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Bunnies as Pets ... Not so Fast!

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Cute and cuddly rabbits are better as chocolate than as house pets.

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If you're contemplating buying a pet rabbit just in time for Easter, think twice before you bring Bugs Bunny into your home. According to Mary Cotter, the vice president and education/outreach director of the House Rabbit Society, bunnies are not as easy to care for as you think.

"People buy them thinking they're great low-maintenance starter pets, but that's a misconception," Cotter says. "They're closer to dogs and cats than they are to the so-called pocket pets," she adds.

Cotter adds that while some rabbits can be affectionate, most don't like to be held and they prefer to be left alone. So much for that stereotype. P.S. We can't think of any pets we'd put in our pockets, but maybe that's just us.


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10 comments so far | Post a comment now
ashley April 11, 2009, 8:09 AM

THey are dirty and stinky!!

Gigohead  April 11, 2009, 11:02 AM

Whats worst is that their dung bring in rodents. I would never consider buying one, no matter how cute they look.

cyndi April 11, 2009, 12:04 PM

We have two bunnies as pets for a year now, and they’re wonderful! Granted, we have to clean their pen everyday, but don’t all pets require daily maintenance? They are cuddly and come when we call them like puppies. They love to be held and petted. We allow them to be loose in the house as long as we are there to watch them—they’re pottie trained and I can’t remember when we didn’t have them. Big plus—no barking or noise involved!

lilies April 12, 2009, 8:15 AM

I used to have a bunny ..
cant think of better years than those she spent with me :)

RMX April 12, 2009, 6:20 PM

There are NO Pocket Pets,what the heck is wrong with you?
My sister has kept rabbits,and while beautiful and delightfull creatures,one can’t but be taken aback by the sheer amount of body waste they create.Urine is also a problem,as it irritates their lower halves.And keep the genders seperate, rabbits make octomom look like a slow breeder.
What you see is not what you get.It takes a lot of work, space and some money to care for a single rabbit.

TERRI April 13, 2009, 12:01 AM

RABBITS DO NOT STINK. ASHLEY IS WRONG. IF THEIR OWNERS DO NOT CLEAN UP AFTER THEN, THEN YES, THEIR LITTER WILL SMELL. RABBITS ARE NOT EASY PETS, AND CAN LIVE UP TO 12 YEARS. THEY CAN GROW PRETTY BIG. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!! IF YOU BUY A RABBIT, DO NOT LEAVE IT IN A HUTCH. THOSE THINGS ARE ABUSE. RABBITS NEED ROOM TO MOVE AROUND, AND BE OUT OF THE WEATHER. YES, I KNOW RABBITS CAN BE OUT IN COLD, BE I THINK IT IS STILL CRUEL. WHY HAVE AN ANIMAL IF YOU KEEP IT OUTSIDE ALL THE TIME. PETS SHOULD BE INDOORS, WITH THEIR FAMILY. PLEASE, DO NOT SET BUNNY FREE. BUNNY WILL DIE. HE DOES NOT KNOW HOW TO SURVIVE OUTSIDE. TAKE HIM TO A SHELTER.

TERRI April 13, 2009, 12:09 AM

RABBITS CAN ONLY BE OUT IN THE COLD IF THEY HAVE BEEN GIVEN TIME TO GROW A WARM COAT. YOU CAN’T JUST ONE DAY STICK THEM OUT IN THE WEATHER. THEY NEED TO ADJUST. I BELIEVE IT IS CRUEL ANYWAY TO LEAVE THEM OUTSIDE. IF YOU CAN PROPERLY TAKE CARE OF A PET, THEN DO NOT GET ONE. ANIMALS ARE NOT DISPOSABLE TOYS.

Zack April 13, 2009, 12:55 PM

They pop all the time, no thanks

TLS May 24, 2009, 4:46 PM

We have two house rabbits; one we’ve had for over 6 years, the other was turned out by someone and roamed our neighborhood for a couple weeks before we found him in our yard. Many neighbors said things like “Oh I saw that rabbit *this* day*” etc etc so we were able to figure out about how long he’d been running loose. We had him neutered, as the other one has been since shortly after we got him. They’re great pets IF you take the time to learn how to take care of them and make them part of the family as ANY pet SHOULD BE. Inside they use a litter box. Outside we keep their hutches clean, daily maintenance as well as heavier weekly cleanings. The soiled straw we use as litter base is great in compost. It makes me sick to my stomach to see people buying these cute little bunnies for Easter gifts. I want to smack them. They are NOT disposable Easter basket accessories. They are living creatures who will thrive in the right environment with the right care and attention. Mine are not shoved off out of sight in the yard; we interact with them many many times a day other than just feeding times. They are not dirty or stinky nor does their waste “bring in rodents”. If you still think you want a rabbit, find a shelter that takes them in and work with them for awhile before you make your final decision.

Ten Tees January 8, 2011, 2:39 PM

Good article. Good and fun reading. I just have a small opinion to submit about funny t-shirts.


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