Please don't buy a bunny for a young child for Christmas unless you know that they're very responsible and that there's an adult that will help out consistently. If you're looking for a first pet for a child I would really consider guinea pigs instead of a bunny. Any pet is a lot of work & a commitment, but guinea pigs are a little easier (from my past experience!) than rabbits are. I had guinea pigs from when I was about 8 until 16 and I loved them!
- Bunnies are a huge commitment (time & financial!), they generally live between 8 and 12 years.
- A lot of bunnies I've met (including Ralphie) aren't fond of cuddles or being picked up. He'll happily sit next to me for hours having his ears tickled or to be brushed but if he thinks I'm going to try and pick him up, he'll be off like a shot.
- Bunnies like a wide variety of veggies to go along with their bunny food and copious amounts of hay. Taking the time to find out what your bunny likes to eat is really important!
- They also like toys to keep them occupied. If they get bored they will probably start to chew anything and everything in sight. Ralphie is quite picky with toys, but he generally loves anything he can nibble and destroy!
- They also need to go and get their vaccinations, especially if they're going to be living outside. They're definitely quite a big financial commitment.
- Bunnies also need a lot of space, I don't think that any rabbit should be cooped up in a small space for a large percentage of the day. If they're going to be mainly living outside, a roomy hutch with a run attached would be idea - just make sure they can't dig their way out and foxes etc can't get inside! Make sure you research different hutch options for outside, I'm not an expert on this so unfortunately I can't offer too much advice.
- Ralphie is a house bunny and lives in a play pen similar to these. He has a wooden house that he sleeps in, which is cosy and comfortable. Whenever I'm at home, I leave the pen door open so he can hop out and explore the upstairs of our home if he wants to. He loves being out, so usually as soon as the door is open, he's off and ready to explore!
- If your bunny will be living inside, please take the time to bunny-proof everything. If they come across a wire, they will chew it! Keep your bunny and your possessions safe!
And if you're absolutely sure a bunny is for you, please consider adopting!
There are a lot of bunnies out there who would really love a new home, where they will be properly looked after.
Love, Jennie & Ralphie