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Should I Get A Bunny?

Updated on June 25, 2008
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So you want a pet of your very own, and you think that a bunny might be the pet for you. Bunnies are so cute and fuzzy and you love the idea of having one hopping around you all day long, being your best bunny friend. But should you get a bunny? Here are some things to think about before you go and buy a bunny.

  • Bunnies Are Smelly

Bunnies will need to be cleaned out EVERY DAY, even days when it is snowing or raining, or when you are sick. Because bunnies usually use their cages as toilets, they get very dirty very quickly. Some people find that they need to keep their bunny cleaned out twice a day even. That can add up to a lot of work or a lot of smell if you don't do it.

  • Bunnies Bite

Sometimes even the best bunny bites. There are a wide range of reasons why bunnies bite, including being possessive over their territory, being hormonal as they grow up, or just not liking you touching them. A bunny bite can be very painful indeed, and can even draw blood. If you can't handle the idea that your bunny might bite and scratch you before it learns to be a good friend, then you shouldn't get one.

  • Bunnies Take A Long Time To Be Friendly

Baby bunnies are usually friendly because they are too little to know better. It is very common for people who buy a sweet baby bunny to wonder a month or two later what happened to the friendly little bunny they thought they knew. As rabbits get older, they start to get grumpier. This doesn't last forever, and being neutered or spayed helps this problem, but don't think that your bunny will be a cuddly friend without a lot of work and time.

  • Bunnies Cost Money

Some people think that bunnies are cheap pets, and in some ways they are, but there are some big expenses you will have to pay to keep your rabbit healthy. It will need a good cage, and it will also need veterinary attention, for check ups, and vaccinations, and being desexed. If you don't vaccinate and desex your rabbit there is a good chance it will get very sick and die very young. If you don't have the money for these things, which sometimes cost hundreds of dollars, or don't want to spend money on a bunny when it needs it, then you shouldn't get one.

  • Bunnies Are A Lot Of Work

If you are going to be a good bunny owner, then your bunny will be a lot of work. You will need to groom it, daily if it is long haired, and you will need to keep its claws well trimmed. Then there is the cleaning of the cage which I have mentioned already. If you don't have at least an hour a day to devote to your bunny, then you shouldn't get one.

  • Bunnies Need Good Housing, Preferably Indoors

Keeping bunnies outside is now widely recognized as being about as cruel as keeping a cat in a cage outside. If you are not prepared to get your bunny a good indoor cage, and let it get regular exercise, then you probably shouldn't get a bunny.


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      ggmcroberts 3 years ago

      My daughter just got bit and it drew blood she was just feeding it when it charged and bit her. Had bunny for almost a year. Should I take her to the doc or hospital.

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      Vhjjvft 3 years ago

      I don't know I have a bunny she is 3 half months old and she's already bitten me like 3 times! I want a sweet bunny! What can i do to change her?

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      Julie B. 4 years ago

      I am looking into getting a bunny and I have read lots about them in books and online... they said that its the owners fault when the bunny bites. Plus, next time you do another article if you are going to do the cons, also add pros because it sounds like you are trying to make them look mean.

      Ps. I really want a bunny, my mom would say yes but my dad says no since we have a dog and 2 cats. It seems like he thinks that its impossible for rabbits to become friends with dogs or cats, (btw I know my cat is way too gentle to be mean to a bunny) but I cant seem to convince him.

      Got any advise?

      Thanks :)

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      Alex 5 years ago

      This is not true! Bunniez, you are wrong. False information!

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      Abby 5 years ago

      I want a bunny so BAD

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      Bunnyowner 5 years ago

      While some of these points by the author are valid but also should be looked at as a worst case scenario. I've owned two bunnies, one for three years and another for 8 who is still kicking. I have never been bitten, the only thing close to that has been nibbling, which doesn't hurt and I wouldn't even describe as a pinch and usually happens because the bunny wants you to pet it. Additionally, bunnies cages, not the bunny are/can be smelly, but again if your bunny is trained to go in one corner and you clean the cage twice a week, you will be fine (I have no idea what litter the author is using but cleaning once or even twice a day is a rare occurrence. The one thing the author has right in all cases is that bunnies are expensive. The actual purchase of a bunny is not expensive but between hay, litter, pellets, carrots, greens (parsley, cilantro, etc...) and vet visits you can easily expect to drop between 60-100 a month. As the bunny gets older, if you are lucky, the vet should be performing blood tests and such which can run 100 or 200 a visit every 3 to 6 months. Finally, bunnies do take some time to warm up to an owner (weeks not months or years) because of the fact that the bunny is a prey animal and instinctively feels like it is being hunted. But if you give your rabbit time it will be the best pet imaginable.

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      Sweet India Girl 5 years ago

      I really want a pet rabbit is it true they cost that much money?

      Maybe I should wait until I get a part time job or something. I'm glad so many people think this is false because I don't really want to believe it.

      I am prepared to do all those things but it is just the money I am concerned about.

      Thanks for your comments everyone

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      Lala 5 years ago

      I want a bunny but my mom won't let me got any tips??????

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      Kiki 6 years ago

      I have a pet rabbit and to be honest rabbits are very nice if you pick the right one from the right pet store.You can also grow a VERY strong bond with them to.My rabbit dose nip me now and then but it is not that painful to me.

      P.S If you get one get it from a small pet store NOT a big chain of stores. They have heather animals most of the time and they would probable live longer to.

