Coming at you from Florida where it’s sunny and 70, but fear not, I’m hanging in the shade bc pale life is real life. But, aside from my sun struggles, I’m enjoying a little R&R with the husband and family. I’ve also learned I’m not good at disconnecting. Anyways, this will probably be my only post this week but it’s a very important one… it’s an open letter to parents (and the rest of you) that are considering getting a pet bunny for your child(ren) for Easter. Please don’t.
Every year, bunnies are dumped into shelters days and weeks after the holiday. This list isn’t meant to tell you all the negative things about bunnies, but rather help parents make informed decisions. Rabbits are the third most surrendered animal in the US meaning a lot of them are dumped into shelters every year. Unlike dogs which are given up for behavioral issues, bunnies are dropped off at shelters because owners no longer want to or are able to care for them. Yes, baby bunnies are super cute and many people buy them for their children in celebration of Easter. Here’s the problem with that: bunnies actually aren’t great pets for (young) children. Why not? Let me count the ways…
Why not to buy your young child a bunny:
1. Rabbits don’t like to be picked up – Bunnies are pretty low on the food chain and picking them up puts them in defensive mode. They can kick and scratch children who don’t know how to handle them properly.
2. Bunnies are delicate – Rabbits have extremely small, fragile bones that can break fairly easy. If they are dropped or kick-out while they are held, they can even injure their spines.
3. They scare easily – Again, rabbits are usually prey animals, so loud noises or commotion usually make them run and hide. Children can get sad or upset that the bunny doesn’t want seem to want to play with them.
4. Bunnies can live for 10 years – This isn’t meant to be a negative thing, it’s just a commonly overlooked fact. When people buy a cute baby bunny, they don’t realize they are signing up for a decade of responsibility.
5. Adopt one for yourself – If you’re thinking about getting a bunny, really consider if you personally want one as a pet. The rabbit will ultimately be your responsibility, not your child’s. That means cleaning litter daily, feeding and providing water, grooming, and nail trimming.
Now, let me really quickly tell you how cool bunnies are…
Why bunnies make great pets
1. Bunnies have big personalities – While taking photos at Red Door Animal Shelter, I met 5 bunnies and each one of them had their own little spunk. Some were calm, others were goofy, but all of them had their own unique traits.
2. They’re quiet – No complaints from neighbors here. Rabbits generally make little to no noise so they cause little disturbance, perfect for apartment living.
3. Rabbits are clean – They like to groom themselves and you can train them to use a litterbox, similar to a cat. In terms of grooming, they’re pretty low maintenance.
4. They bond with their owners – Since they are most active in the morning and evening, they like to enjoy your company when you’re home. They’re generally very social and some even recognize their owner’s voice.
5. Bunnies are so freaking cute – They’re playful, they love toys, and their little hops will keep you giggling all day. I had an absolute blast hanging out with bunnies and highly recommend them if you can provide one a home!
So there you have it, why you shouldn’t get your young children a bunny for Easter but why you should consider adopting one if you have the right home environment. Have you ever considered getting a bunny? Let me know in the comments below!
Okay first, a huge thank you to Red Door Animal Shelter. They do wonderful work mostly with cats and rabbits. They currently have about 70 rabbits in their care and get calls daily to take in more. If you want to hang with bunnies, they’re always looking for volunteers! You’ll have a blast hanging out with these fluff balls. Okay, now let’s meet the bun buns!
Red Oak – Okay I had two favorites and this boy was one of them. He was super outgoing and loved being around people. He’s young but will need special vet care since his back molars will need to be filed every 30-60 days. He’s an orange Mini Satan Mix and he’s all kinds of cute. For more information about Red Oak, click here.
Laurel – This white bunny with blue eyes is a total cutie. He’s a bit more reserved but equally as loving… I mean, look at our Lady and the Tramp moment… for more information about Laurel, email Red Door Animal Shelter.
Elder – The other favorite of the day, this sweet boy was super social and sweet. He’s a young English Spot mix that would do well in almost any home. For more information about Elder, click here.
Watercress – Is it a bird? Cat? No, it’s an Agora English Mix bunny and her fluff is too much to handle. She’s a very spunky and independent woman and would do well with an experienced rabbit owner. For more information about Watercress, click here.
Beefsquatch – Last but not least, Beefsquatch. This sweet, happy boy has been adopted! Congrats Beefsquatch on your forever home!
This two piece maxi dress is sadly old, but I love it. I’ve found some similar looks below!
All photos credit: Margaret Rajic