Unfortunately, most bunnies that come to Sweet Binks were former “Easter bunnies”, or “gifts” to children and end up in one of our local shelters or abandoned outside or forgotten in a hutch.
Folks see the cute little young bunny for sale around Easter at pet stores or fairs in the summer by breeders, and buy the bunny on impulse without first learning about them, their care, or their requirements, or not taking into consideration that a bunny is a long term commitment just like a cat or dog. Many pet shops and others who sell bunnies are not even knowledgeable at all about rabbits! Later, when that cute little bunny reaches sexual maturity, and folks do not know to spay/neuter or are unwilling to spend $200+ to spay/neuter, the rabbit is taken to a shelter or worse, set free. Many end up outside in a hutch just living a sad and forgotten life, and most are looking for a new home by “back to school” time. Most domestic rabbits don’t make it past their first year with a family before being discarded, because a good decision wasn’t made beforehand about a bunny as a “child’s” pet.
Parents need to understand that the rabbit will be their responsibility (not the kids) for the next 8 to 10 years.
Some people just turn the bunny loose, thinking that the bunny will fend for itself. This does not happen, the bunny will either fall to a predator, starve, or find some other untimely demise. It is the most inhumane thing to do, and also illegal. Domestic rabbits do not have the survival skills of their undomesticated cousins and do not last long in the “wild”.
Just the fact that you are reading this now shows that you are taking the time to educate yourself, and are on your way to becoming a good companion to your future bunny, or making an educated decision about whether a bunny is a good companion for your household.
Small children & bunnies
We do not advise parents with small children (under 7 years) to adopt a bunny as a pet, and are very reluctant to adopt one to a family with small children. Small children like to hold and squeeze the bunnies, like a fantasy or cartoon character, much to its disliking! Rabbits are ground animals and prefer to be there! Loud noises or shrieking are enough to put a bunny into permanent hiding from the youngster. Also, a bunny in an unhappy predicament, such as being held maybe a little too tight, is very likely to scratch, or even bite, if it is scared or feels threatened. We advise to wait until your child is older and understands better the rules of the bunny and what it requires.
Also, because a bun is a long term commitment, you need to take into consideration when the child gets older, if they will lose interest or not have the time to properly care for the bunny. Good chances that a well cared for bunny will still be around when children go off to college! Parents need to understand that they will be the primary caretakers of the bunny and that the rabbit will be THEIR PET for the next 10 years, and that bunnies are not good “starter” pets for children, and are not “low maintenance” pets.
Sweet Binks believes that buns are actually better suited for adult type homes where their quiet nature and friendly disposition are truly appreciated.
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