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


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

Pet sitters: The unmasked, modern-day heroes

Pet sitters: The unmasked, modern-day heroes

I am sure if you are reading this it already tells me that you are a pet parent whose fur-child’s wellbeing is of utmost importance to them. How do I know this? Well, you would not be on our website if you weren’t.

So, let us focus on these heroes, after all this week (1st – 7th March) is dedicated to pet sitters around the world and the fantastic work that they do.

A pet sitter is so much more than someone who just comes over once or twice a day to feed your pets.

A true pet sitter is someone committed to your pet’s health and happiness, always willing to put the needs of your pet way above their own.

They are the night owls as well as the early birds who will always be there. Never abandoning a fur-child in need, even when Fluffy needs a potty break at midnight or Fido needs his medication every hour. They are there!

A master pet sitter is someone who holds a Ph.D. in the art of playing fetch, giving the best cuddles, and of course, tummy scratches. They are always dressed in “walkies” ready gear, and their pockets full of the most scrumptious treats.

Besides the above-mentioned skills that all our incredible sitters already possess, we also look for the following in a sitter before allowing them to take over the care of your loved ones.

  • Honesty & integrity
  • Reliability & work ethics
  • Responsibility
  • Animal lover

All our sitters are tested on general pet sitting etiquette and pet care emergency readiness. Candidates also go through a background screening process to ensure that your fur-children are left in the most capable hands possible.

Every pet’s safety and happiness, along with your peace of mind is always our top priority when we pair a sitter to your babies.

If you feel that you want to be a member of this super sitter squad, be sure to fill out an application and tell us why. Our team is always growing, and we want only the biggest animal lovers to be a part of it.

Follow this link to join the team https://www.pawsnclaws.co.za/pet-sitters/