Acquired: Pet store
Posted Nov 01, 2015
Minilops are adorable, cuddly pets that have lots of personality. Although well known as a child’s pet, they are probably better suited to adults as they can be a bit timid. They can live in apartments (as they can be litter trained), although I preferred for my bunny to live outside (except in hot weather!) as they are so cute when running around and really enjoy the outdoors – obviously, you need to make sure your backyard is enclosed as they can escape easily.
In choosing a pet rabbit, it is important to choose one that has been well socialized and looked after by its breeder. If not well cared for as a kitten, rabbits can be fearful of humans and quite aggressive when picked up. Especially for children, they can leave nasty scratches!
Although purchasing a minilop is quite affordable, don’t forget there are a lot of other costs. Undesexed bunnies can be quite aggressive and also spray, so they need to be neutered. Also, at least in Australia, you will need to vaccinate your bunny against calicivirus.
The main downside of bunnies is they take a lot of looking after. It is really important to clean their cages daily, as they get very dirty quickly. Although lots of people apparently keep bunnies inside, I think this would require a lot of maintenance as they poop a lot and can be really smelly if not cleaned very regularly.