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52% of UK households own a pet, of which, 3% of the population own rabbits. It’s estimated that there are 1.2 million pet rabbits in the UK, and they are the third most popular pet. Rather worryingly though, 69% of pet owners are unfamiliar with the Animal Welfare Act , which sets out the welfare needs that they are responsible for ensuring. There are many different breeds of rabbit, varying in size, shape and personality. A pet rabbit is a long term commitment, and if cared for correctly, rabbits can live for up to 8 – 12 years. 
Before getting a pet rabbit make sure you know all the facts about what is really involved and learn about what is needed to give them the happy fulfilled life they deserve. A rabbit is a long term commitment, and can live up to 12 years.  They need a lot of time, money and care, but are worth it, as they can be such loving animals. A rabbit shouldn’t be an impulse buy, and is not really a suitable pet for children. Rabbits make great family pets, but remember, it takes time to build up a relationship with a bunny, as they learn that they can trust you. Most rabbits don’t like being picked up or cuddled, and can get scared. It’s better to get down on their level. 
Domestic rabbits are not that different to their wild counterparts, and their basic needs and behaviour are very similar.  They are prey animals, which has an impact on what they eat, how they communicate, and the way they behave. Rabbits do not like bright lights, preferring to spend most of their time in low light/dark conditions. 
Access to everything they need (eg. space, food, water, safe hiding places, companion rabbits, toilet areas and toys) at all times.
Company & Stimulation – Safe toys to play with/chew and the opportunity to regularly play or interact with other rabbits and/or people. Rabbits are highly social, playful and inquisitive creatures, so should have company. One rabbit on its own will get bored and lonely, resulting in them becoming stressed. See Bonding & Need for Company
Space – Access to a secure area where they can run freely and exercise whenever they want, to stay fit and healthy, as well as constant access to a safe bolt hole/shelter to rest and hide. As prey animals, they need to be able to hide away out of sight of scary predators, and feel safe. See Housing Standards
Food – Constant access to good quality hay or grass, for their emotional wellbeing and dental and digestive health. See Diet – What do Rabbits Eat
Suitable materials that allow natural behaviours, like digging (eg. sand box), and areas to mark their territory with chin secretions, urine and droppings. Scents are important communication methods for rabbits.
Time – Rabbits need plenty of care and attention to ensure they are happy and healthy. This includes regular health checks and grooming, cleaning out their living area, and time spent interacting with them. It's estimated that the minimum time required to look after a pair of healthy bunnies is 10 hours per week, but can vary depending on your specific rabbit and circumstances.  If you lead a very busy life or are away often, remember you will need to arrange suitable care with someone knowledgeable.
Money – Rabbits might be cheap to buy, but don’t let that fool you into thinking they are a cheap easy pet. There’ll be costs for suitable housing and equipment, food supply, bedding, toys, cleaning products, vaccinations, neutering, vet bills, pet insurance, etc. It’s estimated that to keep a pair of outdoor bunnies, there’ll be an initial outlay cost of around £802, and around £1,550 every year in general maintenance costs (remember, the average lifespan of a rabbit is 8 – 12 years, so will add up over the lifetime of your pet). Plus you will need to add to that the cost of any additional unexpected veterinary treatments.  See The Real Cost of Keeping a Pet Rabbit
If you do decide to take on the responsibility of a pet rabbit, don’t just head down to the nearest pet shop, take a visit to your local rescue centre and adopt instead. See Rescue Centres – Adopt Don’t Shop
A pet rabbit is a big responsibility, and by law, you have a duty to care for them properly. See The Animal Welfare Act