Before Giving a Bunny
as a Gift at the Holidays
What to Consider:
give a pet as a gift without being absolutely sure the person wants
one. If they donít,
you will end up with a pet you may not want.
Cats, dogs and yes, rabbits Ė live up to 10 years or
more. They are a long-term commitment and take time and money to care for
are not toys.
can lose interest. Once a child looses interest, the pet is ignored or taken to a shelter or worse.
This isnít a good lesson for kids.
Animal personalities are as different as
people. Some pets
donít suit some people. This is
why people need to choose their own pet since they need to be compatible.
A pet is a member of a family.
need to be right for the home.
it is a rabbit, the house needs to be bunny-proofed since rabbits need
time out for exercise.
My rabbits have complete run of my home. Even though they look so
innocent, they could do a lot of damage.
When my rabbit, Rosemary was 3 1/2 months old she was like having a kangaroo in the
house for the first month until she was spayed! Just think what an aggressive rabbit, cat or dog could do to
your house if you're not prepared.
you have a full-time career or a full-time family already, it may not be
the right time to get a pet. During
the holidays young pets can get ignored in the shuffle of relatives and
errands. They need attention and care.
Many animals are very social and need to live as pairs especially
rabbits. Bonded pairs are what
Hopperhome recommends to all rabbit owners - two rabbits to keep each
Pets in Home:
Pets need to be compatible with each other.
If you already have a pet or the recipient of your pet gift already
has a pet, buy their pet a gift instead.
Pets arenít always compatible even within the same species.
There is also a period of adjustment and this can take months even
Must Be Spayed or Neutered.
Donít ever give a gift that ďkeeps on
giving.Ē Shelters are filled with animals no one wants.
If you have considered all
these things and are certain you want to get a pet during the
holidays, please adopt from a shelter! If you have your heart
set on a rabbit, then have a heart and contact a rabbit rescue
organization to adopt. See
a Bunny for one close to you.
Tips To Keep
Halloween Less Frightening for Your Rabbit
Rabbits can get spooked by
strange noises anytime of the year. Just look at those ears.
They can hear what is going on outside the house.
Halloween night the door bell may ring more than usual and
visiting goblins may create lots of sound effects. Keep your
rabbit away from the front door and in a quiet area.
Costumes (for people)
know your rabbit sees your shape first. So if you are
wearing anything that changes your basic shape, or scent and you
put on an accent from Dracula's hometown, your rabbit may not
even recognize you. Speak to your rabbit normally and put
on your costume after you have settled the rabbit in for the
Candy Those sugary treats especially chocolate should be
kept away from rabbits during and after Halloween night. Give
your bunny a bit of apple for a Halloween treat.
cobwebs and other filmy decorations should be kept away from
rabbits. They maybe tempted to chew on them and they can cause
serious digestive problems.
Candles Burning candles in
jack-o-lanterns can be dangerous especially if a rabbit is
hopping around in the house. Rabbits are as curious as
cats and may investigate. They can knock them over creating a
Pet Costumes Not
recommended, but I am guilty of placing a hat over those long
ears. However, they were not attached to the rabbit. If
you want to dress up your rabbit, don't use rubber bands, ties
or elastic that can constrict breathing or movement. Some
rabbits will try to remove the costume and can become entangled.
Other rabbits may become too stressed or too warm especially if
the costume is tight. After all, they are already wearing
a fur coat. Take a picture and then get the bunny out of
Tips to keep
your rabbits safe this Fourth of July:
rabbit's hearing is far more sensitive than a human's
The sound of a
radio or TV can help mute the sound of fireworks. My bunnies
like a little classical music even when it sounds like a
bombing range outside.
fireworks don't pop off outside the window of the room where
the rabbit is housed.
routine and diet the same.
If you are
planning a BBQ or party for the holiday, make sure the
rabbits are secure. Also, be sure any children (or
adults who are big kids) understand there are rules about
handling the rabbits. Supervise any interaction.
Rabbits aren't like cats or dogs who can easily get away.
If you are going
to be gone for the evening move your rabbits to the most
quiet room in the house if possible.
If your rabbits
are housed outdoors, move them inside the house or at least
into the garage for the holiday. In hot weather a well
ventilated basement is normally cooler than any place else
in the home. See
Buns in the Sun for tips on
keeping your rabbit cool.