5 Reasons Not To Buy An Easter Bunny
What would be more cute than getting a live rabbit for the kids this Easter?
You will need to think hard before you make an impulse purchase. It may seem like a great idea at the time, but you will quickly learn that owning a bunny takes work. You will need to learn proper care, how to house a bunny, how to bunny-proof your house, what diseases and illnesses you need to look out for, and cleaning up pee lots of pee. Without preparing, your bunny will end up sick, undersocialized, and stinky! Nobody wants that, and this is why so many rabbits are abandoned to shelters a few weeks after the Easter fun has worn off. I urge you to educate your family before you make this decision. Below are reasons not to buy a rabbit. Read more and find out what you are in for.
*all pictures are of our pet Mini Rex
1. Never Buy An Animal Without Thinking It Through
The number one reason that animals get dumped or sent to shelters is because, after the newness wears off, people realize that caring for an animal is a lot of work. At first glance, it may not seem like a lot of work, but rabbits need care. You may not be prepared for all the dirty work that goes along with cleaning out a rabbit litter box or replacing bedding. Many veterinarians are not knowledgeable in rabbit care. You might just be on your own when taking care of a sick bunny. There are other maintenance type tasks that people are not familiar with when it comes to caring for a rabbit. You will want to regularly check their teeth, for instance. Are you ready to clip their teeth? If these things sound intimidating, I would suggest you read up on rabbit care, or better yet find a rabbit owner. They will be able to show you how to care for your bunny, if you should happen to get one this season.
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2. You Might Not Get What You Want.
Generally, employees at big chain pet stores have no idea how to care for, sex, or tell you what breed of rabbit they have. All of these things are important when considering a pet for your family. My husband came home once with a Netherland Dwarf. If we had looked up online, we would have known immediately that it was NOT a Netherland Dwarf. It only took a month for our bunny to outgrow the hutch he was in. We were fortunate to have friends that live in the country and were able to take him in. He ended up to be a 8-9 pound bunny instead of a 3-4 pound one! Most animals are not so fortunate and end up dumped. Rabbits, in particular, are often let out into the wild where they are quickly killed. This is not fair to the bunny at all! Learn about dwarf breeds before you go to the store so that you know what to look for. I mention smaller breeds because they make good indoor bunnies. The larger breeds are great too. I personally love Palominos for their docile temperaments.
3. The Bunny Will Need Socializing.
Just because a bunny at the store looks cute does not mean that it is friendly. You will need to take the time to socialize your bunny, or both of you will end up unhappy. Nobody wants a bunny that kicks, scratches, or bites the kids. Learn how to properly handle your bunny so that they feel safe in your arms. People at the store don't take the time to pet the bunnies. People often pick them up without knowing how and leave the rabbits insecure and defensive. You can read more on how to calm a rabbit here. Read up on breeds, ask around. Some breeds are more skittish than others. Consider the age of the children who live with the bunny. Very young children do not know how to properly handle a bunny and will often be too rough. Never scold or hit a bunny. You have to be patient. Rabbits naturally were prey animals and will frighten easily. Rabbits have been known to die from a heart attack from being scared. If you do decide to have one as a pet, spend time with your bunny and help them become comfortable around people. You will want to practice laying your bunny on their back so they feel comfortable as you trim nails or teeth.
How To Socialize A Rabbit
Learn more on my page about aggressive rabbits here.
Clicker Train Your Rabbit - Have fun and play with your rabbit.
Learn how to have fun with your rabbit by teaching them tricks! You and bunny can develop a great relationship through positive reinforcement. It will teach your children how they can have fun with bunny too!
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4. You will be responsible for most medical care.
If you are not knowledgeable about rabbit care, then I suggest you read up on it before buying a bunny. Most vets are not experienced in handling a rabbit, much less know how to treat a sick rabbit. For the most part they are healthy animals, but they still need basic maintenance. Get familiar with how to keep your bunny groomed and trimmed. Find a local breeder that can teach you how to do these things. It will make life less stressful for your rabbit. Occasionally you may deal with a case of the snuffles or ear mites. You should know the signs of infections so you can handle it properly. Rabbits may not display pain or discomfort. You have to be diligent and observant of your bunnies health.
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Find Out More On Rabbit Breeds
American Rabbit Breeders Association has a wealth of knowledge about rabbit care.
5. It costs more than you think.
In order to provide an adequate living space for your rabbit, you will need a decent sized hutch. This will depend on the size of your rabbit. You will want a seperate litter area for bunny in order to maintain a clean and hygenic hutch. You will need to watch to see where your rabbit is going to the bathroom and place a litter box there. Generally, rabbits potty train themselves. You will need a good bedding to help keep the hutch clean and disease free. This bedding will need to be changed often to keep the hutch dry. A good sized hutch could run you 100 dollars. You will need a feed bin and water bottle as well as toys, treats, and rabbit food. Timothy hay is a good choice. You do not want to feed your bunny too many vegetables because it can cause diarrhea. It's not as simple as going to the store and buying a bunny. You have to prepare in order to make life comfortable for your rabbit.