How Much Do Rabbits Cost?
Rabbits make great pets for your own home use, or if you wish, you can also show them at local county fairs, and so much more. When considering a rabbit for a pet, there are many factors to consider when looking to purchase on as a young adult, or even one that is full grown.
How much do rabbits cost?
- According to the ARBA (American Rabbit Breeders Association), there are many breeds that you can choose from when considering a rabbit to purchase. One of the most common rabbits for households is the Dwarfs. Most breeds are going to range anywhere from $5 to $75.
- Adoptions at many of your local shelters are going to vary from a personal donation to $75+. Most adoption centers will start you off with food, supplies and sometimes a cage.
- A more exotic rabbit such as an Angora can cost upwards of $175.
What is going to be included?
- If you’re going to adopt, many centers are going to give you a starter guide, as well as some simple supplies that will get you started. This is going to vary, depending on who you go with. Breeders, as well as adoption centers are going to vary.
- Purchasing from a breeder will require the official paperwork. Most breeders will include this as well as a certificate of health.
What are the extra costs?
- A cage will be needed to store your rabbit in. Many experts will warn you to keep your rabbit in cages all the time when not supervised. These range from $30 to $150+ depending 0n the size, features and more.
- A litter box will be needed in order for the rabbit to use the bathroom. The litter box itself will cost $10 to $50. The litter will need to be purchased on a monthly basis depending on how many cats you have.
- Cleaning supplies will be necessary when you need to clean up the cage after messes, or the usual weekly cleanup. Supplies for cleaning start at $10.
- According to PetEducation.com, Rabbits prefer to sleep in a nest type area. Since this nesting will need to be changed on a weekly basis, it can add up like the litter itself. Nesting on average will cost around $8 to $20 a bag.
- Like most animals, rabbits will also want toys to play with so that they can keep entertained. These toys will cost anywhere from $1 to $20.
- Food will also be needed as well, along with fresh water on a daily basis. This foot will vary from $5 to $20 a bag, depending on the brand and size.
- Don’t forget that vet care may be required if your rabbit does get sick.
How can I save money?
- Consider finding a rabbit rescue in your area. These rescues will only require that you give them a small donation, sometimes under $25.
- Keep your eyes peeled in the newspaper. You will find that some farmers, or families will have a litter of baby bunnies that they will give away for free.
- Try sites such as SaveABunny.org to find a center in your area.