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Saturday, 26 February 2011

Why You Shouldn’t Buy A Pet Rabbit for Easter!

Yes, I know that a bunny rabbit is the cutest thing ever. Pet stores are filled with these sweet furry creatures just waiting to land on an Easter basket. But we should not forget that things don’t work out so well once these bunny rabbits come home. Parents should be aware that rabbits and small children are not a good match. The excitement of even the gentlest toddler is stressful for a sensitive rabbit. The reason why stuffed animals are so famous is because children admire a companion they can hold, and embrace. On the contrary, rabbits are not passive and cuddly. These sweet furry animals are ground loving creatures that feel insecure and frightened when held and restrained. You should think carefully before you decide whether you want to buy a bunny rabbit!

Every year the animal shelter is filled with bunny rabbits just a few weeks after Easter. Unfortunately, hundreds of these sweet bunny rabbits are left without homes because many good intentioned parents brought their toddler a bunny rabbit for Easter. After the excitement of playing with the bunny rabbit, the toddler losses interest and the little bunny rabbits ends up neglected or abandoned. They are then sent off to the animal shelters.

These Are Very Important Facts:

• Rabbits are not "low-maintenance" pets, and are not a good choice as a pet for a child.
• They have a lifespan of 10 years and need as much attention as a cat or dog.
• Your house must be bunny-proofed, or else your bunny will chew cords and furniture.
• Rabbits must be neutered or spayed or they will mark your house with urine and feces.
• They should live in the house, as part of the family.

If you know of someone that is purchasing a rabbit at Easter? Explain to them why it's a bad idea.

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