Are Rabbits Low-Maintenance Pets?

Find out if rabbits are low-maintenance pets in this Howcast video featuring bunny lover Amy Sedaris and rabbit expert Mary E. Cotter.

Speaker 1: Here we are. Rabbits are low maintenance pets. People ask me that all the time.

Speaker 2: Yeah, and people get rabbits thinking that they’re great low maintenance starter pets. They usually get them for children and all the parents thinking when they do that is that the rabbit won’t have to be walked like a dog.

Speaker 1: Right.

Speaker 2: You know, you won’t have to clean the litter box like a cat. Rabbits you know, people don’t know, that rabbits use litter boxes. They’re not low maintenance pets. These pets take me more time to care for than my dog takes to care for.

Speaker 1: Full-time job.

Speaker 2: Yeah, it is.

Speaker 1: Mm hmm.

Speaker 2: It’s a fair amount of work to care for a rabbit properly. A lot of people don’t care for them properly and they make short work of it and the rabbits don’t get what they need, but if you’re really giving a rabbit what he or she needs, it’s a job. These are not low maintenance pets. They require good veterinary care. They should go to the vet at least once a year for a well bunny visit assuming they’re not sick. They need to get out for daily exercise. They need their…

Speaker 2: Yeah, environmental stimulation and enrichment. You need to change the environment periodically. You know, move where a chair is. Move where a bench is. Put an object on the floor, a cardboard box, something for your rabbit to investigate and you always . . .

Speaker 1: Just change it up.

Speaker 2: Change it up.

Speaker 1: Make meatloaf in a ring pan.

Speaker 2: That’s…

Speaker 1: Instead of a loaf pan. Change it up.

Speaker 2: So, yeah. You do have to pay attention to your rabbits and you have to be there when they’re exercising. The idea is to keep them safe. Whatever they’re doing in your home, they shouldn’t be chewing on anything that’s possibly toxic or that would cause a gut impaction for them. That’s a big deal, so there you have it.

Speaker 1: Okay.

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