It’s almost Easter time, and for many families (especially those with children) that means celebrating with decorated eggs, Easter baskets full of candy and egg hunts. For some, this is even a time for bringing home special little Easter pets, like Easter bunnies. But, we must advise caution if you are considering adopting an Easter pet to join in your day (and life) of fun. Here are a few things that you should know:
Bunnies are Prey Animals
While adorable and fun to play with, bringing home a live bunny as a gift is a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. You see, bunnies are naturally nervous animals that can be easily scared, as they are in fact prey animals (that is to say that they are hunted by other animals like wolves, fox, etc.). How does this translate as a pet? Well, they may be more skittish than your average pet and absolutely petrified to be pet or picked up, all things that we expect to do with a pet. They are extremely sensitive creatures by nature that require quiet, calm environments with room to explore. Thus, they may not be the most ideal pet to bring home for young children.
Bunnies Require Special Care
Before you bring home an Easter bunny for your children, understand that they will require special care. For instance, bunnies need to be brushed often, at least once a week. Like cats, bunnies are very clean animals and like to groom. However, unlike cats, they cannot cough up fur balls. That is why you, as their caregiver, must help them stay groomed so as to avoid these harmful health hazards.
Bunnies also have special dietary needs. They eat vegetables, grass and hay – a diet that can end up being quite costly. And, they eat a lot! Some bunnies can grow up to 20 pounds with an average life expectancy between eight and twelve years. So, before you bring your little hopper home, it’s imperative to ask yourself if you’re ready to take on this added financial burden.
Bunnies are a huge undertaking, especially when it comes to sharing space with them. As you’ve probably already noticed, they are big chewers. They will gnaw on absolutely everything! If you choose to bring one home this Easter, know that you will need to bunny-proof your entire home. That means protecting everything from small wires, to furniture, to toys and even shoes. Bunnies will put anything into their mouths and just go to town! So, be sure to hide, or remove altogether, anything at all that you wish to keep around.
If you and your family feel that you are ready to bring home a bunny and have done your research, then you will be bringing home a wonderful pet. Yes, they are a bit higher maintenance than your average pet, but they really do make wonderful companions (if you’re prepared). So, whether you decide to bring home a little hopper this Easter or in the future, just remember to show it kindness and love. Happy Easter!