Register

How would you respond?

How to help your child get the most from a pet rabbit.
1 year of membership
Posts: 107
Joined: August 20, 2019
Thanks: 32
Thanked: 33 in 28 posts
BunnyBucks: 710.00

How would you respond?

Post Number:#1  Unread postby Mini Lop Fan » Sat Aug 22, 2020 5:20 pm


Just as the title suggests, I have buyer interested in a baby Mini Lops. This is what they asked me, "How is the bunny with kids I have three little ones 5, 8and 10 years. The kids will constantly want to hold and snuggle with it."

How would you respond? Bunnies and young kids are a touchy subject hehe. My rabbits are good with kids but how would y'all recommend explaining the boundaries bunnies have? And how they may not always love being constantly snuggled? :P

Site Supporter
6 years of membership6 years of membership6 years of membership6 years of membership6 years of membership6 years of membership
User avatar
Posts: 2557
Joined: December 6, 2013
Location: Piney Flats ,Tn.
United States of America Male
Thanks: 1627
Thanked: 795 in 622 posts
BunnyBucks: 12,763.00

Re: How would you respond?

Post Number:#2  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Sun Aug 23, 2020 6:29 am


I would suggest a puppy [maybe even a stuffed toy one]
meat-mutt rabbits, a few laying hens.

Site Supporter
6 years of membership6 years of membership6 years of membership6 years of membership6 years of membership6 years of membership
User avatar
Posts: 6325
Joined: October 6, 2013
Location: northwest PA
United States of America
Thanks: 1866
Thanked: 1735 in 1403 posts
BunnyBucks: 32,603.00

Re: How would you respond?

Post Number:#3  Unread postby Zass » Sun Aug 23, 2020 10:33 am


I'm brutally honest. Most rabbits do not enjoy being held, and a frightened rabbit can do a LOT of damage to a child.

I usually manage to discourage such types from wanting a rabbit as a living toy for their children. ;)

The following user would like to thank Zass for this post
hotzcatz, michaels4gardens, Mini Lop Fan

Site Supporter
6 years of membership6 years of membership6 years of membership6 years of membership6 years of membership6 years of membership
User avatar
Posts: 802
Joined: February 15, 2014
Location: Austria
Austria
Thanks: 123
Thanked: 294 in 221 posts
BunnyBucks: 4,429.00

Re: How would you respond?

Post Number:#4  Unread postby Preitler » Sun Aug 23, 2020 11:04 am


I always make clear that my rabbits are not cuddly pets, and point out that there will be daily chores for 10 years, and that they do not interact like cats or dogs and that it can take time and effort to learn their subtle behaviour.
With about 10lbs they can do quite some damage when they decide to not wanting to be held anymore, I prefer rabbits with a strong will and good instincts.
Only once I sent people with kids away, to another breeder down the road who specialises in extremly friendly pet rabbits, her rabbits are like a complete different spieces :D.
Here almost all that wanted pet rabbits from me had experience with my type of rabbits, most had some farm background.
Last edited by Preitler on Sun Aug 23, 2020 12:28 pm, edited 1 time in total.

1 year of membership
Posts: 107
Joined: August 20, 2019
Thanks: 32
Thanked: 33 in 28 posts
BunnyBucks: 710.00

Re: How would you respond?

Post Number:#5  Unread postby Mini Lop Fan » Sun Aug 23, 2020 11:42 am


Thanks! Y'all are great. That was basically what I was thinking. But communicating via Facebook can be misinterpreted, and I want to be honest without deeply offending someone. If I hear that people are wanting it for such young kids, I usually try to discourage them, but then again, people usually don't say anything till AFTER they place a deposit. Maybe I should just make them read an article about kids and bunnies before allowing them to place a deposit. :/
Thanks again!

The following user would like to thank Mini Lop Fan for this post
Zass

3 years of membership3 years of membership3 years of membership
User avatar
Posts: 214
Joined: September 20, 2017
Location: California
United States of America Female
Thanks: 51
Thanked: 44 in 40 posts
BunnyBucks: 1,376.00

Re: How would you respond?

Post Number:#6  Unread postby golden rabbitry » Sun Aug 23, 2020 4:55 pm


I breed hollands and they want scratches and nose rubs, not cuddles and to be dragged around....maybe educate the mother so she can educate the kids. Certain breeds are great with kids, but not all will like it

10 years of membership10 years of membership10 years of membership10 years of membership10 years of membership10 years of membership10 years of membership10 years of membership10 years of membership10 years of membership
User avatar
Posts: 447
Joined: September 15, 2010
Location: Hawaii
Thanks: 25
Thanked: 164 in 127 posts
BunnyBucks: 2,085.00

Re: How would you respond?

Post Number:#7  Unread postby hotzcatz » Wed Aug 26, 2020 2:48 pm


If you make it as concern for the kids being scratched by claws at the end of strong hind legs, then maybe it will sink in and not be seen as rude?

Personally, I think it's a horror show for the rabbit, but parents of a pile of young kids aren't likely to see things from a rabbit's point of view.
Hula Bunny Yarn from Hillside Farm Hawaii
http://www.hillsidefarmhawaii.com

The following user would like to thank hotzcatz for this post
michaels4gardens, Mini Lop Fan, Zass

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest