Easter means different things for different people. For me it’s a four day holiday, and a chance to spend some time with family and friends. Others exchange gifts in the form of chocolate, cuddly toys, and what not. Some really get into the spirit of things and try to bring the Easter bunny home with them.
Rabbits make wonderful companion animals – they’re affectionate, clever, and have great personalities – but they’re still a big responsibility. The decision to welcome a rabbit into your family shouldn’t be taken lightly, and certainly shouldn’t be on a whim just because it’s Easter.
Unfortunately, like with puppies at Christmas, people will buy rabbits as gifts, and then grow bored of them once the novelty wears off. Others will simply be unprepared for the responsibility of having a rabbit in the home. Shelters will be inundated with unwanted rabbits following the Easter period, and worse, some rabbits will simply be set free to fend for themselves.
Rabbits are not a toy. Nor are they a novelty item put on Earth for the amusement of us. They’re amazing creatures who deserve our respect and care. If you’re thinking of having a rabbit join your family then you should consider the following:
- Rabbits are definitely not toys, and need to be treated gently.
- Rabbits are not “easy”, and require just as much care as a dog or cat.
- Rabbits are prey animals so can become easily stressed by rough handling or cuddling. For this reason, rabbits are much better suited to adults than children.
- Rabbits need room to stretch their little legs. They shouldn’t be cooped up in a hutch, and need a safe environment in which to roam and explore.
- Rabbits chew on anything so you’ll need to chew-proof your home for the safety of the rabbit, and the future state of your furniture.
Rabbits are awesome animals, and can be a great addition to the family. Just think carefully before getting one to ensure that you’re going to be able offer that bunny a good home. And if you are planning to bring a rabbit into your life then be sure to check out your local shelter or rescue centre. There are so many abandoned rabbits who need a home. Help be part of the solution rather than adding to the problem – don’t get a rabbit on impulse just because it’s Easter but do adopt a rabbit if you think you can provide them with a safe and loving environment. A bunny’s for life, not just for Easter!