Convince Your Parents to Let You Buy a Bunny
This article will tell you how you can persuade your parents to buy you a rabbit. Be certain that you are ready for a long term commitment before you try to convince your parents, so do plenty of research first, then show you are responsible enough, all before asking your parents for the opportunity to take on the responsibility of caring for a rabbit.
Learning About Rabbits
- Research rabbits and rabbit care. Learn the basics of caring for rabbits, what to feed them, the kinds of sicknesses they can get, what to do if your rabbit is sick, how to handle rabbits, how rabbits behave, and anything else you can learn!
- Learn from others. If you know someone who is knowledgeable about rabbit care, chat with him/her! Ask him/her about rabbits and if (s)he thinks a rabbit would be a good choice for you.
- Read books on rabbit care.[[Image:
- Visit a fair or show in which rabbits will be shown; you can learn about different breeds and talk with the owners.
- Visit an animal shelter so you can handle rabbits, and learn more from the shelter employees.
- Look online for information. wikiHow, for example, is a good source of information.
- Keep notes. As you learn, write notes on a notepad or computer.
- Consider if you're ready for a rabbit after doing all this research. Rabbits often live for more than ten years - your rabbit will need care, attention, and love right through jobs, relationships, breakups, school, growing up, new interests, etc. A rabbit is not a toy or "starter pet" to throw away once you're bored of. Seriously consider waiting a few years before getting a rabbit, and be absolutely sure you're ready for a rabbit before purchasing one.
- Mention the topic of rabbits on occasion when around your parents, during this research stage. Whenever it seems appropriate, fit it into the conversation. Bring it up in casual conversation, such as while helping with chores, while out shopping, or maybe right before a movie starts.
Showing You're Responsible
- Demonstrate your responsibility. Caring for a bunny takes a lot of work, and your parents will want to know that you're responsible enough for the job.
- Get good grades, do your homework on time, and show interest in your education. This demonstrates your responsibility and pleases your parents!
- Do your chores without complaining.
- Be mature and level-headed.
- Get money. Save your allowance (if you get allowance), and get a job like walking dogs (if you're old enough). Sell lemonade, ask for a gift card to a pet supply store - you'll need money to convince your parents; don't expect them to pay for everything.
Talking to Your Parents
- Talk with your parents. Check that your parents are in a good mood, and then bring up the subject of rabbits. Ask your parents if you can have a rabbit. Be sure to tell them about all your research (see the next step).
- Consider creating a presentation on rabbits on a program such as PowerPoint. Include pictures of rabbits, information you've learned on rabbits, costs, and why you think you should have a rabbit. However, some parents will find this dull or a bit too try-hard. It's quite sufficient to have all of your facts sorted and to talk articulately about your wants and the understanding of the responsibilities involved.
- Respect your parent's decision. They will know about the costs involved, the suitability of your environment and the long-term prospects of rabbit care given your family's circumstances. Respect that decision, and if it does happen to be no, ask whether you might at least get involved in some sort of way with animals such as shelter volunteering or doing courses on animal care. This will demonstrate your enthusiasm and commitment long-term.
- Consider adopting from a humane society, shelter, or rescue instead of buying a rabbit. The adoption fees are usually good deals and the rabbits are often healthy and looking for homes.
- Make a pie chart showing them the cost and everything you've learned about them so they know you did a lot of research.
- Some rabbits live for up to 15 years, so be sure that you are willing to care for it for this long.
- Bunnies need lots of your attention, so if you are involved in lots of sports or activities you should consider waiting until you don't have so many other responsibilities.
- Check that you have enough time to spend with your rabbit; rabbits need at least three hours a day of time with you.
- Bunnies are naturally very timid animals. They can die of a heart attack if frightened too badly; make sure that you'll be able to keep your rabbit in a calm enough environment.
- Remember rabbits have very fragile skeletons and spines so be very cautious when picking them up because if they jump out of your arms it could lead to serious or fatal injury .
- Remember that a bunny's necessities usually cost a lot and that they require a lot of work to take care of.
Things You'll Need
- A pet store
- Notepad and pen
- Bunny info books
- Nearby library