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Should you give a real, live bunny as an Easter gift? Read the pros and cons, see what is involved in caring for a rabbit and then decide.

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Who can resist a cute baby bunny with its long ears and fluffy tail?  Of course your son or daughter would love one as a gift for Easter.

But is it a wise decision?  Let’s weigh the pros and cons.

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Rabbits are Quiet

Rabbits don’t make noise like a barking dog or howling cat.  They are quiet, which makes for a good pet, especially for apartment dwellers.  Because they are quiet they prefer a home that is quiet, too.  How boisterous is your household?

Rabbits Live for 10 Years

Choosing a rabbit as a pet is a long term commitment – the same as if you are taking a dog or cat as a pet because they can live for 10 years or more.  How old is your child?  Are you okay with having a pet rabbit after they leave home or lose interest when they’re older?  Any pet should be considered a family commitment.

Rabbits Can Be Trained to a Litterbox

If your family doesn’t want to make a commitment to walk a dog, a rabbit can be a great alternative because they can be easily trained to use a litterbox.

Rabbits Can Be Trained to a Litterbox

Yes, we’re listing it as a con too.  We all tell ourselves that it will be great for our child to learn responsibility in taking care of a pet, but in real life who cleans the litterbox?  Will it be alright with you if it happens to be you that cleans the litterbox for the next 10 years?

They are Most Active Morning & Evening

Rabbits are most active first thing in the morning when everyone is getting ready for work and school and again in the evening when everyone returns home. They tend to sleep during the day and are satisfied with being in their penned area.  They are social animals that require attention and stimulation just as much as a dog or cat, so when you are home would you find it relaxing to play with your rabbit and to hold it?

Rabbits Should Be Spayed or Neutered

Of course you don’t want your house overflowing with baby bunnies like tribbles (joke for the Star Trek fan), but the most important reason to spay or neuter your pet rabbit is to keep them docile.  Rabbits go thru an adolescent stage where they can be territorial and nip at the age of 4 – 6 months.  If they are spayed or neutered they remain quiet, cuddly pets.  It is very important to accept this fact and add it into the cost of your pet.

Rabbits Love to Snuggle

If you love to have your pet sit on your lap while you watch TV or talk on the phone, a bunny is the perfect pet for you.  They’ll sit with you for hours.

You May Have to Vacuum More Often

Rabbits molt four times a year so during these times you’ll have to vacuum regularly.

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5 Essentials Rabbits Need From You

By Guest Blogger: Nathalie Veilleux

  • Rabbits needs a cage: A good cage for let say a dwarf rabbit of about 3 to 4 pounds should be 2 by 3 feet.The rabbit needs enough room to have is litter box in one corner, food in the other and space in the middle to stretch out is body completely.They also love to have a blanket or towel on the bottom.Plastic bottom cages are much better than metal ones and a lot easier to keep clean.

  • Rabbits needs a good diet: For a young rabbit you should give them alfalfa pellets and hay at will everyday.Green vegetables and fresh hay from the yard are also good for their digestion. Fruits such as apples and bananas should be given in moderation for their high sugar content.For an older rabbit more than 6 months, switch gradually to timothy hay and pellets, no more alfalfa.A quarter of a cup of pellets a day is enough for your rabbit, otherwise he will gain too much weight.Add on a handful of greens everyday.

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  • Rabbits needs exercise: A rabbit cage should not be a prison.It is their house because they need a space of their own. Rabbits love to run and explore. Rather that leaving them in their cage all day when you are gone, resrticted them to one room that you had previously rabbit proofed so they can run around and enjoy freedom.

  • Rabbits must chew a lot:It is a natural thing for rabbits to chew all the time because their teeth just keep on growing.Provide your rabbit with toys he can chew on such as cardboard boxes,straw mats,empty toilet paper rolls, branches from fruit trees and paper bags.That way he will satisfied his chewing needs and will not destroy your baseboards and furniture legs.

  • Rabbits need love and attention:I think this is the most important part on how to take care of pet rabbits.Most people don’t realise that rabbits are very social animals. If you are gone from home all day every day, a rabbit may mot be the right pet for you.Or maybe you should consider getting a pair.Rabbits love to interact with humans as well as other rabbits or even cats.They love to be stroked and they make very lovable pets.

About the Author

I hope you found this information helpful on how to take care of pet rabbits. These are just very basic tips.There is so much more to learn. You are welcome to visit my blog at http://www.petrabbitcare.blogspot.com where I posted a lot of free tips and great videos about pet rabbits.Good luck and enjoy learning about your pet rabbit!

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Do you think a rabbit is a good fit as a pet for your family?

If you’ve decided to look for a pet rabbit for your family, please consider adopting a rescued rabbit.  We understand how cute a baby bunny at the pet store can be, but think of the positives of owning a pet that is already trained to a litterbox, old enough to not be injured by excited children and the bonus joy you get from knowing you saved another living thing.  If you are interested in a rescued rabbit you can contact your local SPCA Humane Society – some do have rabbits – or do a search with Pet Finder.

 
 
 

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