Important Things to Consider Before Purchasing a Bunny
Before you apply, it is important to remember that all bunnies, including Holland Lops, require time, attention, and proper care. You may fall in love with a cute little ball of fur but, in order to thrive and live a long, healthy life, a bunny needs its owner to be aware of its needs. We are not trying to talk you out of getting a bunny. We want to provide important information to prevent cases of buyer's remorse and the possibility of bunnies being taken to animal shelters.
The average lifespan of a Holland Lop is 10 years. Are you prepared to care for a bunny for as long as it lives?
Holland Lops are usually affectionate and crave your attention. Do you have time to spend with a bunny every day?
Holland Lops live longer and are healthier when raised indoors. Do you have space in your home for a cage and a safe place for a bunny to exercise?
Bunnies need to chew. Pretty much everything in their reach including furniture, papers, cords, and plants is fair game. Are you prepared to bunny-proof your home to keep it safe for a bunny as well as for your belongings?
Bunnies can develop several life-threatening conditions and need medical intervention very quickly. Do you have a veterinarian who is knowledgeable about bunnies and their care?
Bunnies need fresh water, high-quality food, and timothy hay provided on a daily basis. Can you provide these things for a bunny?
Bunnies poop pretty much constantly while they hop around. Can you handle a plethora of poo balls? Can you spend time litterbox training your bunny to keep the mess to a minimum? Do you have a way to dispose of the poo (which is excellent fertilizer, by the way)?
Pet bunnies can get moody as they enter puberty. Bucks may spray, does may suddenly get nippy. Are you prepared to have a pet bunny spayed or neutered to prevent some of these behaviors caused by hormonal changes?
Bunnies need to be brushed/combed to be kept mat-free. They also need to have their nails clipped every 2-3 months. Do you know how to perform these tasks or are you willing to learn?
Bunnies are prey animals and are easily frightened by small children and other pets. If you have young children or other pets, are you willing and able to provide the supervision necessary to keep bunny safe and to teach young children how to handle bunny? Will other pets be taught that bunny is not a toy or prey to hunt?
Bunnies are healthier and better behave when they are spayed or neutered. Do you have the additional funds saved to have this procedure performed? Spaying can cost approximately $200-500 (depending upon the vet), while neutering is slightly lower.
Bunnies need your time and love. Are you prepared to give both to a bunny?
If you answered "NO" to one or more of these questions, please spend some more time researching bunny care before deciding if a bunny is the right pet choice for you and your family right now. If you have any specific questions regarding bunny care, please contact us and we will try to help.
Before You Apply
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Hot Cross Buns Holland Lops is a small-scale, family-run breeder located in Oberlin, Ohio. ARBA (#D6175) & HLRSC members.