Buy a *Chocolate* Bunny for Easter

Each year, thousands of people buy ‘Easter’ bunnies for their kids without knowing how to properly care for a rabbit or the commitment involved. Unfortunately, some pet stores encourage this mindset and as a result, most of these bunnies wind up abandoned, neglected, or dead. A few are lucky enough make it to the SPCA.

As a bunny mommy, I wanted to do this post to get the word out about the commitment it takes to own a rabbit. It’s not easy. This little girl takes a lot of work.

Bunnies can live 9-12 years, so it’s a long term commitment.

Bunnies need lots of supervised play time. It’s recommended they have 2 hours a day.

It’s a good idea to get bunnies spayed or neutered. They have a lot of reproductive issues when they get older. Getting Bunnypants fixed cost us upward of $200. (And smaller animals don’t always do well under anesthesia.)

Bunnies need fresh veggies every day. I’m always going to the store during lunch breaks to get her lettuce, parsley, broccoli, Timothy hay, litter, toys, and treats.

Bunnies can be litter trained. It took us less than a week to train her when she was 8 weeks old. But you have to be patient and do your research beforehand.

Bunnies chew. On EVERYTHING. (See the baseboards in the background?)

They also like to dig on carpet, or even better – all the litter out of their litter box. Right after you’ve cleaned it.  (Oh, she needs her litter box cleaned out at least twice a day, too.)

Bunnies also shed like you wouldn’t believe – and go through “molting” season where they shed clumps of fur. We have tumbleweed of fur rolling around the house on a daily basis. It’s like a terrible, terrible Western.

Bunnies hate to be held (or at least ours does). Which makes it interesting when you have to cut their nails.

You can’t go out of town without finding someone to watch the bunny. They are not like cats. It’s always a big production to break down her cage, pack up her stuff, and get her unwilling ass into the carrier.

Although our bunny is a lot of work, we love her and she is so worth it. We never get tired of playing with her and making her do bunny photo shoots but it’s a lot of work that we didn’t expect at first.

Of course, we’d do it again in a heartbeat. She’s part of the family.

Rabbits are definitely not animals to buy on a whim. Do your research first if you’re ever interested in one. Or ask me! Or check out this site for more information.

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Comments

  1. Rose says

    Your bunny is ADORABLE. We raised bunnies when I was a kid (thankfully we had the space and hutches to keep them outside), and they are SO much work. So adorable, but yeah, not great pets for children.

  2. Holly (eatrunsandiego) says

    I think the lesson in this post was supposed to be responsible purchase of bunny pets but all I managed to take away from it was “ohmygod it’s so cute I want one!” I promise to go back and re-read all the responsibility stuff.

  3. Mz. Teri says

    Even though Bunnypants is a cutie, I’d take a chocolate bunny over a real bunny ANY DAY… preferably dark chocolate. :D

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