Want to Get Your Kids a Bunny for Easter? 7 Things to Consider Before You Do by Donna John
With Easter this week, many pet stores have lots of bunnies for sale. Many of these bunnies are bought on impulse without knowing all the responsibility a rabbit requires. Not too long after Easter, many of these bunnies are neglected or taken to local shelters once the novelty wears off.
Here are seven things to consider before you buy your kids a bunny for Easter:
- Bunnies require human interaction to become a valued part of the family.
- If you keep a bunny outdoors, know that they are prey for dogs, cats, raccoons and coyotes. Hawks, owls and opossums have also been known to attack rabbits. Even in a cage, rabbits can become so frightened they have heart attacks or thrash around so much they injure themselves.
- If you keep a rabbit indoors, you must bunny-proof your home. Electrical cords must be covered or made inaccessible and they love to chew on wooden furniture. Poisonous plants are also a concern.
- Spaying or neutering a pet bunny is recommended.
- Read a book about rabbit ownership and talk to people who have indoor or outdoor bunnies.
- If after research you decide a bunny is the right choice for your family, adopt a bunny from a local shelter instead of purchasing from a pet store.
- With proper care, bunnies can live eight to 10 years.
If you're not willing to devote the time and attention to a bunny, it might be best to opt for a stuffed bunny for Easter. The real thing is a 10-year commitment.
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