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09-07-2008, 08:00 PM
on average, the upkeep of your buns?

this includes vet bills...

im collating this for a friend who wants a rab rab... im not trying to put her off but she doesn't quite realise x

09-07-2008, 08:02 PM
For my two buns, I'm reckoning about £50 a month

09-07-2008, 08:02 PM
For my two buns, I'm reckoning about £50 a month

could i have a breakdown if you wouldn't mind??


09-07-2008, 08:04 PM
I can honestly say that if i had known how expensive bunnies were I would not have taken on the number that I have. Three of my bunnies are dental buns and they cost me approx 50 a month, insurance is 50 a month, food is £20 every six weeks for a bag of SS, I spend £16 a month on hay which has come from baled hay, £10 for litter and £40 a month on veg...
so that comes to approx 190 a month....:shock: when you add it up that's quite a shock!! I didn't even realise it came to that :shock::shock::shock::shock::shock:

09-07-2008, 08:04 PM
I would prefer not to tot all mine up :shock: :shock: Bunnies as we know arent a cheap option ;)

09-07-2008, 08:04 PM
It would frighten me to work it all out properly!

A rough estimate for 2 rabbits I'd say is:

£120 vaccinations for the year
£20 month on greens and pellets
£30 every 6 weeks on Dust Free Hay
£5-£10 month regular hay and megazorb
£15-£20 month toys

This does not include medical emergencies! I'd say I've probably spent at least £1000 on vets bills in the last 12 months (GI Stasis with Smokey and feet problems with Inky).

09-07-2008, 08:05 PM
I think I'm going to do some budgeting... I dread to think how much Jane spends each month :shock:

i didn't even add vaccinations to my list....or the 120 it just cost me over two days for two of my buns... i'm going to try and claim some of that back from the insurance. Even with insurance i've had three bunnies have problems that the insurance wouldn't cover as they have been around £40 each time :? (in the last six months)

09-07-2008, 08:07 PM
I think you need to aim the question at people with one or two buns. Those of us with lots of buns (I have 12 here ATM) probably pay less per bun because we can bulk buy stuff like pellets, litter and hay.

09-07-2008, 08:08 PM
could i have a breakdown if you wouldn't mind??


Well, I work at a vets so I get discount on everything which means it won't give a true reflection of what it costs to own a rabbit...
I get 20% off insurance, so it comes to about £15 for the both of them
Woodshavings x 3 big bags a month = £6
Supa Forage x 3 bags a month = £6
Supa Herbage x 3 bags a month = £9
Greens = £9
Pellets = £1 or so...
Then toys/treats etc as well...
But as I said, that's all with discount, I get all stuff from a pet wholesaler so it's the price pet shops etc buy it in for (not retail price)
I reckon in the real world, it'd probably cost £75 a month to keep them

Amy & Amber
09-07-2008, 08:08 PM
Well it has gone down alot because Noel is ALOT better.

It is about £120 a month still though.

The veggie bill is the highest because they eat veggies till they pop :lol:

09-07-2008, 08:12 PM
I don't I dare really think about how much my brood cost :shock::shock::shock::shock::shock::shock: think I'd keel over with shock if I did :lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:. Mind you they're worth every penny & more & I wouldn't change it for the world. Except to add a few more buns if I could afford it....................:lol:

09-07-2008, 08:15 PM
i totalled it up once... and vowed never to think about it again... think it came to about £1300 a year for the two of em, not including set up costs or treats, and ralph costs over £600

i spend well over £2000 a year on my five pets :shock:

eta - this doesnt include unexpected illnesses

Bun Bun
09-07-2008, 08:18 PM
Ok so I have 3 buns and they cost me in a year:

*Vaccinations: VHD once a year and Myxi twice a year: £120
* Hay: 5 bags of dustfree hay every 2 months: £200
* Pellets: burgess supa excell around 1 bag every 2 months: £40
* Veg: around £5 a week so thats: £260
* Litter tray: We use cardboard squares which is: £18 (would be ALOT more if using cat litter)

