Thursday, April 13, 2017

A Rabbit for Easter? Make Mine Chocolate



Easter is fast approaching and I know there are people out there who are thinking of making a gift of a rabbit to a loved one. If you haven't decided on one yet, please consider making that rabbit a chocolate one in honor of the Make Mine Chocolate campaign.

Don't get me wrong, I am completely okay with gifting a pet *IF* it is done right. Everything that comes into play with adopting a rabbit or a cat or a dog still comes into play when giving one as a gift. You need to know what you are getting into. You need to know that the animal is wanted and will be cared for its entire life.

I know that rabbits appear to be 'easy' pets because they are sold in a cage. People wrongly assume that if it is in a cage it is easy to take care of. You give it food the store provides, you clean out the bedding once a week, you make sure it has clean water. Sadly, this is a misnomer that often leads to bad pet experiences and it leads to a lot of misinformation and shortened lives for the animals.

Rabbits need room to run around. The cages that are generally provided for rabbits are not big enough for proper exercise. It is recommended that you create a play area for your rabbit so it is safely contained and it has some room to run and jump around. The reason the rabbit should be 'safely contained' is because they like to chew on everything. Rabbit's teeth never stop growing, so they need to constantly chew on things to wear them down. There is nothing that is safe from a bunny: electrical cords, baseboards, books, magazines, photo albums, table legs, just to name a few.


Proper nutrition is also a bit more than putting down a bowl of pellets. Rabbits need to continually eat to maintain proper gut mobility. Providing them with fresh hay is vital to their health, and some would argue that pellets are completely unnecessary. Fresh veg is good for a bunny, but only certain ones. Some fruit is also good, but not all fruit. Understanding what your bun can and can't eat is important.

I loved my rabbits and miss owning one quite keenly. If you honestly want a rabbit, Easter can be an adorable time to bring home a rabbit. If you decide to do it, please keep the rabbit's well-being in mind. If you have a lot of obligations on Easter and your house will be chaos, you might want to consider waiting and adopting one later. There will be a flood of rabbits to shelters in the coming weeks. Take the opportunity to discuss with the entire family the obligations of owning a rabbit, the complications and the needs of the rabbit. Buy a book on rabbit care, spend a few nights reading it and making a plan. Look up plans for rabbit enclosures so you can pick which one works for you and your family before you go shopping.


Tobin with Eli     and     Bri with Skippy

Bunnies are wonderful pets, but they are far from an 'easy' pet.

Read some of my other posts for Make Mine Chocolate a mission of the Columbus House Rabbit Society - here  or individual posts:



15 comments:

  1. I love the fact you had bunnies in the past too,Have a great weekend,xx Rachel and Speedy

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  2. My human thinks that as far as maintenance goes, bunnies fall somewhere between cats and dogs - they are more work, actually, than a kitty in a lot of ways. It is so irresponsible to bring home a new family member (bun or otherwise) without fully researching what goes into their wellbeing.

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  3. I will be making mine chocolate and so will the kids in our family!

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  4. so well said - we whole heartedly support this campaign and wish people would take more time to think before adopting ANY animal.

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  5. I may have mentioned that Jim had a rabbit before I moved in, and many when I was a kid. They need time and attention too. The same goes with baby chicks, which sadly I've even seen colored. :-(

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  6. I'm on my second rabbit and for the life of me, I have never been able to figure out how to make them play with anything or have any interest outside the cage. My boy has 2 things he does outside his cage, sit in the cat's litter box or sit inside the cage with the door open. My first rabbit did the same. When they were babies, they hopped around some and were a little more entertaining but within a few months, they just aren't into it. So far, it's been my experience, that rabbits really aren't into much exercise and would rather just sit around and be safe and eat. If there's a breed of rabbit that's more sociable, oh please let me know!

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    1. my rabbits did not like to be on hard surfaces, preferring to stick to carpeted areas. Bri never left her room, in fact she rarely left the carpet remnant I had down on the floor despite having access to leave as she wanted. I eventually had to create a little fence around her carpet because she did like to chew on the books on the bookshelf and the baseboards :)

      The bigger the rabbit is, the more social it is. Rabbits are prey animals and are afraid of being eaten, but bigger rabbits are less likely to be eaten. to approach a smaller rabbit, you have to come to them on their terms, sit down in their area and let them come to you, offer them incentives such as bananas and carrots and greens.

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  7. Great post, and great reminder ! Purrs

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  8. grate post guyz......we hope everee one SEEZ thiz N getz it.....heerz two a happee easturr anda grate week oh end ♥♥

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  9. Great post...and a good reminder to those who think bunnies are so cute and make a great Easter gift.

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  10. My daughter and grandson have two bunnies which they love

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  11. Excellent post. I have had many rabbits and they are more work than cats. I loved them all though,one even lived to be 13.

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  12. Our small city has a rescue specifically for rabbits and other small animals, and every time I check their web pages they seem to be inundated with rabbits. Sadly, the people who need to be educated aren't out there reading great blog posts like this. You'd think in this day and age people would know better, or have some common sense, but that's too much to ask for the human species. :-D

    Anyway, I will take my bunnies in chocolate, and I'll wish you all a lovely Easter weekend. Thanks for stopping by for Nicki's 10th gotcha day!

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  13. Really important post! And important for people to know what the commitment is ahead of time.

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