When children go to their Easter baskets this Sunday, the bunnies should be chocolate – not living, breathing creatures…unless the parent and the child are ready for to take care of their long-eared companion for years to come.
Rabbits may not be the best pet option for youngsters – their energy and tendency to want to hold and cuddle is not good or healthy for rabbits. “Rabbits are not passive and cuddly. They are ground-loving creatures who feel frightened and insecure when held and restrained” - the House Rabbit Society.
Camelot showed up on my front doorstep shortly after the Easter season and it’s possible he was one of those Easter bunnies who becomes ignored and abandoned.
Check out the tips and rules of rabbits below so that you can determine if a bunny is right for you!
Bunnies live for up to 10 years. Having a rabbit as a pet requires as much care as any dog or cat, and thus the care of your pet rabbit should be taken seriously. If you’re not ready to make that commitment, it may be best to stick with a stuffed animal instead.
Bunnies eat more than just pellets. Their diet should be composed of good-quality grass hay like alfafa. Combine this with about a quarter-cup of pellets and some fresh green and yellow veggies. Keep in mind their feeding and exercise can be more high-maintenance than domestic dogs! You have to make sure they’re getting the right veggies and not putting the wrong kind of bedding into their little homes.
NO BUNNIES IN THE BACKAYRD
The bunny cage in the backyard is a big DON’T. Bunnies really are indoors-only animals (remember that they are animals used to living underground, where it’s nice and warm!). If you leave a bunny outside, it is subject to any harsh weather. They’re also subject to roaming predators, whether it be neighbors’ cats and dogs, or raccoons, large birds, snakes, etc.
HANDLE WITH CARE
Bunnies are not the typical hugging and cuddling with pet. They’re delicate animals and if picked up inappropriately, they may kick hard with their hind legs and possibly break their own backs or hurt the child holding them.
SAFE HOUSE FOR RABBITS
Rabbits are chewers and this can be a problem to furniture, so make sure you keep areas low to the ground covered and protected if you want to let your bunny roam the home. Also, bunnies have a tendency to like chewing on electrical cords – and this could cause them to die from electric shock. They also can get tangled up in bunches of cords, like around game systems, television sets, and computers. Keep these areas tidy or don’t let your bunny into any of those rooms.
As mentioned before, rabbits are not outdoor pets. If you get a bunny, buy it a spacious container so they have plenty of room to walk around, do their business (yes! Bunnies can be litter trained), stand on their hind legs, etc. Don’t get a wire cage – they need SOLID flooring to protect their bunny feet!
Now, after reading these tips, if you feel you would be able to properly take care of a bunny, here are suggestions on how to get one.
At a pet store, a bunny may cost $20-$30 BUT he/she will most likely not be spayed or neutered. That process could cost up to $250, and it is essential for calming the animal and making it an appropriate, pleasant pet.
With any animal, it's always helpful to go to the shelter and see who is available for adoption than buying a pet from a store. Shelters can get crowded, and to help a bunny in need is definitely a positive feeling.
Hope these tips help you out when thinking of buying a bunny for Easter, or just any time of the year!
Camelot, Shoreh and Rane wish you all a very pleasant Easter holiday!