Rabbits are the right pets for children ?
Most children want a pet at some point. But are rabbits the right pets for children? A rabbit is small and cuddly and apparently the perfect, cuddly fur friend for a child. However, there are a few things that make the child and rabbit happy together note.
Rabbits are not only small and cute, they are also shy and frightened. They build trust slowly and need time to become tame. If necessary, they will never like to be petted and hugged. That also has to be accepted.
Rabbits and children – a cozy friendship
The age of the child matters
If the child is still very young, then you should consider whether the child’s character fits a rabbit. If the child is very active, loud and restless, it will scare the animal away. If it is able to approach the little rodent calmly and lovingly, rabbits can become great family members.
Depending on the age, the child can help with the care of the animals and do minor tasks. However, parents must be aware that responsibility is not with the child. Adults are always responsible. Parents must ensure that the rabbit is kept and fed appropriately. You must support the child in dealing with the animals. It must always be ensured that the rabbit receives fresh food and clean water and that the cage is cleaned regularly and designed to be suitable for rabbits.
The child may eventually lose interest in the animals. Then all the "work" remains with the parents. This must be carefully considered before buying a rabbit. A rabbit can live for 8-12 years.
A rabbit should never be bought for a child but rather as a family animal for everyone together.
It is also important that parents support their children in dealing with the animals and explain the behavior of the animal to them. In this way, the child learns to take care of the needs of his little friend right from the start.
Rabbit cage in the nursery ?
The children’s room is by no means the most suitable location for the rabbit cage. It is in the daytime nursery too loud and too restless. Fast and uncontrolled movements scare the animals. At night, on the other hand, rodents can disturb children’s sleep because they are dawn-active animals.
In any case, children (of course, age also plays a role here) should not be alone with the animals without supervision.
The rabbit cage should therefore be placed in another room in the apartment.
A rabbit for Easter ?
Many animal shelters, pet shops and breeders don’t sell rabbits at all just before Easter. It shouldn’t be a rash decision to have a rabbit at Easter to buy, just because the children want one or because the animals are so beautiful for Easter. Rather, the acquisition of new, fluffy family members should be carefully considered. The new roommates should also not move in at an Easter party. For the time to get used to and get to know each other, you should give the animals time and rest.
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