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LionheadLuver
25-10-2007, 03:42 PM
Hi
I was wondering if you need a car and the internet to own bunnies. My friend wants a bunny;

http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/showthread.php?t=102806

and she has neither of these. I do have them both and I don't know what I would do without them. Petshops and garden centres near us do not have good quality food, hay bedding, hutches etc etc. And what about getting a rabbit from a rescue, we have no rescues within bus distance, I had to go to the other side of London to get Milly and Molly. I was just wondering if anyone on here has not got one or both of these and how do they cope? If you do have both, could you live without them? Thanks.

louise and Gus
25-10-2007, 03:53 PM
I think access to a car is quite essential, unless you have another way to get to the vets in an emergency i.e be willing to pay for a taxi. I don't think the internet is essential to bunny ownership, after all people had bunnies before the internet, but it helps :lol:

XMissySJx
25-10-2007, 03:53 PM
well i dont drive. m boyf dus and so do my parents. i live @ home with my parents. if i NEED the vets or food/stuff 4 bunnies if my boyf doesnt take my parents do. but if they couldnt id get the bus. my vets is 40 minutes away, they r cheaper then the one 5 minutes away however, if i didnt have transport, i would take them to the more expensive one..and get a taxi.

i dont think you need a car at all. You need to be able to get everything your buns need, youc an buy online, buy in bulk, etc it doesnt stop u

as for the net, its a luxury, yeh its good for finding out info, but so is word of mouth, books, etc etc. it helps but isnt essential

Vikki*and*the*buns
25-10-2007, 04:03 PM
I haven't pased my test yet, but I am willing to pay taxi fees and know that my neighbour, dave, would drive me anywhere if I really need to. As for the internet, well it helps. I wouldn't know half of what I know now without it and I wouldn't have acess to online shops to buy the best for them. but you could get away without both things if you A) use your common sence B) prepared to pay taxi fares or have a friend/neighbour/relative who could take you to the vets C) can find the best in your local area.

vikki:wave:

abbymarysmokey
25-10-2007, 06:24 PM
My rabbits are the reason I learnt to drive :oops:

I just got fed up with paying for cabs or begging lifts to the vet.

Amy

Denny
25-10-2007, 06:25 PM
I would say a car is essential followed by money, lots of it for vet bills:lol: :lol: :lol: yes taxi's are an option but sadly around here, if you have an emergency on a friday or saturday night, you can sometimes wait upto an hour for a taxi by which time it might be too late for the bunny:cry:

Woodlouse
25-10-2007, 06:28 PM
Car (or access to one) - yes.
Internet - not necessarily. As somebody said, people kept bunnies long before the internet was invented!!

Jocelyn
25-10-2007, 06:31 PM
No, you don't need a car and if you're intelligent enough to research an animal before taking one on and ensuring that you are looking after it correctly then no, you don't need the internet.

My animals go to the vet on the bus, if it's an emergency a taxi :)

sally1974
25-10-2007, 06:37 PM
I dont think you need a car, as long as you can get to a vet if you needed to, like someone else said their is always a taxi or bus. Definitely dont need the internet:D
Sallyx

Poppymum
25-10-2007, 06:39 PM
dont need either. I had buns for nigh on 9 years and didnt have car on tinternet..I have access to a car now, if I didnt there are always pet taxis

suzy_d
25-10-2007, 06:40 PM
Helloo :wave:

I don't have a car.... i rely on a very supportive boyfriend :D who knows i will be hysterical if i cant get my bunnies to the vets and my parents are always on hand if needs be.
However, i know in our area there is a 'pet taxi' which you can call and they will come out, its also used for an emergency ambulance. As for the internet, a local library should have internet access, so maybe once a week or so she can look up anything that she needs to know?

Suzy xx

donnamt
25-10-2007, 07:12 PM
live without net *faints*

LionheadLuver
25-10-2007, 07:16 PM
I was questioning about the internet because of buying food supplies. If you don't have the internet, how do you buy your food supplies? We have no good petshops or garden centres near us with good quality hay, food, etc. I don't think she has any access to anyone with a car, except us, but I don't think my dad would be happy to get up at midnight to take her bunny to the vets in an emergency. :rolleyes:

Danielle&James
25-10-2007, 07:21 PM
We don't drive and have taken the rabbits to the vets on the bus, in an emergency we have family members who can take us if not we would get a taxi.

At the moment we are having to use our local pets at home for bedding etc. but my dad has promised to start taking us to other suppliers that are further away so we can stock up.

We buy our food online.

Willow_Warren
25-10-2007, 07:39 PM
I suppose you have to think about your own personal situation and the locality in which you live!

