Rabbits & Children
http://www.boingonline.com/children_and_rabbits.html For too long it has been thought that rabbits are great"starter" pets for children. This is completely inaccurate.Rabbits are misunderstood and delicate creatures withstrong personalities, sharp teeth and nails. Not only canchildren easily injure a rabbit but also a rabbit can injureyour child. All children under 15 should be supervised witha rabbit.When a rabbit and child are not supervised, the rabbit willalways come out second best. Sadly there are too manystories about rabbits being accidentally killed by smallchildren, such as the bunny who was taken to the park anddropped down the slide until it didn't move anymore. Or theone that was brought inside to sleep with a little girl whoplaced it under her pillow where it suffocated overnight.That's just two true stories but sadly there are so manymore. Rabbits are living, breathing little bundles ofpersonality and love. They are not a toy
Injuries to children & rabbit
Rabbits are builtdifferently to otheranimals and caneasily be injured ifnot interacted withcorrectly.Rabbits are verybottom heavy.Their back legs are much bigger than their front legs andthis means that they hold most of their weight in thesecond half of their body.If a rabbit is held or picked up incorrectly, a rabbit will panicand kick out with its strong hind legs. This kicking cancause a child to drop the rabbit. A rabbit will drop to theground bottom first causing breaks, serious injury andsometimes death.The child can also be injured by the scratching of the nailsand the kicking of the legs.
Bites from sharp teeth
When a rabbit turns 5-6 months of age, a bunny willchange from that fluffy, cute and tolerant rabbit that theyonce were as a baby bunny
A nasty bunny bite on the inside of the wrist
Once a bunny hits 6 months of age, they are now ateenager. Their personality emerges and they start to maketheir own decisions on how they want to be treated by theirhuman friends. Rabbits have very strong personalities andif they do not want to be handled or picked up as they didas a baby bunny, or are frightened by chasing or loudnoises, they will start to lunge and bite the children.
A rabbit's bite is very sharp and hard
A rabbit's front teeth need to constantly grow and grinddown to the sharpness of a razor blade to ensure they canchew hard fibrous foods.When a rabbit bites human skin, the incisor teeth plungedeep into the skin. Rabbits can hold their bite in fear forquite a long time and the pain is intenseRabbits are fabulous companions for the right person andsome children can be excellent with small animals.Children, however, should never be the main carer for arabbit.
Rabbits HATE loud noises and will attack if threatened
Rabbits are not fond of loud noises, being chased and arevery territorial and aggressive if threatened. Most rabbitsthat are surrendered to shelters were bought for smallchildren. When the bunny hits the age of around 6 months,they start to mature and become their own little personality.This is when the bunny decides that they will not toleratebeing picked up or handled roughly. Rabbits can start togrowl, lunge, bite or chase whoever is the threat. Once abunny starts to show these signs, most families ditch thebun instead of learning how to adjust and interact with theirmaturing rabbit.
Do you have 10 years to dedicate to a rabbit?
Rabbits live for 10 years or more if looked after properly.Rabbits need regular veterinary visits, desexing & yearlyvaccinations. Desexing helps with behaviour and long termhealth issues. Calici vaccinations are yearly and this is agood opportunity to have your bun health checked. Rabbitsage 8 years to our 1 so a yearly checkup is vital to keep upwith any health issues.
Rabbits need good food
Rabbits need good quality vegies that you would eatyourself, not freebies from a bin.Rabbits need good quality hay from a stockfeed store, notdried up pet hay from a pet shop or inedible straw.
Rabbits need to know they are safe
Rabbits need a safe space to run, not cooped up in a boxin the backyard or left outside to fend for themselves. Ifinside, they need a safe bunny proofed room and a safeplace to sleep. If they live outside, their enclosure needs tobe BIG and INSECT/PREDATOR PROOFED.All this requires money.Rabbits need a mature person to look after them. They arenot a toy for a small child.