It’s a Commitment: Is Your Child Ready?

It’s a Commitment: Is Your Child Ready?

It’s a Commitment: Is Your Child Ready?

 

How many parents purchase a rabbit for a Christmas gift? I’m going to guess lots. It’s popular, but do people stop and think about what they are doing?

Rabbits are living, breathing creatures; each with their own personality and character. They are long-term commitments. So before you run out and purchase that cute bunny Susie is begging for, please ask – are they ready?

 

How to know if she (or he) is ready

Buying a Christmas bunny. It’s common, popular…and overstated. Rabbits are often bought in the heat of good will and promises. And neglected afterward. So how do you avoid having a neglected bunny?

 

1) First of all, you know your daughter (or son) best

  • Are they responsible? Reliable? Willing to see things through? How long have they wanted a bunny?
  • If all of the sudden he wants a bunny for Christmas – 2 weeks before the grand day – that is a great way to set up for failure.
  • But if in October your daughter says, “I’ve been thinking, I would like a rabbit for Christmas” then you are setting up for success.

2) Research, research, research

  • Research breeds. Find one that suits your family. It's a Commitment: Is your Child Ready?
    • Some breeds require lots of brushing and care (Angoras).
    • A few need lots of space or time to exercise (Flemish Giants and Hares).
    • Some crave attention or like peace and quiet. A few can be aggressive (Britannia Petite).
    • Holland Lops are small, short-haired and incredibly personable. They enjoy attention, exercise and are in general very fun loving little rabbits.
    • Always remember: there are variables within breed personalities. If you want a specific breed, but the first one you look at is not friendly, look for another πŸ™‚
  • Research care needs, acceptable foods, and poisonous foods.
  • Research breeders, pet stores or rescues.

3) know the amount a rabbit needs and who will be the caretaker

  • If kept indoors, cages should be cleaned every 3-4 days – especially in the summer.
  • Rabbits need exercise. This can either be free-run around the house or a blocked off area that is bunny specific.
  • Also, what will you do about Holidays? Pet-sitters are out there and good friends work well if they are prepared.
  • Make a commitment to care for your bunny.

4) be prepared. Know what your future rabbit will need and have it on hand

  • Vital items include cage, feed, food bowl, water bowl, hay, bedding, and a hideout. Toys are optional, but a chew toy is a good idea.
  • DON’T buy a rabbit before having any of these items.
  • Fun tip: rabbits’ teeth are always growing…and they need to chew to keep them worn down. Buying them a chew toy (or a stick) is a great way to minimize chewed up plastic bowls…or couches!

 

Rabbits can be challenging, but they are also incredibly rewarding. That first rabbit can be a jumping off point to 4H, raising rabbits, owning their first business, and learning how to deal with people in a professional manner.

Rabbits teach responsibility, compassion, and gentleness. They teach life lessons. Your kids will have to deal with life…and death. She’s going to have to deal with selling a favorite baby. He will learn marketing and how to sell rabbits.

There is a myriad of possibilities that come from simple starting with 1 bunny.

Being prepared goes a long, long way.

So when you’re ready…jump in!

 

Loving the buns,

Megan

 


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