Bunny Adoption Guide
Long Term Commitment - Bunnies can live more than 10 years. Think about if the kids will be moving out within 10 years and if they will still be able to help with the day to day maintenance.
Traveling - Bunnies can get stressed when traveling or in environments they are not familiar with. If you are traveling on a family vacation, think about getting a pet sitter to watch your bunny while you are away. If you are thinking about a major move for your family, you may want to wait until after you settle in to adopt.
Bunny Proofing - If you are thinking about giving the bunny an area to hop around in the house, you will need to bunny proof. They are very curious creatures and will get into trouble if you leave things around for them to nibble on. Make sure to put away or hide paper, cables, wires, moldings, rugs, toys, etc. Bunnies will nibble and chew toys that are left on the floor and will also nibble carpeting.
Expenses - There is usually an adoption fee when you go through the process. There are also many supplies you will need to purchase such as housing, food, bunny proofing supplies, litter box and toys. There will also be ongoing fees such as food and vet bills.
Housing - This is a very important part of adopting a bunny. A bunny’s home is where he will have a place to relax and be alone. There are many different options to choose form such as a puppy pen, a bunny condo or even a large cage. What you choose depends on the space you have to allocate to your new bunny. Some bunnies can live in a designated room that’s blocked off with gates.
Daily Chores - Rabbits need fresh food and water daily. They also require grooming and nail clippings on a regular schedule.
Talk to the shelter/rescue - The volunteers will be very knowledgeable and will make sure you know how to care for your new pet. It will only help you and your bunny to ask any questions or share your concerns before heading home.
Allergies - Before adopting your new family pet, make sure no one in the house has any allergies to hay. Bunnies need access to hay at all times.
Litter box training - Most shelters and rescues will at least start the process of litter training. Moving to a new home is a drastic change; the bunny may forget some of the habits he learned at the shelter. Keeping trying and don’t give up! Using reinforcements (treats) and staying consistent will help train your bunny.
Adopting a bunny is a great way to teach your kids responsibility. Plus, it will also make your kids pick up after themselves otherwise they will find their toys and books with nibble marks.