With their fluffy tails, long ears and cute-as-a-button noses, there’s no getting away from it – rabbits are some of the cutest pets on the planet.
And while bunnies can sometimes be cheap to buy, raising a healthy, happy rabbit can add up in the long run. This handy guide looks at the ins and outs of pet rabbit insurance and explores some of the most common rabbit health problems. We’ve also included a rabbit health checklist to make sure you’ve got a happy bunny at home. Let’s hop right to it.
So first things first – how much do rabbits cost?
Unlike some costly cats and designer dogs, a pet rabbit certainly won’t break the bank.
You can pick up a bunny from a pet shop or adoption centre for between £25-£60. Rabbits can be social creatures, so if you’re keen to get a furry friend to keep your bunny company, you’re most likely talking £50-£120.
Of course, that’s just the beginning. Once you’ve got your paws on your bunny, you’ll need to dip back into your wallet to get your home rabbit-ready. So how much do rabbits cost to keep then?
According to UK veterinary charity, PDSA, it’ll cost you just under £600 to get started. This price includes all the essential equipment you’ll need, plus the rabbit neutering cost and initial vaccinations.
Once you’re up and running, you’ll have ongoing monthly costs to consider, like rabbit health checks, pet insurance, food and toys. PDSA says this’ll set you back around £70 a month for a pair of rabbits.
The UK's leading animal welfare charity, RSPCA, says a rabbit will cost you around £11,000 over the course of their life . Rabbits tend to live for between eight and 12 years on average.
Common rabbit health problems
One of the reasons rabbits end up being so costly is because they can be partial to the odd health problem, or two. And common health concerns can often lead to expensive visits to the vet.
Before you hop into a long-term commitment, here’s just some of the common pet rabbit health problems and illnesses you should be aware of.
Other medical costs for rabbits
Most pet insurance policies will cover vet fees, plus emergency boarding fees and the cost of advertising and rewards if your rabbit goes missing.
But there are some preventative and necessary medical issues that are unlikely to be covered. Here’s a few that you might need to consider over the course of your rabbit’s life.
Rabbit health checklist
You’re now clued up on some of the most common rabbit health problems. And you’re up to date on the ins and outs of pet insurance.
Now it’s time to look after your rabbit and make sure you’ve got a happy bunny at home. To help you get started, we’ve created this handy rabbit health check sheet.
Our rabbit health plan tells you how to spot signs of good health in rabbits – and telltale signs of pet rabbit health problems.
We hope you found our guide to keeping rabbits useful. If you still need more info about pet insurance or rabbit healthcare issues, check out our FAQs and see if we’ve got the answer.
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