It is often said that rabbits are good pets for children.
They are soft, friendly, are good fun and easy to maintain, so of course they are a really popular choice for children who are looking for a pet to look after.
There are much more trickier pets out there and so a rabbit seems a good choice.
This is quite true but what is also true is that children do need to supervised around rabbits.
Rabbits are not greatly needy pets, but do require a good deal of care in terms of how and when they are fed, maintained and how they are handled.
It is a lot to ask a young child to do even if they promise that they will look after them without a problem.
To buy a rabbit for a young child to look after unsupervised is really not a good idea to do.
We originally bought our rabbit for our children to enjoy but I am the main person who looks after the rabbit.
However, there have been occasions where children have the maturity and responsibility to look after a rabbit and do so with great care and attention.
So how do you know if your child is ready to take on the responsibility of a rabbit?
Here are 5 useful questions to ask to decipher whether your child is ready for responsibility.
1. Will they remember to feed the rabbit on a daily basis unprompted?
2. Will they feed the correct food and ensure their water and hay is topped up?
3. When they pick them up, will they handled in the correct way which considers the rabbits comfort?
4. Will they remember to clean out the hutch on a weekly basis without prompting?
5. Will they spend time with the rabbit and give it attention without being prompted?
It is hard to consider these things but if your child really wants a rabbit then it worth saying that you should definitely be ready to be the main person responsible for the upkeep and care of the rabbit if the child’s interest dies.
There are so many Rabbits which are bought for children and after a while are neglected and discarded once they have been lost interest in.
This is why it is really worth considering whether a rabbit is the right pet for your child and whether it will get the care and attention that it needs on an ongoing basis.
If they are ready to do so then it can be a great experience for them and teach them a lot with regards to taking responsibility.