Easter can be a special time for you and your family however if can be confusing and even dangerous for your house rabbits. Find out how to make sure you and your rabbit enjoy this time together.
Make Easter safe and fun for you and your rabbit
Easter can often be a frightening time for pets, especially rabbits. The normal routines in your home suddenly change with the putting up of decorations, guests uninitiated to house rabbits arriving and the family spending more time at home.
This change in home environment can affect your rabbits behaviour, often in a negative way, which in turn can be stressfull for you. To help avoid these problems in this article we recommend a few simple rabbit proofing changes you can make so you and your bunny can enjoy a stress free Easter together.
Extra family in the home
One of the biggest changes from your rabbits perspective can be people visiting your home who may not be used to rabbits. Rabbits tend to get under food and can easily be stepped on. If you can ask your guest to take their shoes off and tell kids not to race around. Also people may not be used to how good rabbits are at chewing things so its important to tell them not to leave shoes, coats or handbags where they can be reached and to be careful of laptop or phone charger leads.
Kids and rabbits
It also worth re-enforcing to guests that may not be used to rabbits that its unlikely that your rabbit will want to play with their children. Help them understand rabbits are prey animals, which means they can be timid and skittish in some situations. Rabbits also have fragile bones and can be injured easily if handled improperly. It may be worth keeping your rabbit out of sight, if this is not possible, introduce the rabbit calmly and go through some simple rules at the start.
Simple rules for rabbit safety around kids
- Don’t shout or scream as loud noises can distress rabbits as they have sensitive ears
- Take your shoes off to avoid harm from stepping on the rabbit
- Only give the rabbit its normal food, don’t feed it sweets or chocolate
- Remember rabbit can scratch and bite so be careful
- Let the rabbit come to you, it may not like being picked up stroked or cuddled