The real cost of having a rabbit
Rabbits may look cute, but do you have the money to get one?
According to a post by MothershipOnEarth, rabbit owners can expect to spend at least S$35,000 throughout their pet’s lifespan, private rescue group Bunny Wonderland estimates.
Let’s take a look at the cost breakdown of keeping a rabbit as a pet.
Sterilization is an important consideration for rabbit owners as it not only prevents unwanted litters but also reduces aggressive behaviour in males and females. The cost for sterilization can vary depending on the veterinarian you choose. On average, it can range from $150 to $300.
Rabbit haemorrhagic disease (RHD) is a highly contagious, acute and fatal disease of rabbits. Hence, vaccination is an important aspect of rabbit care, as they help protect your rabbit from diseases. The cost of vaccinations can vary depending on the type and frequency of vaccinations required, but on average, it can range from $100 to $150 per year. It is important to keep your rabbit up to date on their vaccinations to ensure their continued health and well-being.
Grooming is another important aspect of rabbit care as regular brushing is necessary to keep their fur clean and prevent matting. The cost of grooming can vary depending on the frequency and type of grooming required, but on average, it can range from $20 to $50 per month. This may include regular grooming sessions with a professional groomer or the purchase of grooming tools such as brushes and combs to maintain their coat at home.
Toys are also an important part of rabbit care as they help keep your rabbit mentally stimulated and physically active. The cost of toys can vary depending on the type and quality of the toys, but on average, it can range from $10 to $20 per month. This includes items such as chew toys, tunnels, and interactive puzzles to keep your rabbit entertained and engaged.
Food costs include hay, pellets, and treats. The cost of hay can vary depending on the type and quality, but on average, it can range from $30 to $50 per month. Pellets can cost between $5 to $15 per month and the cost of treats can range from $2 to $10 per month. It is important to provide your rabbit with a balanced diet that includes hay, pellets, and fresh vegetables to ensure their overall health and well-being.
Regular medical checkups and diagnostic tests are also important for rabbit care. The cost of a regular checkup can range from $100 to $200, and diagnostic tests such as the E. cuniculi test can range from $150 to $200. These checkups and tests help to catch any potential health issues early on, and ensure that your rabbit receives the necessary care and treatment.
Hospitalisation & Surgery
In case of any illness or injury, hospitalisation and surgery may be necessary. The cost of hospitalisation and surgery can vary depending on the severity of the condition, but it can range from $800 to $3000. This may include treatments such as x-rays, blood tests, and other diagnostic procedures as well as surgical procedures if necessary.
GI & LUT
Gastrointestinal (GI) and lower urinary tract (LUT) issues are common in rabbits and may require special care and medication. The cost of medication and treatment can range from $50 to $200. This may include the cost of special diets, supplements, and medication to address these issues and ensure your rabbit’s continued health and well-being.
Rabbits do fall sick too. And sometimes, the usual rabbit-savvy vet clinics are closed at night. In the event the rabbit needs urgent care to sustain them until their usual vet is available, you will need to see an emergency vet. Seeing an emergency vet would mean additional charges and they typically range from $200 to 350.
If you need to travel and can’t take your rabbit with you, boarding options, including medical boarding, are available. The cost of boarding can vary depending on the location and type of boarding, but on average, it can range from $20 to $50 per day. This may include extra care and attention for rabbits with special needs or medical conditions.
In summary, owning a rabbit is a rewarding experience, but it does come with certain costs, including
- sterilization ($150 to $300)
- vaccinations ($100 to $150 per year)
- grooming ($20 to $50 per month)
- toys ($10 to $20 per month)
- food (Hay $30 to $55 per month)
- Pellets ($5 to $15 per month)
- Treats ($2 to $5 per month)
- regular checkups ($100 to $200)
- Boarding ($20 to $50 a day)
- potential medical expenses (Hospitalization and surgery $500 to $3000, Medication and treatment $50 to $200).
Before getting a rabbit, it’s important to consider all of these costs and make sure you can provide for your furry friend.