Considering a rabbit for a pet? Here’s a few tips and questions for you to consider before you do so!
Did You Know…?
- Rabbits live longer, happier lives when kept indoors as House Rabbits.
- Rabbits’ personalities blossom when they are kept indoors properly and fed a proper diet.
- Rabbits are highly intelligent animals with complex social structures and social language.
- Consider adoption! There are many homeless rabbits in need of good homes. An adoption center will normally spay/neuter a rabbit so that you don’t have to, saving you hundreds of dollars! They will also be able to provide you with a personality profile of each individual bunny.
Is a Rabbit Right for Me?
Consider the following questions.
• Do I want an animal companion that will love me unconditionally no matter what, and reliably rush to greet me when I walk in the door?
Rabbits bond tightly to their humans and become extremely social and affectionate with them when they’ve bonded with you. However, rabbits are more like cats than dogs, and will have their moods and days when they will want and need their space. You cannot rely on a rabbit to always be willing to provide unconditional affection for you all day, every day. Additionally, rabbits require a lot of time and patience for them to open up. It is imperative to remember that they are a prey species, which makes them more skittish than your dog or cat.
• Am I ready for an 8-10 year commitment?
Most house rabbits live up to 6 years, but they can easily live up to 8-10 years, some even longer! Consider being financially and situationally prepared for such a length of time.
• Do I want a low-maintenance pet?
Contrary to popular belief, rabbits are NOT easy, low-maintenance “starter pets”, and are generally not recommend for young children. Rabbits require a lot of specified needs and attention. They require a specified diet and a watchful eye that can identify any signs of illness.
• Am I prepared to spend money on vet bills for an exotic pet?
Any pet that is not a dog or a cat is considered an exotic pet. Vet bills for exotic pets tend to be a little or a lot higher than for cats and dogs. It’s a good idea to save up a fund before getting any type of exotic pet. It’s also not a bad idea to look into things like CareCredit and PetAssure, in case of emergency.
• Is there a rabbit-savvy vet near me?
Rabbits require specialized vets that know rabbits’ needs inside and out. Your very good vet who is a genius with dogs and cats may know nothing about exotic pets, rabbits in particular. It’s a good idea to identify the rabbit-savvy vets in your area before considering obtaining a rabbit. You can find the rabbit-savvy vets in your area by going to www.rabbit.org.
• Do I have enough space for a rabbit?
House rabbits require approximately 16 sq ft minimum for their enclosure. Any smaller enclosures MUST be supplemented by many hours of activity outside the enclosure. Rabbits need exercise! Additionally, the typical rabbit hutches are generally not recommended as rabbit homes, unless you plan to make some alterations to the hutch. The wire bottoms of most rabbit hutches are very bad for rabbits’ feet and can easily induce a condition known as “sore hocks”.
• Am I prepared to make sure my bunny will be safe in whatever areas are accessible to it?
Rabbits are prolific chewers and extremely curious! As such, they get into a lot of trouble with their teeth. Make sure there are no electrical wires within reach of your bunny, and no areas for it to get trapped and panic.
• Am I prepared to take care of a prey animal?
It must be reiterated that rabbits are PREY animals, and as such are very different from cats and dogs. They are fantastic companions and marvelous pets, but their attitudes and instincts are very different from predator ones. Rabbits can die of heart attacks if too scared. They can be easily startled and/or frightened. They take a LOT of time (depending on the rabbit) to get accustomed to your presence and to become friendly with you and others. Rabbits generally do NOT enjoy being picked up. They evolved to stay on the ground and that is where they feel safest. Many rabbits will tolerate being picked up and a few will enjoy it, but most would prefer to spend time with you on the ground, nuzzling up to you and laying by your side or sitting in your lap.
In conclusion, if you’re serious about getting a rabbit, know this: they can be some of the best, dearest animal companions in the world, but they are VERY different from dogs and cats. Research is HIGHLY recommended before you even consider getting a bunny. I recommend rabbit.org, which is the official House Rabbit Society website, or books such as “Why Does My Rabbit…?” By Ann McBride or “The Bunny-Lovers Complete Guide to House Rabbits” by the Bunny Guy. You can also look around for info and advice at BinkyBunny.com, a friendly and interactive community of bunny people.
Good luck in making your decision! I hope this helped you a little in deciding if a rabbit is the right pet for you!
Gerard’s debut album, Hesitant Alien, lands September 30th and you can pre-order the exclusive deluxe bundle now.
The Hesitant Alien Deluxe Bundle includes a t-shirt, a limited edition Hesitant Alien handmade zine (only 5k printed), and the album. The first 2,000 orders will also receive a Hesitant Alien button pack. All orders will get an instant download of the new songs “Action Cat” and “No Shows.” Click HERE to pre-order now.
Hesitant Alien is also available for pre-order on iTunes and Amazon.
Watch the new music video for “No Shows” now at http://hesitantalien.gerardway.com
Be seeing you.
Gerard Way drew this for me when I met him last week.
Former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way will release his debut solo album, entitled Hesitant Alien, on September 30th via Warner Bros. Records. The new album will be available for pre-order at all digital retailers beginning Tuesday, August 19th. Exclusive album bundles will also be available for pre-order on GerardWay.com on the same date. Fans who pre-order the album will receive the track “No Shows” instantly as a free download. The music video for “No Shows” will also be released on August 19th. Please see below for the full track-listing.
Working with producer Doug McKean, Way knew immediately what he wanted Hesitant Alien to sound like. “I wanted to make the small things sound big,” he says. “My intention was to make 100 percent uncompromised art, using the currently least radio-friendly instrument, the guitar. I knew there would be lots of fuzz pedals. I knew I would play Fender instruments. I knew I would look at who my guitar heroes were in art school, Mary Timony and Carrie Brownstein, and I drew a lot of influence from shoe-gaze and Britpop. I want the record to sonically galvanize people.” Hesitant Alien was mixed by Tchad Blake (Arctic Monkeys, Black Keys).
Lyrically, Way wrote about what he knew at the time, “which was struggle, beginnings, finding a newness in the mundane and the abstract,” he says. “I looked to the Britpop poets like Jarvis Cocker and Damon Albarn, drawing upon every day life. I also experimented with the abstract, and looked at Frank Black’s work both with the Pixies, and as a solo artist. There was no concept and no call-to-arms.
Fans will get their first listen to some of the songs on Hesitant Alien when Way performs his first solo shows at the Reading and Leeds Festivals in England. He will perform at Reading on August 22nd and at Leeds on August 23rd.
Listen to “Action Cat” here.
The track-listing for Hesitant Alien is as follows:
Get The Gang Together
How’s It Going To Be
Maya The Psychic
Photo credit: Eric Ray Davidson
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Here is a crappy rip of Frank’s song in case you missed it.
Extremely adorable Gerard for Anonymous
you realize franks music videos went from him and his children dancing around in his studio being adorable to him ripping a 12 year old boys heart out and jump roping with his guts what the fu c k