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Bunnies for Easter? Read This First!

Next weekend we celebrate Easter! For those of you who are not Christian, it’s a holiday that celebrates Christ’s resurrection.

Some of the traditions associated with the celebration of this holiday include sunrise church services, the hunting of colorful eggs, and children receiving gifts from the Easter Bunny (kinda like Santa but with a smaller budget).

And sometimes children receive baby bunnies as gifts on Easter.

ChiChi and Chloe are available in Marietta GA; click on the pic for more info

ChiChi and Chloe are available for adoption in Marietta GA; click on the pic for more info

If you plan to give a bunny to a child this Easter, here are some things to consider.

Rabbits can live up to ten years, and require as much care as a dog or cat. If you aren’t willing to provide that care, a bunny isn’t right for you.

Rabbits don’t typically get along well with children, especially young children. Poking at rabbits or trying to cuddle them may be rewarded with a bite.

Barnie is available for adoption in Honesdale, PA. Click on the pic for more info!

Barnie is available for adoption in Honesdale, PA. Click on the pic for more info!

Bunnies who are not spayed or neutered will mark their territory with urine and feces, and if able to procure a partner, will produce many offspring.

Bunnies should be kept indoors. A small cage outside is no life for a rabbit; all it does is draw larger animals to your home and puts the animal at risk.

Rabbits bought as pets are domesticated. You can’t release them into the wild when you’ve grown tired of them. They do not have the instincts needed to survive.

Coraline is available for adoption in Richmond, CA. Click on the pic to find out more!

Coraline is available for adoption in Richmond, CA. Click on the pic to find out more!

Having said all that, rabbits can make wonderful additions to a family that is willing and able to meet their needs. If you do want a rabbit for a companion animal, rescue groups will be overwhelmed with them in a month or so. Why not wait a month and then adopt?  House Rabbit Society has a list of rescues in the US and  worldwide.

You can also find rabbits available for adoption on Petfinder.com.

Here is a fact sheet published by the ASPCA on what care a rabbit needs.

For the rest of you, do like Jen does and GO CHOCOLATE!

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Discussion

73 thoughts on “Bunnies for Easter? Read This First!

  1. Thanks for sharing.

    Posted by ilovecats | March 23, 2013, 8:04 AM
  2. Excellent post pal.

    Posted by mariodacat | March 23, 2013, 8:05 AM
  3. Thank you for these facts about the rabbits especially to keep them as pets.

    Posted by YellowCable | March 23, 2013, 8:11 AM
  4. Reblogged this on TreeHugginVamp and commented:
    Chocolate bunnies, not real ones!!

    Posted by TreeHugginVamp | March 23, 2013, 8:12 AM
  5. Great post. I never really thought of people getting real rabbits for their kids on easter. I guess because I know better. Thanks for sharing..

    Posted by TreeHugginVamp | March 23, 2013, 8:13 AM
  6. I was given a white, pink eye, pink ear tiny bunny for Easter by my brother when I was a girl! My mom bawled out my brother, but his face just lit up when he saw my smile. I named him Peter Rabbit! I had a black middle size mutt dog called Corke, a yellow cat named Dumbolis. For years Peter, Corke and Dumbolis would tumble and play in the house and in the yard. Peter would eat my mom’s vegetables, so instead of building a fence, she just grew more veggies, especially the ones Peter liked! Never was a rabbit treated more like a dog then a rabbit. He rarely went in the house. He slept in my bed along with the cat and dog. I grew up in Indiana where animals could go in and out without tons of threats. Now I live New Jersey and never let my cats outside ever. But never, ever, on this Earth was there a girl who loved her Peter Rabbit more than I did. I know that my case was not typical. But Peter lived for many, many years and was fat, healthy and loving. I cried so terribly when he passed, I felt my heart was ripped out. Well, to be truthful, every animal I have had it’s been that way. Each one has my heart. Every Easter I think of the little girl I was with the white rabbit with pink ears and pink eyes. Lots of love, Emily

    Posted by "The Light-Bearer Series" Novelist, Emily Guido | March 23, 2013, 8:13 AM
    • That’s wonderful! So many people don’t realize how amazing a pet rabbits can be! I don’t want people to NOT have rabbits in their lives. I just want them to know what they’re doing before they get one.

