Dwarf rabbit or hamster for children: advantages and disadvantages

Like all pets, the dwarf rabbit and hamster are wonderful companions for children, real little live stuffed animals that they can play with and pamper. But be careful, these small rodents have special characteristics that make it impossible to leave the responsibility of looking after them and taking care of them to children alone. A brief summary of the disadvantages of the dwarf rabbit and hamster if you adopt them to please your children.

As with all pets, welcoming a small rodent into your family, maintaining and caring for him, allows a child to learn to take responsibility, to feel important and useful to these little hairballs.

The hamster and the dwarf rabbit are discreet little rodents that do not take up space in a house and are quite easy to maintain, especially for the hamster.

The dwarf rabbit and the hamster are also very interesting little animals for a child to see live. They are actually easy to observe because they don’t hide to eat, clean themselves, their excrement, etc. A good way for children to approach science “for real” in particular, and learn to care for a small living creature .

Hygienically, the dwarf rabbit and hamster do not require very complicated maintenance if they are looked after by children. These two little animals manage their own care. The dwarf rabbit in particular spends a large part of the day cleaning himself carefully, often amusing scenes for children to observe. The only limitation in this case: the cage for these rodents must be cleaned well and very regularly so that they remain in good health, which generally involves the intervention of an adult.

One of the advantages of the dwarf rabbit in particular is that it seeks company with people. He is generally alert, docile and can show a lot of affection towards his masters. The dwarf rabbit feels good if you take care of it, if you caress it and, in general, if it is the object of many small attentions. In the presence of this adorable little rodent, a child thus gets the impression of dealing with a soft and friendly little stuffed animal who comforts him, but also needs his presence and makes him feel good about his expressions of joy towards the animal. child who takes an interest in him and spoils him. The dwarf rabbit can also be easily trained, at least it understands certain orders, unlike the hamster which lives in a more independent and wild way.

The disadvantages of a hamster for children

Unlike the dwarf rabbit, the hamster is wilder: it is more difficult to tame and is a solitary animal that does not really appreciate being cuddled. For a child, this inconvenience can quickly disappoint him, with the consequence that he loses interest in his little pet, especially if the child is very small. Only one species of dwarf hamster, the Russian hamster, is more willing to be tamed a little.

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

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

On the other hand, the hamster is not an animal that lives very long, between a year and a half and 3 years, especially if it is a hamster species whose size is small.

The disadvantages of a dwarf rabbit for children

Rabbits in general, but more specifically dwarf rabbits, are quite 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 necessary for the dwarf rabbit, because after all, this small rodent requires a high level of care and almost daily supervision to check that it is in good health. A child alone does not have the capacity and cannot assume this responsibility. It must necessarily be supported by an adult.

The dwarf rabbit also requires attention all the time, because this little pet needs its well-being, that we are interested in it. A child is inevitably playful when this endearing little rodent comes home, but if he loses interest in it after a while, the dwarf rabbit can suffer from it, be stressed by this situation, which necessarily has health consequences.

The pygmy rabbit therefore requires patience from the one who takes care of him, an asset that children, especially toddlers, do not necessarily have.

It is considered that a dwarf rabbit is not suitable for families with children under 7 years of age. Under this age, this small rodent can be frightened by children who are too turbulent or noisy and who do not yet realize that their behavior can affect their pet. In this situation, a dwarf rabbit is frightened and its general health suffers. Therefore, it is preferable to welcome a dwarf rabbit into your home when your children have the ability to handle this small animal with care, so as not to stress it.

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

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