I have written this e-book as result of 22 years experience as a rabbit breeder.
Pg. 1 "?? A pet rabbit ??"
Is a pet rabbit the best choice of pet for you ?
Young children loose interest in rabbits quickly, so unless you particularly want a rabbit as a pet yourself, the novelty for the children will wear off and the rabbit will end up as a burden for you to look after for the next 8 years.
Rabbits are one of the most neglected pets.
They are silent, so they can't tell you when they are hungry / thirsty/lonely.
They are often locked away in a cage, and just simply fed and left in loneliness for years
If you don't have a heart to love a rabbit and include it in your life, then it is cruel to buy one just for the children
Rabbits purchased for kindergartens
Rabbits are highly territorial and the idea of different families taking the rabbits home every weekend and during holiday periods would be very stressful for the rabbit.
Rabbits are not an ideal pet for children of kindergarten age.
You must be prepared to bring your pet rabbit inside your home in hot whether because rabbits can die when left out in the heat.
If someone in the house is allergic to rabbits, it is not a suitable pet for your household.
Visit a rabbit breeder and handle a rabbit in their rabbit shed. Smell the hay, and see if you have a reaction.
Rabbits require TIME
You need to have time to keep the hutch clean, and wash out their toilet daily.
You also need to have time to spend with your rabbit to maintain a friendly pet.
It may be a (nice idea) to buy a rabbit to teach your children responsibility, however ultimately the care of any animal is the responsibility of the adult
Just keeping the rabbit alive, is not sufficient
You need to have enough MONEY to buy a good hutch and playpen.
Yearly trips to the vet for immunization are expensive.
Treatment for any illness or injury will also cost vet fees.
Rabbits are not necessarily a cheap pet.
A Rabbit for life.
If your circumstances are likely to change, where you will be unable to keep your rabbit, it is better not to buy one in the first place.
Rabbits get attached to their environment, their routine, and their human and animal companions.
Re homing an adult rabbit can be very stressful, and even cause a rabbit to become sick and die. You may not be able to find a suitable home as most people want a baby rabbit.
Of course their are unforeseeable circumstances, and we have to do the best we can for the rabbit's welfare, and hope all goes well.
Don't buy a rabbit with the thought that you will just give it away when you plan to move or get a new job, or when the children leave home, or when you decide to buy a dog.
It is not a good idea to give a rabbit as a surprise gift, not even for a child.
Choosing and naming your own pet is part of the bonding process.
R.S.P.C.A---- 5 Freedoms
I am a vegetarian (Vegan)
I am a member of "Animals Australia" http://www.animalsaustralia.org/
I am a member of our political "Animal Justice Party"
This e-book is written by Faye