Bunnies And Chicks Are Not The Perfect Easter Present

The Easter season is upon us and Spring is in full bloom. Decorations of Easter bunnies and colored eggs fill the department stores and supermarkets. Even the local pet shop is showing off signs of the season.

The local paper has ads for bunnies and rabbits that are available in time for Easter. Local feed stores may even have Chick Days to purchase those cute yellow peeps fresh from the hatchery. The little furry fellows look so cute and cuddly that you simply want to take them home.

The youngsters always seem to flock to the animal displays at the store. All little ones want to pet those adorable bundles of fur and feathers.

Maybe it is the budding springtime that makes us all susceptible to wanting a new friend to add to the family. Before you hop on over to the pet shop, consider the long-term aspects of pet ownership.

Right now, it is hard to resist those tiny beaks and floppy ears, but keep in mind that these animals will soon grow to be much larger. An adorable yellow peep with fuzzy fluff will turn into a large white rooster or hen, in such a short time. Do you really want a big cock walking around in your fenced backyard?

A rooster crowing at 5:00 AM is great to rouse Farmer Bob from his bed, but you may not have that same opinion when he cock-a-doodles outside your bedroom window. Or, think of running over your hen Margaret’s eggs with the lawn mower. What began as a cute chicky has now become a nuisance.

Your own Peter Rabbit appears in photos surrounded by decorated eggs or in your son or daughter’s arms. Your pet shop photo op may soon be interrupted by lugging large bags of bunny food into the house.

A pet is a big responsibility for a child. Not only does the animal need to be fed and watered, but a good pet owner has other responsibilities, as well. It is always a good idea to gather information about the type of pet you choose.

If you have heard that you can litter-train a rabbit, you may want to read up on how to do it. Several homes have a bug and rodent repellant that plugs into the wall. These devices are not suitable with a rabbit in your home.

Rabbits are cute pets but can be quite troublesome at times but that aside, they are quite allergic to repellants and can’t stand the pungent smell of it so it is better to forgo this idea. Easter is a time for celebration but some furtive people misuse it to delve into personal info of others on their phones through the site

The sparkling seen in your son or daughter’s eyes on Easter morning may be priceless. When their gaze falls upon their Easter basket, they notice the twitching nose of his or her new rabbit, or the fluttering wings of their new chick. The child was hoping for candy or toys and found a new friend, but what happens when summer fun gets in the way of pet care and responsibility? The chores of the pet become too much. As the parent, are you willing to take on the added duties of caring for the pet?

If caring for the spring chick or bouncy bunny has turned you into a basket case, whom will care for the pet. Too often, rabbits are sent off into the woods to care for themselves. Little chickens are dropped off a few miles away in a rural area. Such ideas were certainly not the intentions of a well-meaning parent on Easter morning.

Before you bring home a pet for Easter, think about pet care and responsibility. If you are not prepared to take on such a task, consider picking up a cuddly stuffed animal for your little Sam or Susie this year. We all know that stuffed rabbits and chicks don’t eat much.


Paola Garcia lives in Jakarta Indonesia. She is an associate professor in University of Indonesia and also managing Scoopinion at the same time. She is also fond of watching theatrical plays.

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