Having a pet rabbit, also known as a bunny, is more work than a cat or dog. I know this firsthand since I have a pet rabbit myself. Here are 4 reasons why you shouldn’t buy a bunny for Easter.
1. You shouldn’t buy a pet spur of the moment.
When getting a new pet you shouldn’t just buy it spur of the moment. You need to know where the pet came from, how and why it was bred, and how to take care of it. When I first decided that I wanted to get a pet bunny I was very eager to get one right away. Luckily I didn’t buy the first bunny for sale I saw. After careful research I came across a group that rescues unwanted pet bunnies and adopted my bunny from them. I’m glad I did because I was able to get a bunny that was fixed, I learned a lot of information about taking care of the bunny, and most importantly I saved an unwanted bunny. Buying the first bunny that you see is not a great idea if you aren’t familiar with bunnies. For an example, I first saw a bunny for sale at a feed store that I go to often. When questions were asked about the bunny to an employee there the employee didn’t know any answers to anything that was asked. It’s smart to buy/adopt a bunny from someone that knows things about the bunny itself and bunnies in general.
2. Bunnies can be a lot of work.
Bunnies are not like dogs and cats. First of all bunnies eat a lot, which means they go to the bathroom a lot. It’s wise to litter train your bunny to keep their droppings somewhat contained. One thing to take note is that bunnies mark their territory by dropping their pellets, so you want to create an area for the bunny where it’s “okay” for them to do just that. Bunnies can jump high. I learned this the hard way when my bunny kept jumping out of his pen. I was certain that he couldn’t jump out of a dog pen but I was wrong and ended up having to get a dog pen that was higher in height. Bunnies need room to move around and exercise too so you can’t just lock them up in a crate or bunny hutch all day. To ensure that your bunny is healthy you need to give it a proper diet, which can be a lot of work for some. You should have hay available to them throughout the entire day and give them a fresh produce meal twice a day.
3. Bunnies can get mad easily and even bite.
Different bunnies can act differently but it’s important to keep in mind that a bunny is not going to be like a lap cat. Bunnies generally like being left alone and most don’t like being picked up. The last thing a bunny will want to do on Easter is play with a group of loud kids. It’s not uncommon for bunnies to get stressed and die of a heart attack. That’s why bunnies do not make great gifts. When picking out a bunny you need to spend time with it so you both get to know each other. Some bunnies will bite for many different reasons. If a bunny is not fixed it’s more likely to get mad easily. Bunnies may thump their feet as a warning for you to stay away. They also may thump because they don’t like something, are out of food, or they are scared. If you truly want a bunny wait to get it when you can spend time with it. Don’t rush and get one just to have it for Easter.
4. Bunnies can cost a lot.
Besides the initial purchase, bunnies can cost a lot. You’ll need a cage for it to sleep, a pen for it to play and exercise in, bedding, hay, food, water dispenser or bowl, and toys. For my bunny I built a “bunny condo” out of a dog crate, dog pen, and wire storage racks. On top of this I used play mats and a towel to line the bunny condo. Fresh hay is the best but the bunny also needs to eat fresh produce as well. My bunny specifically will eat rabbit pellet food, hay, lettuce, Brussels sprouts, and carrots in just one day. That’s a lot of food and if a bunny isn’t fed well throughout the day it will be mad and disruptive throughout the night. You also need to trim their nails every so often as they can become very sharp. If you don’t know how to do that you can have a vet do it but will be another added expense.
I didn’t write this list to encourage people to not buy or adopt a bunny. I merely wrote it to inform the people who plan on buying a bunny just for Easter that getting a pet bunny takes a lot of responsibility. It is a lot of work to own and raise a bunny but to me every minute of it has been worth it. I love my bunny very much and am glad he’s apart of my life. If you have the time and money to care for a bunny I highly recommend in doing so. Bunnies can be very affectionate pets and loyal if you treat and care for them right.