|Posted by Layla on March 12, 2015 at 11:50 AM|
With Easter right around the corner, I've gotten numerous requests for rabbits as Easter presents. Here's a list that explains what to expect from impulse buying.
1. Many impulse-bought rabbits end up in shelters, returned to the breeder, or on the streets because people are not prepared for the care required.
2. Rabbits live for 5-12 years; a child could easily become bored of a rabbit within a year or two, leaving the parents frustrated and wanting to get rid of the rabbit.
3. Rabbits are territorial and can be hormonally aggressive, especially does around 6-8 months old. People buying on impulse do not realize thsi and think the rabbit is mean. The rabbit is surrendered to a shelter or let go on the streets.
4. Rabbits cannot survive in the wild like their wild counterparts; it's the same as letting a dog go and expecting it to survive like a wolf. People tired of rabbits often assume their rabbit will live, when in reality the rabbit will die from starvation, poisoning, disease, predators, or cars.
5. Rabbits can't be left outside all the time. They're very sensitive to extreme weather, particularly heat. Care must be taken to protect the rabbit. Indoor housing is preferable if possible.
6. Rabbits aren't great pets for young children; they kick, bite, scratch, are territorial, and skittish. They can be hard to pick up and hold, especially if they're scared.
7. Rabbits need their nails trimmed every other month or so, so their nails don't get uncomfortably long and cause sore hocks or broken nails.
8. Daily attention is one of the most important things for a rabbit. Antisocail bunnies develop behavioral issues which inclue extreme territorial behavior, fear aggression, and skittishness.
9. Rabbits hate loud, sudden noises and will become jumpy and stressed, leading to fear aggression. Bouncy, rambunctious children will cause a rabbit to bite and kick.
10. Owning a rabbit can get expensive; costs of feed, hay, chew sticks, vet bills, and general care can add up. If you're looking for a cheap pet that won't cost any money, perhaps waiting until you have enough is the best option.