Nic Cage’s Easter advice: Put the bunny idea back in the box

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Okay, users of the Internet… it’s time for some real talk. I know that Easter is right around the corner. Your head is filled with visions of adorable bunnies (or chicks and ducks, depending on what your particular brand of cute catnip is – the post below is applicable to all categories). You’re tempted to bring one home.

I get it. They’re cute. They’re cuddly. They win first prize every single year in the Cutest Way to Eat Lettuce Contest.

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As the proud aunt to several bunny nieces and nephews, I’m not immune to their charms. However, I’m going to give it to you straight. If you’re thinking of bringing home a baby bunny for Easter, stop.

Fight the impulse to just charge ahead with your plan.

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(I’d also like to take a moment to discourage you from procuring a chick or duckling as well.  First, they grow up.  Chicks become chickens, and ducklings become ducks.  Second, unless you’re Chandler and Joey, it’s just not a good idea.)

“Wait a minute,” you might be thinking. “You’re not the boss of me!” That’s true – I am not. (Though let’s all just agree that if I was the boss of everything, the world would run a lot more smoothly. I’m just saying.)

However, I am an expert in impulse purchases. (Just ask my shoe collection.) Let’s say your brain, clouded by the cute, allows you to bring home a baby animal for Easter. The power of cute is so powerful that you forget one key factor… tomorrow, you’ll still have this bunny. It will require food, medical care, and love. You will be expected to provide for this creature that you’ve taken under your metaphorical wing. If you haven’t thought this plan through, that realization might come as something of a shock.

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Don’t let this happen to you. I know that you (and/or your children) might have visions of fluffy bunnies dancing before your eyes at this time of year. However, impulse pet adoption is not necessarily the solution. While I’m all for adoption, I’m not in favor of families acquiring the pet of the moment and realizing that perhaps pet ownership was not really for them. The key here is education – before adopting a rabbit, it’s important to know if a rabbit really is the right pet for you.

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If you’re truly prepared and know what you’re getting into – more power to you.  However, the sad reality is that many of these bunnies end up in animal shelters or worse. So, before you make a move, educate yourself. (Sound advice before adopting any animal, right?  Check out the cool Interactive Bun feature at Make Mine Chocolate to see if you’re bunny material.)

Ultimately, getting a bunny might not be for you.

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(Metaphorically, of course. By now, we all know not to take Nic Cage literally, right?)

Don’t despair. You can still quench that bunny thirst (I just realized how weird that sounds) in another way. You have a few options here. How about a plush bunny? Those are super cuddly.

Not your thing? Try some chocolate bunnies. (They’re less cuddly, but super delicious.)

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If sweets give you a toothache (and you stubbornly refuse to eat through the pain), don’t worry. You can easily make your very own bunny.

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This craft can be customized to suit your needs.  If the version above is too cutesy for you (I see your snake tattoo), you might like this one better.

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To sum up: (1) Don’t get a bunny (or any pet) without doing your homework first; (2) Consider giving plush or chocolate bunnies as gifts instead; (3) Dressing up your animals as bunnies can be adorable, hilarious, or both; and (4) Nicholas Cage’s performance in Con Air was a delight.

This post is part of the April edition of Blog the Change for Animals. Check out the other great blogs participating in today’s event below, and learn how you can be the change for animals here.

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15 thoughts on “Nic Cage’s Easter advice: Put the bunny idea back in the box

  1. Confession: I saw Con Air for the first time ever on our flight to Costa Rica last year. Yeah, unless it starred Tim Allen or John Candy, or was about a rag tag team of youth hockey players (quack, quack), I missed a lot of quintessential ’80s and ’90s movies in my childhood. Don’t even get me started on Pretty Woman because that did NOT live up to the hype.

    But I’ve digressed.
    I completely agree with your message. Here, there’s a nearby town, Canmore, that has a huge feral bunny problem due to people releasing their domestic rabbits. It’s not good. Not good for the bunnies, not good for the ecosystem.
    Jen K recently posted..Product Review: Bugsy’s Box

  2. This is good for people to know! I went to the interactive site and learned a lot about what rabbits need. I would like to have a pet rabbit someday in the future, but it won’t be an impulse buy. It would probably be at least a year or two from now, and I will do a lot of research first to make sure I can give the bunny the best home possible!
    Angel The Alien recently posted..Blog The Change For Animals!

  3. I read this the day after Easter, but I wasn’t planning on getting a bunny anyway. This post is outstanding! I hope those who really want a bunny because they can be very good pets, will adopt a shelter bunny. No need for a holiday to do so, either.

  4. Always, always listen to Nicholas Cage. And you’re right on target – bunnies, chicks, cute little wildlife, all just don’t work out well as pets. I hope this Easter season we see much less of these kinds of purchases, and if anything, springing a few free from shelters and rescues to live a good life with a loving family that truly wants this type of pet.

    Thank you for blogging the change for animals,
    KimT
    http://www.btc4animals.com
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