Does anyone have a bunny?

Does anyone have a bunny?

Joined: July 7th, 2009, 1:19 pm

February 27th, 2012, 2:52 pm #1

One of DD's good friend just got a bunny (super cute!) She of course, has asked for one.

We have never had a bunny but might consider this for her maybe her birthday? Not sure yet but if anyone has any experience with them??

(We have a cat) not sure that matters as bunny will go in a cage of sorts....

Any ideas?? The one DD's friend has a floppy ears long ears...

Thanks!


PS I am still recuperating - taking it easy and trying to take it one day at a time....
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February 27th, 2012, 3:17 pm #2

Hey Fleur ! So lovely to see your name -- glad that you are on the road to recovery

Bunny - no we don't have one, one of our dogs might try to eat it ! I think they're lovely and know that many suggest letting them roam like cats. Apparently they're pretty smart and learn to use a litter box. Also, you need to "bunny proof" your house - no wires low down etc. as they may nibble them.

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Joined: December 2nd, 2005, 3:49 pm

February 27th, 2012, 3:51 pm #3

One of DD's good friend just got a bunny (super cute!) She of course, has asked for one.

We have never had a bunny but might consider this for her maybe her birthday? Not sure yet but if anyone has any experience with them??

(We have a cat) not sure that matters as bunny will go in a cage of sorts....

Any ideas?? The one DD's friend has a floppy ears long ears...

Thanks!


PS I am still recuperating - taking it easy and trying to take it one day at a time....
I used to have bunnies that lived in the house. Not sure it's the best pet for a small child, so do research it. For sure, keeping a bunny in a cage is not a super humane thing to do as they really do want and need to run around. If you need a cage pet, I think a guinea pig is a better choice. Just my two cents! Glad you're feeling better!
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February 27th, 2012, 4:19 pm #4

I think she would have to cage it during the day as it would not be safe to let it roam all over the house. Especially with our cat! I'm not sure what would happen if they were both able to roam through the house???

She could take him out and let him roam around when she was "playing" with him, that's what her friend does - he was very friendly and was sitting in everyone's lap I also saw leashes for bunnys and she could "walk" him outside too.

We talked about a guinea pig - so we will have to look into it more.

Thanks!!


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February 27th, 2012, 5:06 pm #5

One of DD's good friend just got a bunny (super cute!) She of course, has asked for one.

We have never had a bunny but might consider this for her maybe her birthday? Not sure yet but if anyone has any experience with them??

(We have a cat) not sure that matters as bunny will go in a cage of sorts....

Any ideas?? The one DD's friend has a floppy ears long ears...

Thanks!


PS I am still recuperating - taking it easy and trying to take it one day at a time....
I looked into this last fall and asked in my neighborhood. I was surprised to learn that bunnies could either live indoors all the time or outdoors all the time, but not both. With all our allergies, an indoor bunny could be a big problem, but an outdoor bunny might not get enough attention.

If everything checks out, I think it would be good for dd to spend some time helping a neighbor care for the bunny so that she knows a little more about what the day-to-day is like.




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February 27th, 2012, 6:00 pm #6

I think she would have to cage it during the day as it would not be safe to let it roam all over the house. Especially with our cat! I'm not sure what would happen if they were both able to roam through the house???

She could take him out and let him roam around when she was "playing" with him, that's what her friend does - he was very friendly and was sitting in everyone's lap I also saw leashes for bunnys and she could "walk" him outside too.

We talked about a guinea pig - so we will have to look into it more.

Thanks!!


Getting there --- feeling okay, everyday is different so it's hard.... thanks for thinking about me!!
They were the bunnies with floppy ears, kind of middle sized. If you get a bunny as a baby, btw, there is only a 50/50 chance they can tell the gender. Not a huge deal if you only want one bunny, but we thought we had a male and a female and then all of a sudden one day puberty hit, their testicles dropped, and they tried to kill each other. Seriously. It was terrifying! One (the one we had named Anabelle!) had to go to the vet. Anyway, we were home a lot as I was in grad school and my ex DH worked at home. He had also built them a big bunny "warren" outside, but we always had them inside at night to avoid predators. I've known a few families with outdoor bunnies who have been killed by raccoons. Just horrible.
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February 28th, 2012, 2:38 am #7

One of DD's good friend just got a bunny (super cute!) She of course, has asked for one.

We have never had a bunny but might consider this for her maybe her birthday? Not sure yet but if anyone has any experience with them??

(We have a cat) not sure that matters as bunny will go in a cage of sorts....

Any ideas?? The one DD's friend has a floppy ears long ears...

Thanks!


PS I am still recuperating - taking it easy and trying to take it one day at a time....
Fleur,

A roomie and I had a bunny in college. It was fine, but honestly I would not recommend them as great pets. They are cute, and perfectly friendly, but not cuddly (at least ours wasn't), and a moderate amount of work/ mess. I'd say you could get the cute from a guinea pig or hamster with less mess (though no more cuddle). Another thing to consider is how long they live, and I don't remember -- but if your DD is really into the bunny now, will she still be later or will it be you caring for it and how much work will that be (and will you enjoy it)? It's funny for me to be writing this because I am a total pet and animal lover and had all sorts of creatures as a kid -- many of which my mom did end up managing for me (and I have frog eggs harvested yesterday from a pond gestating as I type in a pyrex dish in our spare bedroom -- we will, of course, return them to their native habitat if they hatch!), but I'm just not sure bunnies are a great choice for most kids/families. I'd definitely research before jumping in!

Best wishes,
Alex

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February 28th, 2012, 4:20 am #8

One of DD's good friend just got a bunny (super cute!) She of course, has asked for one.

We have never had a bunny but might consider this for her maybe her birthday? Not sure yet but if anyone has any experience with them??