So not including the set-up costs of getting a large enough hutch/run, bedding and toys mine cost £638 so that just over £200 per bun and this does not include any vets fees for illness. So far in the last 7 days I have spent £280 in vets fees for 1 rabbit.

misty moo
09-07-2008, 08:23 PM
on avrage i spend around

£20 rabbit mix,treats
£30 on veggies
£20 on straw and hay
and then thers vet bills and cleaning sprays,shampoos and toys ect

09-07-2008, 08:42 PM
well i spend about £90 on vaccinations a year for my 2 was spending £20 a month on hay but got a bale for about £3 which is lasting really well not sure on veges as i just get as and when and use the family ones too. although this is just a 'maintenance' type payments teegras neuter ended up over £100 as he got ill Duchess has dental costs although luckily not often duchess also had stasis plus toys set up cgae, litter trays, hay rack etc...sorry that wasnt much help was it :oops::lol:

09-07-2008, 10:30 PM
bare minimum costs for my two are as follows:

£4 pellets p/month
£5 veg etc p/week (£20 p/m)
£7 megazorb p/m
8-10 bags hay p/m @ £2 each (£20:shock: hay)
£10 soft straw bedding p/m
£3 burns green oat hay p/m
£3 exel forage bag p/m
£30 vhd p/year
£60 myxi (2 jabs each) p/year
Total approx £70-100 per month (I think)

But this doesn;t include toys/incidentals/emergency vet fees etc......

(the megazorb, veg and hay are also used by Winston as well......so I suppose we could take a little bit off that for Winnie's quota!)

:oops::oops:*****goes off to count money in piggie bank:lol::lol:*****

09-07-2008, 10:59 PM
Ok dont like to think about this too much but here we go

1.5 bags Allen page nat £12 pw
0.5 bag Rabbit Royale £5.50
Ready Grass about £1
Bale hay £3
Bales Shavings x 6 £30 (in process of changing to litter trays!!)
Veges £15 approx just use family veg so not sure
Bits and pieces approx £10

About £76 a week :shock: Wish i had not done this now lol!!!

09-07-2008, 11:07 PM
Gulp! 5 buns

per year:
vaccs £170
random vet visits £250
Pelleted food £25
Hay (dust free) £250
Litter £120
Fresh food (greens etc) £100
Treats and toys £150

Total £1065

About £200 per bun then. Not too bad, but still more expensive than you'd think.
Plus this year we'll have to factor in boarding as well for when we go away.

09-07-2008, 11:07 PM
Vaccinations were £116 - that was with a 10% discount from vet.

Hay - £20 every 3-4 months - baled farm hay
Hay - £20 a month - speciality hay from pet shop
Food - £20 a month - 2 10 kg bags of PAH nuggets
Veg - £10/5 a week ( some of it is just for them, some of it shared by everyone )
Treats/toys - £10/5 month.

And thats without adding on any extra vet bills that may arise unexpectedly or over the counter stuff like Infacol.

animal ry
09-07-2008, 11:10 PM
i have 9 bunnys but im selling my 4 boys soon..


18 pounds for a bulk bag of dried food

then about 20 each vet appontment

15 pounds on fresh food 6 pounds on large hay...

wow 53 pounds!!!!! :shock:

09-07-2008, 11:16 PM
wow you lot spend a lot :shock: i really should think how much i spend on average a month

ok i get my hay for free from a guy who works for the RHS
i grow my own herbs and veg and buy veg in tescos when they are on offer so around £10 per month i dont have pet insurance, i've had so many problems with insurance ive decided to put £15 per month aside in a higher interest acount
and i spend £10 a month on differant hays like timothy etc, although the hay company sell timothy hay seeds so thats the next money saver for me to try.
ive got 4 at the mo 2 mine 2 foster so this with fostering as well as my own and i get pellets through them but i get a rabbit mix as well which is £5 per month as i give this in small doses so id say
£40 per month give or take as im a sucker for getting the odd toy, even loo rolls and cardboard boxes can get boring sometimes :lol: blimey makes me look im starving them compared to some of you :shock: im not honest

09-07-2008, 11:29 PM
I think I'm too scared to work out how much they cost me!