I live half a mile for my vet's branch surgery and about 2.5 miles from the main surgery. So a taxi to either of those wouldn't cost the earth - availability of course could be a different matter - or of course you could check if your local vets do house visits? (I don't know whether many do?).

The same with the internet.... depends whether you can get to a decent pet shop by public transport or walking etc?

The Hay Experts say this

Alternatively, orders may be placed by post or via e-mail. Payment can then be made via cheque, bank transfer, postal order or credit/debit card. Please advise us of your payment preference and we will sort out the rest!
I'm sure you can get access to internet in places like library's to have a look etc??

I'm sure it would be possible just think about how to do things first!

Hannah

LionheadLuver
25-10-2007, 07:42 PM
Thanks Willow Warren. I didn't know Hay Experts did that. I'll tell her and then once a month, she can look on the internet in the library for info.

nina81
25-10-2007, 07:57 PM
ok i'm probably gonna sound horrible now but i've read through all of this post and i read through the link you gave about showing her how hard it is to have a bunny..... i feel rather than showing her how hard it is you are aiming at putting her off, i don't want you to take this peraonally of course but at some point each and every one of us has been a new bunny owner and not 100% sure of what we're doing..... i spent loads when i first got winnie and have changed around things to suit her after learning more about her personality etc and i wouldn't even say they are hard work as such, everything i do for winnie i enjoy doing if ya get me.
all this internet and transport stuff isn't that important, ok if you don't have good pet shops she can find internet somewhere if she can't use yours and if any of our buns needed to go to hospital surely we would do anything to get them there whether its walk taxi or ask a friend.
i think you should feel good about the fact that she has a friend like you to guide her, there's alot of bunny owners out there with no-one to watch over them and mistakes are gonna be made. i think you should just be a friend and help her in anyway you can other than putting her off!
please don't take this personally as it isn't meant to be so i just think she's looking to you for advice as she is obviously determined to get a rabbit and the only advice you seem to be giving is not to bother getting a bun!
give her a chance!

Fran
25-10-2007, 08:01 PM
ok i'm probably gonna sound horrible now but i've read through all of this post and i read through the link you gave about showing her how hard it is to have a bunny..... i feel rather than showing her how hard it is you are aiming at putting her off, i don't want you to take this peraonally of course but at some point each and every one of us has been a new bunny owner and not 100% sure of what we're doing..... i spent loads when i first got winnie and have changed around things to suit her after learning more about her personality etc and i wouldn't even say they are hard work as such, everything i do for winnie i enjoy doing if ya get me.
all this internet and transport stuff isn't that important, ok if you don't have good pet shops she can find internet somewhere if she can't use yours and if any of our buns needed to go to hospital surely we would do anything to get them there whether its walk taxi or ask a friend.
i think you should feel good about the fact that she has a friend like you to guide her, there's alot of bunny owners out there with no-one to watch over them and mistakes are gonna be made. i think you should just be a friend and help her in anyway you can other than putting her off!
please don't take this personally as it isn't meant to be so i just think she's looking to you for advice as she is obviously determined to get a rabbit and the only advice you seem to be giving is not to bother getting a bun!
give her a chance!


I agree. Give her a chance, we all have to start somewhere :)

casu consulto
25-10-2007, 08:04 PM
... I really, really don't think, on a list of things essential for getting a new rabbit, 'car' and 'internet' should be on there along with the hutch and food, etc. =^^=

There are other ways to travel, and as for food... well, there are others way to acquire that other than via the internet I'm guessing. I've never used the 'net to get food or stuff for either of my bunnies. Nor do I own a car or drive.

Maybe slightly over enthusiastic in making your friend awake of the responsibility? I mean, it's great that you want to be realistic with her - but like these other people have said, you don't want to put her off entirely... do you?

LionheadLuver
25-10-2007, 08:08 PM
No offence taken. I agree. I know, it's just that I think she may just give up after a while cos she doesn't want to clean them out, or pick them up cos they bite....
She hates furry animals and any furry animals that move, and she's terrified of dogs cos one bit her, so what's she going to do when her bunny bites her? It's just that she saw my bunny, and went, I want one. She didn't want to sit in with them or stroke them. It was just a bit odd, you know.
I was just wondering if she would actually be able to have them cos she has no internet or car, cos I couldn't do without them.