      Posted by rumpydog | March 23, 2013, 8:16 AM
      • You are DEFINITELY RIGHT!!!! However, I guess love and location were on my side because we didn’t know anything about a rabbit and treated him like Corke, my dog and Dumbolis, my cat. He did everything they did and we just didn’t know any better. I guess GOD knew my family would be good to bless us with Peter… my whole family 8 kids… loved him. Like I said, my mom was PO’d he ate her garden but she just shrugged her shoulders and said, “Well, I will just grow more.” But living in Indiana was a lot more simpler than it is now! I guess what I’m trying to say to people is to PLEASE don’t be stupid… research each animal before you take them home… we just got lucky. Lots of love, Emily

        Posted by "The Light-Bearer Series" Novelist, Emily Guido | March 23, 2013, 8:37 AM
      • Exactly Rumpydog! People must always be aware of what it means to let an animal into their lives. It’s a committment for life. A bunny means 5-15 yrs.

        Posted by Lotta's ullisar | March 24, 2013, 3:35 PM
    • I am so glad you posted about this subject. People don’t think of these things which result in more shelter bunnies trying to find a new home.

      Posted by paws2smile | March 24, 2013, 6:18 PM
  7. Good information! Thanks for sharing this Rumpy! 🙂

    Posted by tchistorygal | March 23, 2013, 8:18 AM
  8. Great post. Glad you mentioned that they are not always a suitable gift but that, if getting one, adoption is the way to go. Good for you Rumpy!

    Posted by Long Life Cats and Dogs | March 23, 2013, 8:22 AM
  9. When I was a child I received three dyed baby chicks one Easter from my cousin. Yep, my Mom was livid but we lived in the country so they were inside and outside the house. My dog ate one and one disappeared but the last one — a purple one lived the entire summer. He would strut around on my shoulder. That is until the first day of school when my mother butchered him and served him for dinner. I was traumatized. Only my brother would eat. Fortunately that practice of dying chicks is illegal for many, many reasons but I still remember my purple chick. We have come a long way but have a long way to go.

    Posted by katecrimmins | March 23, 2013, 8:29 AM
  10. Thank you for this post, I honestly didn’t know parents would give rabbits to children for Easter. Where I come from rabbits were bred like chicken, pigs or any other animal that’s raised to be slaughtered. (But I don’t eat them or anything else I couldn’t kill.) Some people are allergic to rabbits and when they find it out, after they got the rabbit, it’s kind of a problem. So I guess even test-cuddling might be a good idea.

    Posted by stanze | March 23, 2013, 8:33 AM
    • They are raised here for slaughter as well. I have my opinions about animal agriculture, but that’s for another post.

      I didn’t realize people could be allergic to rabbits, so thanks for bringing that up!!!!

      Posted by rumpydog | March 23, 2013, 8:39 AM
  11. Good call.

    Posted by jmgoyder | March 23, 2013, 8:37 AM
  12. When mom was a child, she had a rabbit as a pet because she loved rabbits as well as dogs but she kept him outside in a wodden cage and sometimes took him for a walk both in the yard and in the park.
    One day when she tried to feed him, she found the cage was broken and he was not there….. Sadly a few days later, he was found dead….in the park….
    Yes, we should keep a rabbit indoor like cats and dogs…or there might be many danger outside.
    Thanks so much for this post!

    Posted by eripanwkevin | March 23, 2013, 8:55 AM
  13. I’ve had a couple pet bunnies throughout the years and loved them dearly, but they truly are a huge commitment because you really need to be diligent about keeping the cage clean and that can be very time consuming. My cat, Kit, used to love our bunny and she would go into the cage and snuggle with her when I would let her! Great advice!!

    Posted by Zee and Zoey - Deb Barnes | March 23, 2013, 9:12 AM
  14. Reblogged this on Everything Worth Knowing… and commented:
    Couldn’t have said it better myself!

