Costs Of Keeping A Himalayan Rabbit As A Pet

Himalayan rabbits are docile and considered to be the world’s calmest breed of rabbits!  These rabbits come in a variety of colors depending on the breed, allowing you to choose the best option. Generally a good pet for smaller living spaces, such as condos and apartments. Himalayan rabbits are very low maintenance and can be easily trained.

Before keeping a Himalayan rabbit as a pet, here are some things to consider about costs:

  • Purchase price of the Himalayan rabbit·
  • Cage/hutch cost
  • Food and treats cost
  • Housing and maintenance costs
  • Grooming/cleaning supplies
  • Toys
  • Vaccinations
  • Veterinary care
  • Other supplies (for showmanship and/or breeding purposes)

These are the things you need to cover the expenses as a keeper/breeder to maintain a healthy lifestyle and environment for your pet. Keep in mind that these things will definitely add to your daily budget, and the cost will vary depending on where you buy it; the brand of accessories, the nutrients included in its food, etc.

How much does a Himalayan Rabbit cost?

The Purchase Price of a Himalayan rabbit is around $15-$30

Here are the things that could affect the purchase price of the Himalayan breed:

  • The age of the breed
  • The color of the breed (some rare colors may be more expensive than others such as lilac, blue, and chocolate)
  • The breeder (backyard breeders offer a much cheaper price than private breeders or pet stores)
  • The quality of the breed (It can be much more expensive if the rabbit is show quality or depending on what the breeders have fed them and how they were raised)

Costs of Cage or Hutch

Cage or hutch for Himalayan rabbit may cost around $30 – $250

Here are the things that could affect your rabbit’s cage/hutch prices:

  • The materials used
  • The size
  • The brand
  • Additional accessories included

The general rule of thumb when it comes to buying a cage/hutch for your pet Himalayan rabbit is that you should have more than enough space for them to stretch, play, and adapt to their needs, such as space where they will sleep, eat, and litter.

This is especially necessary for medium-sized breeds like Himalayan rabbits because they grow quite large as they age. Make sure the cage is durable and easy to clean.

Costs of Food and Water bowls

Food and water bowls cost you around $10 to $20

Here are the things that could affect the prices of your rabbit’s food/water bowls and litter box:

  • Size: Ideally, food/water bowls should be made of stainless steel and ceramic rather than plastic, as they can easily harbor bacteria.
  • Quality: it must be durable and easy to clean.
  • Brand: Branded products or accessories for animals may cost more than average.

Bedding and Litter box Costs

Bedding and litter for Himalayan rabbits cost about $20

Here are the things that could affect the prices of your rabbit’s bedding and litter boxes:

  • The type of bedding: Bedding depends on the type of rabbit cage you will use for your Himalayan rabbit. Make sure you get something that is appropriate for the size of the
    cage and the size of your rabbit.
  • Quality/comfort: providing a comfortable bed is essential for the health of your pet Himalayan rabbit. Make sure the quality of the bedding is also durable and not something your rabbit can easily chewing or tearing
  • Replacement frequency: It is necessary to place the litter under your rabbit’s cage, sometimes it also acts as bedding for them, but it must be placed regularly to prevent them from harboring bacteria because this is also where they relieve themselves.

Cost of Toys

Toys for your Himalayan rabbit may cost around $20 

Here are the things that could affect the prices of your rabbit’s toys:

  • Quantity: you can buy many toys of different varieties to help your pet keep boredom at bay. ·
  • Quality: It should be durable and easy to clean, and something they can chew on because it could help wear down your rabbit’s teeth.
  • Brand: Branded products can cost more than average. Make sure the toys you buy can mentally and physically stimulate them.

Food and treats cost

Food and treats for your Himalayan rabbit can cost around  $15- $25 per month.

  • Breed size/appetite: Rabbits generally eat about 1 ounce of food per pound of bodyweight, so you can expect a 5-pound rabbit to eat about 9 pounds of food per month. Rabbit pellets generally cost around $8 for 5 pounds of food.
  • The age of the rabbit: there are foods suitable for kits (baby rabbits), juveniles, breeding rabbits, and juveniles, breeding rabbits and adults and the costs may vary.
  • The quality and brand of food: Branded products can cost more than average due to the nutrition involved in each package. Feeding your Himalayan rabbit a quality diet is very important to their health and well-being.
  • The type of food: In addition to commercial feed or pellets, you should also provide your rabbit with fresh hay and vegetables that can cost about $10 more a month.

Medical needs

Rabbit Vaccines: $20 and up

  • Rabbits should be vaccinated against calicivirus around 12 weeks of age.
  • Your vet can tell you if your rabbit needs other vaccinations, to cover the cost of these vaccinations you should budget about $20 or more just to be prepared.

Spay/Neuter Surgery: $50 – $150

  • If you keep two rabbits of the same sex together, spay/neuter surgery may not be necessary. If you do not plan to breed your Himalayan rabbits, you should seriously consider neutering or spaying them.
  • The cost of spaying or neutering a small mammal is quite high. It can cost between $50 and $150.

Veterinary exams: $7 average

  • To keep your Himalayan rabbits healthy, you should take them to the vet about every six months.
  • The average cost of a vet visit for a rabbit is about $40 or more, if you have two visits per year, it averages about $7 per month.

Other Costs

Set aside about $50 for additional costs.

In addition to your rabbit’s primary needs, you should be sure to set aside money for other items that your rabbit will need, such as the following:

  • Nail clippers
  • Brush
  • Gentle antiseptic ear cleaning solutions
  • Soap to clean the cage
  • Emergencies
  • Other costs such as showing/breeding needs