XMissySJx
25-10-2007, 08:11 PM
but what would you do if your dads car broke down or your pc broke? their both luxuries...but you would still find a way to get to the vets and buy food wouldnt u?

we all have to start somewhere and from the sounds of it she does sound very interested but time will tell.

xxxxxxxxxxxxx

donnamt
25-10-2007, 08:22 PM
im still worried ill get bored of my bun..... isnt it usually 6 months and people lose interest..... im hoping i keep this obsession tho.....lol so far everything he does is a pleasure to witness.... when he sits in the middle of the room and grooms i melt and see such a magnificent creature... i want everyone to feel my joy and only buns can do that...hehe

id never have listened had someone tried to talk me out of getting a rabbit, the bloke at work warned me of the destruction house rabbits bring and that put me off for about 6 months till the urge got really strong again... im sure your pal will make a lovely bunny mum if shes really determined to get some

nina81
25-10-2007, 08:23 PM
No offence taken. I agree. I know, it's just that I think she may just give up after a while cos she doesn't want to clean them out, or pick them up cos they bite....
She hates furry animals and any furry animals that move, and she's terrified of dogs cos one bit her, so what's she going to do when her bunny bites her? It's just that she saw my bunny, and went, I want one. She didn't want to sit in with them or stroke them. It was just a bit odd, you know.
I was just wondering if she would actually be able to have them cos she has no internet or car, cos I couldn't do without them.

Maybe she is a bit nervous of handling yours just in case she does something wrong.....my sister never wanted to hold mine and i said to her about it, she said she dreaded doing something wrong coz i'd probably smack her :lol: i said yeah you're right but still have a go :lol: now she picks her up and winnie loves jumping all over her.
the only thing i did forget to say is the one thing you should defo bring up is if she wants a snake she shouldn't keep them anywhere near each other, my friend had rats and then bought a snake, the snake was always on the look out because he could smell live animals and was really aggressive, his rats have since died and now the snake is completely different now that he can't smell them. she would have to remain extra clean also, ben took a nasty bite after handling the rats and picking the snake up, he had obviously washed his hands but the snake could smell them on his clothes. again i think you should approach this in a not tryin to put you off way but if you're gonna get a snake here are some further considerations......

duracell
26-10-2007, 01:14 AM
There are still people with no internet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:shock: :shock: :shock:

Happy Hopping
26-10-2007, 09:22 AM
if you don't have a car, in the case of emergency, then you are screw and your bunny will die

internet is so important nowadays, it's just like a phone

SOAD
26-10-2007, 09:25 AM
I've not got internet, I cope ok :thumb:

Sarah86
26-10-2007, 09:32 AM
I think having a car is really convenient and do wonder how people cope without one but the public transport where I live isn't very good and was even worse back in my home village. I need my car to get to work and uni but my vets is about 5 minutes away so I could get a taxi if I needed to.

As for the internet I have learnt an awful lot from this forum and found Poppy through it so for me personally it has been essential for the welfare of my buns. I now also order the majority of their stuff online from the HE and wouldn't be very happy if I had to make do with the rubbish that is sold in petshops.

louise and Gus
26-10-2007, 10:26 AM
if you don't have a car, in the case of emergency, then you are screw and your bunny will die

internet is so important nowadays, it's just like a phone

Or you get a taxi...jeeze over dramatic or what :lol: :lol:

Ben's mum
26-10-2007, 10:34 AM
What about sharing orders for food as you have the internet? That way you can split the delivery cost between you as well which saves you a bit of money :)

As long as she's prepared to pay for taxis in emergencies then I don't see a major need for a car - I was even going to cycle in to my vets in an emergency (as the taxi wait was about 30 minutes) but was stopped by the police and they gave me a lift as I burst into tears and explained where I was going :oops:

Jocelyn
26-10-2007, 10:47 AM
I was questioning about the internet because of buying food supplies. If you don't have the internet, how do you buy your food supplies? We have no good petshops or garden centres near us with good quality hay, food, etc. I don't think she has any access to anyone with a car, except us, but I don't think my dad would be happy to get up at midnight to take her bunny to the vets in an emergency. :rolleyes:

There's always the good old fashioned telephone, you can order supplies over the phone.

XMissySJx
26-10-2007, 10:54 AM
What about sharing orders for food as you have the internet? That way you can split the delivery cost between you as well which saves you a bit of money :)

As long as she's prepared to pay for taxis in emergencies then I don't see a major need for a car - I was even going to cycle in to my vets in an emergency (as the taxi wait was about 30 minutes) but was stopped by the police and they gave me a lift as I burst into tears and explained where I was going :oops:

awwwwww!!!! nice policeman!!

toffee
26-10-2007, 10:58 AM
I always seem to be slightly worse for wear when my bunnies need to go to the emergency vet so I can't drive!:oops: . They always get sick on a friday or saturday night when I've had too much vino :? . I get a taxi then and it's fine.

