- Category: Non-Profits & Causes
- Published: Monday, 01 April 2019 00:00
More Than an Easter Toy
It is important to remember that bunny rabbits are not just for Easter or spring time, you should be prepared to make them a permanent member of your family. While they may seem like good companions for your child, they are not low maintenance and you will need to teach your child how to care for the family’s new pet.
For starters, you should educate them about body language and behavior so they can see when their rabbit is happy or uncomfortable with the attention they are receiving. You should also demonstrate the appropriate way to show affection and play. Rabbits may seem cuddly, but they generally do not enjoy being held. They are best suited for soft petting and should be left alone when they flee. They can also be injured easily so supervised interactions and gentle but consistent reminders can protect the rabbit and help form good habits. Additionally, most bunnies like to interact on the floor. Encourage your child to do homework on the carpet or play with toys quietly near a spot where the rabbit feels comfortable.
By displaying loving and conscientious behaviors, your child will learn to mimic this attitude. As far as feeding, you can allow them to help but should be in charge and make sure they are aware that they need to limit human snacks that are shared with their friend. Overall, the rabbit should be your responsibility but you can encourage them to gradually take over certain tasks as they grow older.