Many families write to us to acquire more rabbits after caring for their own for just months. It’s true that the rabbits do bring lots of joy and more will amplify the fun! However, we are not sure if they are indeed ready for more. Here’s some considerations for new rabbit owners who are planning on acquiring more pets:
1. DO YOU KNOW YOUR RABBIT/S WELL?
This is more than just their color, age and personality. An owner who knows their rabbit/s well should remember their last vet check, weight, blood test results and what change to look out for and how to supplement their care as they age. Only when you are confident with your rabbits’ care, then acquiring more will make it easier to plan ahead.
2. DO YOU HAVE EXTRA TIME (& MONEY) TO SPARE?
While love is important to sustain your passion, you need to be realistic in your own capacity. This includes rainy day funds which can amount to >$1000 for a medical episode and taking days off from work or having sleepless nights to nurse them through an illness. Odds are always higher with multiple pets so once again, do plan ahead!
3. DO YOU HAVE THE SUPPORT YOU NEED?
Even with 1 rabbit, we have to keep a close eye on them and be ready to help them when needed. With multiple rabbits, it’s best to have someone else in the household to support you with them. Especially during bonding period or times when both require medical care. 2 pairs of hands are definitely better than 1!
4. HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED SUFFICIENTLY?
Many new owners have only experienced joy and still in the ‘honeymoon’ phase. They may not have experience the worse such as exorbitant vet bills or intensive medical care like injections. And of course, there is the pain of loss when they leave us. Not everyone has the capacity to handle and it’s important you are prepared before acquiring more.
It is definitely very sweet to see multiple rabbits cuddling and playing together. We are certain it will amplify your joy and make your day happier. However, we hope owners make the decision to acquire more pets with sense and sensibility. Be prepared and do not put yourself (and innocent rabbits’ lives) in a situation of ‘biting more than you can chew’. Don’t do it out of impulse.