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Dear Christopher Cat

We’re thinking about getting our daughter a bunny for Easter. Will our cat get along with a rabbit?

Christopher Responds

Before we address how we cats feel about bunnies, let’s talk about the practice of buying rabbits, chicks and ducks for kids at Easter.

My mom has made a commitment to keep me for life, regardless of how often I pounce on her while she’s sleeping.

The same can’t be said for many people who buy bunnies and other animals as holiday novelties. They often give them up a few months later.

If you’re willing to make a lifetime commitment, which means seven to nine years, here are points to consider:
Some cats see young bunnies as prey, so it’s best to adopt an adult rabbit from a shelter or rescue organization.

While everyone knows that we cats are the perfect pets, rabbits are more fragile, and some human youngsters are too rough to play with them safely.

Rabbits need to live indoors, but they require plenty of time outside their cages to exercise.

Females should be spayed to prevent uterine cancer, and males should be neutered to prevent territorial urine marking and aggression.

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