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Don’t Buy a Rabbit for Easter

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Ithaca chapter.

This is Bugs.

Bugs is a tan rabbit. His favorite foods are bananas and strawberries, and he loves climbing on and under things.

This is Bugs as a baby.

Aww! Isn’t he so small and cute?

You shouldn’t get a Bugs.

Yes, he is the cutest thing ever and we love him so much, but you should not get a rabbit just because they’re cute and it’s Easter time. Rabbits need a ton of work and attention. It took months to litter train him, he needs exercise every day, his cage needs to be cleaned multiple times a day, he needs a constant supply of hay and water, he has to be fed twice a day, his nails need to be trimmed, and he cannot be left unsupervised.

If you leave Bugs out of the cage alone, he will get into mischief. He climbs under and on furniture that he’s not supposed to and could fall can get hurt if you aren’t paying attention. He could also chew on wires and get killed or chew on something else and cause a lot of expensive damage. Rabbits love to dig and will not ignore this instinct just because they are inside. For some reason, Bugs is obsessed with my room and destroyed the carpet outside of my door trying to dig his way in. He did the same thing outside of my parents’ room. Sometimes, he’ll chew on the carpet and rip up fibers in his attempts to get in. Other times, he rips up the carpet just for kicks.

Our little guy is also very feisty. Rabbits do tend to be aggressive until they are spayed/neutered, but ours has kept some of his attitude. Yes, you need to fix your rabbit. If you don’t they will have behavioral and potential health issues. While our rabbit does not grunt at us, he does nip and scratch us to either tell us to get out of the way, to ask for attention or just for fun. It can be pretty funny, but it also hurts. When Bugs is out, we always have to carefully watch where we are going; he likes to sneak up on people and run under their feet, which can make you trip. He also tried to sneak up on our German Shepherd once. Needless to say, we keep the dogs and rabbit separate. Bugs knows his name and will listen to us, but other times he will be defiant, especially if he is getting into mischief.

Rabbits are very expensive pets. It costs hundreds of dollars to get them fixed and you constantly have to buy supplies. Like other small mammals, rabbits need bedding, which is pretty pricey. You also have to buy a ton of hay or else their teeth will get too long. Plus, you have to buy them regular food, a litter box, a cage, food dishes and toys. You may have to replace some of the stuff in your rabbit’s cage after a while, too.

Do your research and a lot of thinking.

If you actually are serious about getting a pet rabbit, make sure you do a lot of research and have the time and resources to take care of one. They are great little pets, but they take up way more time and money than you would think. Like any animal, rabbits should not be an impulse buy and should not be purchased for young children. They are fragile and sensitive creatures and not suitable for aggressive play or roughhousing. 

All rabbits have different personalities, so if you were to get one, it might not be as rambunctious as Bugs. Even if your rabbit is more docile, they will still engage in many of the harmful behaviors ours does, so you need to keep an eye on your rabbit no matter what.

Yes, rabbits are really cute, but they are living things with unique needs and need a lot of care. A lot of responsible pet sellers will not allow people to adopt a rabbit near Easter and that’s probably for the best.

Gillian was the Campus Correspondent for Her Campus at Ithaca from September 2018 to May 2019. She was a journalism major and anthropology minor at Ithaca College and graduated in May 2019. Gillian enjoys reading, writing, Harry Potter, the Sims and grilled cheese.