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We wish you a Happy Easter and Passover Celebration with Your Family!

Our office will be closed Sunday April 5th
and
will reopen on Monday April 6th at 8am.

Spring is finally here!.  New growth is starting to poke through the earth, birds and squirrels wrestle for seeds, and each day we enjoy a little more daylight.  As we start to open our windows and start some serious spring cleaning, we wanted to offer some tips on keeping your home safe and clean, especially from fleas!  If you have fleas in your home, please stop by or call our office at 860-554-5588 for our recommendations on flea and tick protection.  Meanwhile, read on for some proactive steps you can take right now.
The House Rabbit Society strongly urges parents not to buy their children live “Easter bunnies” unless they are willing to make a 10-year commitment to properly care for the animals. Each year, thousands of baby rabbits, chicks, and ducks are purchased as Easter gifts only to be abandoned or left at shelters in the days, weeks and months that follow Easter.
Rabbits require at least the same amount of work as a cat or dog, and often more. Unfortunately, many of the rabbits purchased as Easter pets will never live to see their first birthday. Some will die from neglect, while others will be abandoned in local parks or left at animal shelters.
Most children want a companion they can hold, carry and cuddle, but rabbits are fragile, ground-loving creatures who break easily when dropped. Additionally, rabbits are easily frightened by loud noises. It is unreasonable to expect a small child to make a 10-year commitment to taking care of a rabbit. All too often, the child loses interest, and the rabbit ends up neglected or abandoned.
If you are ready to make the commitment then below are some helpful tips:
 
  • Housing: For rabbits who use a cage, the cage needs to be at least six times the size of the adult rabbit. It should not have a wire bottom, as the wire can cause sores on the rabbit’s feet. There should be room for a litterbox, toys, food and water bowls. Others may choose to forgo a cage entirely, using instead a pen for the rabbit’s home base.
  • Playtime: Rabbits need plenty of exercise and should be allowed at least 30 hours out-of-cage or pen running time in a rabbit-proofed area of the home per week.
  • Outdoors: Rabbits should never be left outdoors unsupervised. They can, literally, be frightened to death when approached by predators such as dogs, cats, raccoons and owls. They can also dig under fences to escape.
  • Litter Box: Rabbits, once spayed or neutered, will readily use litterboxes that are place in one corner of the rabbit’s space; the rabbit’s running space should contain at least one additional box. Use dust-free, natural litter–not the clumping kind, and no softwood shavings.
  • Diet: Rabbits need fresh water, unlimited fresh, grass hay, 1-2 cups of fresh vegetables, and a small serving (1/4 c per 5 lb. rabbit) of plain rabbit pellets each day.
  • Health: Like dogs and cats, rabbits should be spayed or neutered. The risk of uterine cancer in unspayed female rabbits is alarmingly high, and unneutered males are likely to spray.
  • Grooming: Rabbits shed their coat 3-4 times per year; use a flea comb and brush away excess fur.
  • Have lots of time, a household that can withstand some chewing, and a stable residence.
  • Expect an unneutered/unspayed baby will spray urine. Know that neutering/spaying (at four to six months) will stop the problem.
  • Expect accidents when baby forgets the location of the litterbox.
  • Allow the energetic young rabbit at least 30 hours a week of free time outside her pen, habitat, or cage.
  • Know the cute baby will soon be an adult rabbit and may have a different personality.
    If you are not sure you can make this kind of commitment, please consider buying your child a chocolate bunny this Easter instead.
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