When I got my first rabbits almost seven years ago, I was amazed at just how much money I had to spend on them every month. Considering I live in Bangkok, Thailand, one of the cheapest places in the world, I was still spending quite a lot more than I anticipated. Now, seven years later, those rabbit costs are just part of my normal monthly budget, but they are still quite high.
That is why, if you have been thinking about getting a house rabbit as a pet, do be sure you know how much a house rabbit really costs every month, just to be sure you can afford it.
Hay – My two rabbits go through three large bags of hay every month. That’s because not only should rabbits have timothy hay, or its equivalent, to chew on, it’s also a very good material for a litter box. At 450 baht or $14.50, that’s just the beginning of my monthly rabbit expenses.
Pellets – My rabbits don’t eat many pellets as I don’t believe they are the basis of a healthy diet, so I only spend 140 baht or $4.51 per month for these. If your rabbit is going to be on a pellet-based diet, however, your costs will be much higher.
Vegetables and fruit – My two rabbits eat a diet that is mainly based on copious amounts of timothy hay and a large number of green leafy vegetables with the occasional piece of banana or apple as a treat. I buy vegetables from a farmers’ market here in Bangkok, as I believe in supporting local growers, but they still cost me 1,440 baht or $46.45 per month.
Newspapers – I use newspapers to line the bottom of my rabbit’s litter box as they soak up urine very quickly and don’t cause any smell. While I do get newspapers given from friends throughout the month, I still end up spending around 150 baht or $4.83 every month just so I’m sure to have enough newspapers for a thick lining in the litter box.
Cleaning supplies – While some rabbit owners recommend cleaning out a rabbit cage once every two or three days, I clean my rabbits’ cage and pen every day, so I buy a fair number of cleaning supplies each month – paper towels, scented garbage bags to stop the litter smelling, and white vinegar to use as a bunny-safe disinfectant. Add on another 350 baht or $12.25 for a month’s cleaning supplies.
Toys, treats and miscellaneous – I also buy my rabbits a couple of new toys every month and the occasional fruit treat, as well as spend money on miscellaneous items like nail clippers or brushes. I allow an extra 250 baht or $8.05 to cover these costs, which rolls over into the following month if I don’t use it.
How much does a house rabbit really cost every month – The total amount of money I spend on my rabbits on average every month is around 3,010 baht or around $90.50. Although I live in Bangkok, Thailand, where some things are cheaper than in the United States, as I have to buy some products that are imported brands due to Thai brands not always available, it’s highly likely my costs will be about the same as yours.
Of course, I hear rabbit owners all the time telling me I spend too much on my rabbits, and then I see how their rabbits live. Small cages that aren’t cleaned very often, poor quality of food, not enough hay and barely any fresh vegetables.
Sure, you can mistreat a rabbit and do it cheaply, but as a pet lover I don’t see the point in owning rabbits if I’m not going to take care of them correctly and feed them properly. How about you?