When you think of Easter, you almost always think of bunnies.
Though they may be a nice gift, often people don’t realise how demanding it can be to look after rabbits properly.
This makes them one of the most neglected pets in the UK.
Dr Jane Tyson, the RSPCA‘s rabbit welfare expert, said: “The typical image of the Easter Bunny can mean that rabbits do become more popular at this time of year and people may be more likely to buy rabbits around the Easter period on impulse.
“Rabbits are arguably one of the most neglected pets in Britain, despite being loved by many.
“Loving pet owners will understand their complex needs, but unfortunately some of the common misconceptions about housing and diet are still prevalent today.”
If you’re thinking of adopting a rabbit this Easter, then here are six things to consider before you take one home:
- Space and toys
It is a good idea to make sure a rabbit has enough living space as well as basic toys for entertainment as they will spend most of their time in their hutch.
By doing this you can bond with your rabbit and have children spend time with them.
2. They need a litterbox
Rabbits can go to the toilet up to 400 times a day so their hutches need cleaning out regularly.
It’s much easier to have a litterbox and train your rabbit to be able to use this.
While rabbits don’t have that many medical problems, if they stop going to the toilet this could be a major issue.
If you notice this, you will have to ring a vet straight away as it could be life threatening.
Rabbits’ diet consists of pellets and vegetables, a mixture of these is necessary as well as also needing a pile of hay around the size of the rabbit each day.
Bunnies need a lot to be able to live in suitable conditions.
5. They don’t want to be picked up
Even though they are cuddly, rabbits aren’t fond of being picked up and this can aggravate them.
If you are buying an animal for your child to play with, this might not be the right pet.
6. They live for 10-14 years
Rabbits are not just a present that will be around for the few days surrounding Easter, they are a big-time commitment – this means that they will become part of your family.
Before you rush to buy a rabbit for the Instagram pictures and novelty idea behind it, consider if you are ready to take on the work alongside it.
You could head down to a rescue centre to pick up a new furry friend.