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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Hopping Down The Bunny Trail

Spring is here and Easter is coming up, so some families are thinking of adding a rabbit to the family. Rabbits can be great family pets under the right circumstances.

 Some things to consider if you're thinking about getting a rabbit are where will the rabbit live? Remember that rabbits are strong chewers and you want to keep electrical cords away. They'll also chew on wood, so you don't want them to have free access to your mahogany floor boards or furniture. The rabbit will need his own safe place to live.

 What about other pets in the household. If you have a pack of beagles who love to hunt, a rabbit is probably not a good choice, but some dogs and cats can learn to coexist with  rabbits and even become friends. You know you dog's temperament best. Be honest about whether he or she will accept a rabbit as a sibling.

 Your pet rabbit will need food and veterinary care, just as your other pets do. Be sure to ask questions and do your homework before  bringing any new pet into the household.

If you've thought it thru and decided that a rabbit is a good choice for your family, consider adopting a bunny from a shelter. Just as with dogs and cats, many people buy a rabbit on impulse and find that it's not a good fit for them. The poor animal winds up in a shelter hoping for a forever home.
                                                  Nightsong and Cinnamon

 All the bunnies shown in this post are available for adoption on Petfinder. Check out the ones in your area and give a loving home to an animal that needs you.

Although rabbits can be good pets, remember that children and other animals must be supervised while handling them. They can bond with people, but it takes longer than with dogs. They can become aggressive if not handled gently.  Don't buy a rabbit just because it's Easter, they're not toys. Do your homework as you would with any other pet and know what kind of rabbit you want, and how to care for it.
 Enjoy life with your new bunny.


  1. What a walk down memory lane... I had rabbits as a young girl. Laura and Mary turned out to be Laura and Marvin. Then Marvin ate some of his offspring - hem. But aside from my father's SEVERE allergies to them, they were wonderful, trainable, entertaining pets.

  2. I'm a big fan of the lop-eared bunnies, but The Mister had a scarring experience with bunny-ownership as a child. We will probably never own one.

  3. And rabbits require lots of exercise or they can become aggressive and destructive. They also have special dietary needs.


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