This was originally posted by the House Rabbit Society of Georgia and I felt it painted a good picture of rabbit care. They are amazing animals and anyone can see why they attract so much attention, but they are not low maintenance animals. They require an attentive owner and are not a good introductory pet for children. Bunnies are NOT appropriate gifts for Easter, please buy the chocolate version instead.
Every year thousands of Easter bunnies die on their way to the pet stores to be sold, or are abandoned by the owners a few months after purchasing them. Here are some common facts about an Easter bunny that you need to know before making an impulse purchase at a pet store.
- An Easter bunny cannot be picked up and cuddled by children – it can break their bones and spines.
- They cannot live outside in hutches – they must live indoors with the family.
- They must be spayed or neutered – it prevents cancer and unwanted behavior.
- They cannot live in small starter cages – they need a whole room or more.
- An Easter bunny needs specialized vet care – most vets are not trained for rabbits.
- They are not inexpensive – do you have at least $1000 a year for 12 years? They are not low maintenance – they need interaction, enrichment and bunny-proofing.
- They need plain pellets, water in a bowl, unlimited hay, and fresh greens every day– not carrots.
- They cannot be turned loose outside – they will die from starvation, predators and parasites.
- An Easter bunny is not easy to rehome – shelters do not accept them.
- They are exploited by the pet industry – ADOPT- DON’T SHOP