Rabbits are not a particularly cheap pet; this gives an estimate of how much a rabbit will cost you upfront and on an ongoing basis...
As with any pet, there can be considerable costs involved with a rabbit so it's a good idea to know what you are likely to pay upfront and on an ongoing basis before deciding on a rabbit as a pet.
|The rabbit||£10 - £50||Depends on where you get your rabbit from, often cheaper to adopt|
|Hutch||£150 - £250||Depends on size and quality of hutch|
|Exercise run||c. £50 - £100|
|Cage||£50 - £130||Depends on size, cheapest option is a dog crate|
|Litter tray||c. £10||A lidded cat litter tray is best|
|Water bowl or bottle||c. £3|
|Food bowl||c. £3|
|Carrier||£20 - £30||A strong cardboard box with airholes can be used instead|
|Consumables||£20 - £30||For an initial stock of bedding, hay and dry food|
|Vet’s consultation fee||£20 - £30|
|Vaccinations||c. £40||VHD and myxomatosis|
|Neutering (male rabbit)||£50 - £60|
|Spaying (female rabbit)||£90 - £120|
|Booster vaccinations||c. £50 per year||Twice yearly for myxomatosis, once yearly for VHD, or once yearly with combined vaccine|
|Consumables||c. £30 per month||For one average sized rabbit, bedding, hay, dry food and vegetables|
Most pet insurance companies now cover rabbits for an average cost of £10 per month and this can be very useful if your rabbit develops a serious health problem or suffers an injury. Veterinary fees for rabbits can be as high as for a cat or dog.
Many vets now also recommend a worming treatment, Panacur, as a preventative against the potentially fatal disease of E. Cuniculi. Panacur can be bought from petshops and costs around £10 per application. It must be given for 28 days and during this time the rabbit is still potentially shedding E.C spores so must be kept seperate from other rabbits.