10 Reasons Not to Buy an Easter Bunny Rabbit PLEASE SHARE #easter #easterbunny
Did you know 4 out of 5 rabbits purchased as Easter presents will not live to see their first birthday? Unfortunately, those that do, generally live in less than optimal conditions or end up in shelters and euthanized. Each year, thousands of people purchase rabbits, as novelty gifts, but more often than not they end up with a living being they are not prepared to accommodate.
If you are considering buying a rabbit as an Easter gift, here are Ten Reasons NOT to Buy An Easter Bunny. Hi, welcome to Animal Facts. Let’s get started. But, before we do take a moment to like and subscribe for more fun, fauna facts.
10. Rabbits are not easy, starter pets. They need a lot of care, and it is best for them to live indoors. They can easily get too cold outside in the winter, or die from heat strokes in the summer. Be prepared to have a large cage that needs to be cleaned often in your house. They are also not wild animals and can not be released if not wanted. They will not survive on their own. There are rescue organizations online that can help rehome an unwanted bunny.
9. Baby rabbits grow up fast, too fast, and get a lot bigger than the bunny you bought. Some breeds can reach 30 pounds. By the time they are six months old, they are in their temperamental, hormonal teenage years. This is the point most rabbits end up in shelters. This hormonal behavior will pass after they are spayed or neutered, or when they reach 12 to 18 months. Rabbits taken to a shelter will most likely be euthanized. Please consider adopting an older rabbit, if you do decide to get one.
8. Rabbits need specialized vet care that is only provided by an exotic pet vet. Their health can deteriorate quickly if they get sick, and any sign of respiratory or stomach distress should always be treated as an emergency. Find a qualified vet before you buy.
7. Rabbits need to be spayed or neutered at a specialized clinic to protect their long-term health. Spaying or neutering should be done at 3 /12 to 4 months of age when the bunny reaches sexual maturity. This must be done by a specialist, as rabbits do not react well to anesthesia, and can easily die if the vet isn’t experienced with rabbits.
6. Most rabbits do not enjoy being cuddled or held. You must not force them. Also, if he struggles to escape, he can easily break his back. Instead, get on the floor with him and allow him to sniff you, jump on you and get to know you on his terms. It can take several months for a rabbit to bond with a person. Also, a rabbit that wants to play will often nip you to get your attention.
5. Rabbits are prey animals, and they react as such. If something scares or startles them, they will run and hide or bite. A rabbit does not understand that a screaming child chasing them is only wanting a cuddle. The rabbit fears for his life, and can actually die of a heart attack. For these reasons, we do not recommend rabbits to families with small children. Also, don’t expect your bunny and dog to be friends.
4. Rabbits have specialized diets and delicate digestive tracts. Pellets are not enough. They need fresh fruit and veggies and timothy or alfalfa hay, along with their high quality rabbit pellets. The type of hay they should get depends on their stage of development. You as a pet owner will need to become a bunny nnutritionist
3. Cages are not enough. Rabbits need to be out of their cages as much as possible, with a bare minimum of two hours a day. They require lots of exercise and stimulation. A rabbit that is left alone will suffer. They are very social animals, and can easily become depressed, and can develop arthritis from inactivity. Because they need to chew, all play should be closely supervised. They can also dig under fences to escape, so they should never be left outside unattended.
2. Rabbits can become destructive, i.e., chewing cords and doors, etc. They need chew toys, tunnels, boxes, etc, to help gnaw their teeth down. In the absence of this, to them the baseboards or the legs of your sofa work just fine. Their teeth continually grow, just like their nails, which are quite sharp.
1. Rabbits are incredibly smart, loving, and entertaining pets. They don’t give their trust like a puppy, you have to earn it. Once you do, you will have a great pet, but don’t think this is easy. It takes time and effort on your part. You cannot force a rabbit to love you. But once a rabbit does love you, you should have a loyal friend for ten years.
Only buy a rabbit if you think ten years is not enough time with such an amazing friend. If you aren’t sure, please just buy a stuffed rabbit, not a real one.
Well, there ya have it. Rabbits are amazingly cute critters, but as pets, they aren’t for everyone. Feel free to leave your comments below. Before ya go, take a moment to like and subscribe for more fun, fauna facts. And as always, catch ya next time.