Bunnies and chicks make lousy Easter gifts and lilies are lethal to cats, the Helen Woodward Animal Center warned Friday.
According to HWAC spokesman John Van Zante, families that buy baby rabbits and chickens as Easter presents often forget that they are making a lifelong commitment to care for the animals. "Once families discover that their rabbit or chicken will need daily care for the rest of its life, they often abandon the animals,'' Van Zante said.
"In other cases, the pets run away, or they are neglected until they're too sick to survive,'' he said. "The best advice is not to buy them unless you plan to keep them and care for them for many years.''
HWAC officials also warned that Easter decorations, particularly lilies, can be deadly for felines. "The Easter lily, tiger lily, Japanese show lily and some of the day lilies can be dangerous for cats,'' Van Zante said. "If your cat eats any of these, it could result in kidney failure.''
"Van Zante said it's best not to have any kind of lily in a house where there is a pet cat.