Rabbit Ownership Calculator
Interested in becoming a rabbit owner? Make sure you punch in the numbers before getting one using our simple rabbit ownership calculator.
how much does it cost to keep a rabbit?
Adoption or purchase cost.
By searching through petfinder.com, you can find rabbits that are up for adoption in your area.
Neutering and spaying cost.
Pet fees and deposit costs.
Pet fees are highly dependent on the location and type of apartment.
Some states don’t even allow pet fees as per Fair Housing Law. Check your state.
I’ve written a great article that discusses this topic in detail. You can read more about it here.
Rabbit litter cost would depend on the type you use. On average, it would cost you $3–$8 per month.
The most common types of litter for rabbits are:
- Wood pellets ($3 per month on average). Wood pellets are great for being used as litter for rabbits because they are highly absorbent, easier to clean, and cheap. Wood pellets are usually made from leftover sawdust that’s been compressed. Rabbits can safely munch on this type of litter without a problem. It has the added benefit of grinding down your rabbit’s continuously growing teeth.
- Aspen/wood shavings ($4 per month on average). Aspen is also a great wood-based litter. It’s dust-free and non-toxic. It also does a good job of controlling the odor because of how absorbent it is.
- Carefresh ($8 per month on average). The most expensive option on this list is Carefresh. It’s made from paper material, which makes them a great option because this type of litter absorbs odor and moisture well (up to 2X more absorbent). They are also dust-free, which makes them a great option for rabbits that have respiratory problems.
Rabbit toys are needed because rabbits need a lot of stimuli to prevent depression. Depressed rabbits would often refuse to eat or would only eat a little.
Rabbits that are not eating right are susceptible to digestive problems because they need to eat to induce gut movement.
The best toys for rabbits are those they can chew on. Rabbit’s teeth continuously grow; toys they can chew on can help grind them down.
Rabbits that are unable to grind their teeth could develop malocclusion or overgrown teeth. Malocclusion can lead to abscesses or death if not treated.
Here are the most common toys for rabbits:
- Willow balls ($8 per month on average)
- Willow bridge ($12 per month on average)
- Willow sticks ($8 per month on average)
- Twig Tunnels ($15 per month on average)
Veterinarian costs can vary a lot depending on your location and what type of vet you choose to go to.
Rabbit-savvy veterinarians or veterinarians that specialize in rabbits would cost more than regular vets.
Certain locations, like New York, would be more expensive. But on average, getting your rabbit’s regular checkups would cost you $80+ per year.
The most common veterinarian costs for rabbits are:
- Regular vet checkups ($140 per year on average)
- VHD vaccine ($80 per year on average)
- Myxomatois vaccine ($40 per year on average)
- RHDV2 vaccine ($70 per year on average).
The vaccines I mentioned above would depend on your location.
If there are no active infections in your area, your rabbit would not need it. Your veterinarian will know what vaccines are needed for your rabbit.
Pet insurance costs would vary depending on your rabbit’s age, location, health status, needs, etc.
On average, rabbit insurance would cost you $20-$30 per month. This would vary depending on what plan you choose, though.
You can read more about pet insurance here.
Pet Rent Cost
Rough Estimate of Rabbit Ownership
Here’s a rough break down of what it would typically cost to get a rabbit on a budget:
- Adoption cost: $50.00
- Housing cost: $30.00
- Accessories cost: $20.00
Total initial cost: $100.00
Here’s a rough break down on what it would typically cost to get a rabbit if you include everything:
- Adoption cost: $50.00
- Housing cost: $200.00
- Accessories cost: $66.00
- Neutering cost: $125.00
- Pet Fees & Deposit: $625.00
Total initial cost: $1,066.00
Here’s a rough breakdown of what a rabbit would cost you per month on a budget:
- Food cost: $94.00
- Litter cost: $3.00
- Toys cost: $8.00
- Veterinary cost: $11.66 (yearly cost/12)
Total ongoing cost (monthly): $116.66
Here’s a rough breakdown of what a rabbit would cost you per month if you include everything:
- Food cost: $104.00
- Litter cost: $8.00
- Toys cost: $8.00
- Veterinary cost: $27.48 (yearly cost/12)
- Insurance fees: $25.00
- Pet rent: $35.00
Total ongoing cost (monthly): $207.48
Lifetime cost of owning a rabbit (10yr lifetime)
As you can see, rabbits are neither cheap nor easy to care for.
So make sure that you are truly prepared, both financially and mentally, before getting one.
Otherwise, you might end up surrendering your rabbit to a shelter.