Many people are surprised and disappointed to find that rabbits rarely conform to the cute-n-cuddly stereotype in children’s stories. Baby bunnies (and many young adult rabbits) are too busy dashing madly about, squeezing behind furniture, and chewing baseboards and rugs to be held. Also, rabbits are physically delicate animals which means they can be hurt by children picking them up. Because rabbits feel frightened when people pick them up, they kick and struggle which means children can also get hurt. Rabbits are also built to react to sudden changes which means they may either run away or try to bite when approached too quickly and too loudly. Stress-related illnesses are common. For these reasons, many children, especially young children, will find it difficult to interact with a rabbit and soon lose interest.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Requests N' Stuff - Important Rabbit Question and hammie ball review ! ...Well, don't just sit there....read it!
Yay, I loveeee Saturdays. Usually here on Critter Corner that means...Requests! First things first. I got a question sent to me and the answer is way too detailed to reply in a comment. Here goes!
Q: This Easter, we are planning on getting our six year old daughter a bunny. My bunny owner friend disapproves of this and said that it's not a good idea. Could you tell me if this is true or not and if so, why?
A: Rabbits are commonly thought of as wonderful pets for children. After all, who can look at a cute, fluffy bunny and not feel a child-like sense of love for it? Unfortunately, though, rabbits are actually very poorly suited to being pets just for children. Of course, there are exceptions if the adult is the primary caretaker and supervises bunny and child interaction at all times.