My child is no longer
interested in our rabbit and I don't have enough time to spend her. What
should I do?
Many people mistakenly think that a rabbit
makes a good companion for a small child. They
also do not recognize that rabbits can be house-trained, so that they
can live in a cage-free environment and interact more easily with other
family members. This will help build a stronger bond between a rabbit
and his or her caregiver within an environment that is more comfortable
for both the rabbit and the person.
Rabbits are social, intelligent animals that can thrive if given the
right opportunity. Single rabbits who do not have the benefit of hours
of time spent interacting with their human can get the attention of
another rabbit as an alternative. By adopting another rabbit, you will
also get to experience the satisfaction of providing a new home to a
once homeless animal. Male and female rabbits are often more likely to
become friends than two rabbits of the same gender. By educating
yourself about rabbit bonding, litter box training, cage-free living
arrangements for rabbits, spaying and neutering and rabbit-proofing a
home, it is likely you can still restore your rabbit's mental happiness
and your own.
For more detailed information on addressing concerns related to this
situation, please take time to look carefully at the following websites.
If you need additional advice, please contact
NJ House Rabbit Society for further
Rabbit Proofing Your Home
2) Flexible and Affordable Cage-free Designs
and Examples of Living Arrangements for Indoor Rabbits (using x-pens and
other enclosures). Visit our
Housing page and the
National HRS site.
3) For litter box isues, read
The Basics of Litterbox Training and the
National HRS site.
Benefits of Spaying/Neutering Your Rabbit
Bonding Rabbits and
A Love Match
Children and Rabbits - Perfect Together?