RSPCA stated must go as a single as it doesn't like other rabbits. I think the RSPCA know what they are on about.....

Yura Sat 23-Feb-19 19:16:59

i love rabbits as pets. i always had iy one, always from a rescue and ones that did not get along with other animals (one of them attacked my parents dog and bit the dog quite severely.....). tbey are great, social animals - but not for children I think.
mine were trained and pretty much free in my flat when i was in, really big cafe otherwise. but training needs time, patience and consequence.
All of mine also randomly attacked people and other animals, and rabbit bites are deep! (but all of mine were definitely special cases - my parents and i like the challenge of unusual animal behaviour, no matter if dog, horse or rabbit!)

Lightofday Sun 24-Feb-19 12:28:00

Yura? They all attacked!? I've had ten rabbits over the years and only one of them attacked ppl/pets. She was just a big old grump xD But the one I had from rescue...clearly had issues (hated being an a cage at all and was extra destructive ect...) You said yours were all rescue bunnies...makes me wonder what sort of trauma the poor little sods went through before going in there sad so glad someone was there to give them a chance smile. But yeah, think 6 your exp highlights that rescue bunnies often need a certain sort of owner.

Thisnamechanger Sun 24-Feb-19 12:29:33

Tbh rabbits are crap pets. They don't like petting and can bite and scratch dreadfully

I have two that don't bite and scratch and even I agree they are crap pets. grin OP if you get a sickly one it could end up costing you thousands so insure insure insure!

Lightofday Sun 24-Feb-19 12:40:51

Depends on the rabbit, they all have different personalities. I've had ones I didn't really bond with and a couple that were my best little buddies. You can't categorise a whole species as 'crap pets' based on having had a couple. I've never met a dog I particularly liked and many of the cats I've met have been assholes xD I still like cats and dogs.

givemesteel Sun 24-Feb-19 12:54:22

Agree that the pet should be something that you actually want as well so if you don't like rabbits don't get one, they do sound like a lot of work from pps posts.

What about gerbils? They're easier and don't live as long?

Yura Sun 24-Feb-19 16:01:16

@Lightofday yep, all three. one more viscous than the others, but they were all way more dangerous than our dogs! they all came from rescues, had substantial issues and all were “needs to be kept on his/her own, do not try to introduce other rabbits or guinea pigs”. our dog had quite some scars from her encounter with the rabbit.

Yura Sun 24-Feb-19 16:04:26

I only got bitten a handful of times - it was more unsuspecting other people or animals (dog, blackbird, other birds) who suddenly found out that rabbits aren’t cute and harmless. loved them all , great pets for an adult (one liked to go on walks on a leash), but not for a child!

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