Q: How do i get my mom to agree to let me get a bunny?

July 1, 2008 | By baylee m. | 2 answers | Expired: 2769 days ago

baylee m.

Me and my brothers have been begging for a bunny for a long time. Our dad says its ok but my mom dosent. My mom has changed her mind over time and said if we help out with the dog and around the house we could get one. So we have done as much as we can and she says its still not enough. We have said over and over we would pay for most of the stuff and take care of it. Please help me!

Chosen Answer
Julie Kay S.

Jul 01, 2008

Baylee, I can see by the photo at your ZooToo location that you support the Midwest Rabbit Rescue and Re-Home. Are you hoping you'll be allowed to adopt a bunny from this rescue? If your parents don't feel it's the right time for you and your brothers to have your very own bunny, perhaps your parents would agree to letting you volunteer at or for the rescue.

This would be a win-win-win-win-win situation for all:

You'd get to help care for lots of unwanted bunnies.

You'd be learning much more about bunnies and their care, which will stand you in good stead throughout your life (knowing what is entailed in caring for a pet).

The bunnies would benefit from your help.

The rescue would be greatly appreciative of your help (and maybe your brothers could also help/volunteer!).

Your parents would have budding volunteers for children, which I'm guessing would make them very proud of you and your brothers!

Good luck, Baylee! God bless you for your caring young heart. Many are the animals and people that will benefit from your kind nature and desire to help animals!

Julie and Wiggles Blue Heeler

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Readers' Answers (1)
Jessica H.

Jul 01, 2008

Unfortunately if the adult in the household does not want another animal, I wouldn't push it so much because ultimately responsibility does fall on them, even if you do offer to pay for expenses, clean and take care of it, they are ultimately responsible for another living creature.

I would stop asking her about it, and just pick up as much responsibility not only with the dog but around the house as well. Are you old enough to get a job? I believe here you can get one at 14 with a worker's permit. Pick up a summer job, babysitting or something of the sort, or maybe even volunteer at a local animal shelter. Pick up around the house, start doing dishes and vacuuming, laundry, etc, without being asked first. If you can show maturity and responsibility not only just with animals but all-around, then maybe your mother will see that you are really serious about it.

Also, some parents don't want a new animal because they can't be bothered to do research, or don't know what it entails. I suggest perhaps doing research and find the exact type of bunny you want - perhaps a local pet store carries a specific breed you want. Find out ballpark costs for first-time expenses such as an enclosure, toys, food and water bowls as well as monthly costs. Show all of this information to your mother.

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again! Parents don't like being pestered, so if you talk to her about it and she still doesn't seem keen on the idea, don't throw a fit or make a big deal about it, just agree with whatever she says and keep up with the responsibilities.

And if, in the end, your efforts don't pay off, don't get upset. Sometimes parents are wiser than we think, and they aren't denying us a new pet out of cruelty. She may have an underlying reason why she doesn't want one in the household that she hasn't told you about yet.

In any case, keep trying, don't pester, be mature and pick up responsibility... but most of all... good luck!

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