09-07-2008, 11:30 PM
I have four buns and i spend

£8 every 4 months on food
£6 every 4 months on hay, as i get two large bales (i sometimes buy then posh hay as a treat but no essential so not adding it)

Vaccinations £150 a year for all four, 2 myxo's each plus one vhd

i spent around £20 a month/every 6 weeks on toys and treats from pamperedpiggies aswekk, but again not essential

10-07-2008, 12:44 AM
Too much. Far too much

10-07-2008, 08:59 AM
I get hay free.
A bag of pellets costing £3 lasts about 3 months
Big bag of litter pellets £11 which lasts about 4 months
Vaccinations £90 a year
£25 for Snowy's dental burrs
I grow my own herbs and this time of year they eat lots of grass and weeds, dandelions etc.
I get them supa forage and herbage in winter, maybe a bag of each a month. I buy the occassional treat every three months or so about £5.

Probably around £200. I think I've been lucky as my buns are healthy. Actually don't tell your friend how little I spend. ;)

10-07-2008, 09:40 AM
for my two?
right well i think overall they are quite cheap its the initial payment costs or unexpected fees that do the bank some damge,

hutch &run both mine were home made so sorry cant qoute you on that one but around £150 is normal for people to pay if not a bit more.
hay rack food bowl water bowl 2xwater bottles bedding bout£50-60
initial toys £20
annually vhd vaccs 15 quid. 6monthly is mxyi at £15
1 off payment of 53 for neuter for dora(snowy was already done)
generally i dont need to take them in for anything else but i do keep a credit card with money free on it for vets in emergancy.once i get my pay rise in nov i aim to put about £20 a month by for them into my savings for pets to ensure i wont have to use the credit card, i know how expensive it can be when they fall ill yet with them generally being so helathy hate payingn out to insurance companys!

day to day stuff...1x bag of science selective which is £2.99 from wilko lasts us about a month and i also buy a bag of £1.58 wilkos own brand rabbit mix as a treat for them wich i hide in things for them or give as a change now and again.

Hay is about £3 a bag which i get from round the corner i buy about 1 every 2-3 weeks as mainly they graze on grass so dont need as much hay.

veggies i buy a bag of spring greens and a bag of carrots weekly...but to be truthful we share them (dont worry they only get tops and peelings of carrots) so i dont really add that into my bunny costs whatever veg i buy i try to vary and the buns get a bit of that too

bedding is metro or london paper free daily with a bag of straw to cover the hutch and half a bag of cheap hay for bedding, then they have 3xlitter trays with wood based litter in also.(3 for straw bag 3 a month, £2 for cheap hay, 3 a month and maybe £4 for wood litter which is about 2-3 bags a month.

toys and stuff they usually get one item each a month either a toy or a bag f treats and in poorer months they get cardboard boxes and plenty of home made toys

so no i dont think rabbits are that expensive to keep(in comparison to dogs cats horses etc i think it is the unexpected vet fees that get you most.

to be fair whe ni had my two older hamsters porij and oatsy they cost me more in vet fees than my buns ever hev was £17 for hamster consultation at old vets new vets is £12. and i had to have eye drops for abcess.... baytril for infection, teeth clipped, claw clipped, impacted cheack pouches,baby food for porridge with broken teeth, and put to sleep for porij at end.but i wouldnt have not paid it for anything ithink they had good livs and were well cared for as they reached 3years and 4 years respectivly so i dont begrudge it at all but they cost me more than my buns do!

10-07-2008, 10:30 AM
I have had my 2 rabbit for the last 2 months during which time I have spent a fortune!!!
£180 on a hutch
£70 on a run and run cover
£60 on litter trays and little houses to put inside hutch and run
£65 on 2 x myxi jabs (yes I know i was ripped off have since changed vet)
£38 on 2 x VHD jabs
£8 on water bottles and bowls
£10 on toys
Total £431

This is not including food and hay so perhaps the total is closer to £500!

