Something that happens all too often around this time of year is the gifting of bunnies. The gesture of gifting a small bunny to a child over the Easter period seems wonderful and picturesque, however, bunnies are a 10-year commitment at the least, and research should be done first before making that purchase.

Often when a bunny is bought as an Easter gift, it is because people see this cute little bunny and believe it’s going to stay small and fluffy forever. The thing is, most bunnies don’t stay that size for very long. The majority of breeds that are sold are in fact large breed bunnies.

“But isn’t a bunny a “low-maintenance” pet to keep?” or “They’re small and you just keep them in a cage.” These are some of the misconceptions that most of us have about keeping a bun as a pet. Bunnies are by no means “low-cost pets”. They require just as much time, money, and effort you would invest when owning a dog or a cat.

Bunny rabbit present
Let’s look at some of the things that involve owning a bun:
  1. They have to be house trained as well as litter box trained. Bunnies kept in hutches outdoors have an average life span of about 1 year, where Bunnies that live indoors can live up to 8 to 10 years. So they must live inside and become part of the family.
  2. The house must be “bunny-proofed”. This means pick up everything that you don’t want to be chewed up. Bunnies love to chew everything they can find, especially electrical cables so keep those away from them.
  3. Bunnies must be spayed or neutered or they will start “marking” inside the house.
  4. There are the initial costs, which include adoption or purchasing fees and money spent on food/water dishes, housing, and more, it all adds up very quickly.
  5. Food, bunnies need to be fed a very specific diet, they cannot be left to just eat a lettuce leaf and some hay as many people are lead to believe.
Bunnies and children

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Child with bunnies

Most bunnies are gifted to children, and as we know it’s no secret that children love a pet they can hold, carry and cuddle. Most of us believe that bunnies love to be cuddled and that they are very passive animals. This is not entirely the case. They are ground-loving creatures who can feel frightened and insecure when they are held and restrained.

If a bunny feels threatened their main defense is to use its hind legs to kick out and get away from the situation. This could result in the child or bunny being hurt. All too often, if the child is badly scratched it causes them to loses interest, and the bunny ends up neglected or abandoned. This is no fault of the child, it would be unfair to expect a young child to understand the complexities of such a pet.

However, bunnies can be the most amazing pets and wonderful additions to a family. They can help teach children a sense of care and responsibility as most pets do. Like any long-term commitment, a bit of research is required before jumping in headfirst. This will help you to prepare for your little bun(dle) of joy and be the best bun parent you can be. Bunnies are wonderful companion animals and work very well in a home that understands their needs.

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We at Paws N Claws specialize in the caring of and overnight pet sitting of bunnies for our clients. Should you need any help to look after your bun while you are away, as well as having that complete peace of mind that they are being well taken care of, then contact us today. We will help you book a sitting for your bun through our website or Facebook channels. Contact – Thank You    https://www.facebook.com/PawsNClawsPetSitters