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Regular Expenses

Frequent Purchases

Product Lifespan (wks)* Cost ($) Average Cost/mo ($)  
How much you'll spend every month, on average:
*Need help calculating the product lifespan in weeks?
Method 1: Monthly Purchases 
Type in the number of months that elapse between purchases
Method 2: Daily Purchases 
Type in the number of days that elapse between purchases

Infrequent Purchases

I recommend establishing a savings fund for all your infrequent regular expenses so that you'll never be stuck paying the full amount from your latest income.

Which procedures your vet recommends at regular checkups will depend on your individual circumstances. For example, if you can clip your own bunny's nails, you don't need to pay your vet to do this for you. If your rabbit spends time outside, a fecal analysis to catch parasites may be a good idea. If your rabbit has an ongoing history of urine sludge or stones, a regular urinalysis may be recommended to monitor overall wellness. If your rabbit is getting up there in years (as mine was), a urinalysis and bloodwork may be recommended. Modify the form below to suit your bunny's situation.

Product Lifespan (mos) Cost ($) Average Cost/mo ($)  
How much to put into a savings fund each month:

Grand Total

Grand total of your monthly expenses:

Emergency Planning

It's difficult to anticipate and plan for emergencies. The best way to prepare is to learn what emergencies are likely to arise, and what procedures are commonly employed when they do. I suggest consulting a variety of general sources (a number of excellent websites can be found in BunSearch), as well as your rabbit-savvy vet and a 24-hour vet about the common emergency procedures they follow and the associated fees.

When my rabbit went into gastrointestinal stasis over the 2010 New Year holiday, he was treated first at the 24-hour vet hospital; next at our rabbit vet's office, where he was an outpatient for two days; and, finally, at home, where we continued to administer meds until the 17th. We paid for pain meds, gut motility meds, subcutaenous fluids, an iron shot, a package of special food (Critical Care), bloodwork, and physical exams, to a total of $1,330 — not counting 10 cab rides. This is the most I've yet spent on a rabbit emergency, but I was lucky — I've heard of much worse situations. Don't be caught unawares and let your rabbit suffer for it. Personally, I will never adopt another rabbit without $2,000 in the bank earmarked for emergencies.

Start-up Expenses

You can significantly reduce your start-up costs if you put your mind to it. For example, pets from rescues and shelters are often already spayed/neutered, unlike those from stores or breeders. Take advantage of sales and discounts, used goods for sale by owner (as on sites like Craigslist and Kijiji), and free goods that your friends and family don't need anymore. Research how to make great toys and play structures from common household items. Look for dishes and cleaning supplies in general stores instead of pet stores. Remember that plain/ugly products are often less expensive than their cutesy counterparts, etc. Just don't cut down on quality: beware the false economy of cheap goods! (Most of the prices at left reflect product listings on the websites of major pet supply retailers.)

ProductCost ($)