Rabbits make wonderful pets for the prepared, experienced pet owner, but should never be bought on impulse as an Easter gift.
Fact: Tragically, most rabbits bought over Easter time don’t reach their first birthday with their new families. Instead, they are either put up for adoption or “set free”. The reason? Impulse buying without proper research. Before you get a bunny, consider that a bunny is NOT a starter pet, and is not an easy pet either. They may be cute and fluffy, but should not be underestimated.
Rabbits live a LONG time – some even up to 12 years. When you bring a new animal into the family, be aware of the level of commitment. A bunny is for life, not just for Easter.
Rabbits are social creatures – many feel bunnies have the tendency to hide away and are very shy, but this doesn’t mean they don’t like to be surrounded by the company of those who understand them! When bringing a bunny in to your home, consider putting its living quarters into or very near an area of your home that has a decent amount of movement and sound around, while also allowing them some privacy.
Bunnies are not a first pet – as cute as they are, bunnies are very easily stressed creatures, who don’t take toddlers’ or young children’s fast movements lightly – they are, after all, prey animals. It is in their instinct to bolt at a sudden loud noise or movement.
Bunnies do not only eat carrots! They require a whole variety of foods: good quality pellets, hay, carrot tops, and herbs such as coriander and fennel. Carrots as well as the majority of fruits should be given in tiny bits, as they are often much too high in sugar for the furbabies, essentially giving them very high blood sugar levels that can lead to serious health concerns.
Rabbits need space – a small hutch won’t work. Rabbits, just like humans, like their own special spots for sleeping, eating, hanging out and going to the bathroom – enough space should be provided for them to do this comfortably.
Rabbits are social animals – they need interaction that not only their human friend can give them. In two’s, rabbits can relax a little more, as they look out for one another – making this an even bigger decision than you thought!
Finally – bunnies do not take kindly to being moved around. They are especially affected by traveling, so you would have to consider bringing in a pet sitter for your bun when you are off on holiday. (Luckily, we can help with that!).
In all, a bunny can be just as amazing a pet as a dog or a cat. They have their own unique personalities and characteristics, and when given time and a responsible new human parent, rabbits really can be the ideal pet for someone and can show just as much affection as your pup! Bunnies can even purr in their own way! (slight chittering sound – aaawww…)
Check out your local community social media pages and vets for information on adopting a new bunny rabbit or two. We hope the above provided some new knowledge on rabbits to ensure your new furry friend lives their best life!
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