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.
Special shout out to some of the MANY amazing rabbit rescues/shelters/organizations:
Don’t stop what you’re doing! You’re all doing a fabulous job! <33