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For years rabbits have been one of the most popular kiddies pets and if well looked after, they live long and happy lives. As such, these delightful creatures often become a real member of the family. With this said, rabbits are not the ideal choice for very young children and even older children should not be given the sole responsibility of looking after them. This is why parents too should like the idea of having a bunny around whether they are kept as indoor or outdoor pets because looking after a bunny needs to be everyone's responsibility.
Rabbits are clever creatures but they are very sensitive too. They need lots of care and they love attention. Children are great at giving new pets a lot of attention, but sadly the novelty sometimes wears off as children get bored with their pets. This is something parents need to consider when thinking about introducing a bunny into the home.
If you are thinking about buying or adopting a rabbit from an animal shelter there are a couple of questions you need to ask yourself before you make your final decision, which are as follows:
Unfortunately, many people believe that rabbits are cheap pets to keep and that they are easy maintenance so the kids can take care of them with no problem at all. However, this is far from the truth because rabbits are not "cheap" pets and they need taking care of properly which means quite a lot of "looking after" is involved – some of it like cleaning out cages on a regular basis being one task children are not overly fond of doing!
For a long time rabbits were put in hutches and kept in solitary confinement with people believing this was the right thing to do. However, these days this particular method of keeping a rabbit is seen to be completely outdated and in fact, is considered to be quite "cruel".
The other thing parents need to understand about rabbits is they do not generally like being picked up nor do particularly like being cuddled which is something that most children instinctively like doing with their pets. This could well be one of the reasons why children may get bored so quickly when they have a rabbit as a pet. With this said, some bunnies love being cuddled - but this is the exception rather than the rule and if you are lucky enough to own a bunny who really enjoys a cuddle or two, they are worth their weight in gold!
Sadly, too many lovely bunnies end up in shelters as unwanted pets even though they are perfectly fit, healthy with friendly personalities. However, many of them have been passed from home to home, simply because they did not end up being the sort of pet the family wanted. Some rabbits end up in shelters because their owners thought they were not exciting enough!
Rabbits become valued members of a family – they can live to the ripe old age of 12 if well taken care of. This is one fact that needs to be taken into consideration when you give an eight year old child a pet rabbit – the question you need to ask yourself is whether your child would still be willing to take good care of bunny right up until they are 20 years old! Other facts include the following:
If you are thinking about getting a rabbit for the children, it is better to think about owning a bunny as a "family pet" which would be looked after and cared for by everyone in the household much like a cat or a dog would be. Rabbits live long and happy lives when well taken care of which can be anything up to twelve years and more. They are lovely characters, full of personality and a lot of fun to have around and interact with which is something that many people don't realise about these adorable long-eared creatures.
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