    Posted by Everydogsmom | March 23, 2013, 9:19 AM
  15. That’s a very good information Rumpy – Thanks.

    Posted by easyweimaraner | March 23, 2013, 9:20 AM
  16. THIS is a super post… a couple of years ago some CRAZY peeps turned a hutch of TAME bunnies LOOSE… and Most of them died on the ROAD… butt two of them came to live around my house. I named them Charcoal and Charcoal beclaws of their color. WE became SUPER FURENDS… butt living on their OWN was very much hard on them. Mom helped them by giving them foods and carrot treats… butt after about 18 months… on their own they both ended up going to the Bridge and I (Frankie Furter) was broken hearted. I felt soooooo sorry fur my beloved furends.
    We just do not know why peeps don’t THINK before they Act.
    THANK YOU fur putting this wonderful post up.

    Posted by Frankie Furter and Ernie | March 23, 2013, 9:27 AM
  17. I knew about dogs for Christmas but I’ve never heard of bunnies for Easter. People are so silly taking a mascot for the season and actually buying it.

    Posted by Catherine Johnson | March 23, 2013, 9:43 AM
  18. Thanks for sharing. I find this to be helpful information always before adoption! Just because someone’s cute is not enough information required to make them a part of your family.

    Posted by Bunk | March 23, 2013, 10:04 AM
  19. Great advice Rumpy!

    Posted by Animalcouriers | March 23, 2013, 10:09 AM
  20. Good post. I’ve known a few people who were passionate about rabbits. I’ve unfortunately also seen rabbits who were obviously released in the wild. It’s a sad state of affairs.

    Posted by The Howling Mad Cat | March 23, 2013, 10:16 AM
  21. Good advice! Mom had 2 wabbits as a kid, neither lived more than a few years but the were adult wabbits when she got them at the shelter so they may already have been a few years old. They were both house wabbits and did do lots of naughty things in the house. Mom loved them but knows first hand they are not easy pets!

    Posted by Emmadog | March 23, 2013, 10:23 AM
  22. Wonderful post on those sweet bunnies…Coraline is a cutie…We will be going for the chocolate ones too Rumpy!!!!

    Posted by writetowag | March 23, 2013, 10:41 AM
  23. Great message to pass on! Bunnies are so cute, but not right for our family.

    Posted by ILoveDogs | March 23, 2013, 1:52 PM
  24. Great info Rumpy! People should also know that rabbit urine is VERY stinky! Yuck!

    Posted by Ann "Paws" Staub | March 23, 2013, 1:54 PM
  25. People should never give pets as gifts, unless they know the recipient wants one. Kids especially don’t really know how to care for animals without adult supervision.

    Posted by Alejandro De La Garza | March 23, 2013, 4:19 PM
  26. I hope people read this post. People need to understand that bunnies may be cute but they need to be taken care of and are litter trained, hence little “pellets” around the house.

    People also buy little chicks. And when they grow into chickens – then what.
    Adopt a dog.

    Licks and Rruffs, BJ

    Posted by BJ Pup | March 23, 2013, 6:19 PM
  27. Perfect, thank you Rumpydog! Same thing goes for those cute little fluffy baby ducks. They grow into adult ducks and need specific care and feeding (not bread!)

    Posted by runningonsober | March 23, 2013, 6:48 PM
  28. Allso true about rabbits. Just hope the word gets out about giving rabbits to children. Not a good idea!

    Posted by ldrboyle | March 23, 2013, 7:06 PM
  29. Rumpy, that’s some good information and we hope the humans take heed. Too many bunnies end up in shelters after Easter because humans don’t realize that bunnies aren’t just cute things to look at and require work.

    Posted by theislandcats | March 23, 2013, 8:26 PM
  30. Thank you for a brilliant and informative post. I hope you the gorgeous bunnies in this post find their forever homes soon. 🙂

    Posted by Rayya | March 23, 2013, 9:07 PM
  31. Reblogged this on saymberblondi and commented:
    VERY important message to read and share this time of year — baby chicks and ducks fit into this message also! Giving a pet of any kind as a gift without thinking it through is seldom a good idea and usually ends badly for the “gift.”

