Time for my yearly Easter PSA…
Bunnies are adorable. Obviously. But bunnies are much more of a responsibility than people imagine. Here are just a few things to consider before you go get yourself or your kid a rabbit.
•Rabbits live 8-12 years with proper care.
Proper care entails:
-Spay or neuter, which will cost you anywhere from $75-300. This is essential. Female rabbits are extremely prone to reproductive cancers, which can present themselves in an intact female by as early as 18mos. Also, unless you want your boy bunny spraying you and everything you own with stinky pee, neutering is essential
They also need:
-Regular nail trims (which most of them hate) -Fresh hay constantly
-Fresh greens every day
-Good quality timothy hay pellets
•Rabbits are happiest in pairs or groups. (Fixed opposite sex pairs work easiest.) They are known to become depressed without a companion of their own species. I can personally attest to this, our female is much happier with her platonic bunny boyfriend. Watching them snuggle, groom, and do everything together is priceless.
•Can you provide your rabbit(s) a safe and stimulating life? They cannot spend their lives in a 2x3’ cage. At best, they should have their own bunny proofed room, and at least some kind of large bunny proof space to run free in. Also, rabbits are extremely fragile beings. They can literally be scared to death. You must make sure your home is free of anything/anyone that might try to harm your rabbits. Checking your dog’s compatibility with small animals is essential.•Most bunnies don’t like being held off the ground. They don’t feel safe if their feet aren’t supported. (I usually just lay down on the carpet and chill with them.)
•When you move to a new home, your bunny should come too. To many times have I seen the “we’re moving, but can’t take our pet” ad. These animals are not disposable!
•If you must have a rabbit, please adopt! You may even be able to find a fixed pair. There are bunnies out there that need you, but not if you can’t give them a home forever! If you don’t have the time for this kind of responsibility, buy some chocolate bunnies or a stuffed one instead.
Know Your Scientist - Lawrence Krauss
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