* I would like to just pop in a disclaimer, if you want to add an animal into your life as a family member, please…please…PLEASE try your local shelter or rescue, I really haven’t had great experiences with pet shop animals and in most countries there’s plenty of poor animals in shelters. In the future I will be trying my best to adopt as I wasn’t educated in the matter at the time and I now am 😊I would also like to mention this post is meant to share some of my experiences and thoughts it is not a guide, I will create a guide in the future.*
Originally this blog/website was going to be about animals, but over time I realised I had lots to share and thought I’d make it about a number of things that I am interested in. Animals have played a large part in my life, I have always loved animals and I wanted all the pets I could possibly fit in my life.
I was obsessed with insects growing up, I even created a club in primary school dedicated to them. I spent everyday looking and learning about all the crawling creatures outside. I even researched their habitats and environments to find out how to care for them…before bringing them into the house and trying to get them past my mum haha.
As I grew up I became more fond on keeping furry animals, we’d always had a cat and my parents made the promise when we moved into a home with a nice garden we’d get a dog. So that part was set in stone but I still yearned for a small animal to love and cuddle.
During the past 21 years I have owned many different types of animals from insects, fish and anything with scales, I also had three pet rats. I worked in a pet store when I was 14 and over the 2 years I really solidified my love for bunny rabbits. It wasn’t something I wanted randomly, I did a lot of research and thought I knew everything…oh boy I didn’t know enough, I am still learning now!
People assume rabbits live around 2-5 years however they can live up to 10 years or more depending on the breed, rabbits are extremely sensitive creatures, they are not suited to living outside in the every changing weather and environment (they are very sensitive to the cold and the heat). They hate loud noises and busy lives. Most children get a pet rabbit and either end up getting too busy with school or they keep them outside which isn’t fair on a sensitive and social creature; you will also miss out on a lot of their personality if they are kept outside. Diet is also extremely important and regular vet appointments are a must especially when they age. Rabbits are very sensitive and can go into shock extremely easily, you can drop a cup or shut a door a bit too hard and shock them.
Rabbit require to have a healthy diet to avoid GI Stasis and other health problems, their diet is 80% hay, a small amount of good quality hay pellets and a really good amount of leafy greens but please do your research as of course each rabbit is different. Regular checks at the vet are important, but rabbit should be fixed at the correct time to ensure hormones are kept level and they don’t become aggressive, leaving your rabbit unfixed could cause behavioural issues or even life-threatening life conditions in the future. Rabbits do not belong outside, rabbits do not belong in a cage or a hutch. Sitting in the cold outside in a metal and wooden cage waiting for predatory animals to cause them stress and upset isn’t the reason why you get a pet rabbit…
Rabbits can be a great pet however, you should do research as there are so many myths that I still see people believing and reciting…Check out some of the resources I have listed below that will help you understand the work and time you have to put into having a pet rabbit. Especially for the first few years while you’re training and bonding with your little fluffy friend. I will be writting future posts about bunny rabbits as I really did enjoy sharing some basic info about these lovely animals. If you put in the time and effort for a rabbit, trust me you’ll recieve so much love and laughs watching them grow and show their personality especially when they’re running around and dancing in your home!
“Although some rabbits tolerate handling quite well, many do not like to be picked up and carried. If rabbits are mishandled they will learn to nip to protect themselves. If they feel insecure when carried they may scratch to get down. Unspayed/unneutered rabbits often exhibit territorial behavior such as “boxing” or nipping when their territory is “invaded” by the owner.” – https://www.petfinder.com/pet-care/rabbit-care/common-rabbit-myths/
Rabbits do not belong outside, rabbits do not belong in a cage or a hutch. Rabbits can live for 10 years or more, they require regular vaccines, fixing and regular checkups at the vets just like a dog or a cat. Don’t underestimate how much work is put into these lovely creatures. #NOMORECAGES