Spring has officially begun, which means Easter is just around the corner. If you are thinking of gifting or bringing home a live bunny, here are a few facts you might want to consider first:
- Temperament and personality vary from rabbit to rabbit, meaning not all rabbits want to be held, cuddled or in the same environment as other pets
- Rabbits can live up to ten years, so make sure you are ready for the commitment
- Care costs for rabbits are comparable to those of dogs and cats, so you’ll need to consider their specific dietary needs, veterinary needs and other essentials. For a better idea, check out our “My First Rabbit” Pinterest board
- A rabbit needs a great deal of attention and care. The ideal household with children, would include a high level of involvement from parents
- You’ll need to bunny-proof your home
- Spaying or neutering is highly recommended in order to reduce or eliminate marking issues. It also makes for a healthier and friendlier rabbit.
Once you’ve considered all of the above, and still feel you and your family are a good match for a rabbit, please consider adopting or rescuing one from a local shelter. If you have kids who are insisting that they want a rabbit for Easter, ask them to hold off and see if they are still as interested once the novelty has worn off. Please keep in mind that animal care experts strongly advise against gifting or bringing home rabbits for Easter due to the high rate of abandonment in the months that follow. Unfortunately, these abandoned pets often find themselves either in overcrowded shelters and rescues, or are left to fend for themselves in an environment they are not properly suited for.
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