Popoki the cat is helping me to a quick PSA this week about bunnies. Now that spring is right around the corner, I'm seeing tons of ads popping up in my local Craigslist about tiny bunnies that will be ready "just in time for Easter." Supposedly, these little creatures will be tucked into baskets for kids to enjoy.
And I just know, come May, I'll see many more ads in my local Craigslist about abandoned bunnies who have hopped into yards to eat growing vegetables.
This is a cycle that happens every year. And it really doesn't have to be this way.
Bunnies do make wonderful pets. They're super smart, which means they can be trained to do all sorts of things, including using a designated place to pee and poop. They can come when called, they can do tricks and they can behave nicely for medical exams. In short, they're great options for people who want a furry creature that isn't a dog or a cat.
But bunnies are also a time commitment. They need socialization, and they need to spend time with the people they love. Many bunnies also prefer to spend time in the company of other bunnies. Families that take home one rabbit and think that animal will be happy as anything in a hutch in the yard all alone all day are bound to have an unhappy bunny that acts up. And that's a bunny that's likely to be abandoned.
If you are ready to make a full commitment to the health, well-being and happiness of a rabbit, go ahead and bring one home for Easter. Love it and cuddle it and make it a member of your family. But if you're not quite ready for the responsibilities that come with a rabbit, take Popoki's advice. Get a stuffed bunny instead. They're just as cute and cuddly, and they require no maintenance.
Do you have a bunny? Have you ever lived with one? Drop me a note in the comments and let me know. I love a good bunny story.
And be sure to visit the other blogs in this BlogPaws hop. Good stuff this week!