Guest Author - Diana Geiger
Even if you had planned, researched the needs of a pet rabbit, and are ready for a pet bunny, no holiday including Easter is the time to bring home a new pet. The hustle and bustle of holidays is really hard on any pet, especially exotic pets.
Rabbits are not for everyone, especially young children. You have to decide if your child is ready for a pet, any pet. Each child matures differently. Rabbits are especially vulnerable to mishandling; if dropped their fragile spines can break so easily.
Children like to hold pets, and the majority of rabbits do not like to be held. Many like to be close to you, sitting next to you.
They may or may not be able to be litter boxed trained. Some take to the litter box quite well, some never do, dropping their little pellets as they hop about.
Rabbits must have exercise; they cannot be caged all the time. If the novelty of having a pet rabbit wears, the poor thing will be stuck in a cage, lonely. They also canít stand on a wire cage floor all the time. It causes serious foot problems. If you use a board for the rabbit to stand on, the board will need cleaning daily. You cannot put the rabbit on a damp or wet board. So have a few on hand to change and clean frequently and dry totally. They like a hidey spot.
They live a relatively long life of seven to 10 years of age. Rabbits are crepuscular, meaning they are active at dawn and twilight and sleep during the day and at night. The oldest rabbit on record was 19. Your rabbit will be with you a long time.
If you have decided you want a rabbit, wait until after Easter, then go to an animal shelter, animal rescue, or rabbit rescue for animal adoption. They are sure to have plenty of Easter bunnies that people bought for Easter and decided an animal was a disposable commodity. Itís sad but true.
If you donít want to go the rabbit adoption route; make sure to use a reputable rabbit breeder. Google rabbits for sale or rabbit breeder.
Rabbitís need toys and mental stimulation as any animal does. Rabbits chew; in fact they have to chew. Rabbits must have a means to keep their constantly growing teeth worn down. Specifically, the four front teeth top and bottom. If the teeth grow to long the rabbit wonít be able to eat. The will die.
The primary diet of the rabbit usually is commercial rabbit pellets. I would recommend limiting or avoiding these pellets. Pellets were developed for the rabbit industry, basically with fast growth and weight gain in mind. Read the article I wrote on rabbits for proper nutritional information. They must have plenty of fresh filtered water.
Donít bring home the Easter bunny :)
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