It’s with great sadness that we bid farewell to a rabbit we haven’t met. The rabbit was given an imbalanced diet of vegetables only and the owner deemed it ‘ok’ because nothing was happening to it. Over time, the rabbit developed health problems. On its last day, it stopped eating and had bloody stools. Medical treatment was delayed due to financial issues. At the end, the rabbit died painfully.

This is a classic case of negligence. Any responsible rabbit owner would have known better that rabbit requires unlimited hay, fresh leafy greens and pellets to stay healthy. If the rabbit doesn’t eat for 24 hours, it is considered a medical emergency and should be seen by a vet as soon as possible. This is not a joke.

We hope everyone who have a rabbit be proactive to learn how to responsibly care for them. Our experience has showed that petshops are usually clueless. We suggest societies such as SPCA, HRS (www.rabbit.org) or BW for advice. These are the people with the real experience to care for the sick and healthy.

We hope those who wants a rabbit think twice before acting on impulse.  Rabbits maybe cute. But they are a delicate life that needs constant care. If you think they should be kept in a cage, fed only carrots, and is a pretty toy that will never fall sick,  think twice.  You will be proven so wrong.

A rabbit is NOT a toy. It is a living, breathing, vulnerable animal that can fall sick and eventually die. If you are not ready to deal with it, don’t get it.

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