With Easter quickly approaching, we all think of cute and cuddly bunnies and how fun it would be to have one. Especially those of us with children, we know that our children will want a pet bunny. But we know that children will soon tire of caring for a bunny, so parents will end up caring for him/her instead. So in our case, we would rather give our children a stuffed bunny or a Chia bunny (don’t children love Chia pets?) to appease their desire for a new “toy”. If you decide you want to care for a bunny, you can adopt a bunny at your local shelter. Bunnies are the third most common animals in shelters nationwide behind dogs and cats. If you live in the Seattle area, there is a shelter called the Best Little Rabbit, Rodent and Ferret House or the Seattle Animal Shelter also has rabbits for adoption.
So, here is a peek into raising a bunny. It definitely is not as easy as it looks. If you are properly prepared, please do go adopt one at the shelter.
More on a day in the life of being a bunny parent after the jump.
If you don’t want to have a whole litter of bunnies, make sure to get your rabbit spayed or neutered. Bunnies become sexually mature at 3-4 months old. Female rabbits can have a litter every 31 days and they can get pregnant the same day they give birth. (Hence the term breeding like rabbits.)
Bunny-proof the house:
1) Cover electrical and phone cords with tubing (rabbits love to chew!).
2) Keep toilet lid down to prevent drowning.
3) Place plants out of reach.
4) Keep household cleaners and chemicals in a locked cupboard.
1) Get a large enough cage for the bunny to jump around and stand up in.
2) Cage should have a solid or wire floor covered with hay, towels or a board.
1) Timothy Hay is absolutely necessary for a bunny’s digestion.
2) Fresh vegetables and fruit
3) Salt Wheel
4) Fresh Water
1) You can use hay as litter or you can use other organic products like: alfalfa, citrus, paper or oats.
2) Rabbits spend a lot of time in their litter box and may nibble on some of their litter. Rabbit urine does have a strong odor.
3) Litter training does take a lot of patience and time.
1) Bunnies need toys for mental stimulation, physical exercise and so they won’t chew up your house.
2) Some bunny toys are: paper towel rolls, baby or cat toys, rainbow slinkies, yellow pages for shredding, rubber balls.
If you do decide that a bunny is not for you after adopting one, please do not release him/her in the wild. They are unable to fend themselves and will either die of starvation, not being able to handle the harsh elements or become prey to other animals.
Enjoy your new bunny and provide him/her with a life long loving and safe home!