During the holiday season it is easy to get caught up in the spirit of the holidays. This Easter season, between the brightly colored eggs and the baskets full of goodies, it is easy to see why people decide to give rabbits as gifts. Most people easily fall in love with these cute little fur balls in the pet store and can imagine the joy their friends or family members will experience upon discovering the cute bundle Easter morning.
Just as you wouldn’t buy a new Ferrari on a whim, never buy a pet for your family or someone else’s without learning all the facts about that pet beforehand. Rabbits are a lot more like cats and dogs than they are hamsters, gerbils, or other caged critters. Most experienced rabbit owners will tell you that their rabbits take up as much time and space as any dog or cat would in your life.
When deciding if a rabbit is right for your family there are several considerations to be made. Are you going to keep your rabbit inside or outside? Will you buy more than one rabbit or will you have the time required to provide companionship to your new family member? Are their other pets or even small children in the house that might potentially cause harm to the rabbit? These are just a few of the questions you should answer before making that trip to your local shelter or pet store.
It is important to familiarize yourself with the special needs a rabbit will have compared to more traditional caged pets. Rabbits have a long life span, ranging from 5 to 15 years, and will require at least a yearly trip to the veterinarian’s office. Rabbits also require a larger area to roam than other pets and should be allowed out of their cage for several hours every day to run around and to explore. Rabbit proofing your home will be necessary to guarantee the safety of your pet.
Rabbits also have special dietary needs. Store bought pellets should not be the bulk of a rabbit’s diet. Hay and fresh vegetables should also be provided each day. Water bottles need to be cleaned and refilled every day to ensure freshness and sanitation. Rabbits should also have a piece of hard, untreated wood or cardboard in their cage to chew on.
Once you have done your research and learned all you can about rabbit care, make a truthful decision about your ability and desire to add a rabbit to your family. If you do not think you would have the time or ability to properly care for a rabbit, find a nice chocolate bunny or stuffed animal to add to your Easter basket this year.