(We have a cat) not sure that matters as bunny will go in a cage of sorts....

Any ideas?? The one DD's friend has a floppy ears long ears...

Thanks!


PS I am still recuperating - taking it easy and trying to take it one day at a time....
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Fleur, I would seriously think about this. I used to have one early in my adult life (was a gift). I ended up allergic (eczema) to it and had to give it away. It was super cute! In regards to the cuddly, I mean not like a cat or a dog, but you could hold it and such. Same with Peace and Brownie, they are super cute and actually smart little animals. They call for food every morning and night as they know they will get fed. However,...I need to remind the kids daily to take care of them which is give them fresh water and feed them. More often than not, I have to do it because we all forget and or are out of time. They help me clean the cage if I make them, else I have to do it. You need to clean the cage at least once/week or they stink. We have a hutch outside and in the summer they are there. Right now, they are inside at night and outside during the day which translates to cleaning 2 cages every 2 weeks. The expense is also not that low. I think my cats cost potentially less or about the same. The don't get held enough and I'm so sorry about that; the novelty wore off so fast. The other thing is the medical stuff which I think in a bunny would be about the same as in a guinea pig. When we first had the piggies DS dropped one on the hardwood floor and didn't tell me. My friend actually noticed that the poor thing was limping. I took it to the vet who said it's hip was broken and there is nothing you can do. They actually recommended to euthanize it. We gave her some pain killers for a couple of weeks and over time the hip "healed" and she is now walking totally normally. But what I'm trying to say, there is only so much you can do in a pet smaller than a cat. Something to consider.

One of my DD's friends got two pet rats and the kids are crazy about those things. They are new and the mom is still in the "honeymoon" phase before the cleaning of the cage gets old. DD wants a dog and I'm dying for one too, but it's just not going to happen! With all the sports DD does, and DS now again doing more too, we just don't have the time. Makes me sad as I grew up with a pooch, but my mom was SAM and didn't have a career when we were kids. Can't have it all.

The other thing to consider, a cat you can leave alone for a day or two with water and food. Guinea pigs you really can't - you need to feed them at least once/day. They tend to gobble up what you put in the cage and have nothing left. They have such small metabolisms, they need to eat constantly.Makes going away w/o pet-sitter really hard!

Oh well, I'm also an animal person and in a perfect world I'd like to have a whole zoo. DD wants to be a vet and every year she is going to summer camp at our local animal shelter/pet hospital. They have a youth program where kids learn to take care of pets there. They need to be 10 and I will be signing her up for that when she is old enough.

Best of luck with your decision. Those little rodents are awfully cute, but they come with responsibilities...

Also glad to hear that you are doing better! I was so shocked to read your story!

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February 29th, 2012, 3:37 am #9

One of DD's good friend just got a bunny (super cute!) She of course, has asked for one.

We have never had a bunny but might consider this for her maybe her birthday? Not sure yet but if anyone has any experience with them??

(We have a cat) not sure that matters as bunny will go in a cage of sorts....

Any ideas?? The one DD's friend has a floppy ears long ears...

Thanks!


PS I am still recuperating - taking it easy and trying to take it one day at a time....
I hope recuperation is going steadily.

This is not a happy bunny ownership story, Ill just warn you. A neighbor of mine got two bunnies, and it turned out to be an unpleasant experience. She too had heard how they can be litter box trained and of course we all think theyre so cute, but they were a TON of work! They chewed absolutely everything, everytime they were let out of their hutch. I lost track of how many cords for lamps, chargers, TVs, computers, etc. were destroyed. They even chewed the wooden feet on their couch and dining table. Bunnies have an innate need to chew their teeth down, and despite all the chewing toys in the world, household items were still always preferred. They never quite got the litter box thing. They were major housework, they left an odor in the house from elimination, and just destroyed too many things.

Sadly, one of them passed away within a month of getting him from some sort of an infection that is apparently very common in bunnies. Before he passed, there were big vet bills because the regular vet had no experience with bunnies, and bunny specialist vet charged big bucks to take care of the bunny which ultimately died anyway. The other bunny got to be too much with all the destruction and housework, and eventually was given to a local childrens farm place which was a perfect spot for him.

Why not go with a hamster or guinea pig? At least they stay caged, even though I imagine they are still quite a bit of work with the cage cleaning. I love the look of those Habitrail cages. It just looks like it would be so much fun to watch them play in one of those! (Can you tell I always wanted a hamster as a child? But nope, I never got one:))

We are contemplating fish here, and even that I am thinking it over. I know that it will be one more chore Ill have to take on to clean their tanks. The boys are also begging for a cat, but I want to have my one son allergy tested before I bring one home.

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March 2nd, 2012, 5:24 am #10

I used to have bunnies that lived in the house. Not sure it's the best pet for a small child, so do research it. For sure, keeping a bunny in a cage is not a super humane thing to do as they really do want and need to run around. If you need a cage pet, I think a guinea pig is a better choice. Just my two cents! Glad you're feeling better!
bUNNIES ARE VERY HARD TO CARE FOR, AND A VET TOLD ME THAT GUINEA PIGS ARE THE BEST PETS EVER FOR KIDS. Sorry about the caps... Oh and rats are also a great pet; very sweet and loving and don't bite.

Anyway yes, before getting bunny please read the HRS web site about food, health and keeping them busy so they are not a nuisance. I had MANY bunnies once... Can be very expensive to see a vet as they are exotics because of their difficulty with anesthetizing.

Personally I think they are not the best pet for kids; too many get locked in a hutch outside, forgotten and even starve from people forgetting to feed them; I have seen it all. Or freeze or are alone without a companion. It's very sad. House rabbits are the best way to do it; for them and for the family.
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