We are starting a very fun new column here with guest blogger Randi, and we are kicking it off with her top five tips for new bun owners. Enjoy!
Hi my name is Randi, and I am 13 years old. I like to write, read, and draw, but the most important thing to know about me is that I love animals (cats and rabbits especially).
I am also the proud owner of two sweet, hay loving California bunnies who I adopted from the House Rabbit Network. As a young first-time rabbit owner, I can tell you that with great bunnies comes great responsibility. As prepared as I was for getting a house rabbit, there is nothing that compares to the first few nights with your bun. Well… that is if your rabbits are little masterminds who will try anything to get out of their cage at night (lol). This shouldn’t be a problem though if you have a cage/hutch that is more stable than mine was.
At first it was scary for me to know that all of the responsibility of having my two buns, Romeo and Juliet (originally Mira and Arthur), was on me. I think everyone gets scared that they might do something wrong when they first start caring for their rabbit. But even though your bun relies on you for most things, it will be perfectly fine as long as you do your research (believe me, I know :-D).
Don’t get me wrong, it did take some time to get used to life with rabbits, but in my opinion, after we got to know each other it became one of the most fun experiences that I’ve ever had. Which is why the five most important tips of advice that I would recommend to all new bunny owners are:
1- Research, research, research! I can NOT stress this enough. If you get a rabbit and you don’t know anything about taking care of him/her/them, the internet is your best bet if you don’t want to do anything that you will regret later.2- Plan your rabbit’s living space ahead of time. If you don’t have a cage, hutch, ex pen, etc ready for your bun(s) when you take him/her/them home, then they will have to roam around until you do have something. And let me warn you, rabbits do have a destructive side.
3- Bunny proof EVERYTHING you think your rabbit could get into and even things you don’t. I went to charge my phone one day, and the charger was chewed in half! You still have a chance to keep your things safe.
4- Rabbits should live indoors! Out of all the information I have learned about bunnies, this is one of the most important. I can not tell you how many people that I have heard say their rabbit got killed or attacked by a predator.
5- I think the most important thing though, if you don’t already have your rabbit, is to get them from a rescue or shelter. There are so many poor neglected bunnies out there who need your help, and there is a very good chance that one of those bunnies is meant to have a forever home with you too. Plus rabbits in shelters and rescues are already fixed, which could save you a good $200-500 depending on where you live.
As you can see, being a rabbit owner definitely has its ups and downs, but I found that everything is all worth it for my little bunny friends. They certainly are one of my top priorities in life, and they make things so much less boring :-)
Juliet being beautiful.
Romeo loves Juliet (left to right)