Thinking about getting a bunny for a pet this Easter
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You need to start reading and studying ASAP. Caring for a pet bunny is a lot of work and it is nothing like a dog or a cat. With rabbits, what you don’t know ends up hurting them. I highly recommend getting several books and reading them a couple times. There is a lot to absorb in a very short time.
Bottom line: Do your research before adding a bunny to your family! While it’s easy to get swept up in the excitement of getting a pet rabbit, it’s important to first assess whether or not you can truly provide a good forever home to a bunny.
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Because im isolated and i don't really have anyone, i was thinking of getting a pet and since i love bunnies it might be good for me to have something to take care of. Im asking anyone whos owned a bunny or pet in general, what goes into it? What steps do i need to take if i want this to work? Begin by assessing your bunny's personality and behavior. If your bunny is fearful or startles easily, you run a greater risk that a predatory sequence could be initiated by the dog or . A with a calm, easygoing disposition and a low flight response will have the best chance of getting along with a cat or dog. A rabbit that has had prior positive experiences with dogs or cats during her first weeks of life is also more apt to see your new pet as a friend, rather than a foe. People who have never had a rabbit as a pet don’t realize that rabbits actually have very distinct personalities. These animals can be charming, affectionate and very interactive. When choosing a bunny as a pet, spend some time getting to know him before you decide to take him home to be sure . Just like more traditional pets, some bunnies are rambunctious and playful, while others may be more shy and reserved. The Best Part: Owning a bunny takes just as much work as a dog or cat, but just in a different way. They still need to see a vet every year for a physical, but they dont need vaccinations. Rabbits live up to 10 years or more, so plan on having a rabbit as a family pet for its lifetime. Just like any other pet, bunnies dont deserve to be bounced from home to home because a family doesnt want to make time for them anymore. Rabbits are a big responsibility for their entire lifetime, but also are very rewarding. They go crazy when they hear the treat bag crinkle, they do zig-zags and funny hops when they get excited about getting let out of the cage, and they are the cutest home decoration you can find. Once you bond with a rabbit, youll find theres no other rabbit like yours. By Vladimir Negron Easter often evokes a sense of family tradition. These traditions may include such things as bonnets, brightly colored eggs, beribboned baskets, and chocolate bunnies. But what if your child asks you for a live bunny rabbit? Before you go out and buy an "Easter bunny," consider the responsibility of caring for a . To eliminate the common misconceptions of rabbit care and behavior, petMD's Vladimir Negron spoke with Heather Dean, community outreach spokesperson for , a campaign led by the (CHRS), a non-profit organization devoted to finding permanent, loving homes for abandoned rabbits and educating the public's understanding of rabbits as companion animals. Here's what she had to say: Unfortunately, rabbits are the third most euthanized animal in U.S. animal shelters, right after dogs and cats. And in about three months animal shelters around the country will be bombarded by rabbits that people just don't want anymore. "Easter may not be the best time to purchase a rabbit," says Dean. "Do your research before getting a rabbit, and really talk to your family and make sure it's clear who is taking care of the rabbit ... because rabbits are not an appropriate pets for kids and they are high maintenance." And what if your child asks you for a chick or a instead of a rabbit? Cute as they may be when they are babies, they will grow up. Chickens and ducks are even harder to find homes for than rabbits, and to meet the demand during Easter, hatcheries and farms often increase the normal output of chicks and ducklings, increasing the stress on the animals and making them more prone to disease. One such disease, Salmonellosis, causes diarrhea, fever, and stomach pain in humans, especially in the elderly and young children. To many, springtime represents a renewal of life. Be certain that you are not sacrificing the life of an innocent creature for a little Easter joy this year. Image: ThinkstockNext, consider your lifestyle. It is NEVER a good idea to add a rabbit to your family so your child or children can learn responsibility, or even to expect that your child will be the major caretaker of the bunny. As the responsible adult, you must assume that you are getting a new pet that will require your commitment. Too many times, a family ends up wanting to give up on the new pet rabbit because the expectations of responsibility were not properly considered ahead of time.