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Holidays & Pets

 

Think Twice Before Giving a Bunny or

Getting a New Bunny for Your Family

at the Holidays

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What to Consider:

The Pet's Life. Donít 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.

Commitment: 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 properly.

Pets are not toys.  Children 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. 

Compatibility: 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.

Right Home: Pets need to be right for the home.  If 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.

Pets Need Attention.  If 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 other company.

Other 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 between cats.

Pets Must Be Spayed or Neutered. Donít ever give a gift that ďkeeps on giving.Ē Shelters are filled with animals no one wants.

Adopt! 

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 Adopt a Bunny for one close to you.

 

Tips To Keep Halloween Less Frightening for Your Rabbit

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Noise 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) Did you 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 night.

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.

Decorations The stringy 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 fire hazard.

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 costume.

 

Tips to keep your rabbits safe this Fourth of July:

Remember a rabbit's hearing is far more sensitive than a human's hearing.

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.

Be sure fireworks don't pop off outside the window of the room where the rabbit is housed.

Keep their 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.

 

     

 

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