Rabbits and children...
Rabbits and small kids are a very vivid image displayed in books, commercials, movies, and cartoons. So the normal thing to think is that a rabbit
is a great pet for a small child. It will be able to tolerate the ups and downs that the child puts it through... right? Well no, not really. Even though many forms of media present a bunny as the child perfect pet, it's not completely true.
For one thing rabbits are extremely fragile, while little kids aren’t very careful with the small fur ball you just bought. Many vets comment that they see
a lot of rabbits in their offices because of a broken back, spine, leg... and that's not fixable. If that happens to the rabbit, you'll have to put it down.
Sad but true. Kids always want to have the brand new bunny rabbit in their hands, at all times. The fact is though that not at all times that the bunny
wants to be held. They want to be down, to run and play. When a child picks up a bunny, even when the bunny shows clear disapproval of it, the most likely thing to happen is that the bunny will kick and struggle leading to the child dropping it on the floor, resulting in a broken back. So am I saying that you should by no means by a rabbit if you have small kids? No, not at all.
You just have to set boundaries, you can begin for requesting that everyone just play with the
bunny on the ground until he/she is used to the household noises, smell and daily activities. Children should also be thought to respect the bunny resting time, no playing allowed if he is grooming, eating or napping. We have heard parent who says: “my son need to learn responsibility…so I will buy him a pet”….. I really don’t recommend using a life being to teach someone responsibility…you should teach responsibility first, and then buy a bunny or any other pet.
A potty trained bunny is more likely to adjust to
your family and become part of it, then one that is 24 hours locked up because everybody is afraid to clean up the carpet after its accidents.
When the bunny is allowed to roam free in the house under responsible supervision it will feel like it belongs there and will be social and friendly.
Our bunnies are loved by their owners because they become part of their family and learning to use the litter box is just one of the great points of buying a
bunny from us. When considering if a bunny is the right pet for your household here are few things to consider:
A adult should be the main caretaker. The child can help feed the rabbit, water it, and maybe even clean out its cage.And when it comes to holding it,
adult supervision is advised, You should never leave a child unattended with the bunny in its arms, because no matter how much the child loves that bunny, if that bunny scratches then it will be dropped.
So when it's cuddle time and you're child wants to hold the rabbit, the safest thing to do is have the child sit down. Place the rabbit on the child’s
lap or arms and let it cuddle there.
When it wants to get down allow it to.
Don’t be holding the bunny just because it's cute, if it needs to get down let it go. The rabbit could need to go potty and not want to go on you, that have happened before. One rabbit was struggling when in my hands and I set it down and it hopped into the litter box and went potty.
Sometimes this happens and it's better to let it go then have it hurt itself .
So make sure if you have a child to be next to him when he's holding the bunny. Better safe than sorry.
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