Yeah, I know, I’m a cat and this is a cat blog. I write a lot about cats that need rescue in kill shelters. Well, beginning today a lot of those kitties are going to be joined by unwanted bunnies, all because some humans brought them home on an impulse for Easter without realizing all that goes into having a rabbit as a pet.
Here is just a sampling of what these humans did not take into account when they brought that baby bunny home:
- Bunnies are a long-term commitment; if cared for properly a rabbit will be your pet for 8 to 14 years.
- Like cats and dogs, they should be spayed or neutered. If they are not, they are likely to develop bad habits and behavior issues as their hormones develop. Yes, male rabbits spray! Oh, and because “fixing” rabbits requires more specializzed knowledge, it is more expensive to do than it is for cats and dogs.
- Rabbits need to be socialized if you want them to be proper animal companions. They will be friendly, loving creatures, but only if you make the time for them.
- They also need more room than you might think. That tiny bunny will grow into an 8-lb. rabbit. They are more high maintenance than many kitties.
- If, and only if you know how to take care of them, bunnies are awesome pets and will give you years of companionship and fun.
If you are intrigued by the idea of having a bunny as a pet, now is a great time to find out more, since there will be many needing rescue in the days and weeks to come. Here are some links to rabbit sites so you can educate yourself before taking the plunge:
Now, you may be wondering if rabbits and cats can get along together, since in the wild they are prey and predator. The answer is yes! You need to make the proper introductions of course, but if done right, we kitties have personalities that can compliment a bunny’s. You will find some suggestions here: