View Full Version : How expensive do rabbits get?

27-10-2011, 09:15 PM
300 worth of tests tomorrow, not covered by insurance because the problem started in the first 14 days ... this is getting quite scary. I've already spent another 200 on vet fees and travel to and from vets (excluding that which was reimbursed by the shop), plus lots of stuff for them: toys, hays, litter, carrier, Vetbed, a second cage so they have enough space (I put the two cages open together, in case you're worried about the poor things being separated).... It would have ruined me if it hadn't been my birthday this month.

And what with feeding them fresh herbs and rocket I'm starting to feel like I'm getting into Liz Jones territory for crazy levels of expenditure on pets.

Not that I would ever want one, but I could have bought a large pedigree dog for this money. I knew rabbits needed some looking after and ongoing expenditure, but had no idea it would be this much. And they still haven't had their jabs (not been well enough for long enough), let alone spaying.

Some people are undoubtedly luckier with health problems being covered by insurance, but am wondering how people cope generally.

Barn Yard Bunnies
27-10-2011, 09:37 PM
Things can go smoothly for years. With my first 2 bunnies I didn't have to take them to the vets once, other than for their vaccinations. They both passed away of old age. So did one of my bunnies recently. No health problems. I had actually only got him insured but got the money back as it was within the 14 days.

However, one bunny cost me nearly 700.00 over a period of about a week in February this year. I had no insurance. She cost me about 1,000.00 2 years before, but that was because she had her ear ripped off by a fox and needed 2 life saving operations and alot of aftercare.

But then we spent a fortune on my of my very ill chinchillas this year. I spent alot on my cat when she became ill as well. My aunts pedigree cat cost 5,000.00 but that included a specialist, which cost the majority of the money. She has insurance.

When you take on an animal you take on the medical costs. Now I firmly believe in insurance. I had a thread on here asking about most expensive vets bills and the people with cats and dogs came out the most expensive.

Angie B
27-10-2011, 09:39 PM
Oh dear what an unlucky start you have had with your bunnies :(

Sadly it's just the way it goes sometimes and there's not a fat lot that can be done about it.

I had a similar situation when I bought my first (and only) horse; ended up with equine flu about 2 days after purchase and so for the first 2 weeks he was in solitary - and he was totally on his own in a small stable in a field not used by any other horse/animal and only visited by the stable hands a couple of times a day (and by me once I'd finished work). He had to have the vet out once during that time but luckily it wasn't that expensive as the vet saw him at the same time as visiting another horse in the yard so we split the cost.

Hopefully this bad start will finish soon and then your insurance will kick in later on. I wouldn't worry about neutering for several months yet, in fact my vet said anytime between 6 months and 2 years of age is the optimum time for neutering, so a way to go yet.

Good luck :)

27-10-2011, 09:40 PM
My bunnies have cost me more than all but 1 of my cats. Most recent vet bill was 185... One before that was 70. Vacs 20 per vac. They cost a lot more than i ever expected!

27-10-2011, 09:43 PM
mind have been fine so far
first bun cost not much but had a inbreed problem so only lived till 5 :cry:
and the 3 i have now are all ok and havent cost much so far anway just vaccinations as usual :D