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Easter is coming! It's an exciting time filled with easter egg hunts, Reese's Peanut Butter cup egg-shaped treats that are always better than the normal Reese's, and you may be tempted to buy your child a bunny rabbit in celebration of the holiday. Although it sounds like a great way for your kids to experience the beauty of nature, I'm hoping you will refrain from purchasing a rabbit if you are not prepared to care for one properly.

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7 IMPORTANT FACTS TO CONSIDER BEFORE ADOPTING A RABBIT

Most people want to have something really special and exciting for the Easter holiday. That may include finding a few bunnies to bring home to their young children, but adoption centers across the country are bombarded with adoptions of bunnies after the Easter holiday every year.

If you are serious about adopting a rabbit, you will want to know the facts about caring for a rabbit, which includes the following:

  • Rabbits, when cared for properly, can live up to about 12 years
  • They have a very sensitive digestive system, so you must monitor everything they eat very carefully
  • They are animals of prey, so they are not going to be as easygoing as a cat or dog. It will take them some time to get to know and trust you.
  • Bunnies don't usually like to be held. Don't kid yourself. If you want your kids to NOT be afraid of animals, a dog or kitten might be a better choice.
  • Bunnies like to mark their territory when they get older, so be prepared.
  • Domestic bunnies are not supposed to be kept outdoors because of predators attacking them.
  • AND...VERY IMPORTANT...Overstimulation can kill them. Seriously. Overstimulation, like that from young children, screaming and scaring and caring for them and squeezing them; these actions can cause your new bunny to have a heart attack and die.
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If you don't know how to care for a bunny and aren't prepared for it, it could almost be called animal abuse. Rabbits are sensitive creatures that need a home with people who understand how to properly care for them.

CHOCOLATE BUNNIES VS. REAL BUNNIES

So although having a rabbit for Easter sounds like a great idea, it really isn't. Skip the real bunnies this year, and go get some chocolate easter bunnies, or peeps for your Easter basket instead. Your friends at every animal shelter thank you and hope you have a wonderful and happy Easter holiday.

 

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