Have you ever wondered what happens to pet rabbits after Easter? A cute little pet bunny seems like a great idea for kids at Easter time, but within a few weeks afterward, or maybe sooner, you may find that it wasn’t such a good idea after all. The problem is that while a pet bunny looks cute and seems like it would be easy to take care of the truth is that pet rabbits aren’t as easy to care for as one might think.
Why is this? There is much to be learned about rabbit behavior and how to care for them and it should be learned BEFORE you get one. It’s not a good idea to buy a pet rabbit on the spur of the moment or simply for a special occasion or holiday. Otherwise, you might end up with an angry or possibly sad bunny on your hands without the slightest clue as to what to do.
There is also a good chance that you will be just as angry at the bunny as it is at you. Bunny behaviors can be maddening. For one thing, rabbits are very independent, so things must be on their terms sort of like a cat. For example, my bunny didn’t like to be picked up and would bite, scratch and kick like crazy; however, if you sat on the floor for him to hop into your lap he would sit still and let you pet him.
I allowed my cute little mini lop to run loose in the house when I was at home, he was litter box trained, but you had to watch him close or he would nibble on the electrical cords. Not to mention anything else he could get a good chew on. The best thing to do is bunny proof the place, but that’s a lot of work. It’s kind of like having a toddler. At times, bunny wanted to be in his cage to lounge and snooze and other times he enjoyed running and hopping about the house.
He was a rascal that’s for sure. I had to learn the hard way at first like a lot of other pet rabbit owners I suppose. After a couple of weeks of mad hatter rabbit madness I broke down and bought a book on pet rabbits to help me understand him better. It took 6 weeks or so for me, the family and the bunny to get adjusted to one another.
I can see how so many pet rabbits that are bought at Easter end up at the animal shelter or being mistreated and neglected, which is what usually happens. Most people don’t have the time or patience to do what it takes to take proper care of a pet rabbit.
I must add, however, that pet rabbits are worth the time and effort you are willing to invest, as they make excellent pets once you know their needs and wants.
Lastly, if you are considering a pet rabbit for Easter please learn how to care for one before you do so or don’t get one. Do a live bunny a favor and stick to the chocolate or stuffed bunnies if you’re not willing to do what it takes to make a happy home for a real one.