If you are set on the idea of acquiring a pet bunny, there are a couple of purchases that you have to do first, such as getting a new box for the rabbit’s litter. What is more, if you want to make your new friend extra comfortable, be sure to check out this short article that we have prepared regarding how to invest in hutches for rabbits.
Today, we are here to talk to you about whether or not rabbits are a good companion that you could gift to your kids. If you are interested in the topic, keep reading and we are sure you’ll find all the answers that you need.
The needs of the pet
Although you might like rabbits because they are quiet and fluffy, given their needs, they might not exactly be the perfect choice as pets for small children. The reasons for this are numerous.
Firstly, rabbits do not like being held. When we first see a bunny, our innate tendency is to pick it up in our arms and cuddle it. However, this is not a good idea if you own a rabbit, as the pet can get aggressive. This happens because rabbits are prey animals that like having their feet on the ground at all times.
Once held, a pet of this kind will generally kick and claw, and this might lead to the injuring of the person playing with it. Moreover, because they are physically fragile, they can easily suffer from injuries and broken bones.
Secondly, rabbits are, by nature, timid animals. This means that even the sounds that are not necessarily too loud will scare them. This is a big problem, especially in a home with young kids where noise is ever-present.
If scared, a bunny will become uninterested to play, and even aggressive, and this might prove disappointing to the kids. Additionally, rabbits also like having time for themselves to eat and nap and they do not respond well when disturbed.
The life expectancy
Another aspect that you might not be familiar with is that rabbits have a life expectancy ranging from 10 to 12 years. Consequently, purchasing one is a very big responsibility. As it is the case with many other pets, your child is likely to lose interest in it after a couple of weeks.
Plus, keep in mind that, if you get the bunny when your children are, let’s say, 7 or 8, the pet will likely live until they are in their 20’s. This might also mean that you will have to look after it after your kids leave for college.
Given these factors, before you impulsively buy a rabbit, you have to keep in mind the long-term implications that decision comes with.
Taking care of a bunny is not easy
When compared to what one has to do when caring for a dog, a rabbit is more difficult to look after than what you might expect. Once you have litter trained the pet, you have to change the bedding very often, so that the smell of urine won’t contaminate your home.
Also, bunnies have to be fed water and fresh food each and every day. They need grooming and having their nails clipped regularly.
You might not know this, but rabbits are social pets that need to be shown individual affection. By this, we mean that one has to play with it and to encourage it to exercise daily.
If you plan on taking the pet out of its habitat, previous bunny owners advise that you make sure that your home is rabbit proof. After all, they do like to chew!
Another vital point that you should think about is the costs associated with owning a pet bunny. According to the specialists, the ongoing costs of keeping a rabbit are of around 1000$ a year. If you are not financially ready to foot the bill, getting a pet is not a good idea.
Consider your children
As we have stated before, rabbits are not great companions for small children that are younger than 7. However, even if your child is older than 7, there are still other factors that might make her/him unable to handle a bunny, such as his/her temper.
If you have a growing family and you already have to manage many active kids that need all your time and attention, adding a bunny to your list of responsibilities might not be the most prudent thing that you can do. Even more so, if you have a new baby in the family, things can get overly complicated.
If you are ready to adopt a bunny, it is advisable that you set a couple of rules that your kids have to respect. For example, make sure that your children know that they should leave the pet alone when it goes in its cage. Also, rabbits should not be chased around and they should not be intentionally scared by making loud noises.
Bunnies should also be petted gently and should not be held as they might not like it. Even more importantly, one should not touch the litter and the droppings.
If you want a rabbit as a pet for your kids you have to be aware of the fact that it is entirely your responsibility. Although owning a rabbit can be of great help when it comes to teaching kids about obligations, at the end of the day, you will be the one who has to actually care for it during its entire life.
Your child might not show interest when it comes to helping with taking care of the pet. When this happens, you should not insist that he/she helps. After all, you have to be the model for your children and they should learn from your actions and attitudes toward the pet.
Finally, instead of buying a pet of this kind, it might be a better idea to adopt one from your local shelter. Because they are not easy to care for, there are numerous bunnies that are abandoned each year and you can help rehome a little soul that needs a new family.