Are you ready for a rabbit?
Tempting as Easter may be, chocolate bunnies make better gifts than living and breathing rabbits. The Winnipeg Humane Society is advising potential rabbit owners to weigh their decisions of committing to a new pet just as heavily on Easter as the rest of the year.
Rabbits make great pets, however (like with other animals) it is never appropriate to give them as a surprise. Rabbits require as much work as a dog or a cat; they need supervised exercise 2 – 3 hours a day. Many rabbits are easily frightened when held, and therefore not suitable for families with young children. As rabbits' teeth are ever growing, they will find a variety of objects to chew on and therefore rabbit-proofing your home is essential.
Some prospective owners believe a rabbit can purchased and live its life in a cage with little to no interaction. Domesticated rabbits cannot survive in the outdoors. It is too common that a rabbit is brought to The WHS that has been found roaming outside, having likely been set “free” by owners who were uninformed on the level of commitment required. The WHS receives approximately 150 – 200 domestic rabbits each year.
Rabbits are excellent house-pets, and with time and effort can even be house trained! Rabbits can also live between 8-10 years. Are you ready for the commitment?
PLEASE THINK CAREFULLY!
The following list is from rabbit.org
Litterbox (in cage)
Pellet bowl or feeder
Toys (chew & toss)
Toys (chew & dig)
Fenced patio/porch/playpen (with floor)
Limited pellets daily
Hay /straw (for digestive fiber and chewing recreation)
Fresh salad veggies/fruit (add gradually)
Barley/oats (verysmall amounts)
Wood (for chewing recreation)
Multiple enzymes (digestive aid)
Petroleum laxative (when needed for passing hair)
Flea products safe for rabbits (no Frontline!)
Dust-free litter (not wood shavings)
White vinegar (for urine accidents)
Chlorine bleach (for disinfecting)