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Should you give your child a real Easter rabbit?

Lori Wilson is a Home & Living columnist, as well as a freelance writer in Los Angeles, who after a lifetime of enduring harsh Michigan winters, relishes the warmth year round.

Think before buying a bunny

With Easter approaching, many parents think buying a real bunny for their children would make a great gift. However, as many of these purchases end up being returned, placed in shelters or put out into the wild only to die, they are usually wrong. Before you go out and buy your kids a pet just because it matches the holiday, take a few things into consideration first.

Think before buying a bunny


Bunnies look lovable, but they don't necessarily like to be held (some don't even liked to be touched), especially by children. Even though most enjoy a good petting now and again, they won't want to sit in your kid's lap all day.

Furthermore, these animals are fragile and prone to fractures. Kids often don't know how to hold a bunny, and could harm their pet. In addition, if the rabbit feels threatened while being held, he/she may lash out by biting and scratching.


Other things to keep in mind before making this purchase includes the fact that rabbits are sensitive to household chemicals, they require careful dietary monitoring, are susceptible to hairballs and other digestive track problems (which can lead to death), are prone to blindness and should be spayed or neutered.


Bunnies can be great pets, as once they get used to their surroundings they can be playful and get along well with other household creatures and their owners. But before you make the decision to give your child one this Easter, think about whether he/she is truly ready for an animal with this many special needs.

Do your kids really have the time, patience and maturity to take care of such an animal? If so, go out and buy one. If not, then get them a chocolate or stuffed rabbit instead. Or even make your own special treats like an Easter Puff Bunny!

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