Real rabbits require special care and a long term commitmentMarch 18, 2012
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Happy Easter - the story.
Every year at Easter time children ask parents for rabbits and bunnies are often purchased at pet stores as Easter gifts. Little thought goes into this decision.
This year please think carefully before you decide to add a rabbit to your family. Remember that a rabbit is not a toy. The rabbit will need space, lots of care and attention, will need to live indoors with the family and require just as much attention as a dog or cat. They are not good "starter" pets for young children. Also every year thousands of rabbits are abandoned to shelters or released in the wild (a death sentence for bunny) often because of misunderstandings on the part of the parents who bought them for their kids. Unwanted rabbits begin to appear only weeks after Easter! It is so sad. Please learn all about rabbits before you decide to add a bunny to your family. Rabbits are physically delicate and fragile, and require room to play, special interaction and specialized veterinary care. Children are naturally energetic, exuberant, and loving. But "loving" to a small child usually means holding, cuddling, carrying an animal around in whatever grip their small hands can manage, precisely the kinds of things that make most rabbits feel insecure and frightened. Rabbits handled in this way will often start to scratch or bite simply out of fear. Please learn all about the proper ways to hold and care for a rabbit before you decide to add a rabbit to your family. Call the Rabbit Haven to learn more. Many rabbits are accidentally dropped by small children, resulting in broken legs and backs. Those rabbits who survive the first few months quickly reach maturity. When they are no longer tiny and "cute," kids often lose interest, and the rabbit, who has no voice to remind you he's hungry or thirsty or needs his cage cleaned, is gradually neglected. Then no longer wanted.
Parents, please help. Don't buy a baby bunny on impulse. Beware of baby bunnies sold during Easter. Sometimes the seller may say that he baby is 3 months old or a dwarf when the rabbit is not even 8 weeks and when they have no idea if it is a dwarf. Make an informed decision about adding a house rabbit by learning about rabbit care first. Consider adopting a rabbit from your local shelter or rescue group.
For the rabbit's health and well-being (as well as for your child's) make sure an adult will be the primary caretaker and will always supervise any children in the household who are interacting with the rabbit.
Domestic rabbits are inquisitive, intelligent, and very social by nature. A rabbit is a delightful companion animal as long as you remember: The bunny is not a child's toy. The rabbit is a real, living 10-year commitment!
So please, stick with a toy stuffed bunny when giving an Easter gift to a young child. Call us to learn more. Let's make Easter a happy time for everyBunny! 831 600-7479