Bunnies as gifts during Easter

Bunnies as gifts during Easter

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

bunnies

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.

We are here to help

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

International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day – 23 February 2021

International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day – 23 February 2021

Nowadays there seems to be a holiday or day for everything, right? This day however is one that we will totally be in support of. I mean who doesn’t love an excuse to spoil their floof just that little bit extra?!

The day itself though is somewhat of a mystery. Nobody knows exactly where or how the day came to be, but we are happy it did. According to a quick Google search, James Spratt was the world’s first large-scale manufacturer of dog biscuits in 1860, they were called “Meat Fibrine Dog Cakes”.

So enough of a history lesson, let’s get back to the fun stuff. Treating our pets. We know that store-bought dog treats can contain a lot of sugar, this is done to make them more palatable to your pets, so they are more eager to eat them. Don’t get us wrong, this is not a bad thing. They are yummy for our pets but like us with sweet treats, too many are not a good idea when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It’s all about balance.

We have found two quick and easy recipes of scrumptious treats to try to make at home. your best friend will be more than happy with the results, this much we can promise you!

Frozen Banana & Peanut Butter bites – Great for a hot summer’s day!

Ingredients:

  • 4 bananas
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter – Unsweetened is the better option to use.
  • ice trays or silicone moulds to set them in.

Method:

  1. Peel and slice your bananas.
  2. Freeze banana slices.
  3. Put frozen banana slices in a food processor and blend. You will need to scrape down the sides a few times. It will get thick and sticky.
  4. Keep blending until it smooths out into soft serve banana ice cream.
  5. Add peanut butter and mix well.
  6. Separate into 3-4 cups and freeze.

 

Carrot & Apple Cookie Crunch

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free flour
  • 1/2 cup carrots, shredded
  • 1/2 cup red apple, shredded
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 200°C.
  2. Mix the flour, carrots, apple, and chicken broth in a large mixing bowl. Mix well.
  3. Using a rolling pin, flatten out the dough, and then use a cookie cutter to cut your desired shape.
  4. Bake them for 8-10 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  5. After your dog gets one, refrigerate the rest of the biscuits so they last longer.

We would love to hear how your furkids enjoyed these treats, or feel free to share some other amazing recipes that you have tried too.

Happy dog biscuit appreciation day 🙂

Working from home

Working from home

We all dream of working from home. Getting up late, staying in our pyjamas and spending time with our pets. But when you are forced to work from home and you have not done so before there may be a few challenges that you will have to deal with relating to your pet. Your dog doesn’t understand that you are now home but need to work and will see this as an opportunity to get some extra attention. 

(more…)

Pet Insurance

Pet Insurance

Pet insurance is often put on the back burner while pets are fit and healthy and only need to go to the vet for their yearly check-up and the odd minor problem. 

(more…)

Holiday checklist

Holiday checklist

Going away for work or on holiday and having to make arrangements for your pets at home can be very stressful. I recommend that you consider your options carefully and don’t leave it to the last minute. 

Once you have decided to use a professional pet sitting service it is important to tell them as much as possible about your pet’s habits for this will make it easier for them to care for your pets. Honesty is important, if your dog is an ‘escaper’ when the door opens or your cat is a scent-marker let them know.

(more…)