    Posted by saymber | March 23, 2013, 9:10 PM
  32. Timely advice Rumpy! Great post.

    Posted by Bassa's Blog | March 24, 2013, 3:13 AM
  33. This is a wonderful post of great information, Rumpy…since we already have Copper, the chocolate lab, and our kids are older, we’ll be indulging in chocolate! 🙂

    Posted by lscotthoughts | March 24, 2013, 8:42 AM
  34. Rumpy, once again you have outdone yourself with this very important post and I thank you so much for this. It hurts our hearts to see Bunnies given as gifts to be abused or neglected. We love you Rumpy! Max & Bella wag wag

    Posted by The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap | March 24, 2013, 9:29 AM
  35. Having had a bunny, dogs and cats for many years, I’d like to share that a multi-pet family is doable, but high-maintenance. You’ll need to protect each pet from the other’s ability to cause trouble, and this can mean lots of training and baby gates. When you do reach your goal, however, rabbits and other furry creatures can learn to get along and even bond. Don’t rush the process, and when possible, start with young housemates. Best wishes!

    Posted by Carrie Boyko | March 24, 2013, 1:44 PM
  36. People need to think long and hard about bringing any animal into their home. Bunnies and ducks for Easter, puppies and kitties for Christmas – please remember that when you choose an animal – you choose to make (at times) a very long commitment. Animals are not disposable like a purse, that you can just return or change, if you don’t like the color. They are as helpless and as in need of your love and care, as a child would be. Very good post!

    Posted by mydailyminefield | March 24, 2013, 4:29 PM
  37. Phew! That was a long way down to here lol 😉 Great informative post and an excellent post for Easter 🙂

    Posted by europasicewolf | March 24, 2013, 4:57 PM
  38. Excellent! I wish more people would realize these poor animals really are not good pets for small children.

    Posted by Valentine Logar | March 25, 2013, 5:45 AM
  39. You’re right, Rumpy! Rabbits need a lot of care and attention. Plus they have fragile bones and very temperamental tummies if they’re not fed properly.

    Posted by onebluedog | March 25, 2013, 10:54 PM
  40. Thank you Rumpy! Shelters and rescue groups have bunnies that need good homes. (but bunnies don’t want to live in cages – UGH!)
    Our neighbor had 2 huge ones that played in the back yard during the day in good weather and slept in little beds inside at night – they litter train easily and can be walked on a leash.
    We had an Australian Rex with the softest fur and barked at intruders. He did not liked to be held but loved to live in an enclosed atrium where he could dig burrows and sun. We furnished fresh grasses and flowers to munch daily.(Severe weather, he had to come in and sit in a crate – which he hated, but necessary…
    Bunnies eat electric cords and must be watched. Bunny insides can get twisted up – so picking them up isn’t advisable if they twist and squirm around. Thick fur must be watched for sores.
    Contrary to popular belief, our bunny and our rescued guinea pig were best friends and slept together in burrows. A great pair! (but not carefree pets for children as advertised)

    Posted by philosophermouseofthehedge | March 26, 2013, 12:59 PM
  41. Good information, Rumpy! but for now, we’ll go for the chocolate 🙂

    Posted by angelswhisper2011 | March 27, 2013, 4:23 PM
  42. I blame Veruca Salt.

    Posted by Anne Schilde | March 27, 2013, 9:06 PM
  43. thanks so much for sharing this. ppl think what a cute bunny for my child without thinking about tomorrow. when i was a kid, it was colored chicks. now i think those poor little chickens. somehow i always ‘lost’ my cute little pink chicken after easter. when i was an adult i found out i had been eating those chicks. my mom gave them to her sister on the farm who raised them to adults, then off to slaughter.

    Posted by Paula Perry | March 28, 2013, 3:17 PM
  44. Great information!! Thank you! 😀

    Posted by jlee5879 | March 28, 2013, 4:24 PM

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