10-07-2008, 10:53 AM
The upkeep on ours is pretty cheap.

for 7
£8 ish for a bag or pellets, lasts 5 weeks.
£8 for megazorb lasts around 5 weeks.

hmm, hay differs we get farm hay for £2 a bag but top it up with specialist hays from online and if we see a nice bag in a pet shop

on average I'd say... £15 a month
Veg is around a £10 a month. We get some freebies from morrisons and our green grocer and I grow my own herbs.

Vaccinations are the biggy.
£30 per bun per year and thats with a 10% discount for having so many.

10-07-2008, 11:26 AM
Wow I am definitely going wrong somewhere... :shock:

I'm going to look into some cost cutting tips.... I'm spending way too much :?

10-07-2008, 11:45 AM
I've roughly worked it out and Tango costs me about £60-£70 per month. That's just on essentials really i.e food, insurance, hay, litter. A bag of food can last me up to 3 months.
It goes up when I buy him toys and other unexpected Tango bills like when his cage cracked.
I've never thought before how he costs. He's worth it though.

10-07-2008, 04:58 PM
Oooops think I need to look at how much I'm spending on my buns!! I'm sure I'm spending more than I actually need to - it costs me on average at least £20 a week in veg alone! That's without what I spend on pellets, hay, injections, regular dentals for 2 of my buns etc!! Better not let my hubby see this thread!! :lol::lol::lol:

11-07-2008, 11:10 AM
I think my pair are a bargain!!

They're free range house buns so have just got a litter tray in their cage, so not much expense on bedding (they've got a blanket in there to lie on!), food about £3 a fortnight, hay I get from the local pet shop, 60p a big bag (great stuff too), veggies, they share the piggies, so probably about £5 a month.

About £15 a month for two.

OF course we had Billy neutered and will get Charlotte done when she's old enough but this isn't a regular thing!

11-07-2008, 11:11 AM
vet bills for Hobbes abscess have cost me more than £400!

16-07-2008, 11:50 PM
bumping up :)

17-07-2008, 12:00 AM
Carlton's been cheap so far looking at others, wawaweewa!

17-07-2008, 12:02 AM
Carlton's been cheap so far looking at others, wawaweewa!

Even more reason for me to have him then....:love::love::love: I could do with a 'cheap to keep' bun :lol:

17-07-2008, 12:09 AM
Even more reason for me to have him then....:love::love::love: I could do with a 'cheap to keep' bun :lol:

nooooo he's miiine! :lol:

his excel pellets last 3 months! he loves Forage hay which isn't pricey and hasn't had any massive problem needing extended vet care.... yet.

*touching every single piece of wood in the room!* :lol:

17-07-2008, 01:04 AM
My vet bill for Flossie this month came to £730.87, and Nia racked up over £800 in the 6 months we had her. Add to that vaccinations, hay, megazorb etc ......I daren't try to tot it all up..I think I'll go and hide in the broom cupboard with a bottle of vodka instead:lol::lol:

17-07-2008, 12:22 PM
my buns don't actually cost that much, considering they are giants and all...

being free range means theres not much bedding costs, they poo EVERYWHERE in the garden :lol:, their litter trays gets new bedding every 2 days. food is quite a bit probably £5 a week, and they hardly eat hay (eat grass ALL the time)

17-07-2008, 12:45 PM
For three bunnys for a year:

Vaccines £100
Food £50
Hay & bedding £175
Panacur paste £18

= £115 per bunny per year, about £10 per month per bun

I think I've got off lightly though as no major vet bills

17-07-2008, 01:28 PM
just give her this link:


and remember she has to factor in either insurance, or a potential huge vets bill.

Hugo's There
17-07-2008, 04:49 PM
I've spent £550 at my vets in total just for today and yesterday:shock:

17-07-2008, 04:51 PM
do you think it is worth getting pet insurance for a rabbit?

17-07-2008, 04:57 PM
I have got Tango insured. I am glad I did this as it takes away the stress of worrying about cost if he gets ill. The vet once seemed so relieved when I told her that he was insured.

17-07-2008, 05:10 PM
if you don't mind me asking how much does insurance for one bun cost?

17-07-2008, 05:15 PM
It costs about £9.50 a month. My vets get them to pay them directly so I only have to pay my excess.