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.
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.
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.
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!