If I didn't have a car I would get a bus to vets. You don't have to move them that often anyway. Assuming her new rabbit is healthy then she'll just have to take her for vaccs twice a year and neutering. They don't get sick often if you're lucky. :D

There are some brilliant books out there on rabbit care so internet is not essential. As for food, there are bound to be animal feed shops near you - I buy my hay from a horse feed shop 4 miles away. They also do readigrass. Most pet shops will do a food suitable for rabbits. they don't have to have SS or A&P (although more pet shops near me seem to be stocking SS) - P&H nuggets are ok and excel is ok and these are both readily available. In fact, ASDA does an extruded pellet food made by Wagg which I have tried before and Morrisons does their own rabbit extruded pellet food.

With enough research into the local area you should be able to find a local farm feedstuff shop. If she is prepared to do her research she will be fine. :D

clutterydrawer
26-10-2007, 11:01 AM
If she desperatley needs to look something up on the net she can go to an internet cafe type place.


I don't think you need a car:to get the bunny to/from rescues or boarding you can beg a lift off a friend or get a taxi, I walk to the vets but would get a taxi if it was further, and I just get the bus home from the pet shop with straw etc.


if you don't have a car, in the case of emergency, then you are screw and your bunny will die


I think this is pretty unfair and offensive to everyone who has no car but has plans in place for an emergency. also misleading to new owners.

XMissySJx
26-10-2007, 11:02 AM
exactly, although you may think 'how will she get ss pellets?' she may want PAH, or some other pellets, and that bcus of transport...just personal choice. :)

at least she has a great friend to help her, i didnt have that luxury, would be nice if i did!!lol

LionheadLuver
26-10-2007, 11:11 AM
Thanks everyone. Would it be better to do my shopping on HE separately from hers cos then she has her stuff going to her address(full delivery price)? Or would it be better if it all came here and then she paid me for her stuff and we drop off her stuff at her house(half delivery price)?

I think we'll be her first port of call for a car in an emergency. There is regular buses to and from the vets. It's only about a ten minute ride, if that. And there are bus stops right outside so....

elve
26-10-2007, 12:00 PM
I definitely wouldn't do this again with no car - it's a struggle to get cheap, nice hay without one, get rid of all the rubbish without one, and there are so many times when I would have gone to the vet sooner if I'd had a car.

kitschkitty
26-10-2007, 08:56 PM
Unless you are in a rural area, or far away from vets and pet supplies then I don't see why transport is even an issue.

As for the Internet, it just shows how much we rely on it these days that people ask such questions!

We don't have a car but our pets have always seen the vets when they need to!!!

My parents don't drive or have a computer (never mind Internet connection)but they are intelligent enough to find out the information they need to keep their pets happy and healthy (be it from books, vets, asking friends etc).

janice
26-10-2007, 09:15 PM
I drive and have a car, however for me I have a wondeful vet within 5 minutes walk from my house and there is a good pet shop which does not sell livestock but does sell (and deliver if required) bales of hay and also lots of different types of pelleted food including bunny basics T, Excel and will get me SS if I want it.

I think a lot depends on where your friend lives and how easy it is for her to access vets (both daytime and in an emergency) and also obtain food and hay.

foxyfaerie
26-10-2007, 10:03 PM
I got my first pair of rabbits at the age of 13.

I couldn't drive, and the internet wasn't as advanced in terms of buying pet food & supplies.

Granted both of my parents & both of my siblings could drive & would never refuse to take me & the buns to the vets (which, thankfully, they never needed other than vaccinations).

I learnt everything from three different books I picked up in pet stores; and not much has changed in the best part of 10 years; you still vaccinate; they're still not a "common" pet and everyone has their own opinion of how to look after them (or not, as the case may be.)

My vets isn't on a local bus-route, and while here is a vets in town, I just rather wouldn't use them, I'm choosy.

Plus one persons "good quality" is another persons "rubbish" - she may be happy getting food etc from garden centres & pet shops - you can only teach - not lecture.

At the end of the day it's her choice; and however heartbreaking it may be for you, or someone else; if it'd ill-informed then so be it...it's the only way some people learn.

Sooz
27-10-2007, 01:09 AM
I get the bus to my vets and I have only had internet access at home for a month.

I dont think either top my list of potential reasons not to have a bunny (or 16 :oops: ).;)

elve
27-10-2007, 08:32 AM
I get the bus to my vets and I have only had internet access at home for a month.

I dont think either top my list of potential reasons not to have a bunny (or 16 :oops: ).;)

Ah maybe it's just me with one bus to the vets every alternate hour between 11am and 3pm? :rolleyes: That's country living for ya!

But Sooz how do you manage with those 2 nightmare problems I have - getting hay (I currently spend 25 a week on hay as I have to get it online!) and getting rid of rubbish (I used to hire a skip at 80 every 6 weeks, but I just can't afford it any more - so I live with bin bags and mice everywhere - not nice!)