Dwarf rabbit or hamster for children: advantages and disadvantages

Like all pets, the dwarf rabbit and hamster are wonderful companions for children, real little living soft toys to play with and pamper. But be careful, these small rodents have features that make it impossible to shift the responsibility of caring for them and caring for them to children. A short list of disadvantages of a dwarf rabbit and hamster if you adopt them to please your children.

As with all pets, adopting a small rodent into your family, keeping and caring for it allows the child to learn to take responsibility, feel important and useful in relation to these little hairballs.

The hamster and dwarf rabbit are modest little rodents that don’t take up space in the house and are fairly easy to care for, especially in the case of a hamster.

The dwarf rabbit and hamster are also very interesting little animals for a child to observe live. They are really easy to watch because they don’t hide to eat, clean themselves, their litter, etc. A good way for kids to get closer to science in the “present” in particular, and learn how to take care of a little living thing.

In terms of hygiene, the dwarf rabbit and hamster do not require very complex maintenance if they are cared for by children. These two little animals take care of themselves. In particular, the pygmy rabbit spends most of the day thoroughly cleaning itself, often watching amusing scenes for children. The only limitation in this matter is that the cage of these rodents must be cleaned well, and very regularly, to keep them in good health, which usually involves adult intervention.

One advantage of the pygmy rabbit in particular is that it seeks out the company of people. He is usually alert, docile and can show great affection for his owners. The dwarf rabbit feels good if he is taken care of, petted, and in general, if he is the object of many small cares. Thus, in the presence of this adorable little rodent, the child gets the impression that he is dealing with a soft and kind little plush animal that comforts him, but also needs his presence and makes him feel good, expressing pleasure towards the animal. a child who is interested in him and pampers him. The dwarf rabbit is also easy to train, at least he understands certain orders, unlike the hamster, which lives in a more independent and wild way.

Hamster Disadvantages for Children

Unlike a dwarf rabbit, a hamster is more wild: it is more difficult to tame it, it is a solitary animal that does not really like being hugged. For a child, this inconvenience can quickly frustrate him, causing him to lose interest in his small pet, especially if the child is very small. Only one species of dwarf hamster, the Russian hamster, is more prone to being tamed a bit.

A hamster is also not an animal that likes to be stroked. However, most often this is, among other things, what children like to do with their pet.

The hamster is an animal that also lives mostly at night. He sleeps most of the day and therefore needs rest at this time of day. If the hamster is installed in the children’s room, then it can make noise at night and be an inconvenience for the child’s sleep. This nightlife is also a hindrance for children, who automatically want to enjoy their little pet and therefore cannot do so.

On the other hand, a hamster is not an animal that lives very long, from one and a half to 3 years, especially if it is a species of small hamster.

Disadvantages of a dwarf rabbit for children

Rabbits in general, but pygmy rabbits in particular, are rather fragile pets, unlike hamsters, which are a bit more resilient. As a result, it is not possible to entrust a child with all the care that a pygmy rabbit needs, because this little rodent, despite everything, requires a high level of care and almost daily supervision to make sure that he is in good health. One child does not have the ability and cannot take on this responsibility. It must be supported by an adult.

The dwarf rabbit also requires constant attention, because this little pet needs what interests us for its well-being. The child inevitably becomes playful when this cute little rodent comes home, but if after a while he loses interest in him, the pygmy rabbit can suffer from this, get stressed out of this situation, which will definitely have health consequences.

Thus, a dwarf rabbit requires patience from the person who cares for it, and this property is not necessarily found in children, especially toddlers.

It is estimated that the dwarf rabbit is not suitable for families with children under 7 years old. Until this age, this little rodent can be frightened by too restless or noisy children who do not yet realize that their behavior can affect the pet. In this situation, the dwarf rabbit is frightened and his general well-being may suffer. This is why it is desirable to have a dwarf rabbit in your home when your children know how to handle this small animal carefully so as not to stress it.

It should also be remembered that the dwarf rabbit is a rodent. His urge to gnaw and bite is irresistible. In the children’s room, he may chew on toys or other small items (threads, plastic, shoelaces, etc.) belonging to the child.

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