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      Amy 6 years ago

      Ammmm where do u buy a bunny

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      Faith 6 years ago

      I agree I have read a lot about bunnies and they don't seem mean at all, actually I really really want one...should I get one or two? They only bite when you do something they don't like and it's usually only one thing.

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      Glug 6 years ago

      NOT TRUEEE!!!!

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      Flopsey 6 years ago

      I have had bunnies all my life and I don't believe that a bunny is just spiteful. It needs a reason. Bunnies are amazing animals and need to be treated properly. I have had 14 so far throughout my life and not one has ever showed hatred towards me. The only chance that maybe they could be a nippy is probaly the owners fault. Just like us, we aren't just moody. We need a reason.

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      Sara 6 years ago

      WTF bunnies are the sweetest things they love to cuddle and some don't even need a cage mine is a dwarf bunny and it is potty trained and loves to sleep on my bed I do admit it is spoiled but it is very cute and warms up to it's owners in like 3 to 6 days and it has never bitten me and I have at it for 2 months now this article is sooo wrong they don't smell AND THEY DO NOT DRAW BLOOD this article is not professenial if u want to really no about bunnies and ther LOVABLE ways then I suggest going to a different website

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      bunnyzr2cute 7 years ago

      i agree with you rylee

      these facts are son wronge i had a bunny in the past it was outdoors but we brought her in a lot she never but me and when they get mad and don't want to be touched they stomp a leg not bite


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      rylee 7 years ago

      Ok i want a rabbit because wen my 15 year old sister was my age she got a guinea pig and she got rid of it and now i want a rabbit for my birthday and my parents said no so what should i do beg them or leave it alone. its not fair.

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      Alice  7 years ago

      ok so i agree and disagree with this. my bunnies cage does not smell and i clean it out once a week, my bunny only nips. he has NEVER drawn blood. so im guessing its a love bite. and it only took a week for my bunny to warm up to me, and he knows my voice, he will always let me pet him but if a stranger talks to him or pet him he knows its not me and runs away which is cute cuz i know he loves me then :)

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      baby girl 7 years ago

      i am getting a bunny in 2 weeks should i start buying all the stuff it needs

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      Kaylee 7 years ago

      I agree that some bunnies can bite and such, but it all depends on the personality. Animals aren't all the same. Another thing, this article is really biased and doesn't present the pros of having a rabbit, only the cons. If you want to make an article it should be un-biased and have all the facts straight.

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      Abby 7 years ago

      First of all bunnies do not bite or stink. I have had bunnies all of my life! And not once has a bunny bit me.

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      jhfdkbcjdk 7 years ago

      Jeez "bunniez" you are so mean

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      Alicia 7 years ago

      i reallly really want a bunny and i will take care of it but my parents are worried about the money, we arnt poor i can tell you that but right now we don't have to much spending money... do they really cost hundreds of dollars ?

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      bunnylove 7 years ago

      i disagree. my bunny is cuddling up right next to me on my bed flopped out right now. he licks me, cuddles me, engages play with me, loves the cat, has play dates with other bunnies, goes on trips to the park leash/cage free, and is all around amazing and the best animal companion i've ever had. he's never bitten me as anything more than love bites and is more cuddly than most cats. he snuggles with me under the blankets for hours before i fall asleep and plays on my bed trying to keep me awake all night. he even helps me do my homework...mostly by eating my papers. half of what i turn in have sorry notes explaining why the corners are always ripped up. :) when i first brought my bunny home i kept him in a cage at night and when i wasn't home and free the rest of the time and we didn't have the relationship we have now. bunnies do not like cages and they know that you're the one subjecting them to it. since we did away with the cages he has total trust in me and he is the sweetest thing ever.

      they are expensive though. they can be destructive too. my bunnies vice is headphones. if i leave my purse alone for a second he sneaks in there just to get them. it takes a lot of bunny proofing and i'm always doing more as he's always finding new ways to get in trouble.

      it takes bunnies a little more time to warm up to you then a cat or a dog but they are worth the time and devotion and they have more personality than both combined if you give them the freedom to let their personalities come out. if you want a cage animal get a hamster not a rabbit.

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      volleyball girl 7 years ago

      I want to get a bunny but i want i bunny that will cuddle and let me hold it all the time almost but 1 mager problem i have 2 dogs and i don't know if the bunny will be ok with it and 3 question how do i train it to use a litter box an where do i get one also do bunnys play with toys and do tricks if so how do i teach it

      ps what is the best type of bunny to get

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      Casey 7 years ago

      Yes, Rabbits are the bestest pet to have if you wanna have a small kind. Pet... there cages may get smell and they can be trained to ues a latter box... Rabbits use the conners of there cages.. to go pottie... so just put them a latter box... in the conner they mostly use...

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      gymnast 7 years ago

      i want to get a bunny so bad! but would they learn to not bite you? and where should i get a bunny?

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      Bunniez 8 years ago

      Go and read the comments from the other children who are upset because their bunnies bite and scratch them and see how you feel then, Kate. Bunnies are amazing pets, but they are not cuddly pets necessarily and some of them might not want you to touch them much at all. This article gives a realistic view of owning rabbits. They are smelly if you don't clean the cage every day, they do cost money, they could be quite aggressive and they will need good housing.

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      Kate 9 years ago

      I don't belive that you are exceptionally correct. I want to get a rabbit because i already have a ccat and a dog that are both about eigh years old. Rabbits are amazing pets!