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Bunny Owner Explains Why You Shouldn’t Get One Before Easter
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Bunny Owner Explains Why You Shouldn’t Get One Before Easter

When people bring a bunny into their home on Easter, they usually don’t stay there very long. In fact, almost 80 percent of bunnies that are up for adoption at shelters were purchased as Easter gifts, MyFoxPhilly.com reports. Sick and tired of these furballs ending up in the wrong hands, a bunny owner has used her pet rabbit Maurie as an example to show the things one has to think about before getting one.

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Rabbits are the third most popular pet in America, after cats and dogs, according to the Humane Society of the United States, and the third most abandoned. Most people have an idea of how long cats and dogs live, the kind of care they need, their behaviors. But rabbits? Not so much.

“Bunnies grow very quickly, and they’re not tiny and cute for very long,” Carolyn Gracie of Main Line Animal Rescue told the news source. “Often after a very short time, people abandon them and they end up in shelters, or worse.”

Jennifer McGee, co-manager of the Georgia chapter of House Rabbit Society, a shelter in the southeastern part of the state, told National Geographic they normally receive one to two calls a week about abandoned rabbits. But in the six weeks after Easter, the shelter gets three to four calls a day.

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And although rabbits can make delightful companions, they’re not easy pets. Not surprisingly, vets and insurance companies consider them exotic pets. That means their medical care can be more expensive than for a cat or dog. Rabbits also need a lot of exercise and shouldn’t live in a cage. This means they need to learn to use a litterbox, which takes patience, just as it does for cats. They’re also prey animals and generally don’t like to be picked up by humans; they prefer to be in control, their feet on the ground.

Other rabbit owners started sharing their own experiences

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Ksenia M
Community Member
3 years ago

People who get pets for holidays and then abandon them deserve a special place in hell. On an unrelated note: look at that fluffy butt!

Amber Jouer
Community Member
3 years ago

I read an article about a growing trend of people buying a pet dog or cat just for a summer vacation home and then abandoning it when they went home. Made me genuinely sick to my stomach that some people are like this :(

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Erika Drewke
Community Member
3 years ago

I´m relieved to be living in a country where we don´t see bunnies or chicks being marketed as eastergifts, its horrible! Animals deserve better

Lewis Jones
Community Member
3 years ago

here in the US you used to could buy little turtles and baby gators at the five and dime stores. and at the state fair (in Dallas)you could win lizards with a string tied on one leg and a safety pin on other end so you could pin it on and let it crawl around on you shoulder. even on the rides....

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The Phantom of the Opera
Community Member
3 years ago

I have a bunny too! Only I adopted her around six months ago. If you upset them, they'll poop all over the floor, even if they are litter box trained. They're extremely territorial and if you move one thing in their cage. Mine likes to pick up and drop her metal food and water bowls in the middle of the night. Also, they will eat wires, carpets, blankets, clothing, and anything else they can get their little paws on.

Nikki D
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3 years ago

Ours ate the walls!

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Ksenia M
Community Member
3 years ago

People who get pets for holidays and then abandon them deserve a special place in hell. On an unrelated note: look at that fluffy butt!

Amber Jouer
Community Member
3 years ago

I read an article about a growing trend of people buying a pet dog or cat just for a summer vacation home and then abandoning it when they went home. Made me genuinely sick to my stomach that some people are like this :(

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Erika Drewke
Community Member
3 years ago

I´m relieved to be living in a country where we don´t see bunnies or chicks being marketed as eastergifts, its horrible! Animals deserve better

Lewis Jones
Community Member
3 years ago

here in the US you used to could buy little turtles and baby gators at the five and dime stores. and at the state fair (in Dallas)you could win lizards with a string tied on one leg and a safety pin on other end so you could pin it on and let it crawl around on you shoulder. even on the rides....

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The Phantom of the Opera
Community Member
3 years ago

I have a bunny too! Only I adopted her around six months ago. If you upset them, they'll poop all over the floor, even if they are litter box trained. They're extremely territorial and if you move one thing in their cage. Mine likes to pick up and drop her metal food and water bowls in the middle of the night. Also, they will eat wires, carpets, blankets, clothing, and anything else they can get their little paws on.

Nikki D
Community Member
3 years ago

Ours ate the walls!

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