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    My Friend has just told me she wants a rabbit for Christmas. this has really bugged me for 2 reasons:

    1 is that she already has 9 cats and 2 hamsters and cant cope money wise with them. they never seem to have much food or treats to care. i know she loves them but that's not enough for the animals.

    2 i have learnt over the last 3 months wit your help what a rabbit needs and she could not manage it with the other animals she has. i have tried to tell her and she wont listen. she said she will find the money. then she said and rabbits are cheap to look after and don't need much. she has wanted a rabbit since i got mine.

    what should i do?

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    Drop the subject completely with her and then the next time you see her tell how what a monster your bunnies have turned into...how your sick of the mess, the destruction, the aggression....the costs etc. My friend was going to get two as her other friend was giving her a 4ft hutch she wouldnt listen either so I did this and hey presto....she had changed her mind within days

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    i would do this too maybe show her a few things they have chewed (if they have)

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    Point out the real costs.
    My recent vet bill for a single appointment was 185. One before that was 70.
    Vaccinations are due in a few months - that's 85 in one month again. I'm low on hay, 16 there.

    Needing a friend = vet bills x 2. Needing neutering, might be one off but that's still a good 100+ for 2 rabbits at the very least.

    Accomidation. A suitable hutch/playhouse is going to be 100+ too, plus needing a run attached. Toys. Food. Replacing things they damage!
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    Invite her round to meet yours to clean them out and feed them as "practice" for keeping her own, point out all the little chores you HAVE to do for them every single day. Chat with her in the meantime about various costs for the toys, the vets bills, the vaccinations etc etc etc. Maybe when she realises how hard work they can be she'll change her mind?

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    Quote Originally Posted by steph182 View Post
    Point out the real costs.
    My recent vet bill for a single appointment was 185. One before that was 70.
    Vaccinations are due in a few months - that's 85 in one month again. I'm low on hay, 16 there.

    Needing a friend = vet bills x 2. Needing neutering, might be one off but that's still a good 100+ for 2 rabbits at the very least.

    Accomidation. A suitable hutch/playhouse is going to be 100+ too, plus needing a run attached. Toys. Food. Replacing things they damage!
    Good idea, maybe if she's faced with all the fatcs she'll see that you're not exagerating, your thinking of both her and her potential bunny!

    (Love your christmas sig steph182!)

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    thank you all i will keep trying and hopefully she wont get one x

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    keep saying how much time they take if she carnt cope with what she has already no way should she get something else
    try and put her off them if i was u
    i wouldnt want to have a bunny near 9 cats at all
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    It's a good idea to put her off wanting a rabbit.

    Perhaps she could sponsor a bunny or even become a volunteer at a rescue centre near her? Hands on experience for all the work involved.

    Best of luck.

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    I would keep mentioning the costs as well. Don't forget to mention stasis and dentals. Those can be very expensive, particularly if the rabbit has to keep having dentals or gets a blockage due to stasis and needs an operation.

    i wouldnt want to have a bunny near 9 cats at all
    That's not a valid reason at all. Cats aren't the bunny killers people make them out to be. sure, they may think of a rabbit as prey but chances are they wouldn't, and even if they did it isn't difficult to keep them separate. I have 10 cats and they don't look twice at the rabbits.

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