Rabbit Stew…

… Awwww. We took care of the class rabbit over the weekend.

Just look at his fuzzy little face and floppy little years. I bet you’re like me, thinking that caring for a fuzzy bunny is warm cuddles and fluffy feet. No, it’s poop pellets, pee stains, and cage rattling all. night. long.

Rabbits as pets. I am against it. It’s unnatural. In the grand scheme of God’s design for nature, rabbits are prey not pets. The next time a rabbit is invited into my home it will be to adorn the inside of my stew pot.

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About Katrina Fernandez

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  • AMoniqueOcampo

    Insert reference to the Bunnies song from Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s “Once More With Feeling” here.

  • Quittin’ time at Tara!

    My first pet was a rabbit. Marsha Brady, RIP.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat Katrina Fernandez

      Our dog was this close to being named George Glass,

  • tj.nelson

    I feel like I’ve been punched in the gut. Oh the Leporid-ity!

  • alwr

    Rabbits that are pets have been bred for centuries for that purpose. They would not survive in the wild, nor were they bred for food. They do tend to be creatures of habit and often fearful of new situations. That would explain the cage rattling. As a rabbit owner in a family of rabbit owners, I would not recommend them for class pets that are taken to new places frequently. And, take it from a bunny-owner, you should just be glad it was rattling and not thumping.

    As pets, they are generally quiet (when they have no reason to be scared), not messy, and definitely fun and full of personality. They need frequent attention, but can still be left home alone, litter-trained, and trusted with children.

  • Sally Thomas

    We had pet rabbits for many years, all of them rescues of one kind or another — our favorite was literally left on our doorstep by someone who must have seen our outdoor hutch. That rabbit was tame and socialized, as was a baby my daughter hand-raised, and they were quite pleasant, personable pets. Rabbits can easily be litter-trained, which makes it easier to let them spend time out of the cage — though even nice rabbits can be very destructive. A lot of our book spines suffered from the ministrations of various rabbits, and one rabbit (also the same daughter’s pet) chewed through a sewing-machine cord. The rabbit was unharmed; we never did get the sewing machine fixed.

    We had other rabbits who were older when they wound up with us and were never socialized enough to be especially engaging pets. Once our last one shuffled off this mortal coil, I made a vow that we would have no more pets in cages that had to be cleaned.

    As alwr said, rabbits can be pleasant companions, but they don’t shine in stressful situations. They also dislike being picked up, and their scratches can be nasty — there’s really nothing cuddly about them. I like them (though I don’t want another one), but I wouldn’t blame anyone for finding a pet rabbit a disappointment, especially if you weren’t prepared for the marked difference between the cuddly soft image and the reality.

    • alwr

      Our bunny secretly likes being cuddled. Only for as long as he wants and you have to catch him first. Then he settles down into your arms and is happy. Until he is ready to go. You have to respect rabbits as they wish to be treated and can’t expect to train them otherwise. We are lucky that he is not destructive and only chews what he is given to chew. My in-laws’ bunny is a different story and has to be watched closely when she is out.

      Different pets are good fits for different people. Writing a blog post that my pet should be used for food because it doesn’t suit your preferences is pretty inappropriate, quite frankly.

  • Philippa Martyr

    I’m afraid I agree. Rabbits are also serial sex pests. I would be the first to acknowledge that a dog is an ideal companion, and the next stage down the ladder is a cat, but there are a few stages further down for me below the cat before a rabbit appears. Plus there’s that whole thing with cider and mustard, slow cooked, with plenty of onions. I never think that about the cat.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat Katrina Fernandez

      Serial sex pests?

      • Philippa Martyr

        If they’re not desexed, then yes. And they take a DIY approach to things if they’re lonesome. This can make for awkward moments with children, who tend to ask questions …

  • Hilary Jane Margaret White

    I’ve been eating a lot of coniglio lately, and it’s teh awesome! Stewed to perfection in my dutch oven, with leeks and carrots and white wine.