Rabbits aren’t good Easter gifts

Madelyn Kidd, Copy Editior

Madelyn Kidd

It’s that time of the year when Easter is coming up and parents and grandparents are looking for Easter gifts for their children or grandchildren. Of course for many of these parents and grandparents the idea comes across, “I know, there’s an Easter bunny so why not give them a bunny for Easter,” and they think it’s a great idea to give a living creature that requires a responsible owner to a child. 

Here’s why that’s a terrible idea. Rabbits require a lot more care and space than you might think. I have a pet rabbit, Casey, that I have had for the last seven years. Don’t get me wrong, I love Casey and I would never give her up, but she takes up a lot of my day-to-day life. I probably spend 20 to 10 percent of my time each day looking after her, and she costs a lot of money per month. I probably spend around $30 per month for supplies, and that doesn’t include vet bills or the cost of everything I had to get before I got her. She also requires a lot of space. Almost all online cages you can buy intended for rabbits are way too small, so many rabbit owners, including myself, have built DIY cages. Casey’s cage is 42 inches wide, 56 inches long and has a second floor that is half that size. Needless to say, she takes up a big part of my bedroom, but that’s because she needs it to be able to move around and play when she isn’t free roaming the house. That’s another thing people don’t think rabbits need. Rabbits need to be let out of their cages and run around daily, so for one to two hours a day she gets to hop and play around the house while I get the fun task of cleaning her cage.

Rabbits are a lot of work and aren’t something you can spontaneously buy for someone without really thinking it through. I barely covered all that a pet rabbit requires, so please don’t give a rabbit as a gift for Easter or anytime really without the potential new owner knowing the responsibility that comes with a rabbit.

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