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Bunnies are a common pet and, as American society continues to slowly seek more and more diverse types of pets than the typical cat or dog, they are becoming even more common in households. As this trend increases, experts on pets are becoming more and more insistent that people who are new to the world of bunnies understand a few key points before diving in. (Many consider it a tragedy that every year thousands of bunnies purchased as pets around the Easter holiday end up in animal shelters a by the end of the summer because the new owners simply did not know what they were getting. It’s unclear exactly how many of these bunnies end up being euthanized, but the number is certainly significant.)
The first thing that numerous experts stress strongly in books, articles and websites is to remember that a bunny is a bunny, not a cat or dog. That means, simply, that bunny owners should remember that, when they begin having “problems” with a bunny that the issue is mostly likely with the owner’s own expectation of what a bunny will be like. Changing the expectation to match reality will usually keep tragedy at bay.
So, here are a few things to think about before diving in and accepting ownership of a bunny:
Bunnies are smart, but they are not necessarily cunning like the famous cartoon character Bugs Bunny. In fact real bunnies may be more accurately protrayed as the opposite of Bugs. Paranoid is often a better way to describe a typical bunny’s personality. Bunnies, it seems, are genetically wired to be suspicious of just about everything at first. That comes from the species having spent millions of years on the low end of the animal kingdom’s food chain. Bunnies are natural prey for just about every other type of animal on Earth -- even humans -- and don’t think they don’t know it, experts warn. Almost every bunny will be slow to warm up to even the friendliest of owners, but that’s not necessarily a defect in the bunny. It’s just years of bad karma in his genes. He may never entirely get over the fear that you intend to boil him up with some cabbage eventually.
Bunnies are like cats in that they like to explore and prefer to be left alone to just roam a house -- often running wildly and randomly at various points in a day.
But, unlike cats, bunnies often have a difficult time knowing when to quit. Left unchecked, they will eat carpet bare, chew threw wires until they are electrocuted, and even eat plastic -- and therefore poisonous -- houseplants down to the stem. Owners simply must bunny proof their homes. Leaving a bunny in a cage for hours on end is not the solution. That just reinforces the fears that the bunny already has about his home -- and the people in it. Cages are optional for bunnies, and most experts say, the less they are used, the better.
Bunnies can make loveable pets, and, like cats and dogs, they will provide hours of fun and pleasant memories for your family. And they are much easier to potty train than dogs and, unlike cats, they can usually be trained to do simple tricks on command. So, bunnies do have their advantages as pets.
Bunnies owners need simply be aware that bunnies are a special kind of animal and need, therefore, a special kind of home.
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