Rabbits aren’t just for kids anymore: After Easter is a great time to adopt

April 21, 2009

Rabbits make surprisingly rewarding companions — and this is a great time of year to consider adding one to your family. From Gina Spadafori and Dr. Marty Becker in this week’s Pet Connection newspaper feature:

In recent years the popularity of “house rabbits” — litter-box trained bunnies with as many house privileges as some cats — has made these quiet, surprisingly playful pets more popular among adults.

And now’s a great time to adopt one, since it’s not long after Easter that the thrill wears off for many children given a baby rabbit — and for the parents who realize that they’ll be caring for a pet that their child will no longer care much about.

So whether you’re thinking of adopting a rabbit as a pet for yourself — or are one of the lucky parents whose child is still in love with that real-life Easter bunny — you’ll want to care for your new pet the best way you can

Get their tips on bunny love here.

Dr. Marty Becker and Mikkel Becker Shannon have the buzz on pet names:

Forget Fido and Fluffy. The most popular names for pets in 2008, according to a PetFinder.com survey, in decreasing order for dogs, are: Buddy, Max, Daisy, Jack and Lucy. For cats: Lucy, Molly, Oreo, Kittens and Smokey.

Gina’s got some good advice on cat introductions:

Having more than one cat is a popular option for many people, though not always for cats.

But living with more than one cat doesn’t have to be contentious. The trick to domestic harmony for co-habiting felines is to introduce — or reintroduce — them slowly and carefully.

Since the worst territorial spats are between cats who aren’t spayed or neutered, your chances for peaceful co-existence are many times greater if the cats are both altered before any introductions are planned.

Get more tips on ensuring things go smoothly here.

Plus: Getting to the bottom of feline weight loss;  top reptile supplies; treats for parrots. All this and more, in our Pet Connection newspaper feature, which you can read right here.

You can also see it exactly the way we send it to our client newspapers here. (PDF)

Filed under: pets, connected — Pet Connection Staff @ 5:00 am


  1. Great idea about pushing bunny adoptions now. I wrote a bunch about Easter pets a few weeks back–the statistics are that three in 10 rabbits die and out of all the Easter pets a large percentage (estimated to be 60-70%) end up in shelters.

    Your tips in the article are awesome as usual and I hope you sparked some adoptions!

    Comment by Ark Lady — April 21, 2009 @ 8:37 am

  2. The chicks and ducks don’t last more than a few days.

    I talked someone out of buying a couple “cute” cornish cross meat chicks for pets at Tractor Supply yesterday.

    They are fat and yellow and adorable, alright. Today.

    Comment by H. Houlahan — April 21, 2009 @ 12:52 pm

  3. There’s a portrait studio in our area that puts up a banner around Easter “the bunnies are back.” I’ve often wondered what they do with them after. Hopefully the photographers just have a lot of bunny pets?

    Comment by Original Lori — April 21, 2009 @ 1:00 pm

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