With Easter just around the corner, I figured it was a good time to post this article sent to me by P&C friend and contributor John from Guideposts. It’s an cute but informative way of saying, yes, bunnies and chicks are adorable, but don’t necessarily make great pets, so stick to the chocolate kind unless you have the space, know what you’re doing, and won’t give the animal back because you realized these lessons too late.
From the author Peggy Frezon, the 5 Easter pets are:
1. Bunny Rabbit: I’ve owned rabbits, and they were sweet and friendly. If you truly want a pet rabbit, know that they need a fairly large cage, regular cleaning and daily attention. Rabbits aren’t a great match for young children, as they are fidgety and may kick or scratch. Bunny Buddies recommends keeping pet rabbits inside, since those locked away in hutches outside are more likely to become ignored.
(I know this picture isn’t helping, but dang, they are cute! Also, a friend of mine once had an indoor rabbit. Adorable! But boy, you really had to watch your step when he was out of his hutch, if you get my drift.)
2. Baby Chick: If you live on a farm or in an area that allows farm animals, then raising chickens could be for you. But most others shouldn’t bring baby chicks home for Easter. Just think: what are you going to do with that cute little fluff ball when it becomes a large, messy chicken? In addition, the Center for Infectious Diseases warns that many chicks carry salmonella bacteria, which is dangerous especially to children.
3. Duckling: I always wanted a pet duck. I had this idea of keeping it in a plastic kiddie swimming pool in my yard. But I’m glad I never got one, because I really knew nothing about keeping a duck. Ducks need room to roam and swim. They need to be kept safe from neighborhood dogs and other predators. They’re messy. And like chicks, they can carry the salmonella bacteria.
4. Stuffed Toy: So if you’ve done all your research and decided that a bunny, chick or duckling is not right for you this Easter, what can you do? For young children (okay, adults like them too!) why not substitute a plush pet? A floppy bunny or fluffy chick toy will look almost as cute, and be a lot less work!
5. Sponsored Animal: Live animals still can be a part of your Easter. You usually get a certificate when you sponsor an animal, and you can pop that into the Easter basket. Sponsoring helps pay for the food and veterinary care of animals in need. For a donation of only $25, you can sponsor a pet through Best Friends Animal Society. Or check with your local zoo or animal shelter.