Easter bunny impulse buys, not a good idea
Easter and pet rabbits---don't mix.
As a former member of the House Rabbit Society/rabbit rescuer with Easter coming I think it is urgent to get the message out about impulse buys of rabbits at Easter time.
Rabbits are not a rodent, they are lagomorphs. They are intelligent and
are not always the cute cuddly animal they are portrayed to be. In truth
a lot of rabbits to do no like to be picked up and can and will kick and scratch.
They have very sharp nails and can do some damage to small children. Also
small children can and do injure them by dropping them or pulling their ears.
If they don't hold a rabbit correctly and it struggles the child could drop the
rabbit or it could injure its back bone.
Rabbits are intelligent creatures and they love to play and have toys. They
need a safe space of their own, a cage and need a proper diet or become fat.
They need a clean home and most can be liter boxed trained. They are a very
social animal and like to be around their humans or other rabbits. It is not
safe or fair to a rabbit to build or buy a hutch and keep him in your yard.
It is scary for the rabbit as with night time comes predators who would try
to get into the hutch and why put your rabbit through that kind of stress.
The whole idea is to have a fun/healthy pet you can share your home with.
If you understand them and can follow a few simple rules they can be very entertaining and fun to watch as they run around the room and kick up their heels and spin around mid air and dash off in the other direction. Some bunnies
can be very affectionate, and will readily seek you out and jump onto your lap.
If you are lucky they will then give you little rabbit kisses on your face or hand.
Some times an affectionate bunny can nip you when he's trying to kiss you so
you must learn to understand the difference.
It is important to find a veterinarian that deals with rabbits because not all of
them keep up on what is current in rabbit medicines and antibiotics like
amoxicillin can kill them. And the vet needs to know what kinds of anesthesia
are safe to use with rabbits for emergency surgeries and/or neutering/spaying
Rabbits can bite and do spray and should be neutered/spayed just like your dog
and cat and for the same health reasons. It is very important to get them spayed/neutered.
If this hasn't scared you off on wanting a bunny let me tell you the do's.
* research first to see what breed of bunny would suite you and your family.
* if you see a breed at the store you really like, ask questions about it and look it up to see what more you can find out about that breed, they are all different.
some of the tiny tea cup bunnies are nervous creatures and should not be for small children
* get your bunny from a reputable place that has healthy pets.
* find a good vet who knows and understand rabbits.
* buy a good size cage that your bunny can lay down and stretch and stand up
in -- never use chicken wire for a rabbit cage as it usually injures them and is not a safe alternative to use.
* a good water bottle is a must
* the food bowl should be heavy so your bunny can't tip it over, make sure its a safe bowl for pets to use, no lead or other contaminates.
* a litter box, like for cats, you can use a quick link and fasten box to corner side of cage so bunny doesn't tip litter box over--bunnies like to flip things over!
* wiffle balls, baby plastic keys, heavy pieces of cardboard, branches from apple trees to chew on, even some baby plastic rattles are safe as toys, little paper cups with some cheerios in it can be entertaining for bun-bun.
* you must provide things for the rabbit to chew to keep his teeth filed down
clean branches off tree that have no sap, pieces of wood that have not been
treated with anything, apple tree branches are an excellent choice to use.
* provide a good brand of rabbit pellets and provide Timothy hay to them.
** alfalpha hay is too fattening
* store bought bunny treats are too fattening also, a slice of apple, carrot, small chunk of a dark green leafy veggie are all better as treats and good sumpliments to their diets.
* buy the house rabbit society book it is chock full of info for you to have and keep a healthy happy bunny and fun to read.
time out of the cage should always be supervised as you don't want your bunny to accidentally chew on electric cords. and he/she should be let out every day
for excercise and socialization with the family.