With Easter just around the corner there is one thing on everyone's mind...bunnies! Cute, adorable, fluffy bunnies.
The symbol of Easter with their cute twitching noses and fluffy little tails requires a patient owner and a lot of TLC. Bunnies are not high maintenance creatures but they do have their little eccentricities
When they are younger they love and crave human attention, this however can change when the bunny becomes older or sexually mature. To ensure your bunny still wants to be around you when they grow older you must spend as much time coaxing and showing love to the critter when they are younger.
When making the decision to get a bunny, do some research on the different breeds of rabbits out there, what they can eat, what type of housing they will require, if you are getting one or two, will your bunny be an indoor bunny or outdoor bunny. There are several things to think about before you buy your furry friend, and there are many things to do before you bring your furry friend home.
If you plan on keeping your rabbit(s) outside, make sure that you have a sturdy enclosure for them to stay in. Preferably a hutch with a house in the back and a wire mesh front. You could also create a nice enclosure where the bunny will have the grass as their playground and still provide a nice shelter for them, as well as an enclosure. If you go this route make sure there is no way your rabbit can escape, because rabbits do LOVE to dig. Also make sure that your grass hasn’t been treated with chemicals.
Taking care of outside rabbits in the winter can be tricky if they are not near the house, never leave your animal in freezing temperatures, just because wild rabbits are out in the cold does not mean your pet rabbit belongs there. You can put plastic around the outside of the hutch leaving the floor open for the rabbit’s waste to go through. Again, if the temperature is below freezing or the weather gets dangerous please bring your bunny in.
Indoor rabbits love to romp and play, they need large enclosures for them to stretch their legs, for them to stand up and look around, a tiny cage is not good for your bunny. The market sells rabbit specific cages, but still make sure your rabbit gets out to spend time with his owner and to explore his surroundings. Bunnies love to chew so if you do not want your rabbit being “free range” set up a doggy playpen and let your bunny romp around in there.
Some people get two rabbits in hopes that their furry friend will not be lonely. This is a nice idea, although sometimes bunnies; especially males, will become territorial and fight. They may look adorable but an angry rabbit is beyond cute! This author has experience with angry rabbits when her free roaming bunny decided he had enough of the dog chasing him. He attacked the dog, luckily the dog was spooked and left the bunny alone.
It is never a good idea to keep a male and female bunny together unless one of them is spayed or neutered, rabbits can breed at an early age and you will soon have more baby bunnies than you will know what to do with. Also it is hard on the momma rabbit to give birth only to find she is pregnant yet again. Two males can be kept together if introduced at an early age and if one or both is neutered. Two females usually will get along as well.
There has been some question as to whether guinea pigs make great companions for rabbits; it depends on the rabbit and the guinea pig. If introduced at an early age and with monitoring the bunny and guinea pig can become fast friends, and the author of this article speaks from personal experience. She has a bunny and guinea pig that are fast friends.
Just because it is Easter, doesn’t mean you need to get a bunny, or duck, or even a chicken. If you wish to get a rabbit, before you go to the local pet store check your local shelter and save a life. Make sure that this is a commitment that you wish to make, bunnies can have a long life span.