Bad Ideas for Rabbits
Our hotline gets calls from people all over the country. We have offered a lot of help with bonding,
which often takes a lot of time and suggestions. We are happy to help people and rabbits
make the most of their coexistence.
However, over the past 6 months we seemed to have an had abundance of very
misinformed people wanting rabbits for all the wrong reasons. Others have some
very mistaken ideas about rabbit care. Here
are some of the standouts.
I want to get a bunny for my baby
(two calls like this in 2
a stuffed animal instead! As cute as a baby and a bunny are
side-by-side, a new parent will have no time to take care of an infant
animal and will likely be neglected by the harried parents or injured
by an infant that doesn't have motor control. The bunny will be a
mature rabbit before the child is out of kindergarten and will die of
old age before the child is out of 4th grade. The parents wanting this
have no idea what is involved in rabbit AND infant care. An active baby
rabbit with sharp nails and teeth is also dangerous to a helpless and
I want a baby bunny
- Babies are cute for sure. However, rabbits grow quickly. They are only babies for about 4 months. What happens next? They start sexually maturing. They become aggressive and territorial. Their sharp little nails and teeth scratch & bite easily. They will definitely need to spayed or neutered at this point. People who paid $20 for a bunny at a feed store are typically unwilling to pay $100 to $200 or more to alter their bunny. At this point they are often surrendered to a shelter or turned loose. Someone else will want another baby. And the cycle starts again. This revolving door keeps breeders in business. The rabbits at the shelters who can't find homes are euthaniized. And people blame the shelters for killing animals.
- Adopt a mature rabbit from a rescue group or a shelter. Their personalities and behaviors will be a known quality and you will be saving a life
I want to get a rabbit for my child's classroom, I've seen
them in other classrooms so that must mean they are appropriate.
for the classroom suffer from inconsistent care and attention. They
need their own quiet space and time. Rabbits are typically active at
evenings and dusk and dawn, This schedule does not match well with
young children. Contrary to perhaps your own history and experience,
rabbits do not thrive in the classroom with many little hands and
caregivers intruding upon them.
- Many private school
classrooms think they need to have animals to have a rich child
instructional environment. We have had first hand experience that many
of these educators are unprepared to give appropriate care and
attention to live classroom residents since their first concern is and
should be the children.
What are rabbits in the classroom really teaching kids?
Classroom rabbit FAQ
I have a misting system so it is OK for my rabbits to live
(in hot summers).
rabbits should not be exposed to temperatures above 80º-90º, period.
Misters are a workaround for livestock and pet rabbits should not be
treated that way. They run the risk of extreme heat exposure.
See our hot weather flier
I want my rabbit to have babies.
- Do not let your rabbits ever have babies. There are too many
that cannot find good, loving homes and these poor rabbits are either
euthanized in the shelters (a terrible but only alternative given the
situation) or turned loose where they suffer even more because they
cannot survive without human help.
Read our Easter Poem
My 4-month-old rabbits used to get along but now they are
- Quick,Separate them! They are becoming sexually mature. Two males will become
hormonal and fight. A male & female will fight too, but the
female will also get pregnant. Spay and neuter your rabbits. All rabbits'
reproductive organs will get cancer with age. Males can be neutered at 4 months. Females can be spayed at 6 months.
See our spay/neuter fliers
My Netherland Dwarf is fighting with my other rabbits and/or
- See the bullet above to be sure your rabbits are spayed and neutered.
Although they are very cute and popular, Netherland Dwarfs are known
for having a lot of personality and they are generally more aggresive than
other breeds. The need a lot of gentle and careful attention to be sure
they are peacefully socialized.
Last updated november 19, 2016