Everything You Should Know Before Getting Your Kids Pet Rabbits

by Crystal Carder

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A few weeks ago, we went out on a limb and got the kids pet rabbits. Michael and I were both kind of newbies to the whole pet rabbit thing, but we both had rabbits when we were younger and wanted our kids to have the same experience. We relied, mainly, on people we knew who raised rabbits to tell us what we need for pet rabbits, but I realize not everyone has access to that information. That’s why today on Crystal Carder I am sharing everything you should know before getting your kids pet rabbits. This guide will share everything from ‘what do rabbits eat’ to ‘where do you buy rabbits’. 

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Why Would You Want a Pet Rabbit for Your Kid in the First Place?

Why you may want a pet rabbit for your kids for many reasons, one of the main reasons should be because rabbits are low maintenance animals – for the most part. Rabbits don’t require much work, so they are a great animal for teaching kids the responsibility of taking care of an animal. Besides having to feed a rabbit and clean out their pens, rabbits practically take care of themselves.

With saying that, I also want to elaborate that rabbits do eat a lot and may need to be fed numerous times throughout the day.

Do Rabbits Like Kids? 

Contrary to what most of the internet tells you, rabbits do like affection and they do like kids. We got our kids each a baby rabbit from an Amish family and they love the kids. BUT, these rabbits are of an unknown breed and they do tend to scratch the kids – a lot. While the baby rabbits obviously love playing with the kids, I would do some research before just picking out any ole’ bunny to add to your family.

Are bunnies good for kids?

What Rabbit Breed is Good for Kids?

While I can’t speak for many rabbit breeds yet, I can tell you we have noticed a huge difference in personality and energy after getting two Lionhead rabbits. One Lionhead is an adult and the other is a baby, but both Lionhead bunnies seem to be much calmer than the other bunnies. They even tend to scratch a lot less than the other rabbits, which is great for kids.

The only downside to getting Lionhead rabbits for kids is the higher maintenance they require. These rabbits need daily hair brushings so they don’t get matts in their hair.

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Where Can You Get Pet Rabbits for Kids?

Rabbits are literally a dime a dozen, you can buy them almost anywhere. Depending on whether or not you care about getting a rabbit with a pedigree, rabbits are even fairly cheap. We got our first rabbits at an Amish family nearby, but if you don’t have Amish living near, you can try these other places to buy pet rabbits:

  • Farm Supply Stores
  • Newspapers
  • Local Farmers 
  • Local Fairs (Kids in 4H sell them at fairs)

What Supplies Do You Need Before Getting Pet Bunnies?

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Rabbits for kids, everything you should know

Rabbits may be cheap to buy, but getting started with pet bunnies can be a bit pricey. Depending on how many rabbits you want for your kids and what gender you buy, you may require more than just one of each of the following items.

  • Rabbit Hutch You can purchase a rabbit hutch for $99, but you’re probably not going to get the best quality or a cage that holds more than a few rabbits. We decided to build our rabbit hutch with some material we purchased from Lowes, but it still cost us $150 in the material. Our pen currently has two sides and 5 rabbits, but since we have so many female rabbits (4), we already need another rabbit hutch. 

*Male rabbits cannot be housed together and female rabbits need their own pens whenever they start having babies because female rabbits will sometimes kill each other’s babies.

  • Water Bottles I would do one per adult rabbit or 1 per 2 baby rabbits.
  • Feed Sifter You can also try a dog dish, just be sure it’s metal so rabbits can’t chew through it.
  • Rabbit Feed This can get expensive, to help ward off cost, rabbits love to eat dandelions and grass.
  • Hay or straw for bedding.
  • Outside Playpen Playpens are a great way for your kids to play with their rabbits and give the bunnies some time to hop. (Not necessary, but very helpful whenever buying rabbits for kids).

Should You Get Your Kids Pet Rabbits?

Getting pet rabbits will be a big responsibility for your children, but they will so much fun! If you have the time and the extra money to add rabbits to your family, I say, get them! Rabbits are always easy to get rid of and they probably require less work than a dog. 

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Stephanie Stebbins May 17, 2019 - 7:06 pm

We almost got rabbits when the kids were little, but because we moved around so much because of the Navy that I was worried we wouldn’t be good rabbit parents. This is a great list, though!

Stephanie May 17, 2019 - 10:22 pm

The rabbits are so cute! We had a lot of pets growing up, some more exotic, but a rabbit was never one of them. I would have no idea where to even start with a rabbit.

Nikki Hall May 17, 2019 - 10:24 pm

I had a pet rabbit when I was a kid named Honey Bunny and she was so cute!!!

