“Ohhh Bunnies!”

Today I was at the pet store (I don’t like this store for a number of reasons [see post]) but was there with my mom for our dog) and didn’t like what I saw:  a lot of little kids and their mommies crowding around a cage containing two little rabbits. 

It worried me because rabbits are one of the most misconcieved animals for pets. Yes, these little kids were only crooning over how cute the bunnies were, but it concerned me because any one of those mother’s could have broken down and bought one of the rabbits for their kids. 

All I heard was, “Ohhh a bunny mommy!” “I want one!” “Can we get it?” and “Can we get a bunny someday?”

I really hoped that they all weren’t there to buy a rabbit today.

Not to say that a child isn’t capable of taking care of an animal but rabbits are tricky. I don’t want to cast any premeditated judgment on the kids and their mothers but I highly doubt they took the time to do some research on how to take proper care of a rabbit.

A lot of negative outcomes occur when bunnies are bought as gifts for children. 

  • Neglect due to boredom
  • Illnesses due to not knowing when the rabbit isn’t feeling well
  • Injuries due to improper handling
  • Death due to ignorance, abandonment, and/or carelessness

All of the above are horrifying outcomes and I do not wish it on anyone. But it is the sad truth and it needs to be recognized.

I have seen too many horrifying photos and read way too many horrifying stories about rabbits who were found hurt or nearly dead due to careless and uneducated owners and it breaks my heart knowing that those kind of people exist. 

Rabbits require attention, love, and care just as much as a dog or cat does. They shouldn’t be living in hutches outside, they shouldn’t be shoved in the basement, and they shouldn’t be in a cage all day long. They need a lot of exercise, movement, and playtime too. 

Living outside is bad because animals can easily get into your rabbit’s cage and kill it (happened to me as a kid).

Living alone in a cage for a large amount of time is bad because they need to stretch, move, and be involved in human interaction. Rabbits are social animals and need to be talked to and trained so they can thrive and be at home in your home.

There will never be enough awareness concerning the well-fare and well-being of rabbits around the world and the proper care they need and I can’t thank the shelters and organizations that help these beautiful animals enough.

Right now I want to give my babies a big long hug with tons of kisses on the side because I love them so damn much.

Luna love <3
Luna love ❤
Puppy love <3
Puppy love ❤

Special shout out to some of the MANY amazing rabbit rescues/shelters/organizations:

Too Many Bunnies Rabbit Rescue

The House Rabbit Society

Rabbit Rescue & Rehab

Hug-a-Bunny

Safe Haven Rabbit Rescue

House Rabbit Network

I Love My House Rabbit

Bunny World Foundation

Don’t stop what you’re doing! You’re all doing a fabulous job! <33

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7 comments

  1. This is actually very useful information to know and very well written! Your concern for the wellbeing of rabbits is very admirable. We have a bunny in our house, while not neglected (she gets taken out of her cage on a daily basis) everyone sort of forgets about her and interacts more with the cat that is also here. We think she usually just wants to be left alone as she likes to exlpore more than anything else! I’ll let everyone know not to forget about the bunny- she needs l9ve and attention, too! 😉

  2. While I partly agree with you I also think it is wrong to say this about children. I was a child when I got my first pair of guinea pigs as were my brothers. We split the chores and all did something towards the care without our Mum’s input. This is not uncommon, I know three families with guinea pigs and two with rabbits who are exactly the same.

    The issue with neglect can happen from a person of any age. What about the elderly who cannot cope? The work-a-holics who are hardly home? The couples who decide to “upgrade” (not even kidding, its a true story) to a dog?

    It frustrates me that kids are seen as less responsible, or less able to care for their pets. Of course, ultimately a parent should make sure everything is being done for the animal but there is nothing wrong with letting your child have a pet if they have been brought up correctly. (ie, to take responsibility and behave well)

    ~ Amy

    • I agree with you too, but I didn’t intend for this post to seem anti-child (I did mention that I didn’t want it to seem that a child isn’t capable of taking care of pets, and this was just an opinion piece) although it could seem that way at first. But the most common case is around Easter (which I didn’t mention here) and how kids are given bunnies which they are all excited about at first. But then as time goes by, the novelty of the “gift” wares off, and the animal is tended to be neglected. Anyway, thanks for reading 🙂

  3. Kids and people are fickle and soon get bored with the chore of looking after any kind of pet be it a bunny or a dog or a cat it is only those few who are exceptions and completely fall inlove with their pet and love to take care of it and give the love and attention the pet needs,xx Rachel

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