Don’t make impulse buy

BY CHRISTINA WOMACK Published: March 14, 2009
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Easter is a lovely time of year. The land is turning green, flowers are blooming and the weather is warming up. I want to remind everyone what Easter is not lovely for — all the baby bunnies and chicks being sold and purchased on impulse this time of year.

We take a baby bunny home thinking this will be a good starter pet for our little one. Four months down the road, bunny is not so cute anymore. Its hormones have kicked in and is becoming aggressive. Your child who is not capable of properly holding a rabbit has dropped her wiggly friend and now we have a bunny with a broken leg or spine. Bunny is set loose to be "free” and ends up as prey. Bunny is stuck out in the back yard, never to be let out to exercise or socialize, and ends up dying of heat stroke or fright from a curious dog or hungry predator.

Here are a few facts:

→Bunnies are not good pets for small children. They need to be spayed and neutered just like cats and dogs (you will have a calmer, happier and healthier bunny).

→Bunnies need yearly health checks by an experienced vet.

→Bunnies can be litter box trained.

→Bunnies need more to eat than pellets.



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