D'ondra M Howard May 17, 2019 - 11:57 pm

My friend had a rabbit for her kids and they freaked out at the red eyes. Other than that, I think some are cute.

Nina Cochingco May 18, 2019 - 4:31 am

Oh rabbits are just so cute.. And less maintenance too. I would really want to have a pet rabbit.. ??

Erik the Hungry Traveller May 18, 2019 - 5:39 am

I want to get a rabbit after reading this post. Thanks for the information

Angela Tolsma May 18, 2019 - 7:02 am

I’ve had a few friends with rabbits and they are adorable. They are definitely a fun animal and that’s awesome you got them for the kids.

Kalyan Panja May 18, 2019 - 11:04 am

I would really want to have a pet bunny but I wish I had the space to rear these cuties.

twinspirationalparties May 18, 2019 - 12:09 pm

They are less work than dogs, they are cute and easy to get rid off.. No more emotional separation anxiety.. ?

Bree May 18, 2019 - 12:23 pm

This is really helpful, we have been thinking of getting a pet bunny but don’t know anything about them so I appreciate the tips!

Owen G May 18, 2019 - 1:15 pm

Rabbits are really so cute. I used to have one when I was a kid, and it was really a nice pet.

Marjie Mare May 19, 2019 - 12:20 am

I am sorry to say, as cute as it is, I don’t think I would get my daughter a pet rabbit. Thankfully, my younger one is asking for a dog only. I bet if she sees that post, she will change her mind and would want a rabbit.

Snehal May 19, 2019 - 4:27 am

Hey those are so cute! I always wanted a pet rabbit as a kid. Your children look so happy! 😀

pooja Malkani May 19, 2019 - 5:19 am

This is great information. I love rabbits but don’t think I would like them as pets. One of my friends has rabbits and this would be helpful for her.

Crystal Carder May 22, 2019 - 10:26 am

I wasn’t sure about the pet thing neither, but since they are outside, they are really easy to deal with.

Alexandra Cook May 19, 2019 - 7:48 am

Those were a great guide. What a perfect timing. My kids asking me if the can have a pet rabbit at home.

Crystal Carder May 22, 2019 - 10:25 am

Pet rabbits are great for responsibility too! My kids have officially traded their screen time for time playing with these rabbits.

Amy May 19, 2019 - 7:50 am

OG, I love rabbits but I haven’t tried to ahve them as a pet. Thank you for sharing this and me=ade me decide to have a bunch of rabbits at home lol

Crystal Carder May 22, 2019 - 10:24 am

Once you get one, you’ll probably want more, haha! We started with the idea of just 3, we’re already to 8 haha!

Angela May 19, 2019 - 10:56 am

This is such an informative post! There are so many things to take into consideration when getting any pet, but I really enjoyed learning about what to know about pet rabbits!

aisasami May 19, 2019 - 1:01 pm

What nice tips! I hope those families who are considering getting a pet rabbit will be able to see this useful guide.

Samar May 19, 2019 - 2:57 pm

I don’t know about the kids, but after reading your blog, I want em all.

NAti May 19, 2019 - 4:24 pm

I read your suggestions and I finally think rabbits are not a good choice for us, I appreciate all your info though!

Christa May 19, 2019 - 6:10 pm

My niece really wants a pet rabbit. I’ll have to share this wonderfully informative post with my sister.

Cassandra May 19, 2019 - 8:17 pm

This blog post came at the perfect time. We keep talking about getting our 4 year old a rabbit. This was a very informative read

Crystal Carder May 21, 2019 - 3:47 pm

That’s great to hear! We love our rabbits, they are so easy to take care of to!

Dinka May 20, 2019 - 5:47 am

My friend had a rabbit at home. It was so cute but hard to catch. Haha

Crystal Carder May 21, 2019 - 3:46 pm

Yes! No matter how much we play with these ones, they still run when you try to catch them, lol!

Neely May 20, 2019 - 8:47 am

I’m not a big pet rabbit fan. My friends had them growing up. I kind of hope my son never wants one lol!

Holly May 20, 2019 - 12:43 pm

This is so helpful. My kids really want a rabbit, but I haven’t had time to really research it.

Chad May 20, 2019 - 8:32 pm

I have had a pet rabbit. This particular animal was extremely mean and not cuddly at all. I don’t think people understand what they’re getting into when getting a pet rabbit.

Crystal Carder May 21, 2019 - 3:44 pm

That is very true! Rabbits can be a lot of work. Thankfully, we were able to find baby rabbits that were played with, so so far so good. I have heard stories of mean rabbit though, sorry that happened to you!

Mavs Escala May 22, 2019 - 4:16 pm

I had a pet rabbit before and it’s so cute. Although it needs a lot of work and patience.


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