Every Easter, adorable baby rabbits, chicks and ducklings are given as gifts. Sadly, many are often abandoned or admitted to shelters when the holiday is over. This Easter, you have a chance to make an important contribution to your children’s education by teaching them that adding a pet to the family is a big responsibility.
If you’re ready to add a little bunny foo-foo into your family, take a look at this quick list of helpful bunny tips.
- Rabbits will need daily care. If they aren’t handled gently and often, they may not be comfortable with being picked up and cuddled. Be sure to give them plenty daily socialization.
- They LOVE the company of other rabbits. If you have a bunny, consider getting them a companion. Plus, two is better than one!
- Rabbits are intelligent and curious, and consequently a bored rabbit can be a destructive and unhappy rabbit. Digging and chewing are among their favorite pastimes, so whether inside a cage or out, your rabbit needs plenty of toys to keep them busy.
- Your rabbit won’t be picky on the type of toy you get them, they don’t have to be extravagant or even expensive. All they need is something simple to keep them entertained – and since they love to chew, be sure to give them plenty of things to chew on. For example, wooden blocks are great!
- Rabbits thrive on exercise. Along with their love for toys, they also enjoy crawling under and over, climbing on top of things and hopping off and digging and chewing on anything. Make sure to have plenty of things inside their cage that they can crawl into or jump on top of – it will make your bunny happy! Also, be sure to let your rabbit out of the cage and explore the house. Not only will they get exercise, but they can also enjoy socializing with you. Be sure to let them out during a time you are able to supervise them though so they don’t get into anything they shouldn’t.
- Rabbits have a fairly delicate digestive system; to obtain necessary nutrient, they must be fed a varied diet.
- They prefer a gentle, quiet environment. If your house is full of chaos and rowdy pets, it might not be the best time to introduce a bunny to your family.
- Rabbits can be taught to use a litter box, and if they’re spayed or neutered, they are much more willing to cooperate and learn new skills.
- To keep your rabbit safe from predators along with controlling the temperature of their environment it’s important to keep them inside.
If your family is ready to add a new family member this Easter, come down to the Seattle Humane at 13212 SE Eastgate Way in Bellevue, where our experienced adoption counselors will help you find the pet that’s just right for you. The Seattle Humane has wonderful bunnies, dogs, cats, and other critters who can’t wait to be part of your family!
We are open on Easter from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Rabbits make wonderful household pets. They’re affectionate, playful, social, and can even learn tricks! Bunny care fits into most work schedules as they are most active in the mornings and evenings and sleep through the day and night. Bunnies require a responsible owner who will provide them with a special diet and sensitivity to their bunny-specific needs. In return for your love and care, you’ll be rewarded with a bounty of bunny love!
Visit us online at seattlehumane.org to see our adoptable pets and learn how to be a responsible pet owner.