Animal Writes
11 April 2001 Issue
Bunnies at Easter: A Sad Story

House Rabbit Society Rabbit Care Guide 

Contrary to Eastertime hype, rabbits and small children are not a good match. The natural exuberance and rambunctiousness of even the gentlest toddler are stressful for the sensitive rabbit.

Children like a companion they can hold, carry, and cuddle. That's why stuffed animals are so popular. Rabbits are not passive and cuddly. They are ground-loving creatures who feel frightened and insecure when held and restrained. The result: the child loses interest, and the rabbit ends up neglected or abandoned.

Those cute baby Easter bunnies soon grow large and reach adolescence. If left unspayed/unneutered they are likely to chew, spray or exhibit other generally unappreciated behaviors. Many end up neglected or abandoned. The result? Humane organizations such as House Rabbit Society see a
huge increase in the number of abandoned rabbits that continues through the end of summer. Help us stop this yearly cycle! Know the facts about rabbits as pets, and what you can do to educate those who have purchased or are thinking of purchasing a rabbit as a pet.

Know the Facts.

Rabbits are not "low-maintenance" pets, and are a poor choice as a pet for children. They have a lifespan of 10 years and require as much work as a dog or cat. Your home must be bunny-proofed, or Thumper will chew electrical cords and furniture. Rabbits must be spayed or neutered or they will mark your house with feces and urine. They should live indoors, as members of the family. To consign these sensitive, intelligent, social animals to life in a hutch is to miss the joy of sharing your life with a rabbit.

Clearly, rabbits aren't for everyone. Are you a gentle adult living in a quiet household? If you think you're one of those rare individuals who would enjoy sharing life with a rabbit, please visit your local rabbit-rescue group.

For more information, see the House Rabbit Society website

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