Bringing Home the Easter Bunny
Should your toddler have a rabbit as a pet?
Abel encourages parents to do their research before getting their child a bunny. “The Internet and book stores are full of wonderful (and not so wonderful!) information,” she says. “The best book about house rabbits is the House Rabbit Handbook by Marinell Harriman. Most other books are not written about pet rabbits.” She also recommends finding a qualified veterinarian and being prepared for a lot of bunny chewing and urinating. “However, bunny poop is extremely easy to clean,” she says.
“I do not regret one bit getting Daniel a rabbit,” says Stockton. “I do caution parents to teach their children how to handle, or not to handle, the rabbit. They are very fragile animals and need the same amount of care and attention as a dog or cat does.”
With proper care and lots of love, rabbits can live eight to 10 years, sometimes even longer. If you’re not willing to devote the time and attention to a bunny, and if you have small children, it might be best to opt for a stuffed bunny for Easter, instead of the real thing. The real thing is a 10-year commitment.
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