Can I Keep a Pet Rabbit in My Child's Room?

Find out if you can keep your pet rabbit in your child's room in this Howcast video featuring bunny lover Amy Sedaris and rabbit expert Mary E. Cotter.

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So the question today is can I keep a pet rabbit in my child's room. Well the answer is you can but is it the best idea probably not. What happens when you keep a bunny in a child's room or in any bedroom for the matter is that the room is quiet for most of the day so the rabbit is settled down and then especially in a child's room. School ends and the child come bursting home in the afternoon and says I want to play with my bunny, I want to play with my bunny. And runs in the room, startling the bunny, maybe waking the bunny up. It's the only sound the bunny has heard for most of the day. Bunnies become much tamer and much more interactive if they're kept in the area of the house where the family gathers like a family room. Where they can get used to the foot steps of all family members, the vibrations of the household, the noises that come by in a house hold like vacuum cleaners. In my case, fire sirens I live on a fire route. All my bunnies sleep through all those things now and are very tame when their awakened because nothing surprises them anymore. When you keep a bunny in a child's room that's generally not the case and the bunny is subjected to a sudden burst of activity in the middle of the day with little hands grabbing at him and many bunnies learn to nip to keep those hands away and to keep that activity away. So you have an opportunity to create another space for your bunny in a more family oriented area of the house you'll probably have better interactions with your bunny and happier interactions with your bunny.

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  • Mary E. Cotter

    Mary E. Cotter, M.A., Ed.D., LVT is the founder of the NY-based Rabbit Rescue & Rehab. She serves as chapter manager of the NYC House Rabbit Society and is vice president of the International House Rabbit Society. Involved with rabbit rescue since 1982, she speaks and writes frequently on rabbit-related topics, addressing owners, veterinary professionals and shelter workers. Mary is an adjunct assistant professor in the veterinary technology department of LaGuardia Community College (City University of New York) and co-manages a 7,000-member Internet mailing list focused on rabbit health, care and behavior.